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Seeing as how alot of ppl feel the swooping hawks aren't worth their points, I'm wondering if the tactic I'll describe below perhaps are illegal somehow. So here goes..
Deepstriking hawks arraive at the start of the turn. You place a large blast and may then skyleap in the movement phase. That means you ignore normal targeting rules and can bomb the enemy without risk on a 3+ and then 2+ (with Autarch) every turn..perhaps staying and shooting on the 2 last turns if you need scoring units.
This is fully leagal right?
Seems to me as a viable tactic and a respectable alternative to the fireprism against hordes. (the hawks comes at 132 pts, while a tooled fireprism comes at 160/170 pts..for your convenience).
Seems to me this would ensure that the hawks make their poins back more assuradly than any unit. Or am I missing something?
Hawks have an S4 AP5 large blast. Fire prisms have an S5 AP4 large blast template. That, and they can take out tanks reliably, without being exposed as hawks are, and are just generally more resilient. But if it works for you, go for it.
What you've described is called rubber-hawking or yo-yo hawking. The community is split on whether or not it's illegal, but the general feeling is that it's very rule lawyery (is that even a word?). There's been many threads on this topic allready so I suggest you search for some of them for more in depth discussions.
The General concensus is that, even with minimal squads of hawks, they're going to be hard pressed to make back their points, unless you happen go go against lots of GEQ. Spiders/vypers generally have an easier time than hawks
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