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Old 17 Jul 2007, 01:55   #1 (permalink)
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I was just wondering, why do railrounds stop after hitting just a single target? In all the fluff I've read they just keep going through things and causing destruction. So why in the game can you fire it into a group of marines or a tank and only hit that one instead of the ones behind him?

The space marines have a psychic power that draws a line to the edge of the board and it hits all of the units under it.

So I think that the railround should be able to keep going up to its maximum distance until it is stopped by tank armour or an invulnerable save. Each model under it would be hit and if killed it would cause a death in the unit, chosen by the opponent. This way it is like the rules for blast weapons and it prevents you from sniping special models.

I do realize that it could have something to do with the angle but still, it should hit more than just one guy.

EDIT: I am just interested in hearing what all of you have to say about this. I fully understand that GW is not going to change this rule anytime soon. And besides, railguns are awesome just the way they are!

But hey, who wouldn't mind a little more bang for their buck? >
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 02:30   #2 (permalink)
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One word: Balance.

Yes it is "cool" but it would cost us more or it would be terribly unbalancing. I actually don't want to pay more for my railhead.

As I recall the eldar have a platform that work similarly to that. Straight line of damage. I forget how the mechanics of it worked. There were chances that it just did nothing I think though
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 02:50   #3 (permalink)
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Maybe if it only did that for the target unit, and only on a 4+ for each model past the first. But otherwise yes, it would be excessive.

Realistically, the chances that you could perfectly line up a shot at chest level through multiple warriors is very rare. Realistically, the soldiers are much smaller than their bases indicate, and the railgun MIGHT be very powerful, but it's still only a single bullet. (Unlike the previously mentioned eldar weapon, which I believe is a coherent stream of energy/sound, I can't remember which).
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 03:00   #4 (permalink)
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I see both of your points and I have to agree with them. I wouldn't want to pay more for a railgun either, and the chances are very slim of hitting multiple models.

Thanks for the quick responses.
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 20:06   #5 (permalink)
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rail rounds displace so much air that even MISSING your intended target will kill whatever living thing that it passes by within about a 5 foot radius. therefore a space marine could be missed by a rail round but the air tight seals in his power armour would break and his body would be sucked out of the small holes or the break in the seals would cause explosive decompression. I think that if a model in a unit is hit then any other models within to inches must make a 4+ save if the save is failed then the other models die with the model originally hit and killed by the rail round.

But whatever floats your boat.
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 20:10   #6 (permalink)
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rail rounds displace so much air that even MISSING your intended target will kill whatever living thing that it passes by within about a 5 foot radius. therefore a space marine could be missed by a rail round but the air tight seals in his power armour would break and his body would be sucked out of the small holes or the break in the seals would cause explosive decompression. I think that if a model in a unit is hit then any other models within to inches must make a 4+ save if the save is failed then the other models die with the model originally hit and killed by the rail round.

But whatever floats your boat.
Of course, one could argue that the air displacement is part of the "hit" scored on a model.
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 20:43   #7 (permalink)
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rail rounds displace so much air that even MISSING your intended target will kill whatever living thing that it passes by within about a 5 foot radius. therefore a space marine could be missed by a rail round but the air tight seals in his power armour would break and his body would be sucked out of the small holes or the break in the seals would cause explosive decompression. I think that if a model in a unit is hit then any other models within two inches must make a 4+ save if the save is failed then the other models die with the model originally hit and killed by the rail round.

But whatever floats your boat.
Of course, one could argue that the air displacement is part of the "hit" scored on a model.
But the vacuum created by the super sonic speeds of the rail round would crush anyone near the hit person. So therefore the affected unit should be automatically pinned. But the sort of special rule in my other post in the topic should only apply to hammerhead and broadside railguns. Basically its goes like this:
Hammerhead computer: Target locked. Fire sequence initiated. BOOM.
Space marine: What was that?!!! Guys? hello?(sees all the dead members in his squad him being the only one left.) I'm gonna go join the tau.
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 20:52   #8 (permalink)
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Isn't that pretty much what we call "submuntion"?
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 20:56   #9 (permalink)
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It might be fun, but it is sort of assumed that lining up two moving targets at the same time is too difficult to be factored in. It is a point of abstraction that targets are stationary in the shooting phase.
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Old 17 Jul 2007, 21:01   #10 (permalink)
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But the vacuum created by the super sonic speeds of the rail round would crush anyone near the hit person. So therefore the affected unit should be automatically pinned.
Should? Nay: Could

Alternatively: Denote Railgun shots as 'Pinning' weapons which lead to pinning tests from them.
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