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Rangers, i've seen some pretty badass Ranger units take out from afar with quarralers and charge in for the kill, what do you think of them?
Black Templars - 9/2/5
Dwarves - 5/0/3
Too expensive for small games. I only use them in 3000+
Rangers are the worse unit available to the dwarf army. They are just a forward unit of quarrellers, except they can only fire on one rank (unless of hill). They are just really expensive for a unit that moves slower than a drunken dwarf through terrain.
It wasn't bad enough we had M3, but the also took our precious forrester rule away But I think they are useless in more respects. It's a forward unit of dwarfs, what do dwarfs do best? Yes, grumbling, yes and the beer too, but no I mean getting outflanked, at least a unit like that.. It's just the "Ill sting you 5 times with my cross bows and then you can totally pulversie me and move on to the main army" kind of unit.
You shouldn't take them, though there are exceptions where the terrain might favour a small unit of them. A really veteran player tried dwarfs once and used them in our store in 1000 pts against a high elf army with 3 chariots. He put them in the forrest that stood along the edge of the board in a long line and shot at them while in soft cover, I believe he wounded a few chariots. Something like that might be worth doing. It's that annoying unit on the side that keeps shooting at your army while in soft cover and would be a major diversion for your enemy to go after.
Mmm.. my opinion of rangers changed a bit while I typed this :o I'm going to try out the line of 10 quarreler rangers, even though the scouting rule and mandatory great weapons make them cost 14 pts.
Its sad about Rangers as they have brilliant fluffy role, but a battlefield role that can almost always be achieved better by a different unit- the usual jack of all trades master of none problem.
I'd prefer to see them as a scout unit that is capable of skirmishing- I suppose a little bit like HE Shaodw Warriors- they could even be given a special type of crossbow as befits their role, possibly less powerful but more accurate than a standard x-box, like a hunting version.
I just think something like that would be much more tactically interesting.
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