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Old 10 Dec 2007, 03:14   #1 (permalink)
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IS there any real point in sinking points into a Gun Drone squad as a fast attack. I assume you would want them because they deep strike, but otherwise why would you take them?
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 03:24   #2 (permalink)
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Yea there is a lot ;to screen units with low saves like vespid, to tie-up key close combat units so they don't attack your more important units, to pin none fearless units, to lure units into range of other units guns. And i'm sure there are many more those are just the onyl ones I can think of right now.
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 03:29   #3 (permalink)
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One interesting use for gun drones is the suicide surprise squad. You deepstrike behind an enemy tank and fire a volley of TL pulse carbines into the rear armor- it's totally unexpected, and a great way to mess with opponents who bring tons of vehicles.

They can also be used to screen your monat crisis suits, and to tie up certain squads in combat (Obliterators, devastators, stuff that you don't want shooting at you).
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 09:20   #4 (permalink)
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I'm using Gun drones on piranhas (as if they some other choice) piranha can bring the drones close to the vehicle drop them and let them fire on rear armour. It is fun to see predator turning on place to get them in los and shoving his side armour to rainguns and fusion blasters. ;D
Independent drone squadron's must have 6+ members to be effective and that is enough points to buy one or two more piranhas.
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The main reason I take a small GD squad is quite simply it's a cheap scoring unit ( 48 pts ) . And seeing how 40K is all about Scoring Units end of the day , units like these are damn usefull .

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Old 10 Dec 2007, 09:35   #6 (permalink)
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Best way to get them is to get 5 piranhas with fusion blasters and because you have 10 free drones drop em all on the enemy.
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Best way to get them is to get 5 piranhas with fusion blasters and because you have 10 free drones drop em all on the enemy.
If this reply is regarding my post , no can do . Gun Drones from vehicles do not count as scoring units (pg 30 Codex:Tau Empire , Gun Drone entry ) .

But they do count as a unit , so they can be used to force Target Priority test's .
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 10:32   #8 (permalink)
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I wasn't, But even though you can't take objectives how does the enemy remember which squad is scoring or not?
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Old 10 Dec 2007, 10:37   #9 (permalink)
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While I often need these points for something else, I attach 6 gun drones to 3 stealth suits and infiltrate them. I like that better than the straight gun drone squad because it's cheaper per gun drone, they're stealthed, and you have the added firepower (and leadership) of the stealth suits.

With a unit that size (at least 9 models) a bonding knife is almost required, and it's risky to deep-strike them.

EDIT/CORRECTION: For some reason I said this squad would be at least 15 models (must have been tired). It's actually nine, which is still a rather risky deep-strike.
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Oh I love drones, in high point games, if I can I have 18 gun drones. three squads of six. and LIke someone said, drop them behind tanks, they do wonders. In an apocolypse game I had them deep strike between four basilisks with support of one barracuda, and then for the rest of the game no more artillery barrages for mr. heretic over there. I destroyed 75% of their artillery in one volley of shooting. Also I did one structure point of damage to a brass scorpion of khorne with drones too. gotta love rear armour 10
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