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I just got a gargantuan squiggoth from forgeworld and it's time to start pre-building my ork army for the new codex that is coming out. I want to get some boyz painted up ahead of time (since I'll need a ton of them anyway).
Should I arm them with shoota or slugga/choppas. I've heard the choppa 4+ save rule is going away and the new shootas are assault 2 range 18 so I'm now unsure what type of basic troop to build.
The choppa rule will be going away for the favor of furious charge. With that it matters what you want to do with your boys? For example do you want them to shoot and scoot towards your opponent? If so take the shoota boys as assault 2 18 inches is pretty nifty when combined with other weapons like rokkits or big shootas. However, the sluggas boys will be +1 attack on the charge for a magical 4 attacks per model, the shoota boys will be 3 attacks off the charge, might not seem big but it adds up fast. Also boys will still be a Nob delivery force, so it really comes down to how to support your nob the best.
Me personally i'm going 2 squad of shoota boys, then tank bustas and burna boys. However this is because I already play a Badmoons army which focuses on shooting then fighting when i have to. This is just personal preference. Now if your thinking of mounting your boys in trukks you will need your extra attacks, at that point you really want slugga/choppa combo. But it is nice to remember a trukk is open topped so all your boys can shoot while inside the trukk. So you move 12 inches then shoot 18. Which can't be under estimated.
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MouseC nailed it.
Sluggaboys will still be useful, but shootaboyz are comparatively more flexible, and should be more useful overall in the new codex. This said, having a bit of both can be good.
Beware, though, the ork boyz box will be repackaged and will now come with heavy weapons and a nob, so you may want to wait for that new box.
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I thought furious charge added 2 attacks on the charge? if so then slugga boyz get 5 atacks when charging!
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