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Old 05 Feb 2007, 06:12   #1 (permalink)
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Default Shield Drone Or Shield Generator?

Hello everybody

I am currently stuck, i have a battlesuit commander (the 75 point one) with a plasma rifle, cyclic ion blaster, multi tracker but i am wondering whether to have a SHIELD DRONE or a SHIELD GENERATOR.

I am perfectly aware of each ones benefits and i dont mind paying an additional 5 points

Please send your thoughts

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Old 05 Feb 2007, 06:34   #2 (permalink)
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Shield Generator unless you are fielding a Bodyguard with him.
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 07:40   #3 (permalink)
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If you must choose between the two the shield drone is better. For one it is cheaper and if it fails its save, the commander doesn't die.

I wouldn't give him either though. Just use his independant character status to keep him alive. Good way to do that is surround him with a unit of drones from your fast attack slot. Better yet, you can pop the drones out of a Devilfish and use them. The enemy has to shoot the drones instead of the Commander, and if the drones die your enemy doesn't get any points.
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 08:26   #4 (permalink)
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Shield Generator unless you are fielding a Bodyguard with him.
This is my opinion too. Let me explain the reasoning behind it...

Your commander is an independent character. That means that, unless he is the closest model to an enemy unit, he may not be targetted during the shooting phase. (This is sometimes called 'IC protection'.)

If you give him a shield drone, he and the drone form a unit, and he loses the IC protection. This makes the shield generator a better choice, because it does not attract this penalty. However, if he has a bodyguard, then he and the bodyguard form a unit, and he doesn't have IC protection in the first place. In this case, a shield drone is fine - it has an invulnerable save, and provides the unit with an extra ablative wound against small-arms fire.
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 11:15   #5 (permalink)
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Hi,
Shield generator.
Never cancel the IC status of your Commander if is not necessary.
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 11:32   #6 (permalink)
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I concur with Khanaris and padawan. IC is just to good. If he has a shield drone a squad of devestators or havocs will likely take him down for the cost of a target priority test.
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 20:34   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah I agree with most. If he has a bodyguard take a shield drone.. especially as it doesn't kill the commander on failure... and if you deep strike... you can place the drone first if you end up on top of an enemy or close enough.... it helped me out massively.. i lost the drone but was able to still place my commander and his bodyguard without them dying from landing on an enemy!
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Old 05 Feb 2007, 23:41   #8 (permalink)
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Well unless you make the Multi tracker hard wired, you can only take sheild drones at this point with the HW drone controller. I would take the shield generator at this point, because the commander can get all the stuff but ASS, positional relay, command/control node, targetting array(pointless anyway) and vectored retro thrusters. Though the comman/control node can be useful if you're playing static. Go with whatever you want but you need to make sure that you're only using three hardpoints since a crisis with PR CIB, MT nad Drone controller is illegal.
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Old 10 Feb 2007, 06:20   #9 (permalink)
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the droe controller is a hard point AND a hard wired option, so it doesn't matter
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Old 10 Feb 2007, 09:33   #10 (permalink)
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Vectored Retro Thrusters.

I know that sounds stupid, but if neither option works for you (the Shield Generator is better) consider using combat in order to avoid instant - death weaponry. It won't against everyone, but when it does it works well.
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