Sniper drones are so important vs guard because the characters make the army if can stop the orders coming through it halves the firepower of guardsmen, if the Commander has a squad with him to take bullets you can focus some firewarrior shooting on them as no protection using character status then snipe the Commander, but with sniper drones as they currently exist that's easier said than done.
Panzer wrote:Well it could maybe help against Conscript spam (though I'm not so sure about that either) but then you'd have spend a lot of points to 'counter' one specific list while having something useless against CSM or C:SM etc.
It's not like we are good enough to afford spending a few hundred points to counter just one list.
And when I say counter, keep in mind that AM also has a lot of artillery and will kill the Sniper Drones rather quickly while we'd need an average of 18 shots at BS3+ to kill a single Lord Commissar.
18 shots at BS3+ means either a unit of 9 Drones within 24" of him (unlikely) or two units of 9. Plus the Marksman and a random Drone Controller of course.
2x9 Sniper Drones = 324p (2 Heavy Support slots)
Marksman = 24p (1 Elite slot)
348p to kill a 55p Character in one turn when the rolls are average and there are no to-hit modifier. Plus the Drone Controller in some unit (probably a MP Commander I'd say).
That's a REALLY weak tactic. Those 348+ points won't help you against any other army.
You could easily take a unit of Flamer Crisis + Shield Drones or Breacher + Devilfish or two Coldstar Commander for that instead. Or 43 Gun-/Shield-Drones, Strike Teams or Pathfinder even.
I agree that something like the Commissar is supposed to be the ideal target for something like Sniper Drones. The reality is a bit different unfortunately.
Conscripts are extremely cheap, yes. Maybe a bit too cheap. But only because the Commissar can make them immune to battleshock tests and we don't really have a way to remove one or more Commissars reliably with our Index currently. At least not while he is hiding inside of his pet blobs.
Nymphomanius wrote:Though my basic point was not about sniper drones, it's do you think firewarriors should be 7points each as currently are over priced for their effectiveness.
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