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I'd like to add some close support, in the form of tactical squads, to the BA force I'm currently building.
I'm thinking about builds in the line of meltagun/MM or plasma gun/cannon, and the squads will be 10mans in rhinos.
Maybe the squads could use heavy bolters?
I just don't want to rely on jump pack squads to get the job done, and I prefer the usefullness of rhinos over drop pods.
Thanks in advance.
Eh, the general consensus regarding Tactical Squads in BA is "don't bother". Even if you're looking for guys to mech up and ride around in rhinos/razerbacks, you're probably still better off with an Assault squad over a Tactical squad.
DON'T DO IT. ;-)
You are missing a great trick. Stick 5/6 man assault squads in razorbacks (assault cannons or las cannons) and you get a fast moving, armoured, anti tank (if equiped that way) squad for a very very good points cost. Yea, you don't get the heavy weapon but you can get other options to use in other ways. Also, the guys have 2 attacks which I think is better (at least with my play style) than more shooting.
You could even, get your jumpy guys moving forward behind a screen of these razorbacks with a sang priest or two in the transports giving their benefits. All bail out and everything attacks! Could be a tactic worth play testing.
Having a squad of Tac's in your BA army is fine, even handy sometimes. It is useful to have a squad you can split up and leave a free missle launcher + bolter sitting on an objective in your own deployment while leaving your assault squads free to go after enemy held objectives. Now in the uber competitive cookie cutter BA lists, no they don't have a place as Razorback spam rules all. However, in a friendly or even local tourney environment having a squad of mounted Tacs can be very very handy.
The biggest downside to Tacs is that you can't get them anything until they have ten guys. The biggest upside is that they can add a fleible defensive element to your list which can free your assualt squads up for other duties.
The only honorable options left to we combatants is seppuku or semantics...which amount to the same thing really.