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a 4 point diffrience with a reduction in almost every stat. yet some clame that sisters of battle are way better then space marines. why is this? faith points? armory? i havent quite pinpointed it myself so if any one would like to add to this please do so. i just cant see it.
faith is pretty boss, yo
Its actually 5 points now. And sisters are more efficient, marines are better but alot of their stats will generally be wasted.
A sister is a sharp fine-tuned killing machine. She excels at what she does, getting into rapid fire range and unleashing bolter death. All her stats point towards this goal, all her upgrades help her achieve it better by increasing the amount of death she can unleash whether it be a storm bolter for more shots until they get into rapid fire range or a flamer in order to turn more of the enemy crispier.
And then there's faith points...
Most Notable Achievements:
Killed a Revenant Titan in one shot.
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ya bolter death is nice... but saddly i have that big problem of the 4 marines that live walk over and start to bean me in the face. like if it was rending then oh hell yes. but you have to hit then wound of 6. kinda like you either get really lucky or you louse.
The lazcannons tend to kinda put a dampener in most people's days.
first of all like u say there is a points saveing yes its only 5pts but when u look at someone with a 10man tactical squad paying170pts for tht u can have 14 sisters yes they out stat us and have grenades and a pistol but we have access to faith we generate faith and we have a save vs psychic powers.
Battle sisters are far better than tactical marines. 1 rhino with EA and SLs and 10 sisters 1 melta gun and a heavy flamer with a vet and a book is by far the best troops choice in the game.
What makes them better? Last time I checked tactical marines don't have what amounts to rending on they're bolters and flamers.
That 5 point difference is big when I comes to how economical the battle sister is. For they're points they are just fantastic and with the loadout I said above the squad can do almost everything. They're fast, can handle hoards with the heavy flamer and bolters, can tarpit in close combat (use your cannoness to get them out of assault) can destroy any vehicle with the melta gun, and can unless divine guidance death on anything with a 3+ or 2+ save, and we also have a 5+ save against psychic powers.
I see what you guys (chicks) are getting at. with a 5 point diffrence its almost 2/3's the cost. and they are not 2/3's of the stats. they are a wopping 3/4's the stats. thats a wopping 1/12 diffrence in superiority! no just kidding that plus the faith points might just beat thoes silly LAZCANNONS marines get
put the lascannons aside, and leave them to popping tanks, which they do well.
Sisters are a good value because of their specialization. They shoot close range. very well. for killing Meq's, consider that you have a squad as such:
7 Sisters with Bolters
1 Sister with Heavy flamer
1 Sister with a flamer
1 veteran with Bolter and a Book of St. Lucius (makes em stubborn)
... all in a rhino with extra armor and smoke
that comes in at around 205pts. not a bad cost for a troop choice.
but this squad can maneuver to maximize it's kill potential.
so it can hit:
let's say 7 with a Hflamer template
7 with the flamer template
take 16 bolter shots, hitting on average with 11
then getting to roll 25 dice to wound. Which can make 6's AP1. so you should have about 4 AP1 shots, then about 7 normal wounds to soak up. so on average, about 2 more failed saves.
so your 10 man marine squad just got toasted down to 4 guys. that sucks. now you get to return fire, or charge 10 power armored humans, with unmodified Ld.
now I tend to run the squads in tandems. so they act together. Even more of a wipeout. Even Plague marines are afraid. Orks can get eaten alive by a full SoB squad. Even a full 30 Boys squads.
SoB tactics tend to be about overwhelming firepower.
They DO lack long range firepower, but that can be ameliorated with Exorcists, and Shooty Inquisitor retinues.
it's nice to make marines jealous. and to be able to turn the tables from 'oh look you're playing with GIRLS', and 'noone plays those, they must SUCK' to 'you just got beat the crap out of... by GIRLS' and 'noone plays SoB because these girls aren't EASY'
and I do love Montford's quote...
an army of intolerant, homicidal female pyromaniacs is a lot of fun!