A Tactical Squad is a type of Firstborn warrior formation in a Space Marine army. A Tactical Squad is the most versatile and tactically flexible force in the Space Marine army[1a], making up the majority of the four Battle Companies and the entirety of two of the four Reserve Companies in a typical Codex Chapter [1b]. This makes them the most common type of unit in the Space Marine forces.[1a]
Training and Deployment
Prior to service in a Tactical Squad, Space Marines must prove themselves capable in all aspects of warfare by completing several campaigns in Assault and Devastator Squads, a process that can last years or decades.[1a] Not all Space Marines are able to make the transition, either possessing a particular talent or obsession within one area, or simply lacking the mental flexibility required to embrace the Tactical Squad's fluid nature.[1a]
All Tactical Marines wear the standard Space Marine power armour and carry a bolt pistol, a boltgun, Combat Knife and frag and krak grenades. They may also be armed with a variety of Flamers, Meltaguns, Plasma Guns, Grav-Guns, Heavy Bolters, Heavy Flamers, Lascannons, Missile Launchers, Multi-meltas, Plasma Cannons and Grav-Cannons [1c].
The Space Marine Sergeant may also have melta bombs and teleport homer, and can exchange his boltgun and/or bolt pistol for a Chainsword, Combi-melta, Combi-flamer, Combi-plasma, Combi-grav, Storm Bolter, Plasma pistol, Grav-pistol, Power weapon, or Power fist [1c].
3rd Edition Tactical Squad
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition):
- 2: Games Workshop Website (last accessed September 25, 2012)
- 3: Games Workshop Website (last accessed September 25, 2012)
- 4: Spear of the Emperor (Novel), Chapter 5
- 5: Codex: Angels of Death (2nd Edition), pg. 52
- 6: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 112