Tactica- Grot Bomb Lauchas

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For those of you that happen to have a copy of Imperial Armour II, look on pages 32 and 33. Isn't it a beauty? Many dismiss the Grot Bomb Launcha (GBL) the minute they read "single shot only". I know I did. Even an Ork, I thought to myself, won't be stupid enough to go for that. I bought one of the Forgeworld models of the GBL, because it looked -- well -- cool. And since it was a shame to not actually use the model I had just bought, built and painted, I tried it. Genestealers, and lots of them were coming up the flank. They were just at the minimum range of the GBL (24.0"). I targeted the Genestealers. The small template hit and landed on two of the Genestealers! Now this is where it gets good, because with GBLs one can get GREEDY. This is because you are allowed one re-roll of the scatter dice. You must accept the second result however. This represents the fact that the rokkit, which looks vaguely like a WW II V-1 Doodlebug, is piloted by a Grot. No machine spirit, no Spirit Stones, a Grot pure and simple. In the fluff it states that Imperial investigators have not yet determined if this one way mission duty is a reward or punishment for the Grot pilot. Probably a little of both no doubt. In any event I got greedy and rerolled and missed the whole lot! Blast! Of course the Genstealers wasted no time in roaring up to the now empty GBL. Rending claws and BOOOM, they blew it on a dice roll of five (open topped). The resulting explosion took out EIGHT Genestealers. I almost felt sorry for poor Dan (my opponent that game). At that point I was hooked. How Orky can one get?! I have used the Grot Bomb Launcha against Basilisks and Wirlwinds and it is deadly against both of these Ork Footslogger banes. With just one GBL I usually have roughly a 50/50 shot at either taking them out or damaging them in some way that renders them useless.
At 35 points apiece they are a bargain. I actually have four models of them now, but I only rarely run them all at once. Its too much beardy cheese in my humble opinion.

With a high strength rating and an AP of 3 they are Marine killers. Great on Devastator squads! They can knock some wind out of Striking Scorpion squads as well. In one game I played I used them on my brother Orks (yes we fight among ourselves often) and blew up a Trukk containing a Mega Armoured Warboss and Four Mega Armoured Nobz. This made them WALK. They never DID make it into combat in that game.

Even after it has shot its one Rokkit, GBLs are far from useless. They can block line of sight, take table quarters, (this will purportedly change under the Fifth Edition release on July 12th, 200 Cool.  In addition you can also move them to within 6.0" of a unit that might break and not allow them to regroup (opposing unit within 6.0") and of course (my favorite) blow up in somebody's face. This last trick is only good once on each opponent (typically).

All in all, not bad for a one shot wonder. If your an Ork player, always take at least one (convert a wartrak if you must). If you are opposing Orks and get first shot, do not ignore these little Kamikazes!

Remember that Grot Bomb Launchas are a Forge World model.  As such it may not be allowed in some official tournaments.
 




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