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I have heard (and personally tried) how well Jetbiked Autarch's do in competitive games. I found them pretty good but what about those not riding a Jetbike? Do you think that they can do something usefull. Yes or not how do you equip them and what dirty tricks can they employ at the battlefield?
I would say that going on a point for point basis no other loadout matches or comes close to the Jetbike Autarch. However you can add these guys to any squad to give them a boost in certain areas such as a fusion gun to pop transports to allow banshees to get the soft centre hiding in the hard shell for example. Or to give a little bit of CC capability to a squad that is severly lacking suck as adding a power weapon/jump pack autarch to warp spiders. The only real reason you'd take any other autarch beyond Yriel or a jetbike mounted on is in my mind if you want to take a reserve army and you need to save a few points.
I've used the jump pack autarch with chain sword and fusion blaster attached to spiders with reasonable results. You get to improve your reserves roll, have a melta weapon that you can deep strike next to vehicles and make charging the spiders into cc a viable option. Is it uber competitive? Dunno, but I like using it.
But why give a Heavy weapon to a jump infantry CC specialist? he should never be in a position to fire it. He should be jumping and charging. A jump infantry IC should pretty much always be with a jump infantry unit or what's the point of paying the extra points costs? I built my banshee mask Autarch with power weapon and Avenger Shuri cannon and run him out a waveserpent with DA's. Disembark, bladestorm, and charge - now that it is a world of hurt.
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Take him with some spiders with an exarch who has power blades and wreck heavy weapons squads.
Also IMHO banshee masks are alright but he has grenades usually the I6 is good enough maybe not against GK but i mean theyre GK
Last edited by fombat; November 8th, 2011 at 05:57.
I agree the banshee mask is not necessary, but I play wysiwyg and I didn't want to cut off his head.