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why would a witch blade be str 9 vs vehicles but not versus any other type of model?
It's bugged me for a while now and thought there may be an explanation somewhere.
becuz it always wounds on a 2+ on everything else so it doesnt need a strength
Being able to field a unit that can throw 30 str 9 attacks at initiative might be considered a bit on the overpowered side because of instant death. Letting them wound on +2 makes them powerful without going over the top.
I mean I know it would be OP.. but just the fact that it's got that str vs vehicles is a little on the weird side. And honestly, I'd much prefer a weapon with no set wound that will hit at str 9 than the witch blade, because a bunch of strength three attacks don't really seem to cut the line against marines.
It just doesn't add up that against vehicle armor it does more than normal armor.
I feel your pain man, I too find myself wishing for an over powered unit, particularly when I'm facing down my friend's Nightbringer.
*Cue patriotic anthem*
It's times like this that I remind myself why I play Eldar, because we don't have over powered, inexpensive, or highly expendable units, and a single Eldar victory as is worth three Necron or Tyranid triumphs in my book!
That and we just look so much better than any other army.
I think I'm gonna get PMs about this...
Last edited by JavlinVII; August 14th, 2009 at 04:34. Reason: Spelling correction
You said: "I'd much prefer a weapon with no set wound that will hit at str 9 than the witch blade, because a bunch of strength three attacks don't really seem to cut the line against marines."
Who is dishing out a bunch of Str 3 attacks? not your warlocks, whether they are hitting a vehicle or not. Your warlocks with Witchblades wound marines on a 2+ just like anything else. Technically speaking, for an example, a warlock striking a tactical marine would play like he was striking at Str6. Your warlocks "strength" is always pretty much two above your opponents toughness.
I hope you understand the rules of the witchblade fully, because your sentence would lead me to perhaps believe otherwise. Make sure you read up, they are great weapons. Against infantry as well. They always wound an enemy infantry model on a 2+, which is the best you can wound on anyway. The reason they count as strength 9 against vehicles is because you can't wound on a vehicle on a 2+, but in order to represent its equally devastating power against an armored target they give it a high strength to test against armor values. It really doesn't PLAY any different, like it may as well be Str9 against infantry because the rolls are the same. The only difference is it can't cause instant death against anyone.
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Oh don't get me wrong, I know the rules. But if you look at the topic it's about why it's str9 against vehicles and not other stuff. It would be cheeze, but I'm just sayin all those attacks would be great when facing the hordes of marines/T4 that GW is so intent on making.
The more on subject question is though, how can it be a strength 9 weapon vs a vehicle and not a guardsman? does it mess with circuits or something?