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Old 12 Jul 2006, 01:39   #1 (permalink)
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As everyone in this board knows (or should know...) Hammerheads, Devilfish, and Skyrays can take Gun drones in addition to other drones armed with other weapons, correct?

Well, a technicality came up where I tried to detatch my burst cannon drones from their parent vehicle. After looking through the codex, the staff member (on break, nids) decided that since technically the drones weren't 'Gun Drones' they could not detatch and function as their own squadron.

I want to know what people here think.

Is it possible to detatch your drones armed with a heavy weapons system? It's not just burst cannons obviously, but also SMS drones. Gun drones are obvious, but are they the ONLY ones that can detatch from their parent vehicle?
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Old 12 Jul 2006, 01:41   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah... Just think about it. 2 shield drones [or sniper drones] on a plasma equipped hammerhead. That would sort of be unfair.
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No, because, though they look like it, the weapon systems aren't drones. Its so GW can use the same stuff for the three vehicles, and allows mixing and matching. Only gun drones are drones.
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The real reason you cant detach them is because they're not drones, just drone shaped. They're actually turrets.
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Old 12 Jul 2006, 01:47   #5 (permalink)
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That answers my question.

Bummer, since they look good as drones. 'Sides, our local store HQ for the Dark Crusade has a bunch of drones following him around- one of them is an SMS 'drone'.

Thanks for the answers.
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Old 12 Jul 2006, 01:47   #6 (permalink)
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Exactly my point!
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The Burst Cannons and Smart Missile System "Drones" on the Hammerhead, Skyray, and Devilfish aren't Gun Drones. Think of them as weapon pods on the vehicle, they're drone shaped as previously stated, appear to have sensors etc (why wouldn't they) but can't detach like normal Gun Drones.

They don't have their own specific statline, unlike Gun, Shield, Sniper, and Marker Drones in the codex, and don't have anywhere to attach a flying stand, nor do they have the jetpack/exhaust bit modelled into it.

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That answers my question.

Bummer, since they look good as drones. 'Sides, our local store HQ for the Dark Crusade has a bunch of drones following him around- one of them is an SMS 'drone'.

Thanks for the answers.
That would be because the Dark Crusade models are mostly conversions, created under house rules/custom rules etc, rather than for strict adherance to the actual game and codex rules.
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