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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Black Templars Unit Analysis - Primaris Crusader Squad, Assault Intercessor Squad and Primaris Sword Brethren


Black Templars Unit Analysis - Primaris Crusader Squad, Assault Intercessor Squad and Primaris Sword Brethren

This article is the analytical comparison of three units:

Primaris Crusader Squad (PCS)

Assault Intercessor Squad (AIS)

Primaris Sword Brethren (PSB)

All three are core units, while the first two are troops and count as objective secured. The PCS is the most versatile and can be kitted for ranged shooting, melee or a combination of both. I would argue that PCS is always a better choice over AIS since it’s much more flexible and better at melee since you can take multiple powerfists. The one advantage AIS has is it can fight twice using a stratagem, which can be quite situational and not always advantageous. PCS offers everything desired for Veteran Intercessors, costs less points, is objective secured and again is more flexible. Remember that PCS get most of their wargear for free, such as the powerfists.

To reap the benefits of fielding PCS you must be willing to field squads of 10 or more Marines per squad. Based on my experience the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, such as blast weapons and morale checks. 15 to 20 Marines per squad is optimal and well worth the points.

Now let’s compare a five man PSB versus a five man AIS. Assume the former is armed with a thunderhammer, pair of lightning claws and three power swords while the latter is armed with a thunderhammer and chainswords. The difference in points is only 22 points. Chainswords have been nerfed by the Armor of Contempt rule - the power swords and lightning claws will inflict much more damage than the chainswords. PSB is amazingly cheap for what you get plus they have the weight of attacks at three base attacks per Sword Brother. If objective secured is important Black Templars have a stratagem (Strength of Conviction) that makes a core unit count as objective secured, plus it occurs at the start of the command phase, so you can steal an objective from your opponents and score more victory points - CPs for VPs. PSB have an amazing stratagem (Exemplars of the Crusade) that each time a model rolls an unmodified six to hit in melee scores an additional hit. If you combine this with the stratagem Gene-Wrought Might, then each hit roll of six automatically scores two wounds - that’s a powerful combination.

Some Black Templar players wish that PSB had more to offer but I’ve heard many loyalist Space Marine players for other Chapters state they wished they had an equivalent unit… isn’t that ironic and so typical for Warhammer 40k - some people are never happy.

Monday, September 19, 2022

How to 20 man Primaris Crusader Squad

How to 20 man Primaris Crusader Squad

I finally was able to play a good game versus Chaos Knights to test my new list with a 20 man Primaris Crusader squad. I run them as follows:

Sword Brother -  master crafted power axe & heavy bolt pistol

4x Initiate - powerfist & heavy bolt pistol

7x Initiate - chainsword & heavy bolt pistol

8x Neophyte- chainsword & bolt pistol

You can arm the Sword Brother with the Sword of Judgement (SoJ) and even make him your Champion of the Feast but I prefer to spread the relics around… for example, a Blade Guard veteran sergeant with the SoJ really helps to boost his squad’s overall melee damage. Four powerfists combined with the litany Psalm of Remorseless Persecution (6s to wound inflict mortal wounds) is more than enough punch against any enemy unit.

When deploying this unit make sure the powerfists are placed up front so they can punch right away. The other litany I use for this unit is Divine Protection for the 5+++ Feel No Pain. My Judicar has the relic Aurillian Shroud so that one turn they can have a 4++ invulnerable save… you’ll probably want to pop this either the first or second turn so that the majority of the squad is intact when they reach close combat.

Both Helbrecht and Grimaldus are both excellent support characters for the blob. Helbrecht’ s buffs are twofold… rerolling hits and +1S due to his Crusade of Wrath aura. Grimaldus’ servitors provide a 6+++ Feel No Pain to backup the litany plus the 3" plus d3" run can mean the difference between making a charge the following turn. Pro Tip - use the Devout Push stratagem once they have charged to get more models in engagement range !!

The blob is really fun to play plus it’s something only Black Templars can do. Enjoy !