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Okay, here's the question.
If you have to build a Codex: Space Marines army worth 500 pts using the standard force organization chart, what would you choose?
Rate your own entry on a scale of 1-5 for Theme and for Battle effectiveness
Here's my entry:
Leader with Bolt pistol, power weapon
Dreadnaught with Twin lascannon, powerfist, storm bolter
4 x 5 Man Tactical squads with 3 plasma guns and a missile launcher.
Use the leftover point to put frags on the leader or searchlight on the dread
(This is a small footslogging patrol with a low-level leader, who brought a dread along in case they ran into trouble. If I included a squad of scouts instead of one of the combat squads, I'd rate it a 5, I think...)
Battle Effectiveness: 4
(Dread and leader do damage in close combat; a lot of marines for a small battle; very flexible with bolters and plasmaguns--good mix of anti-personnel and anti-armor firepower; twin lascannon should deal with any tanks or hard stuff, with the missile launcher as a backup. Army may be a little slow.)
Purge all the heretics,
Kill the alien scum,
Suffer not the unclean to live,
And have a beer when you're done.
1 librarian with pair of lightning claws, terminator honors, and bionics
2 7-man marine squads with plasmaguns and lascannons
1 10 man scout squad with bolt pistols and CCW's
theme- 3.5 this is a small detachment of marines dropped into a combat zone with unidentified threats... it is the librarian's personal entourage, the only men he can trust to do the job.
battle effectiveness- 4.5 there are plenty of special weapons spread out and the scouts have the flexibility to infiltrate which will put theme where i need them. the librarian is a CC monster when equipped this way, he even still has an assault shooting weapon with a blast template
1 hero with storm bolter and auspex
1 9-man marine squad with plasmagun
1 rhino with searchlight and extra armor
1 5 man assault squad with bolt pistols and ccws, one plasma pistol
1 5 man scout squad with 4 sniper rifles
1 Landspeeder with Heavy bolter and searchlight
theme- 5 this is a scouting force of marines led by a green officer. Not weighed down by heavy armaments, this is a very fast unit.
battle effectiveness- 2.5 very little heavy firepower or special weapons. Leader is not very cost efficient. Not as bad in a night-fight/objectives mission.
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Leader, power weapon and bolt pistol = 46
5 marines, las cannon =90
6 marines, flamer, vetren with power weapon = 123
Rhino = 50
5 assult marines, vetren power weapon and plasma pistol, 2 marines with plasma pistols = 190
Battle Effectivness = 3.5. Got the fire power to shoot down tanks in 500 points average combat power very good short range shooting.
Theme = 3. Got the right kind of models for a marine army of this size but there to kited out.