Arka0415 wrote:Against Thousand Sons infantry, Ion weapons will do very, very well. Especially Cyclic Ion Blasters. Weapons with high rates of fire and AP-1 or AP2 will be very effective too, although weapons with AP-3 or better will have no additional effect since almost all Thousand Sons units have a 4++ save.
Arka0415 wrote:Let's spend 288 points, and let's shoot some Rubric Marines:
3x XV8s w/ 3x CIBs (288) - 9D3 shots > 9 hits > 7.5 wounds > 3.75 kills
3x XV8s w/ 2x CIBs + 1x ATS (258) - 6D3 shots > 6 hits > 5 wounds > 3.33 kills
36x Fire Warriors w/ Pulse Rifles (288) - 36 shots > 18 hits > 12 wounds > 2 kills
As we can see, CIBs are by the most powerful shooting option here. Also, the most dice "bleedoff" takes place in the to-hit step, not the to-save step. So, increasing accuracy will be very important in this kind of army. Here's what those stats look like with 1 Markerlight hit:
3x XV8s w/ 3x CIBs (288) - 9D3 shots > 10.5 hits > 8.75 wounds > 4.38 kills
3x XV8s w/ 2x CIBs + 1x ATS (258) - 6D3 shots > 7 hits > 5.83 wounds > 3.89 kills
36x Fire Warriors w/ Pulse Rifles (288) - 36 shots > 21 hits > 14 wounds > 2.33 kills
Not a huge improvement, but it's worth something when you consider that your suits aren't going to be wounding themselves with those CIBs very much when they're re-rolling ones.
Also, the Burst Cannon Hammerhead is a cool unit, and should be fun to use with Longstrike. Longstrike himself should probably use the Ion Cannon, seeing as the Railgun would be very ineffective against units with so many invulnerable saves.
Unless you have reason to believe your opponent will spam Tzaangors, then your best units are:
XV8s w/ CIBs
I love Fire Warriors, and I think they're great units, but if you know your opponent is going to bring Magnus and spam Rubric Marines, and you're allowed to tailor your army against that sort of list, Fire Warriors might not be the best idea.
Watcher on the wall wrote:However, Arka0415, I disagree about the FW - you've forgotten the Cadre Fireblade's buff. For 282 points total (30 FW, Fireblade) we get:
90 shots -> 45 hits -> 30 wounds -> 5 unsaved wounds - which is the best out of all the options.
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