DOH! While writing this I forgot that Plasma Guns are rapid fire and not assault weapons so take that under consideration while reading this... see it really has been a long time since I've played!:
As I mentioned in my very first blog it's been years since I have actually played 40K, nor have I played 5th edition even once. So I have tactical questions... even if the answers to those questions are just opinion those opinions are much more informed than I am nowadays.
Now obviously in 5th edition everyone and their mother loves their meltaguns and with good reason. The extra D6 to hurt a vehicle and AP 1 are pretty much no brainers for taking down those pesky Land Raiders but does it make sense to include one or two in a squad.
I've always been a fan of the plasma gun personally and to me two of them in a squad makes more sense than a Melta or two. (two special weapons for my Grey Hunters squad) First the engagement range is farther, then the danger to high value non-vehicle units is greater and finally light vehicles still have a pretty bad survival rate against 4 plasma shots at close range. (Like those pesky Dark Eldar Raiders I'm sure we'll be seeing more of.) OK so a Land Raider isn't going to have to watch out for that squad as much but it's not like there won't be other things for it to worry about.
So am I way off base with my 5th edition tactica or does this make sense? I've set up a poll on the side here to see everyone opinions but please leave me a few comments explaining your position... even if it's just "what you prefer" I'd really like to hear why.
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