Well I might be a little slow on the up take here and I'm sure it was talked about when the Imperial Guard codex came out. I have just recently striped my Karskin troops as I want to use them as Storm Trooper's, and looking in the codex as to what to equip them with I noticed the similarities between Storm Trooper's and the Vets. I was also horrified in the point difference, see below for what I mean.
Storm Trooper :- WS(3) BS(4) S(3) T(3) W(1) I(3) A(1) LD(7) SV(4+)
Sgt Storm Trooper :- WS(3) BS(4) S(3) T(3) W(1) I(3) A(2) LD(8) SV(4+)
veteran :- WS(3) BS(4) S(3) T(3) W(1) I(3) A(1) LD(7) SV(5+)
Veteran Sgt :- WS(3) BS(4) S(3) T(3) W(1) I(3) A(1) LD(8) SV(5+)
Now if I give you the point's for a basic Storm Trooper Squad as mine will be it come's to 185 points. That is equipping them with a flamer, grenade launcher, power sword for the Sgt, and an extra five men to make a squad of ten.
Now if I do the point's for my Vet squad as I do them, it come's to 165 point's. That's equipping them with 2 plasma guns, melta gun, carapace armour to give them a 4+ save the same as Storm trooper's, power weapon and plasma pistol for the Sgt.
now it seems there is something wrong here because I can get a Vet squad with twice as much fire power same armour saves and 20 point's cheaper. Plus a vet squad can take objectives.
I know what you guy's might say but you need a platoon of them. In fact you don't, no were in the codex does it say you need to take a command squad for them and they are not classed as a Infantry squad. So for a legal army all you need is your Company HQ Command and two vet squads. Were as you can by the force org chart only take 1 Storm Trooper Squad.
Now I know the Storm Trooper's have there pro's and con's, so do the Vet's and it's not going to stop me from using them. But I just feel that vet squads should cost more in point's or the equipment they use should cost more.
Well I will leave it at that and see what you guy's think.