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Hello,

I'm trying to make a final decision before making a purchase. I'm wanting to build up a SM bike army for my Crimson Fist. I had originally thought of building Khan on Moondrakken but after reading Tactica: Space Marine Bike Armies by Epatus I'm not so sure Khan is the route I want to take. Furthermore, I've found a cheap Whitescars Bike Commander at my LGS that I planned on using as Khan.
What I'd like to know is does this model offer a helmet head or is it just the bare head? Does it have customization options?

Any info will be appreciated.
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If you mean the one with the Power Lance, then it's just the bare head.

It is a basic marine bike sprue and a biker sprue, with a metal, single pose, single piece Commander, Metal buckler/Combat Shield, Metal Saddlebags, and Metal Windshield/Moulded armour piece.

As for how you want to use Khan, how do you intend to use him? I find he's fantastic leading a tooled up Command Squad, and using them as bait to tempt away the AP3 weaponry away from the bike squads, but at "only" 205points, he adds a fair amount of hitting power to just a standard bike squad - bearing in mind they're relentless, and have Twin Linked Bolt Guns, with a S5 I5 charge, they can put out a decent amount of damage against light infantry.



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Plus with hit & run they can be opportunistic and target weaker troops choices, heavy support or infiltrators etc. I'd recommend taking Khan with a biker command squad with 2x melta, meltabombs, power fist, then maybe a power weapon or something similar.

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I'll have to look into that, I like to evaluate my options in advance before making purchases. I may go ahead and do Khan on the bike and just build a bike captain later. I like having open options when it comes to building an army or squad.

So, the White Scars commander is one solid piece, ARM moulded to body?

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Yep, unfortunately.

You can just always count Khan as a basic commander - after all, a Commander on a Bike is 135pts without upgrades. If you upgrade him, the Relic Blade is almost a must have choice, and a 2+ Armour Save protects against Instagibbing Missiles, while a Storm Shield protects against Lascannons and Demolishers. If you go for Relic Blade, Storm Shield, Artificer Armour, and Bike - that's about 190pts IIRC, for 15 points more, you can make a more powerful unit. In the event of a command squad, you drop a Power Weapon for the upgrade to Khan - who will more than make up for it with Furious Charge and Hit and Run.

If you meant for a secondary commander, then I'd recommend either a Chaplain (for a very nasty command squad - Reroll to hit with S5 Power Weapons/S9 THams = Nasty) or a Librarian (for Psyker defence), rather than a Captain, as they have relatively little to bring a squad buffed by Khan himself.



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