Sunday, June 10, 2012

Da Dakkajet - 4 games in

So after reading the rules in the latest WD, and seeing all the pics, I knew that I could not pass up on this ork flyer. The model and painting opportunities alone were enough to convince me to drop the 50 spot for it. 

So I got my box last Saturday, and hurriedly put it together, as there was a tournament the next weekend and I wanted to try it out. Then I began reading the internet articles about how terrible or overcosted the flyers were, before they had even playtested it! Well, I had to see for myself.

Over the past 72 hours, I have played 4 games with it, 3 of which were in a tournament setting, where Boss Grimgor's Deff Komp'ny pulled 1-0-2 and tied for 3rd overall with BoxerSaint. I played against Pariah Stevo's Venomspam Dark Eldar, Skimmerspam Craftworld Eldar, Space Wolves, and BoxerSaint's Imperial Guard. Needless to say, the Orks faced some stiff competition, and a great test of the Dakka Jet's ability/durability. 

In all 4 games, it died only once, falling to Long Fang missiles,and it made an impact in every game. It knocked out venoms, shut down wave serpents/fire prisms, killed razorbacks and saved my objective from being overrun by Gunnery Sergeant Harker and his outflanking band of misfits. I have fallen in love with this plane. It fulfills so many different roles that the Orks currently haqve trouble filling. The list I took - 

Boss Grimgor Skulskraga - Ghazghkul Thraka
8 Nobz - 2 Klaws, 2 Big Choppas, Waaagh Banner, Bosspoles, Cybork Bodies, all different equip.
Wagon - Deffrolla, Grot Riggers, Red Paint, Armored Plates

Big mek - KFF, Eavy Armor
19 Shoota Boys - Nob w/ BP/PK, big shoota

Wagon - Deffrolla, Grot Riggers, Red Paint, Armored Plates

20 Shoota Boys - Nob w/ BP/PK, 2x big shoota

Wagon - Deffrolla, Grot Riggers, Red Paint, Armored Plates

10 Grotz

3x9 Lootaz

Dakkajet - 3x Supa Shootas, Red Paint, Fighta Ace

I ran the Dakkajet in tandem with the wagons every game, giving the wagon rush some desperately needed shooting, while gaining the 4+ Cover save from the KFF, making for a very survivable AV10. It also became a fire magnet, taking shots away from my wagons, which is always a good thing. It also deflects fire from your lootaz, allowing you to have some serious firepower throughout the game.

Orks have very little in the way of mobile firepower, save buggies, and this thing has it in spades. Including it's 13" move, this thing has an effective range of 43", layin out 9 twin linked shots. And oh what fun it is when you Waaagh, doubling the shot output! Even when facing AV12, this thing is worth every penny, as with that many shots, you are still going to glance, and at minimum shut down their shooting for a turn. Even my opponents were surprised at how well the dakka jet performed.

As for the other two variants, I have not tested them out yet, so I cannot fairly attest to their ability, but I will have to give them a go in the near future.

This lil plane has earned a spot in my WAAAGH!!! and if you play Orks, then I heavily suggest you at least give this thing a try, you won't be disappointed!

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