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I know that everyone think that carapace armour is rubbish but against my friends pulse rifle/burst cannon heavy army, do you not think it would be a wise investment?
24 Fire warriors against guardsmen 5+AS
24 Fire warriors against guardsmen 4+AS
It just seems to me that for an extra 2pts/model your effectively saving a 6pt model.
Cover doesn't seem to be enough to hide 25-30 models...
This isn't in general, this is just concerning an army which can lay waste to an entire squad a turn.
Remember though that it's not just about defence.. You need to be able to deal damage in return, which means taking a lot of troops, which means you can't overspend on doctrines.
24 firewarriors is at least 240 points, but it's likely to be more if he's taken shas'uis, so we'll assume that, for that price, you got 4 guard squads with heavy bolters. The fire warriors have just killed 10 dudes, which brings us down to 3 squads. The 3 squads fire back, 4 kills from the heavy bolters, 3 from the lasguns.
So you've just lost 65 points worth of guardsmen, but then you killed 70 points in return, and that's assuming the fire warriors shot first. If you shot first, that goes up to 100 points. Since fire warriors don't have heavy weapons, those losses really diminish their ability to shoot back.
I'd advise against carapace armour.. Individual guardsmen are not really worth protecting. However, when you get enough of them together they will inevitably grind your opponent down through attrition.