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Old 20 Mar 2007, 23:04   #6 (permalink)
Tyndmyr
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Default Re: SkyRay with Missile launcher

For a skyray, a TA is pretty much mandatory. Failing to take one results in a significantly less effective unit, while saving pretty much crap in terms of points.

The skyray is then 25 points more expensive than an ionhead...20 if you give the ion a target lock to balance out the skyrays built in one. The burst/SMS is identical, so we wont bother comparing those. An ion cannon, if fired every turn(and it probably will be so long as the HH is ok), will score a grand total of 12 S7 AP2 hits.

The syray will score 8 ML hits, six of which are required to launch it's seekers. They dont have to be it's own ML hits, but it requires that many regardless of how you do it. On average, one of those seekers will miss, so in total, you gain 5 S8, AP 3 hits and two ML hits. Is that worth sacrificing the 12 ionhead hits and 20 points?

The ionhead does stupidly better vs terminators, roughly twice as good vs SM, and honestly, anything that has a T of 5 or lower, which is of course, almost every model in game. The two ML counters help make up some of the difference, but the clear winner for killing infantry is the ionhead.

Vs vehicles, ML counters have significantly less usage options. Mainly, to make big guns more reliable at hitting them. Lets look at how the hits perform against different armor values:

AV 10:
Ionhead: 2 glances, 6 pens.
Skyray: .83 glances, 3.33 pens.

AV 11:
Ionhead: 1 glances, 4 pens.
Skyray: .83 glances, 2.5 pens.

AV 12:
Ionhead: 2 glances, 2 pens.
Skyray: .83 glances, 1.66 pens.

AV 13:
Ionhead: 2 glances.
Skyray: .83 glances, .83 pens.

AV 14:
Ionhead: Nothing
Skyray: .83 glances.

Thus we see, they are roughly equal at killing AV 13, the skyray wins at AV14, and the ionhead is clearly superior in absolutely every other role, despite costing significantly less. And, if you want to bring something only for the purpose of killing AV13-14, either a railhead or broadsides are much superior, with both of those offering something else unique(submunitions, a large amount of railguns in one HS slot).

Damian, your arguement vs a df is less pertinent, because the two do not suffer the same disadvantage of taking a precious HS slot. Both the ionhead and the skyray do, and thus, make for a more accurate comparison.
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