Just finished my 4th tactical squad (well, 5th, but more on that later) this is my cheapest tactical squad, weighing in at 150pts. It will be my stock unit when I am trying to save the odd point. In this blog i will try to explain my thinking when creating a troop choice, but first I’d like to talk about this great looking unit. (Not bigging it up or anything) I have a large ultramarines army, nearing 10k painted, but I only have 6 tactical squads. (So far) I am to build the full 2nd company. (I am only 5 assault marines to till have all the troops, but around 30 need to be painted)
Tactical squad 4 is actually the 5th tactical squad I have painted for my 2nd company. I have tried to make this squad stand out, so the whole squad has running legs from either the assault marines or vanguard squad. I have added a holstered pistol on each. This has given a feeling of movement. The squad is also the fist squad that I’m on doing full decals on. The previous squads used the metal ultramairnes shoulder pads. Doing this on every squad was getting pricey. Adding £10 to each squad. That’s more the cost of a spartan for the whole battle company and I know what I want more!
Each squad is different and has its own mission. Below is a list of each squad, sgt armament, special weapon, heavy weapon and role. Squad 4 is my cheap squad and I hope you see where it fits together.
Squad 1-power axe, flamer, missile. A general squad, great vs fast troop, particularly those of the eldar persuasion.
Squad 2- power fist, melta gun, heavy bolter. A great squad vs imperial guard, often used with a drop pod.
Squad 3- combi Flamer, Grav gun, missile-my all rounder, great for infiltration mission, the grav is great at short range. Currently this is my favourite squad, making most lists.
Squad 4-chainsword/bolt pistol, flamer, heavy bolter. The cheapest squad, tooled up for hordes, but mainly as a way to save points.
Squad 5-power weapon, flamer, multi melta. The perfect foil for squad 3. The 2 squads work well together. Great for those pesky traitors.
Squad 6-(still unpainted) power weapon, flamer, Lascannon. My last squad was designed to help with heavy armour.
When I write a list, I pick 2 squads as my compulsory squads, and as I play fluffy lists, I always run 10man squads. So each list would say squads 3 and 4, with the rest of the points spent on my exciting toys, such are flyers or 1st company. Because I have a solid base, that I know well, I can fall on these to take up the strain. Allowing me to worry about the more risky elements of my army and helping score valuable vp’s.
The poor old tactical squads always seem to be the ‘and I also took’ parts of most marine lists. I hope this missive help redress this a small part. They are the back bone of my force and have won me many games.