HOW BOUT SOME MOTHER LOVING TEMPLARS TACTICA??? ARE YOU EFFING READY???
just a foreword- This isn't exactly the gospel according to Dirty Harry, this isn't some mathhammering optimized function for this unit, but I've had more experience building and testing this unit more than ANY unit in 40K. Each build will include points values and I will give brief explanations for their functions.
20 man classic black tide
10 initiates, 9 with bolt pistol and chainswords, one with a powerfist
10 neophytes, armed with combat weapons.
This style of crusader squad puts assault first, shooting second. I've found this unit makes a great tar pit against death star units, monstrous creatures and can lock those suckers down for 2-3 turns. They can't isolate the powerfist because he's just another bro in the bunch. Let's say they for some reason lose combat. BT chapter tactics allow you an additional d3 initiative when going for a sweeping advance. More than likely with I4 already under your belt the only things out running you are space elves or chaos marines marked with slaanesh. I suggest deploying this unit as close to the front edge of your deployment zone as possible. If you know you won't get first turn, put them behind some terrain, or even a land raider. Vehicles are rising in popularity ever since people figured out how to use them as moving bunkers.
** On an additional note, this loadout will benefit greatly from HQ units with bubble effects like Grimaldus and Helbrecht.
I can't believe it's not a tactical squad 134 pts base cost without wargear options
1 sword brethren, 5 initiates, 4 neophytes
I chose to include a sword brother in this loadout because I feel at a model count of 10 the unit might be called on to take more leadership checks. The only constant wargear option I would run this squad would be bolters. Give the neophytes bolters, and what ever initiate isn't using a special weapon or a heavy weapon, give that man a bolter. In my squad I run plasma gun and missile launcher, only because I'm not sure what else I would want to run. If I give the sword brother a weapon, it'll always be a combigrav. This squad will work well as an objective grabber, just carting them around in a rhino. Just be sure to remember to separate Neophyte bolter dice from Initiate bolter dice, and always roll sword brother dice separate. Precision shots ftw.
The Black Jelly inside your Land Raider Donut (aka the land raider shock squad)
10 initiates, 5 neophytes. 215 pts with special weapons included.
Land raider Crusader- 250 pts
the initiates take a power maul and a melta gun. Give the neophytes shotguns. This squad is sort of a balance between the tar pitting blob and the flexible not tactical squad in the sense it utilizes both range and close combat. Its objective is to kill by any means necessary. I also chose to give the initiate a power maul instead of a powerfist because I want the I4. I feel this build complements the land raider crusader's mid range firepower and its assault capability will clean up what ever survives the shots this unit and transport put down at once.
Razorback support squad
5 initiates, 1 sword brother 105 pts
give the initiates bolters, and a plasma gun or a melta gun. Give the sword brother a combi weapon.
Razorback with assault cannon. (my personal preference, but heavy bolters can work too if you want to save points) 75 pts
Now this unit I have a bone to pick for the simple fact that razorbacks cost a lot more than I think they should. It's not a unit I would normally take but I think it can make a great complement to a charging land raider. Potential objective claimer, good obstacle to put between the enemy and a falling back unit. When rushing up the table, you can hide these guys behind terrain for some added survival.
Crusader loadouts I have yet to try-
20 man dakka squad (bolters, bolters, and a heavy bolter)
I'm debating on whether or not I would want to run something like this. No doubt having that many 24 in range weapons on the table in one squad is potent, I just have such a problem with running this style for the simple fact that it reminds me of how the Black Templars can be the effective shooting army they shouldn't be. This is one of those cases where I compromise tactical advantage for principle.