Good day to all of you!
I was wondering about the overrall real effectiveness of a badass weapon as a M41 Pulse Rifle against an Adult Xenomorph (Soldier for example) of 8 Hit Points and Armor 10.
Alien is a spectacular horror franchise, but especially in the second movie it has its badass moments with the characters everyone knows firing their signature weapons... Vasquez and her smartguin killing 3-4 aliens in a row before splashing good Drake with alien acid, or killing xenomorphs in the air ducts with the pulse rifle just before running dry of ammo... Hudson going rampage killing some aliens before being dragged through the floor etc.
The pulse rifle and smart gun seem effective weapons against the xenomorph. They fire big caliber armor piercing ammo. They halve alien armor and that's ok. From 10 to 5.
Now, let's take the pulse rifle.
I consider the character CARVALHO from destroyer of worlds. He has a Pulse rifle (+1), agility 4, ranged combat 3. Weapon specialist (+2) for a total of 10 dice. As an everage shot he hits, and does 2+1 damage in one round (with a little luck). The Alien rolls 5 dice for armor, with the average of 1 success, so it's hit for 2 damage. It takes 4 rounds to kill it. With full auto maybe one round less? mmm with the second success you can pin the bastard, and continue firing next round.... but hey...
Anyway a lot of time more than eveyone of us was used to watching the movie. A LOT more.
So please, help me to find where and if you can be more effective with serious ranged weapon fire, from a movie weapon in the hands of a professional soldier we can find as a premade character similar to those in the Aliens movie.
Or we have to consider that xenomorph are a bit different and even serious weapons are ineffective against them?