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Now I have been checking out many lists lately on this forum, and many people put vectored engines on their vehicles. I wish to ask...

Why?

According to the 5th ed rules, only time a vehicle "crashes" is if it is moving flat out and is then immobilised. That really seems like an incredible set of circumstances to worry about nowadays.

I mean, when you move "flat out" you gain a 4+ cover save, and in combat units need a 6 to hit. I have never had an opponent focus attacks on a flat out moved serpent. Its just too dang hard to hit. They usually go after the vehicle that has not moved so far.
What seems the point to waste the points on vectored engines?

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for the people that play mech Eldar, a lot of shots will be going into your transports, that 4+ is bound to fail 50% of the time. Usually turn 1 / turn 2, you are either going 24" or 36" with most if not all of your transports. Now imagine your enemy blows up a wave serpent, you just lost your transport which is probably carrying some of your anti-tank (bright lances). Essentially it stops you from losing a 150+ point vehicle on a 4+ and instead makes it the usual 5+ to destroy.

I personally would not bother, but some people swear by it.

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simply put...

no reasson

they probably don't have enough models to fill the extra points hahaha
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yeah, its useless these days
The most I ever upgrade my Wave Serpents is with Spirit Stones and Star Engines. Especially Star Engines these days b/c of being faster and turning a Serpent into a huge missile.

RAMMING SPEED!

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yeah, its useless these days
The most I ever upgrade my Wave Serpents is with Spirit Stones and Star Engines. Especially Star Engines these days b/c of being faster and turning a Serpent into a huge missile.

RAMMING SPEED!
Vectored engines aren't really an essential to have anymore. If I take them it's out of habit.

I have a new question: You can use star engines to ram? I always took the wording "in lieu of shooting" as you move that movement during the shooting phase. I asked the guys were I play and they all came to the same conclusion I did. It would be awesome if they could, but.....well, I need an answer soon, thanks.


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Yes, vectored engines are used in the shooting phase.
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yeah, you can't use star engines to ram... Raming needs to be done purposefully in the movement phase. That being said, things CAN make you ram, IE: the ork trukk /w a dozer blade rolling on the ramshackle table - BUT you cannot voluntarily ram in the shooting phase.

Star Engines are using in lieu of shooting.

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Thanks for that. I've been reading posts that say they would ram using star engines, and I was getting a little confused as to when you use star engines.


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