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This is my first post in the forums, so Hi!
I have recently bought a Bretonnian battalion (the old one, with 16 M@As instead of 20 & 3 Pegs instead of 1), and using up the other 8 knights of the Realm I had from earlier, I'm already working on building a 1000pts force. I have never personally played the game before but have read these forums and watched some games, and know the rules a lil bit.
On to the Question:
Has anyone tried using lances in lots of 6-model groups, instead of the usual 9+? The idea is to decrease the power of each lance while increasing the number of lances, thus increasing mobility... Hence the name, lance Swarm. If anyone used such a force, did it work? Did it blow on your face? Did it have any effect at all?
With what I have now, I can form up a saing 10 strong lance and one 6 strong lance. General and BSB will be proxies till i get new models.
Hello, welcome to Librarium Online!
Yes, 'swarms' of 6 lances do work though it is more effective to have a bit of a mixture of small and large units. If you do go with all small, it might be worth taking either some mounted yeomen or a unit or two thats not in lance formation for flanking roles. Remember, with 6 instead of 9 you lose 2 points of static combat res (a rank, and outnumber assuming you kill a couple) so they aren't as effective charging head on. Unless you charged two small units at the same target I guess.
I agree with Strewart, better get a mix of both. Those 6 man lances will often bounce off to easily against Dwarfs or they will get shot apart to easy(2 dead Knights is a panic test!).
But it certainly has its advantages, I usually tie up certain units with them(Spirit Hosts) or use their mobility to massive use.
In smaller games MSU (multiple small units) can work fine. However, from my experience in larger games against better players, those small units are never going to see the line. You'll get shot up and nuked with magic. In a 2000 point game I rarely take any knight unit under 9 strong, and I also like to have atleast 1 x 12 man unit of knights for a heavy hitter.
many thanks for all the answers. I think too, that while smaller units could be useful in some cases, at least one heavy hitter seems to be a must for any bretonnian list. If for nothing, then for breaking those annoying stubborn units. Perhaps a combination of the two would be useful: The 6 man unit following the 12-men unit from behind or a flank. That way it will provide a measure of protection by threatening any who would try to Flank charge the vulnerable Lance formation!
Real life experience will tell, of course..