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.
Welcome to 40k.
From the sounds of it, it seems like you just want to make a fun army to play with friends and not a tournament army. If that's the case the generic space marine codex is the right one for you.
It's not hard to make a wacky fun list to play with them...but you won't win any tournaments, and if you say otherwise, orks will laugh at you.
Black templar revolve around being amazingly good in close combat, most of our wargear(We still have a wargear page) revolves around getting us into combat, then winning that combat.
We usually have a twenty man squad, comprised of ten initiates(space marine templar) and ten neophytes(ten scouts). The marines will take most of the small arms fire on the stroll up, while neophytes jump in front to take things like lascannons and plasma fire to save the much better marines.
The only flaws come in having to roll leadership at the end of any shooting phase where you suffered a casualty. If you fail(and you will without a marshall), you'll run screaming off the table edge. If you succeed, you get free movement towards the enemy(Which is where you want to be).
To date, I've never seen a close combat army that can match the brute force of templar. We think orks are cute with their twenty guys. It's nice. But we stomp them. Regular space marine squads are laughable, we just pick those off the table.
Genestealers, Banshees, Daemon princes? They'll kill 6-8 neophytes, than be swarmed by a seething nest of angry black snakes.
Also, we have a great dreadnought setup since we can take venerable as an upgrade for the cost of two neophytes.
Sadly though, we don't benefit from the storm shield nonsense that ultramarines get. Sigh. But we still stomp them something awful in CC.