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I don't like the Ratling models, but I do like sniper rifles on models with BS 4 who also have Stealth and Infiltrate.
In short, I want to use other sniper models (Cadian and Catachan models) to stand in for Ratlings.
What is your opinion on this? Do you think the "Ratlings" need to be WYSIWIG, in other words, true Ratling models,
or would it be ok to swap them for other models (as long as they have sniper rifles)?
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I like the Elysian sniper models but a BS 3 sniper SWS is a bit poor for the points. Classing them as ratlings gets you more sniper rifles and better BS and stealth for the loss of 1 toughness and a little leadership.
On a side note I just aquired some .50 cla resin sniper rifles from maxmini.eu. They fit well on the Elysian figures.
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Yes, do it.
When I field ratlings I don´t use their models in my army, too.
I would have no problems with this as long as I was told at the start what the models represented.
As I am none too keen on our elite choices I may well do likewise, strikes me this substitution would fit a Tanith army or contingent well, Harker + Vets + 3 sniper rifles costs a lot more and doesn't optimise the sniper element.
Figures wise I like the Cadian snipers (2var) much more than the Catachan (3var) but you can make more using the command unit sprues. Another option would be the Forge world Tallarn but they come up a little small up agianst the GW figs but then this would explain the drop in toughness. The Vostroyan figures are nice but would look odd in a non-vostroyan army but no odder than the abhuman subs.
I'd be fine with you using other sniper models as ratlings.
You might want to use kneeling or crouching snipers, if your opponents complain too much about the model size.
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