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Your favorite artillery unit in Warhammer 1&2 !

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  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389

    Hands down the skaven warp lightning cannon. It's accurate at long range and can be used to snipe lords and monsters. The projectile cuts a visible swath through an infantry formation and goes through heavy armored infantry like butter. I keep them at the front of my lines (which are as far from the enemy as possible) and shoot as much as I can while the enemy approach, and then move slaves up to block infantry and keep spears in reserve to guard against calvary and flying monsters. Well placed cannon shots can hit multiple units of infantry on level ground and can really disrupt and rout entire units before they ever get close to you. Plus, I have no qualms about shooting through my slaves by attacking the ground with the cannons, as you still wind up ahead and can always recruit more slaves in campaign. I like to build the campaign army entirely around having 6 units of these cannons. I think using the plague monks with heroes on bells for support would be the best tactic as it sheds the line and allows your numerous rats to flank, but the warp lightning cannons are just so fun and satisfying to use, and they let the skaven player play defensively and reactivly... and cheese the ai :wink:

    `VERY NICE CHOICE !! It was in my head too when I made a decision.

    I am not very skaven fan, but I do love the warp lightning cannon. In my current Bretonnia campaign (King Louen) these units are a real pest. They shoot my precious Royal hippo's and Pegasus out of the sky without any problems. I really need to watch out for them.
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  • BobgoblinBobgoblin Registered Users Posts: 262

    Hands down the skaven warp lightning cannon. It's accurate at long range and can be used to snipe lords and monsters. The projectile cuts a visible swath through an infantry formation and goes through heavy armored infantry like butter. I keep them at the front of my lines (which are as far from the enemy as possible) and shoot as much as I can while the enemy approach, and then move slaves up to block infantry and keep spears in reserve to guard against calvary and flying monsters. Well placed cannon shots can hit multiple units of infantry on level ground and can really disrupt and rout entire units before they ever get close to you. Plus, I have no qualms about shooting through my slaves by attacking the ground with the cannons, as you still wind up ahead and can always recruit more slaves in campaign. I like to build the campaign army entirely around having 6 units of these cannons. I think using the plague monks with heroes on bells for support would be the best tactic as it sheds the line and allows your numerous rats to flank, but the warp lightning cannons are just so fun and satisfying to use, and they let the skaven player play defensively and reactivly... and cheese the ai :wink:

    Warp lightning cannon for me too. Rats with giant lazers!
  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389
    edited January 2019
    I would say thats a valid reason ;)
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  • tanspan88tanspan88 Registered Users Posts: 201
    Aaah yeah the warp lightening is sooo satisfying when it tears through the flank of grail knights. Love watching their decorated butts flop over. Only issue is upkeep so you can’t mass as many as cataputs. Very fun watching it in action tho.
  • englisharcher89englisharcher89 Senior Member Bath, UKRegistered Users Posts: 4,069
    Gotta be Rocket Battery always loved this artillery piece in WW2 and it's basically Nebelwerfer





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  • stromtrooperstromtrooper Registered Users Posts: 23
    i will go with the giant demon phallus, aka the hellcannon
  • EliacTheEmeraldTeethEliacTheEmeraldTeeth Registered Users Posts: 447
    Queen Bess. Most awesome artillery unit ever, except for it's projectile tho.
    And it looks suspiciously similar to hellcannon...
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  • AIMA_DracklorAIMA_Dracklor Registered Users Posts: 4,443
    Easy for me, like bruhh


    Flame cannon, this things will obliterate anything that is sent at it. The damage, the ridiculous rate of fire and the sheer epicness of that unit is unbeatable.

    Watching it fire above a line of Ironbreakers holding an army of skaven at bay and burning them by the hundreds is just so satisfying.




  • VoloVolo Registered Users Posts: 10
    Eeeezz. Organ gun. The sight od heavily armored CW or BO reduced to minced meat is glorious !
  • NinjipplesNinjipples Registered Users Posts: 695
    The Organ Gun

    I love it. Dwarfs were my first army on TT and the Organ Gun was always good. When WH1 came out I played Dwarfs first and was not disappointed by it (although the grudge thrower is nowhere near as useful as it was on TT).

    Now in WH2 the Organ gun is still highly effective. It has good AP damage and the tendancy to pulp whatever it hits (be it infantry or Cavalry). I have gotten up to 700 kills in a (manual) battle with an Organ Gun (manual fire for some of it).

  • Michael4537Michael4537 Registered Users Posts: 2,226
    RikRiorik said:

    I'll take the Helstorm Rocket Battery. Firstly it does superb amounts of damage at supreme range and secondly it looks and acts like it is firing fireworks which is a bit silly which is something that adds to the charm.

    It does fire fireworks actually. Imperial traders brought fireworks back from Cathay and weaponized them.
  • Michael4537Michael4537 Registered Users Posts: 2,226
    Mortars (the Empire ones). Cheap, effective, and they sound amazing. With their high fire arc they are an absolute nightmare in sieges, and they have enough ammunition to dish out significant damage to even high-armor targets. And the long wait for the payoff after they fire just makes it better.

    Honorable mention to cannons though. They are the mortar's anti-large cousin.
  • Fear_The_WolfFear_The_Wolf Registered Users Posts: 3,618
    Broken record over here, gotta jump on the Helstorm Rocket Battery train.

    The aesthetic side of things has already been iterated upon. But from a working stand point this thing is godly.

    I evaluate how effective artillery is by how much damage it can do in a typical scenario before getting killed. Some are great for certain factions, the queen bess against slow factions with limited fliers. Hellcannons against factions that can reach it easily. But there is nothing anyone can field or do that a Rocket Battery isnt immediately the most dangerous piece on the field. A max rank rocket batter can right outta jump street make up its cost from miles away by straight up evaporating the cheap front fielded by nearly everyone in a MP game. And it fires quick enough too.

    And that's just in a quick battle. A combination effect with other arty in campaign can end fights before they ever reach you. Field 2 of them from Nuln, alongside 2 cannons, and 2 volley guns. Watch them rip through an entire army before the fight ever begins regardless of who you step up against. If fliers are a threat field 2 handguns to go duck shooting right next to them. I've never fielded an Imperial Army that didnt have at least one, campaign or MP.
  • AvadonAvadon Registered Users Posts: 1,543
    DarkLordD said:

    Avadon said:

    DarkLordD said:

    tanspan88 said:

    Plagueclaw Catapult hands down. Cheap, obly tier 3, and you get 6 models per unit. Combined with the skaven’s relaxed attitude to friendly fire, i love sending hordes of slaves and summons into the enemy and blasting the blob to bits with 6+ units of catapults. The wreckage it causes to high elf infantry just makes my eyes tear up.

    Happy to see someone mentioning skaven in this regard. They have some really good artillery.

    Nice choice !
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    Sorry I posted wrong kkkkkk i posted ranged (Old Sisters) I read the rules but I ended up confusing myself in the post, sorry




    Artillery is the Queen Bess
    She's very strong, and in sieges she's a godsend.

    You have a limit of one, but she have a very good range and strong atack in campaing


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  • vecna101vecna101 Registered Users Posts: 9
    I'm going to go with athel ethol (sorry, cant remember), the high elf skrimish/stealth LL, as he is a "specialist artillery" and thus counts. He also has some powerful defense abilities, like a decoy (multiplayer superpower) and high melee defense. A couple of his skrimisher units with him, hide home In an ambush, and enjoy!
  • ozzygeoozzygeo Junior Member Registered Users Posts: 26
    Casket of Souls.That monster can destroy saurus warriors like paper.568 kills ( half of the army lol)


  • LibertyLivesLibertyLives Registered Users Posts: 45
    I think it would have to be the dwarf grudge thrower.

    The fact that this unit can be recruited in tier II settlements giving the dwarfs artillery one population point before every other faction is incredibly strong, as it allows you a good window of uncontested ranged superiority. They also give the dwarfs some desperately needed killing power in the early game. They help to ensure that your green skinned foes are little more than paste by the time they reach your shield wall.

    It may not be the strongest, the largest or the flashiest, but for sheer utility at where it is in the game, you can't beat the humble grudge thrower.
  • kondenadokondenado Registered Users Posts: 384
    Ark of luminarch, because screw your general, or monsters, that's why. Then you can use your wizards for buff/debuff.
  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389
    kondenado said:

    Ark of luminarch, because screw your general, or monsters, that's why. Then you can use your wizards for buff/debuff.

    Not allowed;) sorry friend. I ask you again to read the rules;P
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  • BoombastekBoombastek Registered Users Posts: 2,119
    edited January 2019
    Hellstorm rocket battery. It quiet weak at first rank but became real power with veteran rank. That a show how weak unit became a battle changer.

    And all this rockets have a great animation.
  • AkiAmazAkiAmaz Registered Users Posts: 333
    edited January 2019
    Well, this isn't the best artillery I have used, nor has it racked up the kills, however, in terms of absolute style, and fun factor, just look below:



    Yep, you can't beat flying goblins... attached to a hunking big rock (as opposed to some leather and timber construct).

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  • Urza1234Urza1234 Registered Users Posts: 222
    I dont see why you dont consider Cygor to be artillery.
  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389
    Urza1234 said:

    I dont see why you dont consider Cygor to be artillery.

    I do, but I just don't want monsters artillery in this tread, pure artillery-artillery pieces. Thats the way it is ;) The great book of rules has spoken !

    I will make another tread in the future about monstrous artillery :)
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  • Fear_The_WolfFear_The_Wolf Registered Users Posts: 3,618
    DarkLordD said:

    Urza1234 said:

    I dont see why you dont consider Cygor to be artillery.

    I do, but I just don't want monsters artillery in this tread, pure artillery-artillery pieces. Thats the way it is ;) The great book of rules has spoken !

    I will make another tread in the future about monstrous artillery :)
    That's like four units. Bone Giant, Cygor, Stegadon with big bow, Bastilidon with LAZERS. Maybe Ushabti great bows. Everything else is artillery-artillery.
  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389

    DarkLordD said:

    Urza1234 said:

    I dont see why you dont consider Cygor to be artillery.

    I do, but I just don't want monsters artillery in this tread, pure artillery-artillery pieces. Thats the way it is ;) The great book of rules has spoken !

    I will make another tread in the future about monstrous artillery :)
    That's like four units. Bone Giant, Cygor, Stegadon with big bow, Bastilidon with LAZERS. Maybe Ushabti great bows. Everything else is artillery-artillery.
    Monster and war machines where the idea for another thread (aka steam tank and the likes).

    But it is how it is. The great book has spoken haha
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  • 4uk4ata4uk4ata Registered Users Posts: 897
    edited January 2019
    Bone giants for me.

    Sure, there are more accurate artillery and more damaging ones. However, there aren't many that look like this:


    There's something about artillery that can snarl in your face - though I do admit, the Hellcannon and the bastilladon can do a bit of that as well. Still. blasting a castle wall with stone statues with giant magic bows has an appeal all its own. Also, the level of bling is just delicious.
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  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389
    4uk4ata said:

    Bone giants for me.

    Sure, there are more accurate artillery and more damaging ones. However, there aren't many that look like this:


    Gunpowder is nice, and I'll gladly build hellblasters or organ guns when I'm playing these races, but blasting a castle wall with stone statues with giant magic bows has an appeal all its own. Also, the level of bling is just delicious.

    I am sorry friend but I have to redirect you to my great book of rules ;)!

    Sorry to say ; invalid. Read the rules first.


    Now I ask you again, what's your favourite artillery unit;) ? I would love to hear :)

    Have a good day !
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  • 4uk4ata4uk4ata Registered Users Posts: 897
    DarkLordD said:

    4uk4ata said:

    Bone giants for me.

    Sure, there are more accurate artillery and more damaging ones. However, there aren't many that look like this:


    Gunpowder is nice, and I'll gladly build hellblasters or organ guns when I'm playing these races, but blasting a castle wall with stone statues with giant magic bows has an appeal all its own. Also, the level of bling is just delicious.

    I am sorry friend but I have to redirect you to my great book of rules ;)!

    Sorry to say ; invalid. Read the rules first.


    Now I ask you again, what's your favourite artillery unit;) ? I would love to hear :)

    Have a good day !
    But that's the thing, it is an artillery, just an ambulatory piece :) . Though in that case, the Casket of Souls is pretty fun as well.

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  • DarkLordDDarkLordD Registered Users Posts: 2,389
    4uk4ata said:

    DarkLordD said:

    4uk4ata said:

    Bone giants for me.

    Sure, there are more accurate artillery and more damaging ones. However, there aren't many that look like this:


    Gunpowder is nice, and I'll gladly build hellblasters or organ guns when I'm playing these races, but blasting a castle wall with stone statues with giant magic bows has an appeal all its own. Also, the level of bling is just delicious.

    I am sorry friend but I have to redirect you to my great book of rules ;)!

    Sorry to say ; invalid. Read the rules first.


    Now I ask you again, what's your favourite artillery unit;) ? I would love to hear :)

    Have a good day !
    But that's the thing, it is an artillery, just an ambulatory piece :) . Though in that case, the Casket of Souls is pretty fun as well.
    I am sorry rules are rules ;) I come up later with another tread where your preferred choice will be allowed. No worry ;) !
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  • kondenadokondenado Registered Users Posts: 384
    DarkLordD said:

    kondenado said:

    Ark of luminarch, because screw your general, or monsters, that's why. Then you can use your wizards for buff/debuff.

    Not allowed;) sorry friend. I ask you again to read the rules;P
    Take it as an off-topic comment
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