Unit in play: 48 inch range, non line of sight. Large blast template, 2d6 plus a scatter dice.
I never used to give Whirlwinds much credit, considering how good Long Fangs are. But once you get a few good hits off of them, you will see just how good they can be! Keep these bad boys hidden, completely if you can. I mean totally out of ANYTHINGS line of sight. Because, get this… Whirlwinds DON’T NEED A LINE OF SIGHT TO FIRE!! Now, the ammunition fired isn’t really much to write home about. But if you’re playing against pesky Eldar with Rangers hiding in cover… you’re good to go. Fire the “Castillian” missile that doesn’t allow cover saves, screwing them out of there advantage! There you go tough guys, hide in your non-existent cover, and make your normal armor saves. Stupid Tau pathfinders trying to rob you of your cover saves? Rob them of theirs right back. It’s brilliant!
Do you have tougher enemies that don’t like to cower in cover? Fire the Vengeance missiles. They’re much stronger, and has some armor denial for the rank and file gribblies in various armies. (I’m looking at YOU Orks, Foot Slogging Guard, Tau, Eldar and Dark Eldar). One good shot and you will make quick work of a pile of standard Boyz, or Kabbalite Warriors.
With a 48 inch range on either ammunition, there is not a whole lot of room to hide from these beasts. Remember, Whirlwinds are nearly useless against vehicles, unless you are looking at armor 10 DE vehicles or some weedy tau pirhanas or something. Even then, the STR 5, you will need a 6 on the penetration roll to do any wicked damage.
If you are facing off against, say, Blood Angels or Grey Knights… leave the Whirlwinds at home. They can’t deny a Space Marine his armor saves and, as stated earlier, they stink at bring down transports.
I have, in the past, run a pair of Whirlwinds completely hidden in cover. It was against Biel Tan Eldar, and they absolutely wreak HAVOC on anything standing on the ground. When your opponent can’t even see what he is being shot at with, well, it brings a smile to this old wolf’s face. Until next time my fellow Sons of Russ…
FOR THE WOLFTIME!!
Wolf Lord Paul