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Well, I don't know about should...
But in my 1500pt list I have 31 Troop models and 4 Vehicles. 2 Rhinos, a Pred, and a Defiler.
It seems to work fairly well, but 10 of those troops are Plague Marines, so they are a little tougher then most.
Overall, as long as you have enough firepower and resilience, you should be ok. Just watch out for insta-death weapons.
In a 1500 pts game I usually have 5 vehicules (3 Rhinos, 2 Predators or 2 Rhinos, 2 Predators and 1 Defiler) and I add to that a Walker or 2 depending on the type of troops I take. Of course the model count is ranging from 30 to 35 without the vehicules, so it's not a lot.
In 2000 pts games I almost always have 3 Rhinos (sometimes 4), 2 Predators and 1 Defiler so around 6-7 vehicules, add to that the mandatory Dreadnought and around 40 models and you have your count. Depending on the toughness of your models and their cost you can add more or less to the count.
There's definately no set guideline to which you must follow for army composition, however I have my own personal guidelines I try to stick by each time I design a list.
1) For 1500 points I try to get as close to or over 40 models on the table. For 2000 I try to get 50+.
2) I always start with my HQ choices. Once I get them where I feel comfortable I start designing the army around them. This helps with fluff (for people like me) and general army composition. After HQ I take any elites I want. These are your "Elite" fighters and depending on how you tool them out the rest of your armies units will vary greatly.
3) Once I'm done with my HQ and Elites I try to balance the army around what needs I have. Every list I make is completely balanced against every foe I can imagine on the table. I never tool armies toward a specific opponent, EVER. Doing so can create a lack of tactics in the long run.
4) Once I'm done filling in the entire point cost I go through and scrub each unit, top to bottom to ensure it can accomplish it's specific role. If I'm too heavy in CC, I cut some out in favor of some more ranged, etc.
5) I generally tend to have a mixture of roughly 60% CC and 40% ranged, with 15-20% of the total being capable of taking out heavy armor. Sometimes I have less, sometimes I have more, but I always compensate in other ways.
Chaos - 55,000+ points
Tyranids - 15,000+ points
Necrons - 6000 points
well in my 1850, i don't play much 1500 in my area. i have 46 troops and 6 vehicles.
3 rinos, two preds and a defiler. i use a thousand sons squad x2 marine squads, and two squads of noise marines that sit back.
Chaos W/D/L 48/12/18 almost retired
Orks W/D/L 13/0/0 Still going strong
Space Marins in the making (Salamanders)