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I am of the opinion they suck. you pay three points for no better stats and there upgrades are crazy expensive. but i guess the infiltrate would be handy but that's the only thing IMHO.
I know you may find the Tyranids physically repellent to look at but believe me, you don't want to let them out of your sight.
they're cool because you can cater them to fit whatever you're missing in your army but they're not cool because you could just include another unit of whatever it is you're trying to replace
They do suck, although people will disagree. Marines are expensive enough and you don't need a unit with all Power Weapons but no better stats, it can't beat up CC beasts but it will kill bad CC units just as well as it did before. Complete point waste.
The added value you get with them is in furious charge. If you take 8-10 guys, one set of lightning claws, a meltagun, and a drop pod you have a unit that can hop down hopefully hidden from fire because of their drop pod and whichever vehicle your want to melt. The you run around their back lines terrorizing any ranged attackers that want to sit back and shoot.
No they don't beat berzerkers. When you pop them in the back forcing units of devastators, obliterators, heavy weapons platforms, and dark reapers to run for their lives or face the wrath of furious charging marines; they certainly can make a huge dent in the enemies plan for as little as 227 points.
PS I don't use them, but voted the're alright. It is the're not their.
The thing is a regular Crusade Squad can do those things JUST as well for cheaper AND score. Furious Charge does very little in most situations and Crusade Squads already beat most units just because they hit more often via the Vow. The fact they can't score is a large deal breaker. A Powerfist will already insta-kill T4 models, FC doesn't help that. It helps LCs but I just don't see the value of spending more points on a little combat increase. To each his own though but make sure you buy Frag Grenades. ;]
I like tank hunting assault cannons.
Not so sure about the power armored chumps though.
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I'd rather stick my points to Terminators, despite how awesome and dashing a squad with power swords and storm shields may be.
They're ok, but not great. If they had access to more power weapons they'd be a contender, but I'd rather use the slot on SB termies and dreadnoughts.
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I haven't got my BT codex yet, but I really love the models. I was going to put "love them" but it seems that people here don't think they're that good. Just another one of those units eh?
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