Seeing as this my second blog post, I thought I would start by talking about one of the fundamental units of any Legion - the humble tactical squad.
I have two ten man squads of Tactical marines for my Death Guard army. I used the FW MKIII kits as the GW ones had not been released at the time. I gave them Phobos pattern bolters as I felt it was the traditional bolter for the XIV.
I made a point of adding bayonets to every bolter. This was a fiddly task, but I’m happy with the appearance it gives them. I didn’t use the head/torso upgrade kits, but did splash out for the FW shoulder pads. I added nuncio voxes and vexillas as well.
My Sergeants are both identically equipped – power fist and bolt pistol with artificer armour.
Before I go further, I should stress I am by no means an expert gamer. I’ve probably played 20-30 games of Heresy since I picked up the hobby. I was also lucky enough to play in this year's Heresy Double Tournament where I managed to rack up an impressive ratio of five loses in five games – all Ikthelion’s fault!
I’ve tried numerous rites of war and various tactics with my squads. Despite this I cannot recall a game where they have shone or performed above my expectations. Going from memory, I didn’t even bother disembarking them in any of the doubles as they would have been slaughtered.
Having said that, I still can’t quite bring myself to leave home without them when the XIV march to war. I feel like it would be an ultimate betrayal of the XIV fluff! In order to stick to the fluff, my original plan was to have tactical squads moving forward on foot en masse. However, after suffering even worse defeats than normal I buckled and added the Rhinos.
One of my Rhinos led to my proudest moment in the hobby when I had the fortune to bump into Duncan from Warhammer TV. He specifically singled out my Rhino as being “really nice”. I’m sure he was just being polite and said the same to everyone he spoke to, but I won’t ever forget that compliment! Sad I know….
Anyways, how do you run your tactical squads? Have you had more success than me?
Ps. Has everyone seen this?