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This ACTUALLY happened 2 weeks ago.
My girlfriend, myself, and my best friend were playing at his house.
This was the first time my girlfriend ever played. She was just tagging along because she's a nerd like me.
Anyhow, I was Necron, she was using my Imperial, and my friend was Eldar. She chose a Mars because I had customized one of mine and it "looked pretty". It was a small game, 1000 pts each, so nobody had any Battleships.
On her VERY FIRST TURN, she fired her Nova Cannon at my friend's Eclipse Class cruiser. He didnt even bother to brace, since holofields are hit or miss.
She rolled a direct hit on the scatter. He didnt seem worried. He had holofields.
But his holofield saving roll was a 1.
She then rolled ANOTHER 6 for the nova cannon hits. No criticals... the Eclipse was already destroyed.
But it doesnt end there. He rolled a 12 on the Catastrophic. The lance shots proceded to cripple his other cruiser and destory half his escorts, which were all within range since it was the beginning of the game and his ships were all in formation.
True story. Once in a lifetime BFG experience. I know I'll never see that happen again. Literally a 1 in 3888 chance to roll a direct hit, holofield failure, 6 hits, and a 12 cata.
I have not yet found a woman who determines what fleet/army she's going to use by any other criteria loland it "looked pretty
That's pretty impressive. My nova cannons pretty much do nothing. Ever. Like- never. I don't think they've hit once. Damn things
That is stunning!!!! I never cause more than 2-4 hits with my nova connon. And against Eldar!!!
Never drink more than 2 Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters unless you are a thirty-ton Mega Elephant with brocal pheomonia!
My aim is pretty good with nova cannons. Maybe it is because I am respectful and never use more than one per 1500 points in my fleet.
for whatever reason my buddies have the sense scared out of them when they see a nova cannon, they're powerful, but I never worry about facing them. Though this comming from a guy who will charge into torpedos if he either thinks: A) it'd be fun to gain an advantage or C) scare the crap out of the other guy to make him think I'm completely nuts. I only ever lose escorts and I barely ever take damage to torps.(I'm Imperial by the way)
Valhallan 23rd Imperial Navy: ~2500 pts
Blood Lord SM Fleet: ~1000 pts
Valhallan 23rd Imperialist Guard: ~6,000 pts
BT SM: ~2000 pts
DA SM: ~1000 pts
BA SM: ~1500 pts
My dominator's ("Hammer of Mezoa") nova cannon has the pleasant habit of crippling undamaged chaos cruisers with one hit...it seems to happen more often than not. It only works against chaos.
Thank god i can field it using the reserve rules in a Armageddon list...
When I tried a nova cannon on my Apocalypse it worked quite well to cripple a battleship. However, I knew how far apart the two fleets started so guessing wasn't really much of a problem. After everything drifted around a bit it was hard to get a good guess and I frequently ended up so close but not quite on, guessing seemed to be easier for me if I did it in inches then converted it as I'm used to guessing 40k and fantasy stuff.
With the new rules nova cannons are real battleship/grand cruiser killers. The chance to score a direct hit is 2/3 for each shot within 60cm.
*Copies and pastes from the BFG FAQ thread on the GW forums*:
Nova Cannon (including Experimental Rules)
Â· The experimental Nova Cannon rules published on p.45 of the 2002 Annual completely replace those published in the rulebook.
Â· When firing the Nova Cannon, place the template anywhere between 30cm and 150cm away from the firing vessel in the forward arc. The whole template must initially be placed between these two ranges. The nearest enemy ship must be at least partially under the template unless the firing ship makes a leadership check first. If the template is within 60cm of the firing ship, roll a scatter die and 1D6 to determine scatter distance in cm. If the target is greater than 60cm, roll a scatter die and 2D6 to determine scatter distance. A â€śHitâ€? roll on the scatter die means the shot did not deviate and the template remains where it is placed. Any scatter moves the template so that the hole touches the center of the point the shot scattered to. Any vessel whose base is under the hole at the center of the template takes D6 hits. Any vessel whose base touches the template at all takes 1 hit.
Since battleships and grand cruisers use the big base and the big base has a radius of more than 3cm, you score a direct hit if the scatter dice says that you hit directly (of course), or if you deviate no further than 3cm.
That's a 1/3 + 2/3 * 1/2 = 2/3 chance.