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I'm slowly trading my DE in order to get a fully fonctionnal CSM army. I want to build an heavy deepstriking/close range fire army, with Terminators and Raptors (and possibly lesser deamons), but I'm not sure about the ''icon delivery system''. I will use a solid core of 2-3 mounted in rhino troops (probably plague marines for cheap plasma/high low strenght weaponry survivability) as ''midle or back up icons'', but what I want to do is the following : deepstrike, if possible, on my ennemy flank or rear. I figured infiltrating chosen are good, but they have so many options that they either cost too much, or feel like I ain't using them to their full potential. Would a squad of 5 with Icon, 1x melta and 1x flamer be a viable option? Option #2 are our overpriced bikes, with 2x flamers and icon, for 119 pts. Option #3 would be a bike lord, but the absence of 2+ save/eternal warrior makes that choice a bad one IMO (even thoug I like the idea of a korne lord on bike with deamon blade....).
My hesitations are based on the fact that those 3 options are rather fragile or badly oriented for the purposes asked.
I want to deepstrike the following :
6 terminators with MoS, 1x CF, 1x LC, 1x Hflamer, 4x combi meltas/plasma.
and one or 2 squads of 5 raptors with 2x meltas.
A squad of nurgle chosen. They can infiltrate and ride out turn one in cover. Option 1 looks fine to me.
I really need to focus on a single army...
Orkz: 3000 pts. Slaaneshi Chaos: 2500 pts. Ultramarines: 1250 pts. Necrons: 1000 pts.
Eldar: 1000 pts. Tau: 1000 pts. Dark Angels: 550 pts. Grey Knights: 450 pts
I'd just give every unit in a rhino a personal icon. That'll give you plenty of options by the time your reinforcements are landing and well, that's how my World Eaters roll and it works remarkably well. I do play with a Land Raider though, but my Rhino icons often see use as well.
Don't diss the bikers too much, it's extremely difficult to kill a group of turbo-boosting bikers with an Icon of Nurgle. Jet them up, then drop a daemon-bomb (large number of Lesser Summoned Daemons) or some Termies behind them who use the bikers as awesome cover. Using Chosen just for the icon isn't that great, equip them with meltas or plasma weapons as well so they can do some damage on their own.