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I've tried scouring the forums for my answer, and i probably overlooked it, but if its in a really old thread, i could not find it, but here is my question:
Do the values in an army list's options under wargear count per piece of wargear per model, or per unit?
I'm going to be using arbitrary numbers and generic names in this, so as to not violate the rules of LO but also get some help on what I'm looking at.
In the army guide of the Space marine codex, they give optional expansions to a squad, like you can add X amount of space marines for Y points per model, however in the weapon options it will say that you can have up to Z models have a certain weapon for Y points, but is that per weapon or per unit?
Say with a devastator squad, i have the option of equipping up to 4 models in the unit with a heavier weapon for 50pts lets say, now are all four models able to equip that weapon for 50 pts, or would it cost me 200 to equip each one? It makes sense that each one is individual, but since it doesn't say per unit, I'm not sure. The rules aren't exactly clear cut as I'm reading them, I'm assuming that i would, but again, since its not per model, I'm not sure.
The individual weapons are costed per weapon. So a unit of 5 Devastators taking 4 heavy weapons would increase the cost of the unit by 50pts x 4 (using your figures). If you then decided to increase the number of models in the unit itself by 5, making it into a 10-man unit, you would increase the cost of the unit as a whole by XXpts x 5.
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Thanks E, i figured as much that the wargear was a per model basis, otherwise we'd have huge amounts of HWS squads for a low point cost, i was just making sure, before i developed my army.
Be aware that while a majority of units will buy wargear/weapons for X points per model, some will buy options for the squad as a whole (guard and tyranids are the most recent examples).
Plus some of the really old codices (witch hunters and daemon hunters are prime examples) have the option to buy grenades - usually frag and krak - at X points per model, but the whole squad must buy them.