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New to Blood Angels (I don't even have a Codex). However before you shoot me down in flames please read on.
I am coming at this mainly from a painting point of view and really enjoy painting every last little detail on models. Now I have a box of Death Company, which imo are well detailed models.
Now, before I assemble them I want them to be able to be used in an army should I catch the bug for painting them and want to make an army.
So, given the bits available in the Death Company box how should I equip the 5 models?
Many thanks for any advice.
Honestly? One in 5 guys should have a powerfist and melta-pistol, and everyone else just needs a Bolter or BP/CCW. A common mistake with Death Company is to massively overload them with equipment upgrades.
So, the watch word here is keep it simple. This is much the same then as regular assault marines, give one a powerfist and keep the rest with bolt pistols and chainswords.
Does it make any difference as to equipment if I was to have jet packs (more detail to paint)?
I kind of liked the look of one wielding a thunderhammer, what are thoughts about these?
And rep to you for responding so fast (only 5 mins) and from Canada as well.
I keep mine fairly simple but quite deadly. Its a bit more expensive point wise the way I play them but every game I've played they have shone. I run them 10 man, 4 pw, 1 pf, and lemartes. It comes out to somewhere around 435 points. you got the 5 men for extra wounds for your pws. You can swap the PF for thunderhammer, they will get the same # of attacks, just cost like 5 points more. Then I run them in a storm raven (200 points more).
Generally its a bad idea to give them jump packs. Its a huge point sink plus with rage you cant control them at all, they just do what they want.
Watchwood has the right idea as far as equipment goes. Either give them close combat weapons if they take to battle in a transport or bolters if they come in via Drop Pod. With Relentless the Bolters can be fired the turn you touch down, at long ranges even on the move, and Rapid Fired before you even charge. Aside from that i like the look of Bolters more anyways, their just so nicely detailed. As said before though avoid Jump Packs, they are over priced and you lose control of the unit. If you like the look of the Thunder Hammer it can easily be swapped for the Power Fist, the weapons are almost identical in game with the Thunder Hammer being slightly more expensive with a little added effect.
Should you want a transport I wouldn't reccomend anything too extravagent, possibly a Land Raider but Storm Ravens seem to get shot down too easily IMO. If kept small go for a cheap Razorback, possibly with an Assault Cannon or a Rhino or Land Raider variant if your squad numbers ten men. Death Company are a powerful unit but they aren't an army in their own right and shouldn't be used as one.
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Thank you for your thoughts.
Thread can now be closed as I have assembled the models.