Friday, 29 May 2015

Space Marine Battle Company challenge

All these Space Marine rumours have got my larraman cells pumping once more for an army that was beginning to stagnate on my shelves.

In light of that, and partly in response to the rumoured new marine detachments coming, I thought I'd set you all a challenge (ok, there are no prizes, and it's more of an interest thing than a challenge as such).

I've been tinkering with the idea of basing an army around the actual organisation of a space marine battle company (who'd have thought!) and here's what I've come up with, which comes in just over 6200pts.


Captain - artificer armour, bike, teeth of terra

Chaplain - jump pack, digital weapons


Ironclad Dreadnought - power fist, seismic hammer, 2 heavy flamers, 2 HK missiles, assault launchers in drop pod with locator beacon and deathwind launcher

Venerable Dreadnought - power fist & multi melta, heavy flamer, drop pod with lcoator beacon and deathwind launcher

Sternguard Veteran Squad - 9 men with 2 heavy flamers, sergeant with combi flamer, drop pod

Vanguard Veteran Squad - Sergeant with stormshield, plasma pistol & power weapon, 2 veterans with stormshields, plasma pistols and power weapons, 1 veteran with lightning claws, 1 veteran with plasma pistol and power fist.


Bike Squad - full squad with heavy bolter attack bike

Bike Squad - full squad with 2 meltaguns, and multimelta attack bike

Tactical Squad - full squad with multi melta, meltagun and combi melta. Assault Cannon Razorback

Tactical Squad - full squad with missile launcher, flamer and combi flamer. Assault Cannon Razorback

Tactical Squad - full squad with plasma cannon, plasma gun, combi plasma. Rhino

Tactical Squad - full squad with heavy bolter, storm bolter. Rhino

Scout Squad - full squad with missile launcher, sniper rifles and camo cloaks

Scout Squad - min squad with heavy bolter & hellfire shells. Land speeder storm

Fast Attack

Assault Squad - Full Squad, 2 plasma pistols, veteran sergeant with plasma pistol and power sword

Assault Squad - Full squad, 2 flamers

Land Speeder Squadron - 2 typhoon missile launchers, 2 multi meltas

Storm Talon - Twin assault cannons and typhoon missile launcher

Storm Talon - Twin assault cannons and typhoon missile launcher

Heavy Support

Centurion Devastator Squad - All with twin lascannons and missile launchers, omniscope

Devastator Squad - full squad, 4 Heavy Bolters, Rhino

Devastator Squad - 6 man squad, 4 Lascannons, Razorback with twin lascannons

Land Raider

Land Raider Redeemer - Multi melta, extra armour

Predator - Twin Lascannons, Heavy Bolter Sponsons

Predator - Twin Lascannons, Heavy Bolter Sponsons

Stalker - Storm Bolter

Stormraven Gunship - Twin Multi Meltas, Twin Lascannons, Hurricane Bolters

Thunderfire Cannon

Vindicator - Siege Shield

Whirlwind - Storm Bolter

Whirlwind - Storm Bolter

So my challenge to you all - what would your battle company look like? Don't worry about picking to a points value, I'm more interested in the arrangement of squads and weapons, and what support units you'd take.

I think we do need a few ground rules though to avoid long boring lists of just everything that available, taken in threes.

1. No more than 15 squads with the infantry or bikes type (2 combat squads would count as 1 squad for these purposes, the extra 5 are to allow you to take support from the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and/or 10th companies, and if you don't know what they are, this might not be the best challenge for you!). Characters and command squads do not count towards this limit.

2. No more than 1 captain may be present in the list, unless you take the 5 squads from the support list in point 1 all from the same company, in which case you may include a 2nd Captain. The same rule applies to Chaplains.

3. You must take at least 1 Captain (see point 2).

4. You may take no more than three vehicles of each type, regardless of configuration, with the exception of rhinos, razorbacks and drop pods. So for example you could not take 2 land raider redeemers and 2 land raider crusaders

5. You may not include more than 1 flyer per 2 infantry units.

6. You must include at least 6 tactical squads (or bike squads, or a combination of both), 2 assault squads and 2 devastator squads