sunnyside wrote:I'm wondering how much they really match up.
Book forces >>> table-top forces.
As Kendall correctly points out, the table-top troops are seriously neutered for game ballance. IIRC, White Dwarf once published an article with the stats for Space Marines as they appeared in the book. A squad or so of them would be able to tear through pretty much any force arrayed against them.
Cpl Kendall wrote:There's some pretty interesting stuff in the fluff, like lasguns having half the effective range in arctic conditions. SM bolt pistols having a range of almost a km. Etc.
Conor MacLeod has done some excellent analyses of a heap of 40K novels. You can find them here
. Certainly worth a look for fans.
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