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This was inspired by the "Wraithlords losing out thread". As we all know, the bolter and the shuriken catapult have very similar stats, the only difference is that bolter is 24" rapid fire and the catapult is 12" assault 2. However, fluffwise these weapons work extremely differently. The bolter fires a straight stream of explosive bolts, capable of exploding a kroot like nobody's business. The rifled gun gives it the rapid fire, meaning that if you stand still you can aim better. The shuriken catapult (SC from here on out) on the other hand, shoots thousand of razor-sharp mono-molecular discs that slice through flesh with ease, and the ludicrous rate of fire and spray means that it doesn't matter if you aim well as it's nigh impossible to miss. The story in the back of the Tau codex about rangers versus kroot describes their effects very well. However, it has come up that these two weapons ought to work very differently from one another. One argument was "If bolters become able to hurt wraithlords, then SCs should be able to damage dreadnaughts" and that is a very unlikely scenario. Basically, explosive bullets ought to mean more effectiveness versus armour, while a storm of razors ought to mean chews up fleshies with ease. The question I'm asking: should SCs be changed to reflect this? One suggestion I've heard was to make it S3 with more shots. Another option that just came to mind was to make it a TL weapon, like spinefists have become for Tyranids. Spinefists spray diamond thingies at their opponents, shotgun style, and the SC works kinda like a flamer. That's another option: make SCs flamers with either S4 or S3. These are my suggestions etc., so what's the vibe amongst all of you?
My gaming group's new motto: That army you're using is overpowered because it hurts my guys, codex is broken and needs a rewrite.
Look, I am sorry but I am locking this thread, the topic has been done to death so many times, do a search you should be able to find many many threads on the subject, which makes this a repeat.
If you want to discuss it use an existing thread, if you want to talk to me, PM me
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