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with the new codex, Legion of the Damned is a playable unit in standard, non-apocalypse space marine armies. They work a bit differently now, with a 3+ invulnerable save instead of Feel No Pain, and I've never used them in a normal game anyway, so I have a few questions for the board to dissect.
Is the Legion of the Damned viable in 1500-2000 point games? how many legion marines would you recommend?
How should i kit the squad, and how should I use it?
What would they be good counters for, and what do I want to protect them from?
fear the smurfs
I would definately take a heavy weapon since they are slow and purposeful and therefore relentless. They can move and fire a plasma cannon/lascannon/etc. I would pick the heavy weapon based on what you will be fighting most or what the rest of your army is lacking but a missile launcher is usually good when unsure, since it shoots frag or krak (it's versitile).
Not sure what else. I would say a plasmagun in the squad and a storm bolter for the sgt. Since they are slow and purposeful, many targets will avoid being assaulted. And even if your are assaulted by some uber dude you have all those invulnerables.
I suppose they wouldn't get a save at all against the inquistor rounds and assassin that ignores invulnerable saves. They only have an invulnerable - so watch out for them.
dont they have an armour and invulnerable like wraiths? i noticed in the necron faq that wraiths have both armour and invul, so wondering if its the same here, negating the invul ignoring shells of the inquisition...
What id like to know is will GW make a legion of the damned models, or do we have to convert them.
If a Million Guardsmen die, that's a statistic. If one marine dies, that's a tragedy.
if they are wearing armor its logical that they have a normal save as weel, but thatd make them pretty damn tough. i guess thats why they are the legion of the damned
I like the fluff behind them and the models there making look great. But for there points I think there are some other things that could work better.
On a side note I think they would have been a better and more fluffy unit if they came with Hellfire rounds. Works for the story they give about there bolter rounds cutting through armour and bunkers, and gives them an edge without being overly powerfull.
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