Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Mississauga, Canada
To start, I'd say get that Libby a jump pack and grab one more box of assault marines so that you can run two 10 man squads. Another thing I did was convert a tactical squad to RAS by ripping off their bolters and giving them all pistols and chainswords so that I could use them in a drop pod. A good base to a BA list is:
Priest w/JP, PS
10 man RAS w/2x MG
10 man RAS w/2xF, 2xHF on sergeant
for a total of 645 points. Like I said, I typically use the MG squad in a DP to take out the toughest armour T1. The Priest always gets the PS/LC over the sergeants of the RAS they accompany because they have WS5 and it gives you a character to 'throw away' on a challenge so that the Priest can be more effective elsewhere in combat. Two hand flamers on the sergeant because 4 flame templates out of one squad before the squad charges in with a Priest will pretty much clear any objective just from weight of dice. Specially if the squad being attacked has 5/6+ saves. I don't typically use two priests unless it's a huge game, as if you play the squads together (and you should) they can both benefit from the same model.
The DC is great, but better with a Chaplain. If I'm playing my DC, they're typically in a LRC and with a Reclusiarch (HQ chaplain, unless I'm running Mephiston as my HQ then it's a normal Chappy) for *in my experience* their best delivery/use. I have always stuck with BP/CCW, but they are relentless and bolters make sense. I just like having them really good at combat, because when I play they're either in a LRC, in CC, or dead.
Tactical squads are great objective holders, fast Rhinos help them get there. I don't use them often, and when I do typically I take 5 man squads with just bolters and put them in Razorbacks to keep up with my RAS/hold the objectives they clear.
A dreadnought's place in a BA army very much depends on the general/weapons loadout. I only ever use a Furioso, my Heavy Support dreads have all been painted green for use as Mortis dreads in my DA army.
Predators win all over the place. I use an auto/las predator in conjunction with an ADL and sniper scouts as a backline when I need air defense out of a pure BA list and don't want to run dual Stormravens.
Hope this helps you out man! Always nice to see more BA love on Heresy.