How about if you have a 5++ against MW like Templars do? Does that change whether you'd use the bodyguard rule on low or single damage attacks?
I like how people went for me. I said they were useless for various reasons however here is one guy who actually puts something down that actually DOES change my tune...mainly because I keep far away from black templars as best I can...they can be a little...zealous.
The fact you could actually have the bodyguards gain a 5+++ against the mortal wounds taken (which I believe was a buff for BT? wasn't their prior version from psykers only?) certainly would make it a pain in the back-side. Not saying it is perfect and still a long way to go before actually usable in a real way but to be fair, I wouldn't like to have to deal with captain smash and his 10 bodyguards in melee.
On the regards to taking 2 of them, yea. Fair enough, you can do that but to be honest at that point your point filling and anything above 70 odd points you would of been better taking eliminators who will do something other than being bodybags.
My point stands: Why are you spending points on a defence that doesn't need defence? The only reason I could see the bodyguard rule becoming important is if snipers become god good. Like if your local meta has a player running around with 4 vindicares then go ahead, good answer to that silliness.
It is just a case that I am wondering why you would bother with company vets for bodyguards? Like those are the special weapon carriers! Get them some meltas, flamers (with long range marksmen successor trait) or plasma, strap them in the nearest drop pod and heave ho!
I will comment one thing however, the version shield drones have should be the gold standard for bodyguard rules however maybe not 2+ to trigger (maybe reduce it for other factions). The reason I say so is it just doesn't make sense mechanically. By standard gameplay, a lascannon can only kill one marine at a time. But somehow, now its to "get down mr. president" they suddenly can all be hit and killed at once. Again, considering how much company vets cost, and considering lore on power armour, the rule should just make it like the tau version.
Which does have its caveats, it triggers on the wounding roll succeeding which means you can't chose to first check if you save it first, then retroactively "get down Mr. President", you have to opt for the drone to eat it and hope for the 5+++ to work. Again, it is the fact that the situation that this comes up is so niche and very narrow it has little to no use. I mean, unless you give all the vets a storm shield (and even then) they are relatively easy to remove without needing to make them practice their sideway lunge!
Lots of cons with few pros.
And to reiterate: I like the BT idea, would certainly be cute.
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