The general consensus appears to be that the new flyer is too ugly to look at. But, aside from the looks, how do you think the Storm Talon serves best in a C:SM army? What is its purpose in 6th?
- Fast Attack slot on the FOC;
- Fast Skimmer;
- AV 11 all around;
- BS 4;
- Ceramite Plating.
Standard load-out: Twin-Linked Assault Cannon, Twin-Linked Heavy Bolter
The Twin-linked Heavy Bolter can be replaced by:
- Twin-linked lascannon;
- Typhoon Missile Launcher;
- Sky Hammer Missile Launcher (60" range, S7, AP4, Heavy 3).
- Escort Craft:
Can be attached to a unit entering from reserves, and will appear within 6" of the unit. It cannot escort a unit arriving by Deepstrike. One Stormtalon per unit. Cannot escort another Stormtalon.
- Hover Strike:
Can convert to a skimmer but may not move (it can pivot on the spot) in order to receive a +1 to BS against artillery, beasts, bikes, cavalry, infantry, MCs and vehicles that are not skimmers. Also all shots have the Pinning special rule.
- Aerial Assault
Can move 12" and fire all weapons
May move flat out up to 36"
I think the Typhoon Missile Launcher will be the best option, especially given the Aerial Assault special rule. Combined with the TL Assault Cannons, this could lead up to some nice rear/side armour shots, and also not withstanding it's potential against infantry.
The Sky Hammer Missile Launcher feels like a similar weapon system, with stats that are the average of both fire modes of the Typhoon. The extra range and the extra shot make it a viable method of heavy support. But do you really want the long range? Sure, it is only an AV 11 vehicle. So you'll want to keep it out of range and in cover. But let's not forget the 24" range of the assault cannons. You'll have to get up close and personal to put these to good use. And with the pinning special rule when in hover mode, this can prove to be a true infantry killer.
I am not that enthusiastic about the lascannon option. It is the most expensive of the three, and it's not really adding anything spectacular to the gunship. In my opinion, lascannons do not mix well with assault cannons. Their target groups are too different to be put to good use.
I am thinking of running a Stormtalon Gunship with Typhoon Missile Launcher along with a squadron of two Landspeeder Typhoons with Heavy Bolters. This will be a fast fire support unit, capable of damaging both light armour and infantry. The weapon systems work well in synergy with each other, and the speed of both units will add to their versatility.
What do you guys think? Are you going to use a Stormtalon, and if so, in what manner?
Edited by Raphiel, 25 May 2012 - 06:03 PM.