Friday, May 13, 2016

Multi-Tool Whirlwind

Waaay back in the early 1990's my Whirlwinds were the backbone of my army for both 40K and Space Marine (Epic). Of course the Marines didn't have a lot to choose from. But that was what made them good. Five different tanks tailored for different roles, all working together.

The Whirlwind was the long range bombardment, sure, but it had a decent anti-tank role as well. There were no rules for aircraft yet, but in the fluff it was said a few times the Whirlwind was the also the Space Marines anti-aircraft platform, which makes perfect sense. Space Marines have some of the best tech of the Imperium, so a AFV that packed multi-purpose missiles fits them perfectly.
I had made a pair of Whirlwinds as shown in White Dwarf #117 using left-over Rhino parts and bases. They rocked.
Then came 2nd edition, and the fancy new metal turret, but weaker rules.
A myriad of newer Space Marine vehicles arrived and the mighty Whirlwind begun its decades long slide into near-uselessness. Forge World brought forth a dedicated anti-aircraft version, The  Hyperios, but it still lacked the utility of the original Whirlwind. The new Hunter/Stalker is a good AA platform but: A)is still only just a AA tank, and B) not for the Blood Angels, Space Wolves, and (most importantly for me), the Dark Angels.

So what to do? House Rule time.  

The Space Marines clearly have the tech for a missile launcher that has different ammo types. The basic Infantry Missile Launcher, and the Typhoon Missile launcher do this well. So should the Whirlwind, just bigger and better. Here in my simple proposal:

The Whirlwind is armed with a Vengeance Missile Launcher. Like the Typhoon launcher, it can be fired one of several different ways each turn.

Frag warhead:  Range:12"-72" Str:5, AP:4, Large blast, Barrage 2
Krak warhead: Range: 48" Str:8, AP:3, Heavy 2

May add one addition missile type:

Incendiary warhead, Range:12"-72" Str:4, AP:5, Large blast, Barrage 2, ignores cover, +15 points
Flakk Missile, Range: 48"  Str:7, AP2, Skyfire 2, +20 points

I think this goes a long way to making the Whirlwind a viable weapon again. It is not as good as any dedicated platform like the Basilisk or Hunter, but it can do it all, and that is what the Marines need.

The Emperor Protects
And Rains Death Upon the Heritics

1 comment:

  1. Large blast 2 is pretty gnarly, the Manticore gives some precedent, but most anti infantry artillery is fired in multiple small blasts. really annoying to play out correctly if you ask me.

    a single large blast twinlinked will still make alot of kills, and remove a way to 'buff' it to cheese levels. and I think make it play less like the Guards kind of artillery, really focused fire, surgical like.

    Thinking about it, twinlinking the regular missiles would seem like an ok upgrade too. Whirlwinds definitely has two sets of rocket pods. it would also enforce its difference between it and other Marine tank options. with this you get an 88% chance to land hits. surgical and dependable, very space marine.

    That or just count as them as the Whirlwind Scorpius, with its str 8 ap3 small blast barrage 1+1d3. which I think is a call back to the oldschool version anyway.