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Flamer Drones, worth converting?
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 19:55   #1 (permalink)
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Default Flamer Drones, worth converting?

Hi, as you may know, Tau players rarely equip their crisis suits with flamers (well, at least most of the time). So I have some flamer bits lying around. But I also have some drone sprues that are not assembled. So I decided that I'm going to convert the drones into flamer drones! So what do you guys think of Twin-linked flamer drones? Are they legal? And how much should they cost point-wise? I've been dying to try it out, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 20:02   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it would be a house rule so it would need your opponent's permission to field.

As for points, i reckon about 15-20 points.
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 20:22   #3 (permalink)
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Very much off-topic but I lol'd at the fungi comment in your sig'. Thanks for that crazy one.
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 21:25   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Flamer Drones, worth converting?

If you're going to convert them, either give them a single, non TLed Flamer, or convert a Heavy Gun Drone into a TL Flamer drone.

A drone hovering with TL infantry weaponry is very different froma drone hovering with TL crisis suit weaponry.

If using a regular Gun Drone with a single Flamer, I guess I'd say 16-18 points. If using a Heavy Gun Drone with a TL Flamer, I'd suggest 22-25 points.

I have no clue how to balance point costs, though, so take that advice with a bucket of salt.
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 22:31   #5 (permalink)
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You've got some serious hivemind going on...

Foxxy just came up with the idea and rules a little while ago.

I would give her topic a once-over.
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Old 15 Mar 2009, 22:50   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Flamer Drones, worth converting?

I'd read over most of that before, which is probably why I stole borrowed from Strongbow's post.

I still think the price for the Heavy Gun Drone flamers should be over 20; that 19-20 price tag comes directly comparing the TL Burst price to the TL Flamer, when the drone's BS 2 means the closest comparison is actually to a single mounted Burst Cannon (3 shots with roughly a 50% chance to hit). The TL flamer's price is balanced with other weapons at a BS of 3.

I didn't plan on this, but I'm fairly sure that puts the "by the book" pricing of Heavy Gun Drone - BC + TL Flamer cost at 23 points - Snugly in my suggested range.

Gun drones with a single-mounted flamer at 16 points, Heavy Gun Drones with a TL flamer at 22 points. I like it, and want those mountable on my devilfish, alongside some Fletchette Dischargers! It'd make my Tyranid opponent cry, especially since they'd be defensive weapons... ;D
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