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While flipping through my codex for the umpteenth time, it suddenly struck me...
A unit of 6 raveners (max) could do this in one round
Shoot a whopping 36 shots (although only 12" range, str3 )
attack 30 times in close combat first round.
they're str&toughness 4, 2wounds, WS5 and a 5+ save. and the base cost is 35pts.
that's not so bad is it?
As I don't have the minis yet, I don't know if they're actually that good in real combat, anyone have any comments?
The more attacks you have, the chance of killing opponents i drasticly higher.
Strenght? Naaaa, just the same as spacemarines...but good enough...
A bit expencive though, and with the amount of shots they have, they could seriously lower the number of lucky close combat opponents they will fight...
And one more thing...
If they shoot the enemy to death, that could leave them open for others to shoot at them. Though...that counts for all armies...
The devourer armed ravener was a standart configuration before 4th edition assault rules took away lots of power from short ranged weapons.
A better way to arm them is with devourer and rending claws (24 rending claw attacks on the charge unless you shoot), or scything talons and rending claws (the full 30 rending claw attacks). I prefer the last version.
Of course, you could also use winged warriors. One attack less, but S5, they are faster and have a 4+ save which is a great improvement to 5+ due to all the AP5 weapons out there. They cost 45pts each though...but they're scary.
Leaping warriors cost lest than the winged ones, and are more efficient than Raveners (compare power to points cost)...they're only like 38 each, right? Not too sure, no dex on hand (lent it to one of the mates, haven't got it back yet :roll: )
Raveners are inferior to Warriors - but they have a certain advantage: their small broods.
Move them towards the enemy army. Your opponent has to choose, either to waste a lot of firepower to a single model (total overkill), or to get tied up in close combat next turn.
Warriors cannot do this, they have to be at least 3 models per brood. Sacrificing them for such a purpose would be a waste of points.
but a tank like say a predator anihalator which has moved (so only has one weapon anyway) would probably just blow it off the battle field.
then again, that's another lascannon not aimed at your Hive tyrant or 'fex but its probably moved into a better postion to target them next turn anyway
Heres how it goes in my opinion. Instead of 6 raveners moving in fast i would pick 2 broods of 8 gaunts or 1 brood of 16 to get the job done cheaper and more efficiently. The 2x assault move of bounding leap is plenty enough to make up for a ravenes movement. I equip my gaunts with spinefists and boundling leap for 8 points each. On a charge hormagaunts with a squad of 16 get 48 attacks for only a little more points. Thats what i do with my points anyways.
Razorfex, why use spinefists? just 2 pts cheaper, I would prefer their basic ones... any suggs?
3 Carnifexes with Barbed strangler and mutated strength... imagine what that can do! 9 S Ord blast...
digimon, the bioweapon strengths are dtermined by the carnifexes basic army list strength -- 10. in the biomorph table, the strength is 9, and therefore the maximum str the barbed strangler can have is str 8, because 10 is the maximum. 10-2=8. thats still bloody good for anti SMurf tactics, even though it isn't a direct fire earthshaker with 24" range, no scatter or ap value.