re. mostly infrantry, I was playing around in battlescribe and came up with a Tau army that was >100 dudes (and 4 tanks). My first thought was "I'm not painting that".
I understand the bokes are kinda broken. I'd maybe get a few but not too many. What are the core units I would build around? The standard bearer, a captain, a unit of bikes and a pair of "basic" squads?I run a custodes infantry list with dread support. It takes a while to learn, movement mistakes can be punishing (as with any army), and there are a few bad matchups (against the mobile eldar or anything that spams mortal wounds), but other than that they are viable. I think a footstodes list placed in top 20 at LVO.
The sthick of the army is the T5 with a 2+ save. It practically makes you immune to bolters. The stuff that can destroy your custodes troops are often anti-tank guns--guns that the opponent can't bring many of if their army isn't guard or tau. So you only have to make your global 4+ invlunerable save a few times to be durable. Also, the 3rd wound makes you more resilient to that 2 damage plasma. All in all, your line troop is very, very tough to kill.
I don't know if custodes are compatible with the chaos sprues. They are on a bigger base than the normal marine, and are a bit wider too. But hey, this is a creative hobby and I'd love to see it done.
Space marines can do bikes if you want to go that route. They get that T5 3+ and two wounds on a much more mobile platform. So, while you are a little more squishy, your marines can reach the threats (and thus take less fire) than a custodes army would be able to. Bikes are also more shooty, making the army more flexible overall.
Sounds kinda perfect. Small project to paint, easy to store.Custodes absolutely work as just infantry and bikes with no vehicles. You don't get many models, but all of them are really hard to destroy.
Your normal troop is pretty flexible at what they can kill in CC with 3 multi-damage attacks at STR 6. The one thing they don't do is pop transports or slay T7+ creatures. For that reason, I'd say get at least one unit of wardens or allarus terminators, as the STR 8 axe can attack in CC what your normal troops would get tied down with.I understand the bokes are kinda broken. I'd maybe get a few but not too many. What are the core units I would build around? The standard bearer, a captain, a unit of bikes and a pair of "basic" squads?
I might be able to get the chaos half of Shadowspear too for cheap, grab a sprue or two of chaos mutant parts to convert up the Custodes and mix and match my way to something I'm happy with.
Its quite telling that the responses from the 40K FB Groups I am in range from:OK, yeah, that Keeper of Secrets is very, very nice.