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Wondering if Jetbikes get locked in close combat like infantry or if they are treated like vehicles (can disengage).
Seems pretty silly that a speeding bike(s) would all of a sudden stop and stay stopped when outmatched by enemy infantry in CC, or especially a single model tying up an entire squad of fast moving flying jetbikes for several turns.
Wouldn't the bikes perform more of a hit and run?
Yes they do get locked I'm afraid. Not very fluffy I know but dat's da rools!
I believe that Shining Spears can take Hit and Run as an Exarch power so you have some flexibility there.
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well actually itd prolly be more like a calvery charge, where they charge in a straight line and attack and then swing around in a circle motion to come back and do it again.
But yeah they get locked in combat cause i think it represents that they can get pulled down and are prolly flying in circles wailing their weapon at the enemy.
But yeah not very fluffy or realistic, but theyd be too good if they all had hit and run for free.
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They do not get Hit and Run. I believe that is primarily due to the fact that they don't have an 'Armor Value' like normal vehicles do. Think of it more along the lines of, they're riding their bicycle into combat, hop off, smack some folks (or die), get back on their bikes, and ride off into the sunset... (yeah, I'm dreaming here, I know).
I wish they would make it so you could add an Exarch or Spiritseer that gives the ABILITY to Hit and Run for... 20 points for a squad or something. I don't think too many people would take it, but the option would be nice.
However, at that point, your'e spending the extra points to turn the unit into a weaker Shining Spear squad. I personally take 3 Shining Spears, and 4 Guardian Bikes. I usually hang the Guardian bikes back if playing an objective mission and contest and/or take an objective at the end of the game. Keep them in cover, pew pew a couple of foes, and then come in for the late victory. This doesnt always work - but it's something you could try.
However... i do prefer the shining spears due to the lances, ability to take an exarch, and hit and run ability. The downside? Points!
Hope this helps.
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