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I have a huge APoc game coming up on Saturday, in which I will most likely field 5 Tactical Squads.
Naturally, each has a free ML and Flamer... but what I am wondering is, would it be a really dumb idea to pull those ML's out (only 4 of course) and use them to form a Dev squad (I have enough extra marines to replace them and boost the Dev squad to 9 or so). That way the Tactical squads would not have to be spolit into combat squads and can run around together without wasting that ML.
So, in an easy summary:
6 Tac Squads: 5 w/ Flamers and M.L.s and 1 that only numbers 9 marines
5 Tac Squads: All with flamers + 1 Dev squad: 4 M.L.s numbering 9 marines
Remember, this is a HUGE apoc game!
I'd say you'd better off with a devastator squad, which will be firing all their weapons in every turn.
I'm not an expert in Apocalypse but in large points game, I've faced this situation quite often and I always regretted having to make the choice between moving and firing the heavy weapon.
Tac Squads provide you more flexibility, as you can fire each missile at a separate target. If you have any other heavy weapons, I'd include them. Lascannons and Plasma Cannons in Tacticals, everything else with Devastators.
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I'm more impartial to the 6 tact squad option, as you can still split them up into Combat Squads, which lets the MLs stay behind and fire at whatever they choose (also, wider field of fire and able to target a larger number of enemies than a Devastator Squad too) while the other squads with flamers footslog it with their flamers.
For some reason, the thought of a squad of 9 marines all with bolters pumping rounds into their enemies as they advance brings a smile to my face..
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Train of thought will be terminating at.. edible murder weapons!
Yup, it's a model problem! For now... til I get enough money to buy a Dev box!
keep in mind theres only one missile launcher in the dev box, wich i think is criminal as its my favourite heavy weapon. (ive got 11 in my army )
If you've got loads of heavy weapons, it saves loads of points if you make your devastators rocket only, and spread out the lascannons and plasma cannons among the tactical squads. Heavy bolters and multimeltas are also "free" for the tactical squad if you got ten marines.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.