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I haven't seen many people using dominion squads in their lists.
Anyway, my question is, is there any validity on using a dominion squad armed with storm bolters to go objective grabbing?
I realize seraphim would probably fill the gap better, but I'd be using them more aggressively, and if the dominion squad is armed with storm bolters, they can still contribute to the battle while moving and not have to worry (too much) about being reduced to half-size and make them unable to count as scoring.
"Tell me what you cherish most. Give me the pleasure of taking it away." Sephiroth, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Well since I'm new to witch hunters I don't know effective the Dominion squads are but I have one in my list. Basically my squad is in an Immolater with 6 sisters and one veteran then four flammers. So their is a lot of flaming in that unit and at 181pts I don't think it is too expensive...then again I am new to witch hunters...
Is it me or does any other necron player get annoyed when they see people saying "Necrons eat souls". How is that even possible as souls are part of the warp and necrons want nothing to do with it? Eh probaly me just me being picky.
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Dominions are great. Their strength is the number of special weapons they can carry. Towards your questions about storm bolters, I would have to reply; no, this choice of weaponary isn't suited objective grabbing because of the transport requirments. Since they have to take a transport it means the squad moves quickly up the feild, with this kind of monuveurability you are better off just using the basic bolters sisters carry because you would still benefit from two shots. (Rapid fire range) Also should you take an Immolator as the transport option your squad size is not sufficent to be able to hold out against incomming fire.
As I mentioned, their strength lies in their special weapons. Common use of Dominions would be to have them specialise in a certain feild. Anti-tank or anti-infantry, now you can imagine what four meltaguns would do to a tank or monsterious creature can't you, and with the speed the squad can move at, getting an oppitunity to use these if very certain. The same goes for four flamers, combined with "divine guidance" act of faith you won't find much remaining of the squad you shot at, power armour or no.
Now that I mentioned that each squad can be very potent it leaves to say that it's mainly the special weapons that do the work, so large squads arn't needed. You can potentially save points and have some left over for extra units (another dominion for example), or buy some extra upgrades for the existing squad. This could be giving them an immolator instead of a rhino.
Interestingly you can add more to the squads potancy by giving the sister superior weaponary that will aid in the feild you have chosen the squad to sepcialise in. Unfortunately you can;t give them a meltagun or flamer but their are weapons that can do the same thing at some limit, Combi weapons, meltabombs, evicerators, Brazier of Holy fire for example.
Lastly, going back to your idea of the storm bolters, you can invest in a small squad of six Dominions armed with five strom bolters and an Immolator transport upgrade. Transports and their designated squads don;t have to deploy next to each other, so if you wish thats another potential Immolator if you didn't want to spend a Heavy support slot for it. It also adds a nice amount of mobile anti-infantry, more often than not these weapons are under-rated, being able to fire 10 shots on the move does wonders, especially agianst the lighter armoured races.
As stated above - Dominions are great because you can fit them with 4 special weapons and you only need 4 girls + Sister Superior to make a legal squad. Of course you also need to take a transport for them, but again - as said above, another Immy on the field is not a bad thing... They might pack 4 Meltas and deploy behind partial cover up the field to deny passage to enemy tanks/squad or use flamers to obliterate infantry... You might add an Imagifier to aid with Faith tests.
I guess their strategy is similar to 5 man strong IST squads - that can pump 4 plasma shots for under 100pts...
Storm Bolters on Dominions (5 possible) - OK, if you could make the squad 10 Sisters strong or so. With 6 girls they might die too quickly, and to make them a bigger squad you'd have to take Rhino...
Overall, they are a nice option, I am also baffled that people do not use them more often.
Probably the Melta models are too expensive