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Old 16 Apr 2007, 02:44   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ion Cannon vs. Railgun

I know its kinda obvious, but which is better?(before you say in capital letters "RAILGUN, DUH, YOU RETARD!!",tell me if the railgun is so obviously better at both destroying heavily armoured vehicles AND troops, why would anyone be stupid enough to even meke the ion cannon? In other words; whats the point of it if Railgun is 3 times as good as it?!

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Old 16 Apr 2007, 02:59   #2 (permalink)
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Ion Cannon is good for MEQs and light vehicles, and it's quite cheap for what it does. Railgun's good for tank killing and lighter infantry(subunitions).
I'm assuming you're talking about these weapons on the Hammerhead, as it's the only place they compete for a slot.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 03:05   #3 (permalink)
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do they compete in a baracuda? wait dont answer that it'll take to long!
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 03:16   #4 (permalink)
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It depends compleatly on what you want to use the HH for. If your going agter light tanks (AV10-12), and or going after MEQ's, the IonCannon is the gun for you. If your going after heavy army (AV13-14), and/or light infintry, the railgun preforms better. Cost is another factor to look at, but first you need to determine what your buying your tank for in the first place.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 03:34   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ion Cannon vs. Railgun

the rail gun is obviously the best tank killer and can quite often take out more troops with its subunition, but the ion cannon which is good at killing a few troops is significantly cheaper. so your pretty much just making room for another unit which can help kill those extra troops.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 04:22   #6 (permalink)
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the rail gun is obviously the best tank killer and can quite often take out more troops with its subunition, but the ion cannon which is good at killing a few troops is significantly cheaper. so your pretty much just making room for another unit which can help kill those extra troops.
Well, the tank killer part varies. Keep in mind that while it has much lower strength...you get three shots. So say, AV 10. With a railgun, you hit 2/3rds of the time and auto-pen. The ion cannon averages 2 hits, and thus, an average of 1 pen, and .33 glances. This is actually very handy against light vehicle squadrons. Also, unless you can template more than three models, the ion cannon is more lethal.

Keep in mind that the ion cannon saves you a significant amount of points as well. Sure, railguns are great, and they do some jobs(like killing monoliths), like nothing else can, but people who automatically grab it are ignoring a very good option in the ion cannon, especially vs any army with power armor.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 22:15   #7 (permalink)
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An Ion Cannon is cheaper and is suited to more anti-infantry roles, it's efective mainly against armoured infantry, marines and Necrons. The Railgun is good against lots of massed infantry with the blast version, but is mainly the tank killer weapon but I'd prefer (and use) broadsides.
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Old 16 Apr 2007, 22:33   #8 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, the Ion Cannon is statistically better at killing AV10-11 vehicles, whereas the Railgun can take out AB13-14 (They're even against AV12).

Against MEQs, an Ion Cannon has more shots and so would statistically kill 1.667 MEQs, whereas a Railgun would only kill 0.556. Against Tougher targets or those with better saves, the Railgun would win out here, and the Railgun is also good for killing masses of lightly armoured models/units with it's submunitions fire.

They both have their advantages, just depends on what army and units you think you'll be facing. Ion Cannon is of course cheaper, and for killing tanks I take one or two Broadsides as High-Commander Darkblade said above.
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Old 17 Apr 2007, 00:50   #9 (permalink)
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One note- With an ordanance blast, you pretty much always get at least three models.

They are both good for differnet things, as said before. I run one Railhead and one Ionhead, to geta good spread of different effectivnesses and wepaons.
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Old 17 Apr 2007, 08:15   #10 (permalink)
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What secondary weapon system do you use for both of those Hammerheads?
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