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Old 12 Jan 2009, 14:59   #5 (permalink)
Lord Solar Plexus
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Default Re: is sharp shooter a waste of points

Sharpshooters is one of the less clearly useful doctrines. It may or may not be wasted depending on circumstances.

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Originally Posted by chicop76
1. it either gonna cost you + 2 or + 1 pt per man to use.
That alone doesn't tell us much. A plasmagun costs +1 point per man, as does a HB. A Leman Russ in my standard list costs 1.9 points per man.

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so with 24 shots normally I will hit 12 times on an average.
Hu? Which unit fires 24 shots normally?!?

With 24 shots at BS 3 you will miss - that's the important part - 12 times. Of these, 2 will statistically be rolls of '1'. Of these two, one more will hit.

1/2 x 1/6 x 1/2 = 1/24 = 4.42 % increase in hits

Example squad = 80 points + 1/8 = 12.5 % increase in cost. That doesn't look like it is worth it, does it?

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Originally Posted by USAFTACP
IG is all about quantity not quality.
Even that traditional mantra has its limits, or no-one would buy special or heavy weapons, which in the end make us "shoot better". You need the right tools to do the job, even if they cost points.

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If you give SS to your average minimum troop FOCS's, you waste 60 points! That's enough for a whole additional guardsmen squad with 10 more wounds. And 10/20 more shots.
Apparently so. However, SS is an excellent points filler, especially for fire support squads. What else are you going to do with say 20 points? Will they be useful every game? Of course not but if those autocannon or heavy bolters do kill something extra from time to time, I think it is well worth this small investment.
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