While not particularly anti-tank, I think this model does more than a heldrake. What do people think about dreadclaws? Another way to deliver rubrics without cp. Or use the webway for tzaangors and pods for marines. Flies in, drops off. If it lives it can fly around and burn multiple units in combat as well as munch things and regain wounds.
My only experience with a Dreadclaw was positive, though that was for World Eaters
I have had nothing but good things to say about my forgefiend, yes in a vacuum its not as good as a defiler on a 1-1 basis, but frankly my forgefiend with duel hades cannons is cheaper, and outputs more damage then my defiler, except in combat where the defiler is just a monsterous bugger.
The forgefiend has several advantages over the predator, of course the predator outputs more straight AT damage, but that 5++ invul, and regaining of wounds is just so fantastic on the forgefiend and its bretheren along with having a pip more wounds. (12 to 11) and a 3+/5++ to a 3+, and of course the engines all have the Daemon keyword and access to the Daemonforge strategem just making them wrecking balls in either shooting or melee.
Them being "mediocre" at base stat means nothing when we can buff them to very large heights.
I usually nip this debate in the bud by taking 3 daemon engines or 2 engines and a pred at 2k
Little bit of love to go around for everybody!
Random side note; Anyone here got a Decimator engine? how are they?
Got 1 Decimator (Double Claw, Double Flamer), haven't fielded it yet. Will let you know when I do.