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I have seen many lists with heroes and lords on horses, but generally those heroes go into units of infantry. How does that work? What are the benefits of having a mounted hero in an infantry unit? It seems to screw with the physical ranking of the unit and limits the mobility of the hero on a horse. can anyone explain this?
It is a pain but it gives the character +2 to their save and the attack from the horse.
In particular its good for warrior priests and BSB, typically the BSB will have a poor save but in full plate armour and on a barded steed he gets a 2+ save and an extra attack.
Characters also retain the ability to charge out of a unit if they so feel the urge.
Being mounted helps with this as well as a lot of people just don't expect it. (although, seeing a horse in a unit of swordsmen is a little bit suspect)
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A little side bonus is that it helps with the number of ranks, since the back end of the horse takes up a spot.
Just remember to make your movement trays a little wider for the extra 5mm of the cavalry base. That is the most annoying part of playing a 20mm base army.