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Hello, alright let me explain the idea. I have 250 to spend and I would like a good start to a balanced deaathwing army. I want Terminator heavy so I need belial, and the codex so far I only have a single tactical squad and a dread. Now this needs to be in Canadian dollars and needs to be spent at a GW store and rember the 14 % tax. With all that in mind shoot.....
The key to remember about a Deathwing army is that you are willingly limiting yourself. Any army with a high volume of fire will be able to take them down easily.
So the best way to go is to load up on Terminators. I suggest purchasing a Terminator Captain, 1 box of Assault Terminators, 2 boxes of Regular Terminators, and the codex, that should put you at around $200 ( I think) The rest you could probably use to invest in another Dreadnought or a Terminator Librarian.
Just make sure you have a healthy number of terminators to your army.
Is there a model for belial ?
Not officially. People often take a plastic Terminator and convert it heavily.
The other route is to simply put a metal Terminator Captain on the larger bases, and paint him white or bone.
Would you consider it going to far to use a differant colour scheme for deathwing ?
Certainly not. A friend of mine uses red and maroon Terminators for his "Cream Puffs of Caliban" Dark Angels successor. (don't ask)
The Dark Angels codex features Green Terminators from the Disciples of Caliban Successor.
So, feel free to paint them as you see fit.
Alright, what are your thoughts on the 1st turn deep strike thing ?
It has its upsides and downsides.
Mostly, its very devastatign, as a large number of terminators turns up very quickly, and the enemy often times has a difficult time with dealing with so many Terminators.
However, this also means that armies that can take care of terminators will often vaporize them on their turn. Plus, this means that it is often more difficult to take advantage of the enemy's movement, for instance, striking the rear armour of vehicles. Plus, bad scatters can really hurt.
That's why many suggest that Deathwing Assaults should be reserved for Doublewing Armies (Raven/Death). That way the teleport homers can guide the Terminators in safely.
Overall, I like it, but I don't stand by it, by any means.
For any Deathwing Assault army, I would think that Drop Pods for your Terminator Squads are a very wise investment in order to give that extra bit of protection. Sure, the models are bigger and might not be as well-covered as standard Tactical Marines, but something is better than nothing, right? Mind you, this is also factoring in the fact that Drop Pods are very difficult to acquire, so you will probably have to build your own if you're not willing to wait for the rumoured plastic ones or shell out the cash for the Forge World Drop Pods (I don't know who would). It's a rather difficult conundrum.