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This is the start of a new series, that will hopefully bring new ideas and tactics to the forums. Each week, a new topic will be posted up about a different unit in the army book. This gives you your chance to discuss the unit to its fullest. So, please leave your comment!
This week's topic is Pikemen.
What is the best unit size for them? Is their weapon/armour options useful? Would you take full command on them? Tactics?
1) as always it depends on whom you are playing against.
2) a lot of it depends on if the pikemen are supporting units, or are they your main #1 unit? That depends a lot on what to do .
also, am unaware they have been statted for 7th edition so please enlighten us.
(Note this is coming from a non DoW player)
Pikeman are quite alright. You just need to make sure they have their flanks protected by duelists or light cav.
One important thing about them is that in the fine print of the BRB it says "if a unit has moved then it will fight with one less rank then it otherwise would". This means you can charge and get 15 S3 attacks (of course, no idiot is going to charge you for the full 20 unless they have 1+ armour or something), which is not often expected by the opponent.
They are also a great unit to cast Portent of Far on, which impoves there attack to wound conversion by 36.1% (regardless of what they have to hit and wound strangly), which is alot more wounds over 15-20 attacks.
Last edited by kroxigor01; February 10th, 2010 at 01:01.
I've found heavy armour a must, though. It just gives them that slight edge, or it might just be me making too many armour saves..
Regarding the regiments of renown, the only ones I feel that are worth it are the Republican Guard. Pirzarro's unit just give you some fairly meh crossbow shots and demands you be static, and even with a stand and shoot reaction it's a bit lame. The Leopard company's immune to psychology is what you're paying for, and that costs loads. And the Alcatani Fellowship are actually a bad deal - working it out, you can get a unit of full command heavy armour regular pikemen for similar points.
Republican Guard have heavy armour and WS 4, which makes all the difference. Plus, free hero...