Hey, don't get me wrong. I love CC. I play BA. How could I not?
But the fact is that's getting stuck in is a risky business. Shooting isn't. Judge that by how you would judge what you would and wouldn't shoot at with particular units, and then by what you would and wouldn't run across the board to charge at.
Take a stupid example: What, exactly, wouldn't you shoot at with guardsmen who have a lasgun (one shot) at S3? Almost nothing, I'm betting. What, exactly, WOULD you run across the board and charge at with guardsmen who have one attack at S3? Almost nothing, I'm betting.
CC has it's place, but until GW make the stats more even with shooting, then shooting will always be better in most circumstances.
That's why it's silly to compare a BA dread with blood talons to a unit like long fangs. Yes, blood talons ON PAPER are ridiculous. They hardly ever get to back it up with dice rolls, though, because 10+ wounds, almost all of the time, is a pipe dream. It's like praying for lucky dice - and that's not worth counting on.
Take LF, though. They are as solid a shooty unit as this game gets, I reckon. They get spammed like a motherfucker - and for good reason. No need to count on poor statistics - just put em on the board and let them shoot the fuck out of the enemy. Not much risk involved. That's why it's such an awesome unit. A BA dread with talons COULD potentially rip through a massive unit like a beast. It could also be stuck in CC, doing fuck all for quite a while, too. That's never really going to be a problem you get with LF unless someone charges them - and the only reason they would do that is to keep them from shooting you to bits............
When CC has become a way of closing with the enemy as quickly as possible in order to prevent them from shooting you to pieces, something is wrong.
All of this has happened before.