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Gun Drone Squadrons

Submitted By: Date: July 18, 2006, 12:00:00 AM Views: 1959
Summary: <p class="body">Gun Drone squadrons are extremely versatile units and have advantages over fire warriors, despite the fact that they have no options. Gun Drones are dedicated to the pulse carbine whereas Fire Warriors can only have up to half the units with pulse carbines. Gun Drones are also better at shooting and they have jump packs. Of course they haven’t got the rapid-fire benefit or range of a pulse rifle. Because of this they are usually passed off as “these are not the drones you are looking for”.<br />

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Building the unit: all units of Gun Drones no matter their task must be full units of 8 because other wise they will fail Leadership tests.<br />
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There are a few different ways to use these Drones.<br /></p>

<p class="heading">Drone Shoot out </p>

<p class="body">This simple shooting using drones.  Basically jump so the Gun Drone unit is within 18” of the enemy for shooting. Then jump back in the assault phase around 5” to 6”, but this really depends on the number you killed in the shooting phase.<br />
 The enemy in most cases will not be able to assault you or shoot you effectively. If you get the jumping and shooting right most 24” rapid fire troops will not be able to shoot back. Continue to jump back the unit as the enemy advances and this can go on for a while without loss even to Tyranids.<br /></p>

<p class="heading">Drone sniping </p>

<p class="body">This is trying to use the Pinning ability to maximum effect by reducing the chosen unit’s Leadership.<br />
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Try and get the Sargent of the target unit to be just in range of shooting, without his friends so that he has to take the wound and this causes a “pining check” without the Leadership of the Sargent (assuming that he or she dies from this wound).  If this is successful your army can concentrate else where for a turn.  Try and make sure that any major Leaderships advantages are all ready dealt with such as the Space Marines the “Master” or “Captain” before attempting this for maximum effect. Note each Gun Drone unit causes a separate “Pinning check” so an enemy squad could have 3 Pinning checks at the end of the shooting phase if 3 units of Gun Drone squadrons each cause at least one wound.<br />
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Doesn’t work on: Khorne or Undivided Chaos or Tank armies or Necrons (they can be pinned but have no sergeants in their squads) Tyranids (same as Necrons)<br />
Difficult on: Orks (while the unit number is high)<br />
Good on: Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Eldar and Dark Eldar (not sure never played them)<br /></p>

<p class="heading">And this is the back armour of my tank Mr Drone</p>

<p class="body">Destroy vehicles from behind on that weak spot. Quite funny.<br />
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“Deep strike” or move around terrain and then fire 8 S5 shots into the rear armour and watch the tank explode.  If it is a transport vehicle with one entrance and is loaded try to position the drones by the door.  This will kill all the occupants when the tank is destroyed.<br />
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No good on: Land Raiders, Monoliths, any super tank, sentry turrets and Tyranids but for reason they have no tanks.<br />
Difficult on: Leman Russ Demolisher <br />
Good on: IG, SM, Chaos, Eldar, Tau, Ork and Dark Eldar vehicles (except those all ready stated) and on all aircraft if close enough (6” normally if flying)<br /></p>

<p class="heading">Drone swarm</p>

<p class="body">Used to Protect the Shas’o or Shas’el or an Ethereal<br />
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Keep the HQ with 2 Gun Drones in a group of 8 Gun Drones this gives him 10 T3, save 4+, wounds.  Note the Gun Drone squadron is not connected to the Shas’o/el so you can’t deep strike them together. Remove the hard wire drones as casualties as soon as possible so that your character can pull back and so not be shot due to “independent character” rules.<br />
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No good against: assassins or mass heavy bolter fire or can cause strength 6 and 7 instant killing of the commander<br /></p>

<p class="heading">Assault drones or Tie Up drones</p>

<p class="body">Attack using drones to kill or tie up the enemy <br />
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Unit building: the more Squadrons of Gun Drones the better<br />
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Run the drones in shooting, then charge (you will have to use cover or bait to distract the enemy so that the Gun Drone Squadron does not to get shoot to pieces).  Use as many Gun Drone Squadrons as possible to hold the unit or kill it or cause it to flee.  If in the shooting phase you pin the enemy unit don’t attack (but you knew that).  Don’t try this if near to another unit as it might act as a stepping stone.<br />
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The attack can kill an IG squad and really hurt a SM squad.<br />
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A good commander will use all these aspects (and some I haven’t thought of) combined together for maximum effect.  It is also wise to work out how many enemies each gun drone squadron can deal with in a turn.  Don’t worry thought I have done the shooting table for you it is set up for 8 gun drones shooting. So you don’t bite off more than you can chew.<br /></p>

<tr><td>Toughness</td>       <td>no save or AP 5</td>         <td>6+ </td>              <td>5+</td>              <td> 4+</td>             <td>3+</td>           <td>2+             .</td></tr>
<tr><td>          3</td>           <td>3  19/27</td>                  <td>3  7/81</td>         <td>2 38/81</td>      <td>1 23/27</td>      <td>1 19/81</td>      <td>50/81</td></tr>
<tr><td>          4</td>           <td>2  26/27</td>                  <td>2  38/81</td>       <td>1 79/81</td>      <td>1 13/27</td>      <td>80/81</td>         <td>40/81</td></tr>
<tr><td>          5</td>           <td>2  2/9</td>                      <td>1  23/27</td>       <td>1 13/27</td>      <td>1 1/9 </td>         <td>20/27 </td>        <td>10/27</td></tr>
<tr><td>          6</td>           <td>1  13/27</td>                  <td>1  19/81</td>       <td>80/81</td>         <td>20/27</td>         <td>40/81</td>         <td>20/81</td></tr>
<tr><td>        7/8</td>          <td>20/27</td>                      <td>50/81</td>           <td>40/81</td>         <td>10/27</td>         <td>20/81</td>         <td>10/81</td></tr></table>

<p class="body">Good luck with your drone shenanigans.</p>

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