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I played a 2k points battle over the weekend with an imperial fleet (something i'm not used to fielding) and had to face a daemonically posessed despoiler BS, with the mark of slaanesh of course. It hovered around for a couple of turns behind my carriers, to ensure they never got a hope of reloading ordinance. It stayed spectral for most of the game, finally reverting to space in the midst of my gunnery line late game. It managed to account for 3 dominators and dished out 7 points of damage (including shield collapse) to my emperor, because the game was well advanced by this point I didn't have the firepower to really hurt it during my phase as I of course couldn't lock on to it.
How do most players deal with them?
Sounds fairly cut and dry to me.
There shall come a time,
When one who has the heart of a Kilrathi,
but is not Kilrathi born,
Shall rain cleansing fire down upon us,
and Kn'Thrak, a time of great darkness
Shall embrace us.
I'm not sure I would do anything about it...
If I'm reading your story right, all those points in a ship, and effectively all it did most the battle was apply a leadership penelty to you correct? (I'm rusty on my Marks I'll admit but I think it's -1 or -2 at 15cm, neither of which is that bad on ships that already should have had a high leadership and are, at worst, reduced to normal values)
I'd ignore it and pound the hell out of the rest of the fleet. If it's spectral it's not shooting or launching or causing any other mayhem. Depending on your control of the starlanes (IE how much point superiority you have in the engagement, or how much launchbay superiority you have) you could put something small trailing him just to make him realize if he goes real, he gets hit immediatly.
Now admitadly being able to pop in at just the right place for one or two turns IS devestating, but I'm not sure so much as having it be avaliable for more of the game would have been. That tactic is really more effective for cheaper cost, short range, high firepower gun cruisers whose loss the rest of the game in not firing isn't so profound on the fleet. I've always viewed demonships as wasted points, and I only really fret them if I'm playing my Tau.
So offhand, I'd just ignore it, live with the penelty, and just chew the rest of the fleet apart with what should be superior value of weapons and ships on my side. With that many points invested in it, probably even in engagements I'd normally be the smaller fleet I'd have superiority thanks to that ship being out of play.
Also depending on the battlefield and where all the ships where, I'd consider keeping my long range boats (NCs, carriers, etc) farther away then normal... that way if he DOES decide to shadow them, he's to far away to do anything else when he comes into the real world but deal with the ships he was harassing... and a BFI will mean it's unlikely he'll do any real damage the turn he goes real, and the following turn I'll have him outnumbered and the guns on my carriers will finally get to do something. (this however is very much based upon the CP on the board, the fleet I'm playing, and other factors). Since I also usually dedicate at least one cheap escort squadron to carrier defense if I play Imperial, that squadron would literally sit on the spectral ships ass and wait. If he comes out he catches a 4+ strong torpedoes from behind, and whatever firepower the cruisers/BSs he was harasing bring to bear. If he doesn't ever come out, then that's a heck of alot of points wasted in one spot to just sit and apply a penelty to me that isn't even that bad.
Last edited by BFGMidwesternPrisoner; March 23rd, 2007 at 22:18. Reason: changing a word
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