Learn Your Flyer Rules, Because More Than Likely Your Opponent Doesn't Know Them Either; Even If They Are Fielding Them!
This past weekend, we had our first escalation league at Thou Shalt Game. The games were played at 750 for the first month and it was interesting to see the number of flyers that were included in lists even at that points level. I faced three opponents and three of them had flyers; one of them even had two flyers. I realize that part of this is the fact that Necron Flyers in particular are extremely points efficient at 100 points; efficient due to the fact they keep your weak troop choices off the field and are a dedicated transport option.
Even playing against three opponents with Flyers, I managed to squeak by three wins; primarily because I was able to destroy all their ground forces and then I just had to avoid their flyers, or at least mitigate how much damage they could do to me. However, looking back at the end of the day, I realized I could have made the day much simpler on myself if I had known the rules for flyers better.
In particular during one game, I managed to take over my opponents aegis defense line with his Icarus Lascannon; after killing off all of his troops. He did have a flyer that he was moving around the battlefield. Not once, but three times I hit and penetrated it and rolled a 2 with an AP 2 weapon which becomes a three.
Now, this does not seem like a big deal, but the rules for flyers on pg. 74 state that a flyer that is stunned can only move 18 inches in a straight line and can not turn. This is important because it would have forced him off the table in turn 3 and the game would have concluded then instead of three turns later at the end of turn 6.
In addition, vehicles that are stunned can only make SNAP SHOTS. As the model in question was a Helldrake, it could not have fired at all, even if it had remained on the board. This is because page 13 of the BRB states that SNAP SHOTS can not be taken template weapons (like the Baleflamer). While this would not have altered the game greatly this time, it could have in a different game on a different day.
I am sure that I am not the only gamer out there that does not know all the new rules, as such, I will endeavor to chronicle the lessons I learn the hard way here on the blog, in the hopes that:
1. I learn from my mistakes and don't repeat them.
2. My hard earned lessons are beneficial to someone else.
I can say that I am going to spend some quality time with my Rule Book learning the flyer rules a whole lot better.