Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bardus Tactica - Controlling Transports


Can a Rhino control an objective in 6th edition? Yes and no.

A guest blog by Sam White.

Whilst skimming the 6th edition rulebook, I came across something interesting. On page 109, we learn that Dedicated Transports count as the same branch of the Force Org. as the unit they were purchased for. So what does this mean?

Well, in the mission Big Guns Never Tire, the Heavy Metal rule allows Heavy Support vehicles to control objectives. Guess what? That dedicated transport you bought for your Devastators, that now counts as a Heavy Support option, can now take that objective. This same effect applies for Fast Attack units in the mission 'The Scouring'.

This allows a clever player to sneak a harmless little Rhino, that's now scoring, up to an objective at the end of the game. That's silly though. With only 3 hull points and armor 11, a Rhino may not be something to rely on for this. Let's say, however, you play Blood Angels, and buy your Vanguard Veterans a Land Raider as a dedicated transport. You now have something that has 14 armor and 4 hull points that can park up on an objective and steal it from under your opponent's nose. Better yet, buy some Drop Pods for your Devastators/Vanguard Vets and drop them on your opponent's objectives toward the end of the game! [Edit: I've just been made aware that becuase Drop Pods are immobile, they cannot score.] There are some very interesting ways to use this if the opportunity presents itself.

Seeing how clearly this rule is worded on page 109, I think it would be hard to argue against with the rules for controlling objectives as the 2 special missions are specifically referenced on page 123. Will this win you a tournament? Unlikely. And planning around it could cost you points that may never see fruition. What it can do, is come in and save you in the clutch. So, like with all the tips in the Bardus Tactica articles, keep it in the back of your mind for when you need it.

What do you think? Questions, Comments, Concerns? 

Sam White

4 comments:

Chaos Rob said...

I think it's cool that you noticed this. But with practical application, i think this will start a lot of argument.

DICE HATE ME!!!!!!!! said...

I do not think that is correct it states for all the other missions that.
"There are a few exceptions,however,when a unit of troops does not count as a scoring unit.
If it is a vehicle," it seems like you are extrapolating from a specific change in the rule for a mission and applying it to all other missions which you can not do. Also it clearly states that heavy/fast attack vehicles can claim objectives if they are also Heavy/fast attack units which a rhino is not, nor are any transports for that matter. A land raider taken as a heavy support unit would work but not if it is taken as a dedicated transport. Just my 2 cents on the idea.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dice, you really should read page 109 before you comment. It indicates a dedicated transport vehicle taken for a heavy support choice DOES count as heavy support itself.

Son of Dorn said...

@ Rob: Yeah. It's not intuitive, and it's been very overlooked. But it is hard to argue with that big bold lettering on pg. 109

@ Dice: I specifically note the 2 missions in which this is possible. This is NOT something that will work in every game, nor should you build an army around it. It's just something that's a handy tool in the event where the circumstances to implement it present themselves. And as Anon said below you, pg 109 VERY CLEARLY states that dedicated transports count as the branch of the force org they're bought for. Keep an eye out for that scoring deep striking Land Raider on your objective ;)

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