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I've been a huge fan of Warhammer and 40k for many many years now, and collect armies for each, however I only recently got the 40k rulebook (hobby shop just opened up in my town)
AAAANNNYway, I love space marines, but am kind of at a loss. In warhammer, its pretty easy to tell what works well with what, but 40k is a little more grey. I have 2 full squads of space marine tactical squads and a dreadnought armed with a missile rack and assault cannon. I was wondering if anyone had ideas as to where to expand from here.
I played my inaugural game tonight (against Tau - man those rail guns work hell on the dreddies!) and while my dreadnought managed to crush a full squad in a single turn, after that my army was pretty much annihilated. I know I need some assault squads, and a command squad...
Can anyone help me flesh out my meagre forces into a battle-worthy force that is relatively balanced? Oh, and I love whirlwinds - REALLLY love the whirligigs!
shrug, i don't do much in the way of space marines (currently, fluff-wise my imperial guard have sworn to destroy any they encounter; but they're renegade faction); but i know from playing them, people tend to like land speeder tornadoes heavy bolter and assault cannon. chaplains leading assault squads, and devastator squads of 4 missile launchers and 8 men
if you like dreadnaughts, i'd say either go with assault cannon and dccw or tl lascannon and missile launcher. extra armor for either one, and maybe venerable for the assault one.
Have you chosen a specific chapter? That will influence what units you should expand to. In very general terms a good core starter force would be:
Reclusiarch w. Jump Pack
10 man assault squad w. 2 plasma or flamers and Vet Sgt w. Powerfist
5 man Tac w. Las
5 man Tac w. Las
10 man Tac w. Vet Sgt w. PF
Land Speeder Tornado (LST)
Next might come a Dev squad with 4ML, a Whirlwind and another LST, probably in that order. I wouldn't even think about Terminators till you get to 1500 points.
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