Monday, February 4, 2013
I ordered a Forge-World Deimos pattern Predator Executioner because the model cost 2 dollars more on ebay then buying a Thunderfire cannon from GW direct would have cost. For 25 points more minimum I can field this instead of the Thunderfire and while not exactly the same, with a defense line that I have in my army it will be hard to kill. But the gets hot concerned me because its going to happen in a game whether I like it or not. The main gun is a heavy 3 plasma cannon, so 3 chances each shooting phase to hurt itself. To counteract this I'm going to place it behind an Aegis Defense line with a master of the forge to fix any damage to the tank and my lascannon/missile dreadnought. On Turns there is nothing to fix, he can fire the quad gun.
The main gun can be switched with a conversion beamer and I can also arm it with Sponson mounted Heavy-Bolters or Lascannon. Though the conversion beamer/L-Cannon option is 205 points minimum and not as practical overall. Overall once in cover it's cheaper then a devastator squad and harder to kill since you would need a strength 7 weapon just to glance it. Add in the defense line that's almost required these days with flyers being around and a Techmarine and you've got yourself a nice little defensive potion. I think the only thing that will make this cheaper or better is when 6th edition Space Marine codex is finally released and Tech marines are taken as a follower to your HQ and don't use a FoC slot.