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Old 01 Apr 2007, 02:46   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

After assembling my first Piranha the other day, I was playing around by fitting other drones into the gun drone recesses, and I got to thinking "why can't vehicles take other types of drones?" Marker drones would be pretty neat (and self-explanitory) and even sniper drones would be neat (but more of a stretch). However, what I would really like to see would be shield drones for vehicles! I think that would be awesome... but how would it work?

I think the simplest method would be to have them offer a 4+ save against any glancing or penetrating hit. If failed, the hit goes through as normal, but if successful, the vehicle is unaffected but the drone is sacrificed. Would that be overpowering, or uncool? What would work well in your opinons?

Of course I know this isn't legal by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm curious if it were, how others would want to represent it.
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Old 01 Apr 2007, 03:25   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I cant really see marker drones or sniper drones (as they need to be motionless to fire, both fluff and in game). However, shield drones would be interesting...

What I would probably do is use both to give a front-armor invunerable save. The save (either 4+ or 5+) stays on until the drones are blown off, from a weapons destroyed result.

Could be cool...
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Well, given that the field is being extended from the relative corners of the vehicle from two small emitter systems, what about a 4+ save to DEGRADE the damage? Have it as a 4+ on both sides, and double-layered protection on the front (either two four-up saves, or a single re-rollable save).
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Old 01 Apr 2007, 05:30   #4 (permalink)
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I would say a better representation is this: Roll for armour penetration as normal. Glancing hits can be ignored on a 4+, penetrating hits on a 5+. This is done before downgrading any results due to skimmers moving fast or any other equipment.

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I made house rules for this some time back.

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Old 01 Apr 2007, 09:35   #6 (permalink)
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What about sacrificing a shield drone to roll an extra damge die, the Tau player choosing which one applies? Removes the invulnerable save on vehicles stuff (which DA have dropped now anyway), stays in keeping also with using shields as way of absorbing wounds on models, and stops them being overpowering. If this seems underpowered, sacrifice a shield drone to negate a hit before damage result is rolled.
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Old 01 Apr 2007, 12:20   #7 (permalink)
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or after your opponent rolls for penetration, ou roll a save of 4+. If u succeed you can modify your opponents roll by -1. Eg if your opponent needs a 5 to glance and a 6 to penetrate, your opponent rolls a 6 and you roll a 4+. You can downgrade the 6 to a 5 reducing teh penetrating hit to glancing hit.

With this even when staying still with a tank it is less vunerable than most.
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Ah, very cool. Pretty much exactly what I was looking for, thanks!

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Well, I cant really see marker drones or sniper drones (as they need to be motionless to fire, both fluff and in game).
Well, true but don't forget that on vehicles, they would be able to fire because vehicles can move and fire heavy weapons. The question would be, are they defensive or main weapons?
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Markers are defensive, snipers are main. (anything over S5 counts as a main weapon)
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Well, true but don't forget that on vehicles, they would be able to fire because vehicles can move and fire heavy weapons. The question would be, are they defensive or main weapons?
No, thats not the point. A sniper rifle, for example, is just that. It relies on persicion to hit. Can you imagine someone being able to fire one while a tank is zooming around, bumping over terrain, and getting shot at?
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