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I've been tossing around idea's to help out my little brother and his marine army and I came up with this. Thought I'd ask you folks if you like it or not.
Techmarine /w full-servo harness, bionics, combat shield-115
-3 Tech Servitors, 1 Combat Servitor-55
Venerable Dreadnought /w assault cannon, missile launcher, extra armour, searchlight, tank hunters-151
Dreadnought /w assault cannon, close combat weapon, extra armour-110
The idea is that the dreadnoughts would march forwards, side by side and the techmarine and his servitors would stay just behind, hiding behind them. The techmarine stays in b2b with both of them to effect any repairs. Once they get close to the enemy everything charges in and the techmarine rips up the enemy in cc with a mass of huge strength attacks.
I'm currently thinking it won't work simply because of how vulnerable dreads are, but then anti-tank has become very short range nowadays with both eldar and chaos taking huge anti-tank nerfs. He's also a big fan of his land raider so there are going to be vehicles distracting fire from the dreads.
The other concern is someone simply dropping a plasma cannon on a dread and taking out all my servitors + wounding the techmarine.
You guys know marines better than I do, any chance of this being a feasible tactic?
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I can't see it working out very well because Dreadnoughts don't usually last very long. The number of points that you're spending in order to slighty increase the survivability of your Dreadnoughts probably won't pay off in the long run.
For example, say the non-Venerable Dreadnought takes a penetrating hit (fairly likely with the armies that haven't been updated recently). There's a 50% chance it's going to be blown sky high right there.
If your brother is really fixed on using Dreadnoughts, maybe help him convert a pair of Drop Pods. Dreadnoughts with assault cannons, heavy flamers and extra armor in 'Pods tend to do quite well be it shooting up the weaker side armor of vehicles or dealing with large units with 4+ or worse saves.
So, to sum it up, while it could work, I don't believe that this is a tactic that one should rely upon. There's simply too many things that can do wrong.