MasterfulOne wrote:Hi, I am new to the warhammer 40k game and have been trying to think of a 500 point army to just get me started, but also be competitive
2 x 10 man tactical squad with 2 lascannons and 2 flamers - will be separated into combat squads
1 x rhino
1 x librarian - Gate of infinity, and maybe force dome or smite. Not sure
Total 495 points,
I am not sure what to do with the 5 extra points. My plan is at the start break the squads into 5 man combat squads.
I would put 4 marines with 1 lascannon and the rest with the flamer and sergeant. I split them so the lascannons can stay put and shoot any dreadnoughts or tanks. I would use the rhino to give my guys mobility & protection and help quickly set-up the lascannons points to mess with there armour. I would attach the librarian to one of the assault combat squads so they can use gate to move around.
Not sure if this would work. Any suggestions would be great.
You sound like you are on the right track. What I might suggest is downgrading at least one of the lascannons to a missile launcher and use those points plus the 5 spare one you have to buy your sarge some toys. At the very least a melta-bomb would let him crack open tanks if needed. As a bonus, what you have will form a solid core for expanding you collection. Do you have a chapter in mind? Even at 500 points you can start working the flavor into your army.
In higher point games I use a GoI
librarian with a sternguard squad to port around and bolter things. While a tac
squad does not put out the shooting death as sternguard, they are what you have to work with at this point scale. It might be worth leaving one squad as a full 10 man, blipping around, and showing people the power of the humble bolter, used en mass. Rather then LC
/F I'd switch to HB
/M for the weapon load. This squads' job is to infantry, the HB
helps with that (and with 3 shots might actually hit with snap shots on the move) and the melta is there in case you need to break open a box to get to the prize inside.
If you want more points to worth with, 5 man scout squads all with sniper rifles work well. Taking one of these rather then a full 10 man tac
squad frees up more of your limited 500 points. But at that point we are totally rebuilding your list, rather then refining what you posted.
Welcome to 40k
, good hunting out there!