Sunday, October 26, 2014

Horus Heresy Review: Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought

Much like the regular mortis dreadnought, the contemptor has the helical targeting array that means we are able to use it in a valuable anti-aircraft role.

And like the regular contemptor, it is superior to the legion dreadnought in a number of ways, including the atomantic shielding. But it loses the fleet special rule. This means to my mind we want to enhance its potential against aircraft, meaning it will largely stay in place for the entire game, whilst making the most of the weapon systems. The weapon systems, much like the mortis dreadnought, come in pairs. So no dreadnought power fists here - this is a dakka dreadnought.

Here are a few builds to play about with.

Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought, with two twin-linked las-cannons (185 points)
Point and shoot. Take out the heavy tanks or the aircraft. Attempt to take down one per turn if at all possible.

Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought, two twin-linked multi-meltas, extra armour (165 points)
One of the cheaper variants, even with the extra armour. I'd be tempted to take a dreadnought drop pod for this dreadnought if available and aim for a drop in the vicinity of enemy tanks and heavy armour.

Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought, two Kheres pattern assault cannons, extra armour, havoc launcher (205 points)
Lots of firepower here with overlapping ranges that is capable of being a threat to lighter tanks, aircraft, and infantry in general that are not terminators. But even terminators will lose a few wounds in all probability due to the sheer rate of fire this contemptor is able to pump out. Little not to like here!

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