This is going to be a thread FILLED with n00b questions.... Sorry if this has been posted similarly elsewhere. I'm just starting a (pretty much) salamanders army and I have some questions about how to generally play this kinda army (basically centred around what to do with tactical squads.)
I recently posted up an army list that got some discussion:
The basic jist of that list was that I have 3, 10 man tacitcal squads, in rhino's, with a meltagun and combi melta in each squad, so that they get a nice benefit from the twin-linked-ness from vulkan
This leads me to n00b question number 1... How should I use tactical squads? I mean as a space marine player. I've read plenty of army tactics but most centre around what NOT to talk in a competitive game, rather than how to actually play the units. Is there any links to really good "how to use your tactical squads to their best use" articles?
I know that most of the time I'm going to be shooting at other MEQ units, Maybe sometimes using another unit/tank to pop a tank/transport to get to the delicious troops inside, followed by the tacticals shooting at the troops or alternatively taking a second volley at the tank with the melta in the squad to pop it. (Is that actually what I should do?)
Another question is, where do I deploy? A general play in my head is that the rhino moves up with most of my army, popping smoke to avoid easy destruction and getting to around 12" of the enemy, then disembarking and firing rapid fire (is that legal after disembarking?) and meltas at something. Is that the distance I should be trying to shoot from? (just under 12") I think it would open me up for being assaulted the next round if my opponent has a CC army... or any sense if they do some damage in that first volley. But I take it that tacticals are somewhat of a tarpit/throw away/objective holding/anvil to my stronger units... unit.
As you can probably tell, I'm not very versed in the tactics of 40k, I used to play when I was around 16... and that was for a very short time, with little more than "move everything up and hit the enemy in the face" CSM army. Also, apologies for what is probably a very ranting post, I'm just kind of writing out loud, as it were.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully posting a reply. I know the tactics are "day one" stuff, but I haven't really had a "day one" experience yet.