Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Immortals: Tesla Vs Gauss
Posted by Venerable Brother Labels: Necrons
How did I arrive at this decision and is it the right one?
I use one of the units with a Veil of Darkness/Abyssal Staff/Nightmare Shroud Crytpek and, from another Royal Court, I have a Destruction Cryptek w/ Gaze of Flame - these attach to Anrakyr's Phyrrian Eternals.
The other unit of Immortals has a Destruction Cryptek w/ Pulse.
For context, the list is:
Anrakyr the Traveller - Command Barge (Warscythe, Tahcyon Arrow, Mind in the Machine)
Overlord - Command Barge, Warscythe, Sempiternal Weave, Mindshackle Scarabs
Royal Court - 3 Destruction Cryptek w/ 1 Pulse, 1 Despair Cryptek w/Veil
Royal Court - 2 Destruction Crytpek w/ 1 Pulse and 1 Gaze of Flame
1 x 10 Phyrrian Eternals (Immortals with Furious Charge and Counter Attack)
1 x 10 Immortals
3 x 5 Warriors
1 x 7 Scarabs
1 x 6 Scarabs
So Tesla or Gauss? It is a tough decision. For the Eternals, the decision was, for me, easy...
With the set up they have, they will often sit back, slowly advancing on foot and firing off the AP2 missile from the Cryptek, once the 2 Solar Pulses have been spent, they will use the Veil to port in close to an enemy infantry unit, typically an isolated unit, often dismebarked in the early turns through firepower.
Combining the Abyssal Staff (template ap2, tests vs LD - so Breath of Chaos as alot of the time, it'll kill on 4+) with 20 S5 AP4 shots we can put some very serious hurt on a unit, addin the additional Ap2 S8 shot, and we can really take down a unit.
The return fire should be minimal as we have 12 bodies in the unit and 10 3+ saves. We can of course, get back up on 5's.. the selection of target unit is critical, as is the level of support from the rest of the army - both of these factors will help to minimise the casualties on the Crons.
What if it is a combat unit? Well, our initial volley should put some very real hurt onto the unit. We then have 3 other factors that'll help in assault..
1) Counter Attack - giving 2 attacks to the Immortals
2) WS4 means most people hit on 4's
3) Gaze of Flame - defensive grenades reducing the attacks of the enemy by 1.
So, are the Eternals going to win the fight? Against a 'real' CC unit? Nope. But the question should really be in that case - "why did you put them near a cc unit?"
Against MSU units, yes, they are going to, especially after a good round of shooting when the Eternals port in.
Are they a comabt unit? Hell, no. don't get confused! Just becuase they are slightly more resilient to assault than other necron units, that's all it is - resiliency.
During the first 2 turns as they are keeping their distance from the enemy army, the Gauss weaponry will not be having any real impact on the enemy. During Night Fight/Pulse periods, the idea is to maximise distance from the enemy, whilst getting into position ourselves and maximising our firepower.
Gauss doesn't really help with this.
Tesla could though.
Or could it?
10 Tesla's with an effective range of 30" (due to 'Assault') will kill 1.8 MEQ per turn. Turn one you may not get this, but from T2 - T5 (which we can be sure of) we'll get it...so about 7.2 MEQ over the game.
Vs Rhino's (the most common chassis on the tabletop) we can only glance it to death. Whilst we'll hit around 40 times, due to S5, glancing (-2 to table) and Tesla Ap '-' we are minusing 3 from our glancing result.. so we need 6's to glance, followed by 6's to cause meaningful damage.
That's about 1 result per game. Or 2 as we could have 2 units..
and No Land Raiders..but that is what Scarabs and speeding Warscythes are for.. lol.
How does that comapre to Gauss?
Well, the units WILL be moving all the time, whether to maximse distance FROM the enemy or to Veil in or walk towards the enemy.
So, we'll look just at rapid fire figures. Straight away we know we'll be producing more than the 2 extra Tesla hits that are produced on average. 20 Shots is impressive. Vs MEQ it produces 3 dead per turn instead of 2.
Vs Rhinos we can produce 3 decent results per game, or 6 with two units..
LR's we can actually do something to, but are not likely to as we have to be pretty close and then will die...so whilst it is a possibility, let's not even look at it!
Last ditch effort...lol
Vs enemies that are not marines, the AP4 is fantastic. We cut down literally hordes of guys with gauss. The vast majoity of non 3+ saves are T3.
So we kill on 2's, resulting in 11 dead per turn. Impressive.
None of these figures factor in the AP2 S8 missile or the Abssyal Staff (kills on a 4+ vs most targets at Ld8) as we are trying to purely consider the 2 guns.
However, the role of the unit is crucial in figuring out what's what.
The Eternals will be up close and personal, veiling in and vaporising a unit. Receiving a charge and hopefully fighting them off through weight of numbers and the +1/-1, 2 attack swing from CA/GoF.
The second unit of Immortals will maintain their distance and fire missiles are transports for the first two turns, before or as they move towards the mid field objective. in the md field, their rapid firing gauss will make a real impact whilst spraying enemy troops approaching the objective.
Due to the role of the untis and the roles of the rest of the army (which I'm keeping stumm on til after Blog Wars, but is pretty freakin' obvious) then Gauss is the way forward for me.
How about you guys? Have you been using Gauss or Tesla? Which do you find to be better and for what reasons?