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Sabre Tank Hunter

Sabre Tank Hunter

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Brother Casman

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So, I found this picture whilst sorting through some files:
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We originally created this here on the B&C in 2009 (I think), and I wanted to bring it up-to-date with the new edition (that's my conversion in the picture!). Some background can be found on Lexicanum.

My first pass of a possible profile is:
Name: Sabre Tank Hunter
Power Rating: 10 (Points: 200)
Battlefield Role: Heavy Support
A Sabre Tank Hunter is a single model equipped with a heavy laser destroyer array.
Stats
MWSBSSTWALdSv
*6+*6811*83+


Damage
Remaining WoundsMBSA
6-11+10"3+3
3-55"4+d3
1-23"5+1


Weapons
NameRangeTypeSAPDamageAbilities
Heavy laser destroyer array60"Heavy d39-3d6When attacking units with the Vehicle keyword, roll 2 dice when inflicting damage and discard the lowest result.


Options: Hunter-killer missile, Storm Bolter
Abilities: Explodes, Smoke Launchers
Faction Keywords: Imperium, Adeptus Astartes, <Chapter>
Keywords: Relic, Vehicle, Sabre Tank Hunter

This first pass only has the Heavy Laser Destroyer Array as an option, since that is basically what I originally built mine with. That said, I think the Vanquisher Cannon option could probably be resurrected. I sort of envision the tank as the initial punch to enemy armour before you get to close-quarters, or perhaps the dealer of the finishing blow to clean up the battlefield. It's definitely not intended to operate alone!

Some of you may ask "why bring back the Sabre and not just counts-as a Deimos Pattern Vindicator Laser Destroyer?" Much as I like the idea of the Vindicator Laser Destroyer as a spiritual successor, it still feels like a Vindicator to me: short-ranged, in-your-face. The Sabre is more of a long(ish) range response to enemy threats, I feel. Plus, when I built mine, the concept of a Laser Volley Cannon didn't exist yet - it wouldn't feel right for my Sabre to sit still and get double the shots. D3 shots isn't quite right either, but it's closer to the original intent, I think.
Others may ask "why are you using an Astra Militarum gun instead of the Laser Destroyer as seen on the Mastodon/Rapier? Or the Neutron Pulse Cannon?"
The Laser Destroyers seem a little too short-ranged as well and a little too powerful. Likewise, the Neutron Pulse Cannon seems too powerful for what I'm envisioning - I'm not sure the Rhino chassis can handle the strain of firing one of those! ;)

So, with that in mind: thoughts, comments, criticisms?
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I thought of adding a Razorback turret to the Vindicator Laser Destroyer, to reduce its vulnerability to enemy flyers and infantry. Maybe that should be an option for the laser destroyer array-armed Sabre Tank Hunter as well? (Not for the Vanquisher cannon-armed variant, as the turret and sponsons would diminish the loading and stowage of cannon shells, as well as interfere with the cannons' operation.)

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Hmmm... while the Ork in me likes the thought of strapping on more guns, the Imperial in me is concerned about precedent. I can't bring to mind any examples where a rhino-sized vehicle had a big gun in the front and a gun on top. (I may be a little tired, to be honest). Anyway, my initial thought is that would be why the Sabre has an option for a cupola storm bolter.
Brother Casman's Terrain Extravaganza! - Everything is complete! | 2015 Thread of Things! - Some infantry arrive.

"Sometimes the Imperium needs heroes, sometimes saints and other times it needs monsters, for the dark void of the stars is cold and has bred nightmare and treachery most could never dream of. So when some call him tyrant, world-burner, apostate and butcher, remember this: He commanded armies on a hundred worlds and spanned cursed stars where saints would fear to tread, and in doing so held back the night. Monster he may have been, but he was ours and I for one thank the God-Emperor for him." - Inquistor Marr, Speaking of Lord-Errant Cromhal, Supreme Commander of the Aegisine Crusade, M.39





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