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I have yet to purchase any units for my imperial guard army, so I'm wondering, before I do, whether to go with Plasma Guns for SMurf-killing or Grenade Launchers for... I'm not sure. So which ones do you guys use and why?
i vote grenade launchers, for the looks, feel, and fluff of the gun; it's just the classic ig special weapon.
i have them standard on all my infantry squads, though plasma does get the advantage on the bs4 units (sadly i still roll tons of 1s and failed armor saves despite it).
it's a decent boost to lasgun fire and good paired with a rocket launcher for double blast coverage, and as the enemy will be scrambling for cover against ig heavy guns already, the plasma gun only really helps vs armies that pack high-toughness creatures, 2+ save units, or whatnot... if they don't melt themselves first.
currently the point cost difference probably makes the plasma gun a bit more worthwhile but in the next codex there'll be more of a cost gap to ease the decisionmaking.
Grenade launchers, they dont blow up in your face and can take out space marines with ease. I once lost a game (i was marines) to IG purely because this guy had gone all out on grenade launchers
In small games agains SMs plasma guns are unnecessary as no one takes termies, theyre too expensive
I take loads of grenade lanchers in my guard, they cost less, are more accurate, and can move while firing full range. Double blast missile launcher grenade launcher squads are very useful indeed for taking down my enemies, even marines fail saves when they roll handfulls of dice.
Besides with plasma guns i'm cursed, In my last game with marines one of my squads had a plasma gun, his gun overheated the first 5 times he fire it, then i missed on a 2 and scored a hit, but rolled a 1 to wound. The next turn it oveheated twice more and killed him (twice).
My guard usually die after 1-2 overheats not 7+
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If you can't find a reason to take the grenade laucher then you should go with the plasma.
The GL's main advantage is that it can always be fired at full range and, therefore, is useful to units that don't hold still very often. Beyond that, it's sort of like a lasgun that can hurt light vehicles. Not bad, but not very killy. My stormtroopers take grenade launchers since they're always deepstriking, running or getting routed while my troops prefer meltaguns.
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I give plasma guns to stormtroopers (vets get melta guns, typically) and grenade launchers to regular guard. The grenade launchers are cheaper for your line squads, and their lower bs doesn't hurt the grenade launcher as much as it does the plasma gun. Not to mention they probably have a lower save than stormtroopers when the plasma (inevitably) overheats.
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Grenade Launchers make my pants happy.
Ehe personally, I prefer a good combination of both. I tend to stagger things amongst squads, though my veteran squad and the storm troopers tend to use plasma alot more than the average grunts. 'Course there's never anything wrong with having our glorious meat-wall packing some suprises for those unsuspecting opponents.
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Plasma because I don't want Rex's pants to get overly excited.
Actually, I've been using both lately. Plasma for suicide squads and grenades for my scoring squads.
I have to admit though, Grenades have been largly useless for me against bugs and MEQs. They are good for Daemons though since AP is pointless.
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