CoffeeGrunt wrote:I dunno, one Lascannon and your Sniper Shas'vre is an easy First Blood. I've just never found them useful or attractive to run.
That's why a Sniperside has to come in a HYMP Team (or at least with two drones): LOS improves its survivability by a factor 2 against instakill, and a good placing make it better in terms of wounds allocation.
Running ATS+HRR'vre in target-locked HYMP team cost the price of a drone and one-two bonding knive (and also the cost of no upgrade other than seeker). So it's relatilvely cheap and gives you flexibility without wasting 3xHYMP on only 36ps targets (most are already heavily wounded by 2xHYMP), in "classic" armies...
In an all-battlesuit army (to be on topic) the HRR is a kind of workaround of a Hammerhead AP1 (but with low Strengh) against AV12, even AV13, specially if the fusion suits cannot goes in range (massed infantry covering the grounds around the vehicle for example)
If you want S8 shots only (no matter AP), bring Seekers on the XV88 is a cheaper way (3 shot at BS5 no LOS ignore cover is quite as effective as 6-7 HRR BS3-twinlinked shots for the S8).
As the rules tells, they can be marker-fired in addition of the broadsides' other weapons.
Overally, HYMP in an all battlesuit army (specially with crisis as troops) seems not very useful (plenty of MP on cheaper and mobile troops platforms with the same range, the plasma/SMS are also redundant with mobile crisis suits: SMS can be replaced by BC or flamers), unless you play them aggressively on the move (twinlinked BS1), where they behave better with four shots rather than one shot.
HRR have the same stats than fusion but their range gives them another role and fits better as static support in "battlesuit" army than in "classic" armies (even if fusions can have one and another twin linked S8AP1 shot, better for close range).
Take them in squads for massed firepower (if you have markerlight support, specially for anti-air to not have to bring VT) or one by one with drones for terrain covering against small vehicles (or flyers with VT).
Gives them Seekers if you want and they can find a place if you need a battlesuit heavy support slot.
But I prefer running as many XV8 troops as I can before using the Broadside.