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Well I'm thinking of starting DOW and and i always start with a 500 point force and work my way up. so i was windering if maybe a 500pt force could work with pikeman but instead dwarfs maybe. It would still have 10 xbows and 10 duelist and stuff like that.
I think you could make that work. It's a matter of whether you want to bank your combat on higher toughness or more attacks. Maybe some stat master will come along and tell us what the numbers reveal...
The most obvious question would be: Why not just build a dwarf army then? You can take a couple units of dwarves and a unit of dwarf crossbowmen and be done with it.
Personally, I feel that a DoW army without pikemen is really not going to do very well. Then again, I have very little experience with small battles.
But then you couldn't have halfling archers and heavy cavalry. Or hotpots!
To me one of the biggest limitations to dwarfs is their movement rate. I'd want pikemen and dwarfs, myself. At least I think I would.
Last time I played with dwarves and pikemen, the pikemen were flanked and destroyed, while the dwarves survived round after round of nasty charges. Pikemen are decent against monsters or cavalry. They are only soso against infantry, especially if the infantry is well armored or high toughness. Dwarves are pretty resiliant against everything.
DOW with no pikes means you can get tasty dwarf infantry+cavalry+ogres. Dwarves with fast cavalry are especially nasty. I think you could easily make it work. The only trick is gonna be distracting nasty close combat characters, since you can't make a challenge-worthy fighter with DOW.
Also remember that since dwarves already have LD 9, your Paymaster is MUCH MUCH more important than your general to the army. So if need be, sacrifice the general rather than the paymaster.