Is there a cost effective way to make black templar crusaders? Modeling bolt pistol w/ chainsword
I've been considering making a few Black Templars as allies for my IG, but find myself agog at the cost. If you want them with chainsword and bolt pistol, it seems like you're stuck with one of a few options:
1) tactical squad plus the black Templar accessory pack (80% of the cost of the tactical squad), which doesn't look like it actually has enough bolt pistols and chainswords
2) buy assault marines (80% of the cost of a tactical squad for 5) and cannibalize the pistols and swords
3) the sword brethren kit, which is more expensive than a tactical squad for half the number of models and is kind of specialized
As I live in Canada, shipping would likely devour a substantial amount of any savings by going to bits stores.
Is there a combination of kits I'm missing that is actually efficient at doing this? Or is this why Black Templar players are few enough in number that unlike the other "unique snowflake" chapters they got rolled back into the main SM codex?