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I've only been playing for a bit a decided to go with Blood Ravens and am having some trouble making decisions about what tactics, models, and model combinations are appropriate for a fluffy Blood Ravens Company. I don't plan on playing tourneys and really just want to play nice, fluffy armies for fun but don't mind using a killer combination/tactic every now and then. I reckon I can start from the top of the list and make my way down and would like your guys' thoughts on the subject (especially those who've read the novel(s))...
Chaplain with Jump Pack attached to Assault Squad - This just seems way too reminiscent of Blood Angels. Is it common for Chaplains in other chapters to be equipped with Jump Packs?
Devastator Squad w/ 4 MLs and 4 Bolters - From what I've seen/read, Blood Ravens tend to lean more in the direction of ballistic weapons and not chemical weapons like Melta or Plasma guns, so this squad looks pretty kosher.
Land Speeder - Well, they're available in DoW as a unit choice, so I can't see why they don't work fluff-wise.
Drop Pods - Flesh Over Steel prohibits use of lots of Drop Pods, but they strike me as a chapter that should be rather drop pod-centric.
Librarian in Terminator Armor leading a Terminator Command Squad w/ Drop Pod - Seeing as how they do love their Librarians and their Drop Pods, this strikes me as okay.
Venerable Dreadnought - Would this chapter be in possession of a Venerable Dreadnought? I don't think they would, but want outside opinion here...
I'll post more questions a bit later...
Last edited by relasine; May 19th, 2006 at 17:02.
no thoughts on any of these?
Outside of an overabundance of Librarians, the Blood Ravens are pretty much a Codex Chapter. Feel free to mix your units as you see fit.
An unusual characteristic of the Blood Ravens is their Librarians' uncanny ability to predict their enemy's actions and plan accordingly. "See But Don't Be Seen" works great for this in allowing players to set up a good portion of their army (at least the most critical elements anyway) after their opponent has set up their army.
Drop pods are not hat critical for the Blood Ravens because of their infiltrating ability - but if you really want them, you can take a couple within the framework of their traits.
Chaplain with jump pack? It works really well - but for fluff, make room for a Libby first. If you have the points to spare - then add the Chaplain.
Libby in Terminator armour and Termie Command Squad - very potent and also very expensive. In larger point games, this this is a potent tactic.
Four missile launchers in a Dev squad is very flexable - but is getting a bit stale in some circles. Remember that you have the option to infiltrate these units also.
Speeders - and bikes for that matter - are very useful to any Space Marine army.
Dreads? I love Dreads - the ultimate in coolness. A must have in nearly every army.
Since you are playing for fun and not worried about Tourneis (like myself) I would build your army with a good solid core of troops (i.e. Tactical Squads) and then model and paint whatever catches your eye. I have built all my armies this way. i have a lot of fun modelling and painting the army. i have a lot of fun then playing the army - and quite successfully too!
Have fun doing it - this is the most important factor.
Aren't Chaplains supposed to lead the most elite group of troops though? It would make sense that the Blood Angels or Raven Guard would have elite Assault Marines, but I wouldn't consider anyone else's Assault Marines to be the elite group within in a chapter.Originally Posted by bannus
Actually, Commanders are suppose to lead the Companies into battle, but you don't see them used too often, do you?
Chaplains are the spiritual leaders of each Company. If a Company is devided into two detachments for a mission, then the Chaplain will typically lead one of the groups and the Commander will lead the other (usually the larger).
Librarians are attached to Companies as needed. In the Blood Ravens, it is not unusual for Librarians to be leading detachments when not operating with other Imperial forces.
I meant to include a Librarian in your FOC before a Chaplain (again, solely for the purposes of fluff) simply because this is the most defining characteristic of the Chapter.