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I'm new at SM, and have 2 assault squads and captain shrike. The problem is that I don't know what weapons to give them.first the regular marines: I like the 2 plasma pistol idea. Shrike gives fleet, if I fleet I still have a pistol as 2nd CC weapon. If I don't fleet 2 str7 ap2 shots are nice :-)now the sergeant: powerfist, 2 lightning claws, plasma pistol & chainsword (like the regular marines for 3 str7 ap2 shots), stormshield for the ap0(powerweapons), 1, 2 & 3 weapons,... all those LOOK nice, but what are effective and what not?My plan is to go after the big, important, snipers, ... not the cannonfodder with these. Drop pod the rest of the army and homing beacons to deep strike the assault marines.usefull advice, thoughts, comments?
I find that assault marines work well as secondary anti AV units, so you should at least always give your sergents melta bombs, they are very cheap and open up your options alittle bit, as for your weapons loadouts, it all depends on what your going after with them, but as long you give them target versatility you should be allright
Generally i go for a Powerfist so they can instant kill T4 things and knock out vehicles. All the normal Marines can handle hoards and other odds n ends so the sergeant is there to do what they cannot - Hurt MC's, Characters and other big things.
I like taking 2 Flamers in my Squads as well - Not only does it compliment the squads anti infantry roll they're pretty cheap too. You loose a str4 attack in combat but.......how many more str4 (auto!!) hits are you going to do with that flamer?
I'll concur that you need a power fist. If you don't you could get stuck in combat with a walker or MC, never able to win.
Melta bomb is nice but usually useless if you have a power fist (great vs a Land Raider, though) and you can't use it on walkers or MCs, obviously.
So I should give the sergeant a powerfist, but only that (except maybe meltabombs)? Does a chainsword and powerfist count as 2 cc weapons for the extra attack?
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I agree with above. For me I run Shrike with 10 assault marines and the sergeant has a power fist. Case closed. The powerfist is superior to a single melta bomb, etc.
I also drop a couple dreads turn 1 too, then have some termies dropping later...I'm in their ranks immediately
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