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The key ingredient here is the 30 space marines in older mark armour. For each block of ten, we have access to a number of heavy and special weapons like the heavy bolter, melta gun and plasma gun. Sadly though, in 30k, we cannot simply take such weapons at will. They have to be part of a heavy support squad (for the heavy bolters) or part of a tactical support squad (for the special weapons).
This means that we are very limited to standard tactical squad, or to veteran tactical squads (who can take a smattering of special weapons).
On top of this, the terminators in tartaros armour provide a range of options. Going all lightning claws is a distinct option, but getting them in to combat is going to be tough without vehicles.
The Sisters of Silence and the Custodes provide very nice back-up to all of this, whilst the HQ choices will make a pair of nice characters that would no doubt be representing a praetor and librarian.
Army List Options.
Here, I'm going to opt for a Pride of the Legion rite of war -- simply to make best use of the special weapons available. This means I can have the terminators and the veterans as both troop choices and I contend this makes best use of what is available here.
Praetor, 1 lightning claw (master crafted), bolter, digital lasers, iron halo, melta bombs (182 points).
This character is to be represented with the Geigor Fell-Hand miniature. I've added a few tweaks here to make him a bit more of a close combat monster, but overall, I'm happy with this. He should be added to the terminator squad, or one of the veteran squads.
Librarian, Level 3 Psyker, artificer armour, refractor field, melta bombs (160 points).
A bit maxed out in some respects, but this one uses the Ahriman model. To be deployed on his own, or with one of the other legion squads for support.
Veteran Tactical Squad with 10 members, 2 with heavy bolters plus suspensors, 1 legion vexilla, sergeant with artificer armour and power fist (275 points).
Give this squad the sniper universal rule and take aim. Note the lightning claw can be converted to a power fist readily if you wanted two of them.
Veteran Tactical Squad with 10 members, 3 with power swords, 2 with plasma guns, sergeant with power fist, plasma pistol and artificer armour (300 points).
Go with fearless here to save points on the vexilla and team up with the Praetor if he's not with the terminators. Get in to combat as soon as possible. Consider taking squad with melta bombs.
Go with fearless here to save points on the vexilla and team up with the Librarian. Get in to combat as soon as possible. Consider taking squad with melta bombs.
Sure, we could go all lightning claws, but I wanted something here to be a multiple threat, hence the chainfists.
Sentinel Guard Squad, 5 members (325 points).
I assume the rumours are true here.
Sisters of Silence (75 points) -- I believe this is correct, but am uncertain. Arm up with executioner blades and upgrade one to be a sister superior.
The main issue here is, of course, that the Sentinel Squad and the Sisters squad are allies and not core. Hope that you're wanting to play loyalists too!