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Hopefully you guys can help me out with an understanding of how command squads are used. Do they act as a retinue to the captain or are they an independent unit which becomes available if you have a captain in your army. The reason I ask is because I want them to use a razorback, but am not sure if the captain goes in it too. Ideally I would like them to operate independently, having only the command squad in the razorback.
Thanks for the help.
They act as a retune so your captain is pretty much stuck with them, but on the plus side they give him FnP.
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actually, it's the opposite- a command squad does not need to be with the captain at all. There is no mention of 'retinue' or any wording that it needs to form a squad with the captain in the codex.
The Command Squad is not an 'upgrade unit' for the captain nor is the captain an 'upgrade unit' of the command squad, it simply becomes available when the captain is in the army.
You can still attach the captain to the squad and deploy them as one (which is a more fluffy and probably logical approach), but if you want them to go separately, then it's fine as well.
Command Squads are good to use to fill voids in strategies. Every member of the squad has access to special weapons and gear. The company champion is terrific in close quarters fighting, the company banner is useful at range and in close combat, and they can all be mounted on bikes if desired. Because the squad's role can be adapted to any situation it's strategy, or neccesity, depends on who you're fighting.
Seriously, in any game less than 2000, they are way too expensive. Points are better spent on scoring units or anti-tank. Only use them in 2000pt or more games.
These lads are all right, though they didn't answer the question about putting the squad in a razorback.
Typically, Command Squads are put into a transport of some kind, usually a razorback for added kick. The captain doesn't need to be attached all the time, he can function completely independently.
For example - Captain Shrike can take a command squad. The Command Squad can take a Razorback. During deployment, the Command Squad are embarked in the Razorback and are deployed as normal, while Captain Shrike is attached to a unit of Assault Marines who infiltrate into position on the other side of the board to the Razorback.
Its a tactic I've used a couple of times
In a medium-sized game, say fifteen-hundred points, that would be twenty percent of your army. Twenty percent is not an unfair amount to spend on HQ allocation unless you're the kind of player who prefers to spend as little as possible on characters.
If you decided to over-kit your Command Squad and the Captain that leads them, or if you have them leading an expensive special character, then of course they're not a good buy.
Indeed, though, if one can resist the urge to pass out Plasma Pistols or Storm Shields, and try to keep the intent of the Command Squad from becoming muddled, the Command Squad ends up being relatively cheap.
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