Impulse wrote:Can you help me get my head around how a Homing Beacon works? I can't seem to envision situations where it is useful, yet people say it is.
There are two scenarios where the Homing Beacon is useful for Fusion Commanders. Imagine you're playing against an Imperial Guard army, and there's a Leman Russ you want to kill with your Fusion Commander in Manta Strike reserve.
1. The Leman Russ is out in the open, and is on full wounds. You drop the Homing Beacon near it, and your Fusion Commander drops in within 9" of the Leman Russ. Now, as you're within half range, your Fusion Commander will deal more damage.
2. The Leman Russ is bubble-wrapped by Guardsmen. The Guardsmen are 9" from the tank, so even if you Manta Strike 9" away from the Guardsmen you'll be more than 18" from the Leman Russ, and thus you will be out of range. You drop the Homing Beacon close to the Guardsmen, and Manta Strike as close as you can to the Leman Russ, in a position that would otherwise have been illegal. Your Fusion Commander may not be within half range, but it will definitely be close enough to shoot the Leman Russ.