I figured that this was the case; an AT gun seems to be too much of a point sink for something so easily avoided.AT guns are way over costed in BA. If you want one in your list it's much better to pay the extra points and have it mounted on a vehicle of some sort. They really only make sense in a themed list, like a British para list for Market Garden.
You've mentioned this before, and I like the idea. That being said, I'm hesitant to create a list at this level without some form of AT gun in a list at 1000pts or above. It's probably my lack of exposure to the game, as it's played, but until I have some experience I'll probably stick to an AT gun. I would probably take a 105mm over anything smaller than a 76.If you want a Sherman in your list, the 105mm howitzer version is a better choice than a standard Sherman. It's cheaper, and the gyro-stabilised 2d6 HE will red mist infantry units. It's not as good against tanks, but it does do d3 pins against them, as opposed to just the one that an AT gun does, which can prove almost as useful. Kit it out with a pintle MMG and cancel thin sides and it'll only cost 245pts.
The 225pt price-tag is really what gets me on this choice. I have the same output as a Sherman 75mm at roughly 84% of the cost, freeing up 42 points. In a 1k game, that's that's about 1/24th of the army. It doesn't seem like a lot, but that's an extra MMG team (a shitty one, though) or possible bumping some small units to vet. Just seems like a better investment.That's why you always pay the 10pts for recce. It's an invulnerable save that you don't have to even roll. The trick is to make sure it's one of the first units you activate, so you get to dole out all the hurt it can before someone draws a bead on it and forces the recce move. Points for point, it's probably the best US tank in the game. A veteran light recce tank with the ability to put out d6 HE and 7 HMG/MMG shots for 225pts really is a no-brainer. By the way, it's no faster than a Sherman, even though it should be.
Oh, and I meant more mobile than the AT gun, but yeah, an M24 should be faster.
It's not a bad thought.... if it weren't so damn ugly, anyway. :grin:On the other hand, if you want something cheap and cheerful the M3 Stuart is a good choice. I've had a lot of success with my USMC Stuart. A light AT gun and three MMGs on a regular recce tank for 135pts is excellent value. Lately I have leaned towards the lighter, cheaper tanks with a few MMGs that can dish out lots of pins on infantry units.
That'll probably be the next evolution, but 1k is just enough for me to manage with school, volunteer and crap. I imagine, though, with my lists tending to lean to the more elite, I'd add more rangers, vet engineers or vet infantry before I bumped my tanks. Then again...... dat M26, doh.Have you looked at playing at 1250pts? My group have been playing at that for a while now, and it really is the sweet spot. Throwing in that maxed out tank doesn't feel so bad, and it lets you take a couple of units you might not normally consider.