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I don't see many army Lists around here who use Rangers, and I can't see why not, if you get them in a good defensive position they can REALLY be annoying, say stick them in a building, they can't be seen (I think) so can deploy here, and your enemy will have a hard time shifting them, and if you have Quarrellers, then your enemy is going to have an even harder time because they will be shooting at him!
Personally I'm going to try them out in a 1000 Pts game, as I like to see these things for myself, but I was wondering why there arn't many around?
The reason why they are rarely used is because they're expensive for what they do. Yes they may deploy forwards, but, unless you have a terrain feature where they can be stretched out on one line you'll be getting about 5 shots each turn. And even then, the enemy could just ignore you. The unit is not fast. Being as they lost their 'foresters' rule, they move at half speed in woods, making their one advantage they use to have as...pointless.
They're just not worth it. You'd be better off with their points going elsewhere.
A rather decent guide found on an alternate site regarding rangers.
I do think rangers have some use, perhaps for massive gunlines, but sadly other units are just so much more useful. But... if you have the points to spare, the nice thing about Rangers is they don't take up a special or a rare slot...
(Personally I wish these guys could skirmish. I think I've said that three times this month so far.)
Skirmishing isn't really a dwarven style of fighting is it?
I mean - spreading out! "Each warrior is a ring of mail, together they are strong, but apart they are weak." Or something, from erm somewhere... A dwarf said it though
I have tried to make rangers work. Sometimes they do, but even then they aren't very cost effective. As Kuffy said, they can't get through terrain, making them virtually useless in many deployment situations. It's also alot easier to deploy a skirmishing units out of Line of sight than a Rank and File unit. they still can't move and shoot either.
While skirmishing might not be that dwarvish, neither is being a ranger, ne c'est pas? :3
(But yes, Slayers in rank and file certainly does seem silly. While they do have a deathwish, being picked off by missile weapons doesn't really seem slayerlike to me.) But~ we'll see what 7th edition brings around. And that's a different subject altogether.
If I were to go for Rangers, I'm musing about using the cheaper Warrior version (in a CC heavy army). They might actually be useful in 3k point games...
An annoying Rule used on my "fine upstanding and perfectly fair" Chaos Charriots was with Rangers and a thane with the Rune of Brotherhood and the Rune of Challenge. These boys snuck up on me and forced my charriot to either charge into some woods or flee into some even more spiffingly upstanding and balenced Chosen........... Loose loose situation really.
Rangers may be expensive and may not work for everyone. But everything has it's tricks. You just need to play test them to find out what they are.
Not that there is anything wrong with a one trick pony. Especially if you can get rid of somethign nasty like a charriot or position a unit for some both thrower death or a flank charge. But yes it is expensive for what it does. Soemtimes though it's worth it.
You are right about the Psychology. Although theres still more stuff out there that isn't imune than is. But then i'm lucky not be be only fighting Vamps and Deamons.
Alas, Slanneshi chariots wouldn't be imune nowa days. They've lost Imune to Psych and got imune to "fear, terror and panic". Which is the same thing really but they loose the bonus against "this does not affect units that are imune to phych blah blah blah"