Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Empire Tactica Part 8: Greatswords
You may notice that these sweet babies are made up of official Greatsword models alternating with some Sisters of Sigmar I had kicking around - a pleasant combination to add interest and use some otherwise rarely used models.
Now every Empire Tactics article I've ever read says these guys are AMAZING. But they're lying.
Seriously, I have never EVER had any luck with these chaps.
They have Great Weapons and Stubborn so these are the guys you send against heavy infantry. Their Great Weapons have the crucial bonus to hit and armour penetration to deal with tough enemies in a way lesser units will struggle with.
Fine in principle. But why does it never work?
Part of the problem nowadays is that in the current rules, charging doesn't mean attacking first and everyone gets to strike. In previous iterations, these guys had a much better chance of doing damage, preventing the enemy attacking back.
Stubborn is used to hold losing units in the battle, preventing their Leadership dropping on Break Tests. Placing them near your General and/or Battle Standard Bearer will make that even more likely but the other way of looking at it is that because they're stubborn, they can afford not to be placed centrally if you don't have enough space.
I'm going to keep trying with them and one day maybe they'll turn around.
But I'm not holding my breath.