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I have a dillema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?
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Old 01 May 2008, 21:17   #1 (permalink)
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Default I have a dillema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

Well, as the title suggests, I have the funds for one of these, Thunderbolt Fighter or a Barracuda, and I am trying to decide which one to get. I like both of the models equally as far as aesthetics go.

The Thunderbolt would be an addition to an already large Guard army that is about to get bigger with some new Forge World things (that are other than the flyer).

The Barracuda will be a contribution to a much smaller Tau force (that also will grow from other FW goodies).

I am split down the middle, and whenever I decide on one, I switch back and forth my choice, so I really can't pick.

Mods- I think this would be the right place, as it is a race-spanning question, but I could be wrong, and so move it please in that case.
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Old 01 May 2008, 21:20   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: I have a dilema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

Model-wise, I prefer the Thunderbolt. The Barracuda is interesting, but in some ways not all that different from a Devilfish. Whereas the Thunderbolt is certainly very different from the normal Imperial Guard models.

Rules-wise Apocalypse gave the Barracuda the shaft, so I would also prefer the Thunderbolt in that context.
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Old 01 May 2008, 21:27   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: I have a dilema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

I would buy the Thunderbolt just because your Guard army is larger. I would personally build up a large normal army before adding in flyers and the like.
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Old 01 May 2008, 21:41   #4 (permalink)
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Rules-wise Apocalypse gave the Barracuda the shaft, so I would also prefer the Thunderbolt in that context.
Got to agree with that.

Also, I have heard that a Barracuda is a relatively smaller model, whereas the Thunderbolt seems to be bigger, and I am a sucker for big models... especially FW big models...

Well, I am leaning toward the Thunderbolt as of now, but we will see...
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Old 01 May 2008, 21:53   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: I have a dilema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

You have too much money...

Anyway, I would say go with the more original looking of the two.
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Thunderbolt is an extremely nice model
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Old 01 May 2008, 22:35   #7 (permalink)
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It sounds like the Thunderbolt would see more use than the Barracuda.
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Old 01 May 2008, 23:27   #8 (permalink)
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The thunderbolt will instill more fear in your opponent, and it makes more sense that a larger force would have air support.
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Default Re: I have a dilema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

Thunderbolt all the way. It's one of the nicest looking fighters around. It and the Eldar Nightwing. (I know, everybody else likes the Phoenix, but come on, it just looks like a flying falcon!)


Plus Thunderbolt is more effective in game terms for Apoc, and it's always more impressive to have one large and specialized collection than two moderate sized armies.


And the Thunderbolt just has a nice feel to it. It's really rustic and utilitarian. It adds a lot to a force. Where as if I see a Tau force with a 'cuda I'd just go "meh" because it doesn't add anything special.

In fact I just realized that for Tau forces to make me go "wow ain't that something" they'd have to have Knarlocs at the least. None of the FW Tau flyers and superheavies do it for me.
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Old 02 May 2008, 04:02   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: I have a dilema: Thunderbolt or Barracuda?

The Barracuda is not very big. It is really about the size of a Hammerhead. That is kind of hard to tell from the pictures. If I was going for a Tau flyer, I would just save up a little more and spring for a Tiger Shark, or go budget and pick up some of the Drone flyers.
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