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May 2, 2011 by dignity
Darrell sits down to discuss the basic kit he thinks you should use to outfit your Space Marine Tactical Squad.
Thanks Darrell, a quick vid on one of the most central units in the game (given the amount of marine armies). I approve!
Tactical squads are great but they are still missing the CCW – if they had that they’d be awesome. Combat Squad is a great rule but is not adviseable in Kill Point games for obvious reasons.
As for the load out I like Flamers & either Plasma Cannons, Lascannons (or Multimeltas if using He’stan) – Sgt. is best w/combi-melta & powerfist, or even a power weapon. If only Heavy Bolters were Rapid Fire, even if when remaining stationary – it’s a shame as I love the models.
Teleport homers may be useful if you’re using lots of Terminators. Drop Pods are also great – you can stick them onto or near an objective, use the Pod as extra cover – walk out and shoot anything in their way – depending on what that target is of course
They remain one of the best Troop Choices in the game despite not having my beloved CCW.
2 ten man squads is definatley a good place to start in any standard marine army.
do you have to convert the combi weapons or are they available in a set somewhere?
The Space Marine Boxed set has one of each, i think. But definitely a Combimelta. Otherwise you would have to convert.
Handy tip for a noob like me.
@milesyale: Sadly you have convert them, although this wouldn’t be too difficult. The only kits I can think of that have them are Sternguard Veterans & the SM Captain box. Chapter House do a magnetic set…I can’t think of any others?
Thats great Darrell, that was actually very helpful. Especially without all the cheesy stuff you can come up with
Great review Darrell… Would be cool you did a simiular one for assault squads, for all us Blood Angel players ;o)
Just whatI needed, thanks. I would alos like to add that with combat squads you can splite them as they disembark from a drop piod, which is great.
hey darrell how did you guys oaint your ultramarines?? im just starting a space marine force and like the colour scheme
Firstly i reckon John or omain painted them. And secondly… Ultramarines? Haha you’re a comic genious… ultramarines… no paint a man Chapter! Crimson Fists are a nice scheme.
Also on a note of all these people saying always start out with 2 Tactical Squads… it is true and a very nice way to start… unless you’re me and decide to go for an all Scout army my list is damn nasty to play against.
Whoo, Crimson Fists! *fistbump*
Do you have succes with your Scout army? Cause i was thinking about doing the same. Lots of Scouts with Speeders and Bikes.
i was but i really couldnt fit the scheme to my tastes though ive just read hunt for voldorious, surprisingly good and actually quite like raven guard from their back story in that
I like lascannons but I ‘d rather give them a plasma cannon for infantry as you don’t fight many armies that have just vehicles
Love Vanilla marines.
I take either a Las Cannon, or on the contrary; a heavy bolter. Bit of free Dakka from a building while the other half get up with, yes, a combi-melta and powerfist/powersword and I take either a meltagun or a flamer. Must get my marines out again soon for a game, and a paint come to think of it! Been too engrossed in Dark Eldar!!
I love my Tac squads, they have been the deciding factor in more than a few of my fights. I often have 1 squad with a HVY Bolter, Plasma Gun, the SGT is upgraded with a Power Fist and a Combo Flamer. It’s a great mix for mowing down troops and the power fist if great for taking on the tough targets that survive the dakka.
My second TAC Squad normal has a ML and Flamer combo, but i do have other TAC squads set up with other weapons options if I feel they will do better.
I guess I go against the norm in that all my LasCannon troops are in my devastator squads
i use the same for one of my tac squads but with no combi melta and i have a plas/plas squad with a powersword (I play Raven guard)
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