A thought struck me this morning and I'm looking for outside opinions. I'm wondering what the most optimal build for a plague marine squad is. I should mention that I am never limited by FOC slots for troops with a nurgle army so that is not a concern.
I've been running 2 groups of 7 with rhinos and melta guns since it seems as good a number as any. Now for an extra 75 ish points I can turn that into 3 groups of 5 with rhinos and melta guns.
I'm thinking that dividing my forces into smaller units increases their survivability (rhino saturation) and minimises the negative effect of a rhino wreck. Squad size is irrelevant for leadership tests since they're fearless and getting locked in a bad assault is less bad when the squad is smaller; my unit can also die faster (hopefully) so that I can shoot whatever unit assaulted me. For assaults I want to be in, I can divert 2 units of 5 instead of the 1 of seven. I'm also gaining extra special weapons, an extra wound, a character, a rhino, and a scoring unit.
Are there any negatives to this thought process aside from losing the nurgle number 7 and adding two kill points (which doesn't concern me)? I know a lot of people who don't like rhinos anymore but I'm still a big fan.