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I remember in fifth edition, bretonnians basically had to take a decisive lead on their first charge, or the game was basically over for them. Has this changed at all? Or are they still so heavily dependant on their first charge? I haven't touched them since 5e (I think) so I'm a little out of date on them. Thanks
As a Bret player myself, we definitely rely on the first charge, however the world doesn't come crashing down on us if we don't get that first charge. With a 2+ Armor save and a 6+ (5+ if the attacks strength is 5 or up) ward save we can hold our own when charged first, you usually just dont kill anything with only 4 attacks from the knights and 3 from the horses and you end up just sitting there. If that ever happens to me, depending on what I'm fighting, I try to reform them into 5 across and the rest in the following ranks. This gives you a higher chance of killing things but you end up losing your rank bonuses. This strategy is usually best against things that die easily. Another strategy if your knights end up getting charged and stuck in combat is to bring a smaller unit of knights or Pegasus knights or ANYTHING really and have them smash the flank of the enemy unit. But yes, the first charge is crucial for any bretonnian army as it helps start up your momentum and once a Bretonnian army has momentum, not many things can bring them to a halt.
Yes - pretty solid words Twinkie... The one big difference in 8th is you strike in initiative order, no matter who charged. That rule alone really changed the Bretonnian charge into something you really need to think about and try to get in the combo charges with more than one unit. Although, the Bret's special rules with the lance formation, ward save, etc. makes them far better off than some other armies' cavalries.