Seismic Cannons worthwhile now? Feb 22, 2020 4:24:11 GMT
Post by murderfiesta on Feb 22, 2020 4:24:11 GMT
I wrote up a bit here, but the summary is:
If you take the custom cult with No Penalty for Moving on Heavy Weapons and Re-roll hit rolls on heavy weapons, you have a 75% chance to hit with a heavy weapon. 888 pts (12 squads of 10) of Neophytes with Seismic Cannons will put 27 wounds onto a T7+, 3+ target at 12", and 18 wounds at > 12" in a single turn of shooting.
Against a T4/3+ target with 2 wounds at >12" they'll do 24 wounds, at <12" they'll average 45 wounds in a single turn of shooting.
These are not terrible numbers for a large number of models the opponent will likely have a very hard time clearing. Plus you've still got 1100 points on the board for other things still.
For comparison, mining lasers will do an average of 35 wounds to T7/T8, 3+ targets, and will kill an average of 11 intercessors in each round of shooting assuming you never roll two damage rolls of 1 for a single intercessor.
Let me know what you think! I think the primary difficulty here is that a decent number of these squads will have to start on the table. That can be mitigated by taking some Brood Brothers to fill out initial drops, but if you're running this kind of list I think you might as well just take more Neophytes.
The secondary difficulty is that 12 squads completely fills the Troops slots from two Battalions. If you want any more, you have to bring a third Battalion, which you *should*, but it should probably be a mixed battalion to allow for 4AE, which means there's no point taking any custom cults with that battalion and you might as well not bring any Neophytes in the third battalion as a result. There's the possibility for taking a big squad of rock saw acolytes or some similar melee bomb in this Battalion for a turn 3 drop after all the Neophytes blast the front line away, but at that point managing the balance between which units start on the table and which go into reserve becomes even trickier without wasting points on Brood Brothers.