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The most 'effective' way of maintaining morale?
View Poll Results: What's your most 'effective' way of maintaining morale?
Vox Casters 8 36.36%
Veteran Sergeants 1 4.55%
Command Squads/Platoon 1 4.55%
Officers 6 27.27%
Commissars 2 9.09%
Other 4 18.18%
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Old 08 Sep 2006, 17:59   #1 (permalink)
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Hey.

I'm new to Guard, and I love them! Anywho, the purpose of this poll is that I and others can learn from your most 'effective' method of maintaining morale. When you cast a vote, please explain why you use said method and why you think it's the most 'effective'.

P.S, guys this isn't a 'what's the best?' Poll, just how you maintain morale and why you choose to enact that method of morale maintaining.

Thanks.
 
Old 08 Sep 2006, 18:06   #2 (permalink)
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i go vox casters, officers are annoying and commies just shoot the man you poured a lot of points in only for failing a ld test
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Old 08 Sep 2006, 18:46   #3 (permalink)
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If you take doctrines then iron dicipline or chem inhaler (cose orders may be usefull as well)

also field commisars mean you can move to where you need to crack some skulls (both literally and metaphoricly)


therefore other means doctrines
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Old 08 Sep 2006, 18:49   #4 (permalink)
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If you take doctrines then iron dicipline or chem inhaler (cose orders may be usefull as well)

also field commisars mean you can move to where you need to crack some skulls (both literally and metaphoricly)

therefore other means doctrines
Errr......? Yes. 'Others' stands for doctrines and other methods I don't know of.
 
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yeah, i meant for me other meant doctrines wheras it could mean other things for different people


sorry if my post caused confusion
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Old 08 Sep 2006, 19:15   #6 (permalink)
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The most effective way is with an officer's leadership bubble, your regimental standard, and good deployment.

Vox Casters still rely on an officer - and cost you a whole lot of points to spread around your army.
Commisars get you one more Ld point, but they're expensive, and make your command squad even more of a target.

A good guard deployment puts so many guns down that your enemy struggles to deploy out of sight, and struggles to advance in the face of the guns. You don't do that by spreading out. Spreading out means that a good opponent will go after your flank(s) first, where there isn't so much fire to keep them out.

Keep your units together, use your HQ's leadership bubble + reroll on the standard. With a JO, the odds of passing a Ld test (with your banner re-roll) are 92%, 82% if below half strength. This costs you 51 points (JO + Veteran&standard upgrade).

To get similar odds using a vox-caster network, you need:
HSO + Commisar: Ld 10 on your officer gets you 91% to pass tests, 83% to pass below half strength.
Master Vox + Voxes in squads.

The minimum cost outlay here is 135 points for the HSO, the Commisar, and the master vox, and you haven't even started to buy your squad voxes yet.

Lemme see - 51 points + smart guard deployment, or 135+ points & unwise guard deployment... I'll take the cheap version and use the extra points to buy more bodies.
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I use the commander's standard bearer for the platoons he is near. But I also like vox casters elsewhere because I don't like having half my army dieing to a lucky pie plate...

Commissars die easy, cost points, makes squad target, kills your own guy. (like the fluff not the gameplay).
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I keep my men in check with officers, Vox's everywhere is too much points to waste.

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I always use officers, because youve got to take them with platoons anyway. I like the fluff of vox officers, so i have them in squads, and most people at my club know that they're only there to make the squads look right. In all the fluff i write there are vox officers, so i need them in the squads, but in game i just keep squads near officers
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Pfft. Drop troops loaded down with as much plasma weaponry as possible. What need is there for morale checks when your enemy is either a smoking ruin or getting the hell out of dodge?
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