|One of 2 Devilfish I run in my Mechanised Cadre|
By timing I mean when to get the Fire Warriors out their ‘fish and when to keep them safely inside it. The crucial thing is knowing what’s going to shoot back at you. You don’t need to worry so much about your target, it’s going to be devastated by your Fire Warriors' volley. It’s other nearby units that can really hurt. For example, a Thunder Fire Cannon that can draw line of sight to your clumped up Fire Warriors (because you just got out the Devilfish). A smart opponent will devastate your Fire Warriors on his next turn. In this case, it's best not to get them out of the 'fish until your Skyray or hammerhead has killed the cannon.
Ideally, you need to plan what you’re fire warriors are going to kill from turn one. Not always possible, but you can usually get an idea from your opponent’s army list and deployment. You need to pick from his list the units you’re Fire Warriors can kill most effectively, work out what he is most likely to do with them, and accordingly, where they are most likely to be. No easy task.
Finally under deployment, there is the positioning of models when you decide to get them out. There are lots of things to consider here. Particularly important are positioning of the ‘fish, positioning of the Fire Warriors, positioning of the Ethereal and positioning of any Gun Drones getting off the ‘fish. Yep, positioning is everything.
That brings us to how to position the Devilfish and its Gun Drones, which in turn brings us to 2 crucial pieces of wargear on the ‘fish – Sensor Spines and Gun Drones. You want maximum flexibility over where you deploy your Devilfish. Sensor Spines allow you to ignore the effects of any terrain, greatly assisting in this. Also, if possible, you want to deploy your Fire Warriors in terrain for a cover save from return fire, again Sensor Spines allow you to do this without worrying about immobilising the ‘fish. Gun drones are passengers that can deploy at the same time as the Fire Warriors, however, crucially they do not become a part of the Fire Warrior’s squad. They’re a separate unit which does not give up a kill point – i.e. they are entirely disposable. When you’re using your ‘fish like this they are better than SMS, IMHO.
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