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I currently have one unit of 24 warriors with GW and shields that I am considering
breaking up into 2 units of 10-12 warriors and use them like Empire detachments.
I was wondering if anyone has experience with this configuration and how well it
did/did not work?
Any insight on this idea would be greatly appreciated.
I would say not.
The reason that Empire detatchments work is that you can stand or shoot or counter-charge with them, giving you effectively a free flank charge, however with Dwarfs this isn't an option.
It would be great if you could as the main problem with the Empire system is that the detatchment gets shot to bits before they can really do anything, but with the mighty short folk that wouldn't be an issue.
Give it a try though, it would give you more mobility, but I think you'll just end up blocking more Line of Sight and allowing your opponent to pick off your units one by one.
interestingly enough... I've been toying with this myself in my club's WFB league and they've done wonderfully. in the previous game taking out no less than the enemy players general, battle standard bearer, a unit of bretonnian knight errant and a unit of peasents!
they key however i reckon is tagging them with a character. runesmiths do this job wonderfully if you give them a great weapon giving you some nice S6 to go in with that S5.
the difficulty however is making sure the flanking unit doesn't get charged before you can bring them in on a flank and sadly, its significantly easier said than done.
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The low movement, cannot help on those situation. And they are expensive.
But, because they are Dwarves, you can still place them as support units of 6 x 2. If they receive a non cavarly charge, they may survive, and flank change with your infantry block.
But don't build your tactics around them.
These work great! I use units of quarrelers with great weapons and shields they are good for protecting your flanks against pesky units and really pack a punch, dwarf leadership means they can swamp a unit down for a few rounds of combat so there is usually time for help to arrive. I usually use them in my dwarf armies. Just an example for you I was playing against Tomb Kings and he ran a unit of horsemen all the way around the board to my rear I met him with a unit of ten quarrelers with great weapons and it ended up saving my butt.
If you are just trying to get a flank and negate rank bonus, remember that there is no obligation to go as wide as your normal units.
One of the ways to get these small units where you want them in tight spaces is to reduce the frontage to 3x3, or as close as you can get to it with your minimum unit size. All you need is Unit Strength 5 worth of models, after all.
Sure you won't get a rank bonus, but it stops you getting charged as you can hang back in a gap too small for someone to charge you through. And even of all you are delivering into the flank is a Unit Champion, a Character and a R&F model , I think you'll do ok.