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i've never seen anybody shoot a direct ordnance shot with a whirlwind only a barrage. The rule book says you have the choice since its a ordnance 1, barrage, is that right?
 

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Yes, you can choose to fire directly or indirectly with a whirlwind.

I suspect most people fire indirectly is because you can keep the unit behind large cover and out of sight from pesky long range anti armor fire. The longer it lives on the table, the more damage it could dish out. The only drawback is not being able to apply the BS skill to the scatter dice.
 

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Yes, you can choose to fire directly or indirectly with a whirlwind.

I suspect most people fire indirectly is because you can keep the unit behind large cover and out of sight from pesky long range anti armor fire. The longer it lives on the table, the more damage it could dish out. The only drawback is not being able to apply the BS skill to the scatter dice.
And that penalty of course applies only when you can not draw LOS.

The only advantage to firing direct is that you can ignore the minimum range of the gun, which being 12" for the Whirlwind, isn't going to be needed often.

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I saw the other day that in the space marine codex the vindicator can be fired as a barrage weapon. thats awesome but guess what. The chaos vindicator cant be fired as barrage. explain to me the difference GW. but yea i like whirlwinds, the ap isnt awesome from what i can remember, but its all about wounds.
 

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I saw the other day that in the space marine codex the vindicator can be fired as a barrage weapon. thats awesome but guess what. The chaos vindicator cant be fired as barrage. explain to me the difference GW. but yea i like whirlwinds, the ap isnt awesome from what i can remember, but its all about wounds.
I'm personally fine with that as it's only got a 24" range in the first place so not muched gained. However the pinning with -1 Ld would be nice.
 
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