Thursday, July 19, 2012
Plasma vs. Melta: The Great Debate
Now some melta in every list is very important and we cannot ignore the use of it overall as that occasional land raider will give us fits. Yet for the standard squad which will be more important? Common marine units were small and generally couldn't fit in a special weapon yet if they could at any point it would be melta. Yet now the game is changing and mech is virtually being burried alive. We now have rhinos, if any transport, with full squads trying to grab up a good spot around midfield in order to lay down dakka down field from full 10 man units. In this roll plasma seems to have the upper hand. Also with the rise in terminators AP 2 rapid fire weapons could be more important than ever. So realistically we need the ap2 shots at a longer range. Occasionally you might run into a raider list yet if you do it will be limited and probably weak handed. So personally with the rise of MM attack bikes I would just leave the anti-raider rush to these guys.
Now it does come down to your local meta as always but if you do see the lists I have noticed starting to come to fruition on the web and in the stores plasma does seem to be replacing the standard melta gun in 70% of units. Now I will state since they cannot be snap fired I do not really see plasma cannons being used compared to multi meltas....yet again it all depends on squad role....more on this later
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