Yeh, i generally put ML/HB with Plasma/HW, or ML/HF with Flamer/Melta.They are ok as a firebase, but its not that IG have a lack of long ranged weaponry anyway. As a firebase the ML/HB is the way to go though.
Yeh, basically saturation of Chimera-chassis vehicles. I think i worked out 13 of them in 1500 points, with 3 of them being Manticores.To me taking Infantry in Chimeras is all about overloading the enemy's anti-armour capabilities by fielding as many Chimeras as possible...it's the multiple Chimeras that are the bonus, not necessarily the AC's (in this case).
There is also the option of a Lascannon too. While the cost increases by 10, it gives the list more anti-AV13/14. Although that can be covered by Melta.Plus PlasmaVets have a different target to AC's, but if it fits your local game then go for it.
I'm similar but only take a Hull HB if I also have a HW in the Squad, otherwise they have a HF and stay mobile, regardless of the SW they carry.Yeh, i generally put ML/HB with Plasma/HW, or ML/HF with Flamer/Melta.