It makes an excellent threat (and weapon) when used with other tanks. I've played against an Iron Warrior list with one (admittedly, IWs get better Vindicators.) It's never done very much (perhaps 6-7 marines) damage to me, however it's attracted a fair amount of fire power. In combination with other threats, it's very nice. As your sole tank, it's going to eat Lascannon/Brightlance/Railgun and die.
Good against hordes, but even better against high-cost, high-save enemy units. Like terminators. The more points-per-model, the harder they are to kill, the better your vindicator performs.
Also fantastic against enemies that have to get closer, i.e., Khorne, Nids, Orks ... set it up a couple of inches beyond their charge range, behind cover, then drive out and shoot after they move closer.
Remember, even if the Vindi doesn't kill 130-150 points of models, it isn't supposed to be efficient. You take a Vindi for the shock value. A lascannon firing over six turns might kill four or five models, but it cannot kill 5-10 models, all at once, right before the enemy assaults your lines. Vindicators can do that.
My favorite Vindicator moments all involve deep-striking enemy terminators or incoming enemy bikes. When you know the enemy will come to you, Vindicators perform best.
When you drop that template on a command squad of blood angels that are tooled up and charging your line you will understand the joy. Favourite kill of all time comes from smushing an entire 10 man terminator squad that deepstruck
Personally I love it for fighting against any CC geared army...they get close, which is exactly where I want them. Very, very few things can withstand a template shot from a vindicator and still be effective when they hit your marine line
Yeah the vindi is definately worth its points cost as it can potentially make back its points very easily and inflicts a big mental concussion lol so to say into your opponents head.
But as has been said before dont use it if its your only tank,not a good idea.
IMO a Vindi is not worth the pts but with the proper upgrades (most important being Power of Machine Spirit) then it becomes a fearsome tank.
Of course u could just use it as the biggest fire magnet in history...
how would u rate a vindicator against a tau mechanized and a ig mechanized army?? And how would u rate 1 compared to a whirly wind(On the reason, how would a whirly wind go against a tau mechanzied or a ig mechanized??)
yeah they are worth their points. Not every unit on the board can make up their points values, and the vindicator is one of those units really designed to help other units make their points back. It makes people scared to charge you, which is always good if your against orks, or any other horrifying close combat army.
The Vindicator is a bargain, especially for armies like the BT which have limited choices for fire support. It is also the only marine vehicle woth giving machine spirit to. Its range is limited, but it works great against armies that will be coming to you or if you have an assault based army yourself.
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