Met someone at the GW today who was pounding his frail chest and extolling the virtues of techmarines, and how he supposedly loads up on the Techmarine+4 Heavybolter Servitors squads, and it's just bleedin' awesome.
I never really considered a techmarine, or seen one in action... I mean, they are pretty cool on paper with all the servo arms and such, but are they really worth it?
The 4-servitor setup that was referred to as a "mini-devastator squad" is 215 points, has no ablative wounds, saves on 4+ and takes up an elite slot, if the techmarine has full servoharness. Without it, it's 180.
A 7-man devastator squad that delivers the same 4 heavy bolters, saves on 3+ and has more bodies is 180 points.
Doesn't seem like much of a bargain to me, unless someone's looking to load up on heavy bolters... but I'm not experienced by any means. What's your opinion on the techmarine?