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i have a squad of assault termies. they all have lightning claws because lightning claws are cool. but why can't you have a squad of normal power armoured marines with claws?. you can only have one pair in a vet squad. the only other option apart from termies is shrikes special squad, but these cost more than termies. how cool would a squad of say 10 vets all with claws be? how much do you think a squad like this should cost, as i am thinking of writing up some rules...
your thoughts are appreciated
A full squad of Power armored Lightning Claws Marines would have to cost no less than 300 pts.
That's why they specifically put them on Termies. You're already paying a monstrous number of points for Terminators so GW figured "Here, have these. On us."
I'd peg it at 350 to 400 points, myself.
The thing is that LC's on termies isn't a real issue. As Adrian said, Termies are already costly enough to warrant the upgrade, and you never really field all that many of them.
A Power Armored squad would have to cost a lot, because it would just be too powerful. The only things with any hope of resisting them would have to be good enough fighters to stop most hits, because anything LC's hit, they're likely to kill. Include the added mobility of the smaller Power Armour as opposed to the somewhat unwieldy size of Termies, and they'd be quite potent indeed.
As a Raven Guard player who has Shrike's Wing tucked away in his case, I can personally attest to the fact that such a squad would be horrifically powerful - my Wing (at only 80% strength at the time) has managed to utterly consume 3 Terminator squads and a Termie Chaplain in one massive charge before, and the theoretical squad in question could be capable of nearly the same sort of power. Obviously, not something to be taken lightly.