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Old 15 Aug 2006, 21:31   #1 (permalink)
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Yeah... I'm doing it. I'm going to start Space Marines (they're too shiny to resist!)

Generally, I'd like to play with a high amount of Dreadnoughts (maybe 4 or so...) and bring a lot of firepower and smashing things (with cc) to the table.

So, my questions are as follows:

What should I play as? I like the Salamanders and the Imperial Fists, but I also am thinking of starting a Custom Chapter of Black Mage based figures (all have BM style hats, Sargents and their ilk have robes DA style)

Secondly, what should I condsider buying to start? I already have access to a codex, so I don't need that...
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A custom chapter is often a good way to personalize your army. And you get to pick your traits to match your playing style, so a custom chapter should be a good decision in you position.

Well before you start buying it is a good idea to know what type of tactics you want to use. Your basic troops and headquarters should set you to a good start. Afterwards dreadnoughts would be good as you said you wanted a lot of those. A predator can pack a high amount of fire power so that would be a good idea for your armoured section. Scouts are also good for shooting and close combat as you can leapfrog them with your tactical squads. Scouts with sniper rifles are good can pack a nice amount of fire power for high toughness creatures. For fast attack you can't go wrong with an assult squad. And that should get you off to a good start. I would recommend some more basic troops for later play.
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Old 15 Aug 2006, 22:20   #3 (permalink)
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Salamanders have a certain cool factor that I just can't put my finger on. They came out favourites a while back in that poll didn't they? Good traits too.

I wouldn't recommend the Imperial Fists for the following reasons:
  • Their preset trait advantage pretty much sucks.
  • Their preset trait drawback has a nasty habit of spoiling everything...or making a bad situation worse.
  • Yellow is hard to paint well.
  • You might be better at it than me, and we couldn't have that now could we?

On the other hand:
  • Spiffy yellow and red colour scheme. Might be hard to do, but boy does it look good.
  • Lysander and his merry band of thugs.
  • Fluff that fits siege warfare...Marine style.
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Meh... I'm probably going to go custom style. Thanks for the input.
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