Hi all, I'm new to 40k and want to make a Space Marine army. After reading what info i could get and the fact that my friend has a Space Wolves army and have heard Blood angels are over done(sorry to blood angel lovers), I want to make a black templar based chapter. I'm going to paint them similar to what my Avatar pic looks like and will, in time have made a background story as i love to imerse myself in fantasy, BUT, are the Black Templars battle tactics right for me? I want to Base my army around the use of Marine squads assisted by Scout Squads. Terminators and Dreadnaughts.
Thanks for any and all help. Feel free to state your case for any other chapter as i want to find the right ary for me.
The type of army you are talking about here would be best suited for the standard space marine codex. One squad supporting another squad through bases of fire. Scouts supporting via sniper teams in a building. and dreadnoughts supporting for heavy fire.
A Black Templar army is built around a Crusade. They do not conform to a standard codex chapter of 1000 battle brothers per chapter. They fight in a crusade led by a castellan or a marshal. They do not fight in tactical squads with a sergeant in charge. Veterans(or sergeants) are gathered up by the Marshal and inducted into the sword breatheran. They still believe in purging the universe of the heretic, the mutant, and the alien. As marines were doing during the great crusades with the emperor.
Black Templars believe that combat should be handled up close and personnal(it is more honorable to fight and die in close combat). They do not have scouts(at all). They have a neophyte(same as a scout) in which an Initiate chooses to take and train until he deems him worthy to be a Black templar Initiate(kind of like a knight with a squire). Black Templars have absolutely no Devastator squads and only have a predator and a Land raider as heavy support.
My personnal feelings on the Black Templar color scheme is to stick with the Black and white. Black Templars are considered Zealots among Zealots(other marine chapters). To paint the purple would be an insult at best. But that is my personnal feelings on it. Black Templar fluff is pretty straight forward.
Again for the type of army you are looking for to add in all of the fluff and fight the way you want to fight The standard codex and space marines are what you want.