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I'm in the middle of painting a whole load of LotD figures (15 in total).
I've mix weapon choices including a few converted models with different weapons from those that are available. These are: x8 bolters, 1 flamer, 1 heavy flamer, 1 multi-melta, 1 heavy bolter, 1 melta gun, 1 serg with power sword+bolt pistol, 1 serg with power fist+bolt pistol.
Basically I've got a few squad setup options including 1 ten man unit or 2 five to seven man units.
I've not fielded these guys in a game yet so was looking for feedback from those that have experience of LotD in battle.
unfortunately Legion of the Damned aren't very popular. Matter of fact is that they aren't that competitive!
They are very expensive for single-wound relentless bolters that still die if they fail their 3+ save, and they have too few heavy/special weapons to really pack a decisive punch. If you choose to use them nonetheless (very likely, after all you have so many models and must be eager to try them in battle), I suggest you make best use of their relentlessness: they can move, shoot as if stationary, and assault no matter what.
That means: put a power fist on the sergeant. They'll need it, and in their hands it's even a little more effective than on tactical sergeants (because he hits on a 3+ against MEQ). The most useful heavy weapon in this case is the multi-melta: it is a very powerful weapon but is usually frowned upon by infantry because they have a hard time getting close and remaining stationary. Legion of the Damned get close easily (quasi-precise deep-striking) and do not have to remain stationary in order to shoot heavy weapons. This is definitely the way to go, because all the other heavy weapons can just as well be used by cheaper infantry from afar. As for special weapons: the melta gun goes well along with the multi-melta and the deep-striking helps get in range, though the plasma gun is always a really good choice on relentless models due to the range and being able to shoot many high-power shots and still assault afterwards.
This is basically the best core setup. Extras are maybe a combi-weapon on the sergeant (again melta and plasma work best for the reasons mentioned above - flamers can be good on deep-striking units as well, but you shouldn't use such a small elite expensive squad to hunt hordes because the sheer number of low quality attacks will kill your Legion of the Damned unnecessarily quickly - so go hunt elite enemy squads and vehicles instead and count on bolter rapid-fire plus extra attacks on the charge against enemy units with many models), or some extra models (well, 1 actually, because more just get too expensive) just to make the squad a little more survivable.
So five or six models, equipped with power fist, multi-melta, either plasma gun or melta gun, and maybe a combi-weapon. Deep-strike it near an important enemy tank to kill it. If your unit survives, go hunt elite enemy squads. Legion of the Damned are especially resilient against enemy elite-hunters, like Eldar Banshees or enemy Terminators - this is where they excel, so try that. Don't drop in front of a battery of lasguns, on the other hand, because they kill your Legion of the Damned just as quickly as Tactical Marines, and those are only half the points cost. [Few high quality enemy attacks are fine, lots of low quality enemy attacks are really, really bad...]
That's my two cents. Hope it helps a little. Good luck! And sorry for the unit being only mediocre.
Their fluff and models are awesome, as are their special rules. But game-wise they don't do too well for their price tag!
Thanks for your comments RA. Reckon I'll go with your advice on the tank-hunting set up on their first outing. This hopefully will be a good tactic as I plan to take Forgefather Vulkan He'stan as my commander - Twin-linked melta weapons should surely take down at least one big tank!
Also, I'll try to avoid massed lasguns, although this'll be tricky as I usually play against Guard.
I take your point about LotD being over priced but I really wanted a deep striking unit that didn't need a drop-pod. I've already got a dreadnought drop pod and couldn't really be bothered making and painting another. I'm hoping the deep strike re-roll will help me get my LotD in the right spot to cause maximum disruption/damage.
Have to admit that I've been bought more on the look of the models than on how good they are in gaming terms.
While LotD is too expensive in usual games, I ALWAYS field them in Apocalypse. 10 Men with Powerfist, Combimelta, Melta and Multimelta are 390 points, but they rock.
In Apo everything dies, mainly due to ap3/2/1 plates or overloaded deathstars. Except LotD, witch will make any point bock they costed, due to 3++ save. They will stand against any enemy elite unit and will slowly bring them down, they are nice tank busters, fearless, 2 attacks.. Just a great unit, but really only in Apo, because in Apo invul saves are the only saves you should consider to get, and thats where LotD shines compared to tactical squads or others.
I always field 30 of them (actually my whole army is in LotD style, so I just "upgrade" my usual tactical squads to rulewise LotD in Apo ) and they never let me down.
I've not played an Apocalypse battle but take your point on how they are worth their points in those games.
Just one small point, without wanting to sound pedantic, I don't think you can take a Sergeant with a power fist/weapon AND a combi-weapon. Rather annoyingly he can only replace his boltgun ONLY and not his bolt pistol!
Correct me if I'm wrong but this is how I've read the Codex. Bit stupid really when the sergeant in the box-set has a power axe and plasma pistol. Plus, this rule also means the sarg can't make full use of his relentlessness if he has power fist and a bolt pistol rather than the better combination of PF and boltgun (hope that makes sense).
Last edited by frag1; July 26th, 2010 at 23:11. Reason: double post
yep, its stupid ruling, but thankfully its been errata'ed in the FAQ - its meant to say either the bolter or bolt pistol can be replaced by options
Thanks for pointing that out Potatolegs. Time to do a bit of remodelling!