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It'll vary a lot depending on what gear you're giving people, and what kind of vehicular support they have. You can field a reasonably decent Battle Company for 3k points though, if you pay attention to your points cost. You wind up looking at 30 or 35k for the line troops, plus more depending on what kind of armoury and support the chapter has.
As a Full company owner it is roughly 3400 points (as per the apocalypse formation, including it's points and doing things like rhinos for the devastators)
well, they're typically 10 companies:
1x Vets (1st company) - not normally 106 men but less, however terminators/sternguard etc so more expensive
1x scouts - numbers vary, and would be less
1x Assault - pretty much the same (less rhino's, add assault squad points)
1x Devastator - far more points, I'd add 500 points
4x Tactical - (2x assault, 2x dev and 6x tactical squads with command and captain / chaplain)
2x tactical - 10x tactical squads - slightly cheaper
and then there's all the support, 2-3 dreads per company, land raiders, whirlwinds, land speeders, bikes (replacing a company sometimes) techmarines and servitors etc etc.
50,000 is a pretty good guess i'd say
Adeptus Mechanicus Marines: http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ml#post1655065
Ex the motor pool, ~30k. I'm not sure I agree with another ~20k for vehicles, I'd say more like 12k...so 40-45k for the chapter, unless you're also counting strike cruisers and stuff (wouldn't a strike cruiser alone be over 10k?)
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The Thunderhawk alone is 900. A Strike Cruiser is going to be worth quite a big more, and a Battle Barge a heck of a lot more then that. How about we keep it simple and not count the fleet assets for this purpose?
That's not even counting the PDF auxiliaries that most chapters have.
Ok interesting replies I have to admit I never thought of including chapter surfs and the like as for thunder hawks and the fleet that gets even more complex when you think that these also feature in bfg and ai so and also when you think that some chapters are tank heavy and some tank light still it think we got a good outline of the range would be and the factors that make up a points cost of a chapter.