Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Back To The Future

Doc shows his surprise after a trip to the future is spent reading the new Necron Codex
After our game last week, Dave and I ended up chatting about Rhino tactics. He told me that back in 4th Edition, he ran a Khorne Beserker list in Rhinos. He said that his basic plan was to drive forward 12" and then get the squad out and hide them behind the vehicle. Then next turn they'd drive 12" again. The reason for hopping out is that if the vehicle is subsequently blown up, you don't have to take a pinning test and any explosion hits are only S3.

I have to admit that this isn't something I've ever seen before or even thought about to be honest. I think the most useful way of doing this would be to go 12" on turn 1 and pop smoke. Then drive a further 12" on turn 2 and dis-embark. Then you should be in assault range for turn 3 and nicely hidden. All you need to do is drive the empty vehicle out of the way (if it survives) and get stuck in. You could of course do it the other way around (hop out turn 1 and then smoke turn 2) but if your vehicle gets destroyed turn 1, then you're a lot further away from the enemy.

There are a couple of issues that I can see with this tactic though. If sets you up to have your Rhino and squad muti-charged. A fast enemy (eg Dark Eldar) could drive around (or over) the Rhino and still be able to pour lots of shots into your poor disembarked Marines. And you could end up having the Rhino Wrecked rather than Exploded which would mean that you'd either have to walk around it or risk a Dangerous Terrain test to walk through it.

Having said that, I think it's a tactic that could work but would be pretty situational.

Anyone seen this before? Anyone tried it? Does it work or is it an outdated tactic?

1 comment:

  1. Against horde, assaulty, armies it's a good tactic because the cannot trap you in the vehicle and it's unlikely that they will be able to get as many bodies into combat against your squad if you judge it right.

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