Deep thought: To Rifleman Dread or nought...
I may not always blog about 40k, but when I do, I prefer Dreadnoughts. I can't help it, I love these big scary machines of doom and destruction. At one time, not too long ago, I was a purist, I would never take a dreadnought without a big fat close combat to punch face in with. As time goes on though, things change, and now that normal dreads only ever get 2 attacks, I've come to see them as tanks with feet. There is a lot of hype around the rifleman dreadnought, so I thought I'd crunch the numbers and really take a look at the odds, why did it seem that everyone was so obsessed with these Forgeworld oddities?
|Average # of Penetrating Hits by weapon|
So with those numbers crunched, what are the combined odds of penetrating vs various armors?
|Average # of Penetrating hits by combo|
|Twin-Lascannon and Missile Launcher||1.18||.92||.66||.40||.14|
|Assault Cannon and Missile Launcher||1.33||.77||.66||.40||.14|
Maybe somewhat predictably, but the Twin-linked Autocannon is definitely the champion in the AV10/11 department, but once they get t0 AV12, they're losing out to the more generic combinations, and obviously over AV12, they have no chance to penetrate at all. If you're facing down a lot of leafblower lists, the Autocannons may leave something to be desired when compared to the TLLC/ML, but if Razorbacks are your bane, then you'll definitely be wanting those Autocannons.
Sadly, this doesn't really make my decision any easier for fitting my 3 heavy-support dreads, but it's nice to see the numbers laid out in front of me.