if drones are attached to a vechile they may "diesembark" just like a unit would. Once they do they count as a seperate unit. So a piranah for example could travel 24" one turn, then next its gundrones disembark and it can fly off to use its fusion blaster to tank hunt.
Depends on the situation very much CC. I like to deploy them when I am near the enemy in order to force a unit to deal with them. They are a great harassment unit, especially against low armour and toughness armies, especially with the pinning from the carbines added in. On the other hand, if you have no real fusion worthy targets in range and can reach some infantry while still embarked then the added firepower is nice for the Piranha to be able to throw.
One important note: Both gun drones must disembark at the same time and form a squadron. Gun drones attached to vehicles that are part of a squadron (like piranah squadrons) must all disembark at the same time and form a squad with all the other gun drones.
I carry 3 piranha in my normal list. One is a cheap seeker platform that stays back out of the way, the other two are squadded up and tank hunt with fusion blasters and targeting arrays.
First thing I do with the solo unit is disembark his drones and then put them in front of my battlesuit commander, to act as a mobile fire screen and assault speedbump. The're free and utterly expendable, so they can force an enemy fireteam to overkill two measly drones before they can try and shoot my commander.
The drones on the two tank hunters, however, I mainly use as assault diversions. Fly up close to an enemy heavy weapon squad and drop drones. The Piranha are Open-Topped, so the drones can assault right off. I let the drones tangle with the fire team, leaving the skimmers free to turn their attention on a nearby armored threat
The drones are one of our best assault units, but even then I don;t expect them to actually do much damage. Mainly they;re just there to live for an assault round or two and keep the big guns from firing for a turn while my lightly armored little fishies go hunt bigger game.
I actually tied up my brother's defiler for a turn and a half that way. By the time he finally broke the drones, I'd maneuvered the piranha so that they could zoom out of cover and bust him.
If you like big squads of piranha, think of them as a high speed armored transport for an assault squad. Zoom up, rake the enemy unit with burst cannons, then drop six, eight, ten drones on them. Drones sweep survivers with carbines then charge in to assault with I4
Drones also score, if I recall correctly. So zoom up on an objective and drop drones, then next turn race the piranhas off to the next one.
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