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So I used to play Marines about 10 years ago.
I haven't barely touched the models since then, but I picked up a BR box the other day, mostly because I needed a rulebook and getting some free terms and a dread is not a bad thing...
As it stands this is the stash I'm sitting on:
1x Captain (AoBR)
2x Librarian, including 1 old Tigurius
1x Tech Marine with Servo Arm
5x 10 man Tactical Squads (unfortunately I have no meltaguns, most are fitted with flamers and missles, one with las cannon, maybe 1 or 2 with plasma.) They also have Sergeants, most with power fists or chain swords..
1x 5 man Scout Squad, no snipers.
5x Assault Marines
2 x Dreadnought, one has las cannon and powerfist with flamer. He is the old one from 10 years ago. Second is AoBR.
2x 5 man Terminators, One squad is AoBR so no real upgrades in the box. The second is old metal ones. One has Chainfist and Assault Cannon.
2x Landspeeders with Dual Heavy Flamers (seat and under the model) I used to use these 2 editions ago to light up gaunts.
I am pretty foot heavy.
So I'm thinking some Drop Pods or Rhinos would be a good addition. I've got lots of marines so I'm thinking I'll just buy some meltaguns.
Planning on converting some terms to assault terms.. but I'm open to suggestions..
I have a natural love of the Death from Above school of thought.. and would love to field a Drop Pod Army..
Looking to be fairly competitive with the list.
If you want to start making a drop pod army, I would say you are definitely in a fine position to do so. Honestly i would grab a few drop pods, and maybe some sternguard if you'd like.
Meltaguns are prefered for tank killing, however there are other options. Those two dreadnoughts can really dish out some anti-vehicular pain if you drop pod them in, and the terminators may help as well. I'd suggest only using one squad though. Maybe a couple locator beacons would help you get terminators (or assault marines) where you want them.
One of the guys at my local GW says he drops in Regular Marines with a Multi-Melta, Meltagun and the Sergeant with a Combi-Melta.
He combat squads them and can drop 2 tanks in one turn sometimes.
Seems viable too...
I always have an issue with drop podding multi-meltas. Yes they kill tanks well, but you're unleashing all your melta when you hit the board, which means you count as moving and cannot use the multi-melta with the two meltagun shots. I always figure a missile launcher or other more versatile weapon would be a better choice.
But yes, that is an effective strategy. Personally I'd like to see someone drop in a squad with plasmagun + combi-plasma and rapid-fire a tank in the back with them. Not as hard hitting but more shots, also if they don't have vehicles it could kill a Hive Tyrant/Carnifex in one volley if you're lucky. (or nip off some terminators, or oblits or...)
You can't put two combat squads in a transport I don't think...but we should ask one of the experts about that, I'm just a theorist in this realm.
From what I've read you put the 10 man in the pod and then as soon as they arrive you declare the split. Should be in the codex with special rules at the start I believe...
Plasma is an interesting prospect.. my biggest thing is not knowing how many pods to do.. should I still run Rhinos.. etc..
Lots of feet.. no wheels yet I was thinking of taking Sicarius as my HQ.. I like Combat Tactics and giving the drop podding guys Tank Hunters could be epic.
"The decision to split the unit into combat squads, must be made when the unit is deployed. Both combat squads can be deployed in seperate locations. The one exception to this is a unit that arrives by Drop Pod. The player can choose to split such a unit into combat squads when it disembarks from the Drop Pod."
Word for word that is the paragraph after the codex lists the units that may be split into combat squads.
Ask me about the Black and White Space Marine on the Black and White Bike!!!
Yep that's the rule...
So where does my list leave me though?
Would it be wiser to invest in Rhinos first? Or just go into drop pods? How many drop pods? What should Include in a drop pod army at about 1500 points? Most of my metagame locally here plays that point level.
I see a lot of Tyranids here.. also, I get some Orks, a little bit of Necron and other marines. There is at least one DE player too.