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Hi am am fairly new to the Empire and I have decided to go with the province of Hochland after reading the fluff and looking at the painted mini's. My question is, as I am not real familiar with WFB I am curious as to what constitutes a gun line?
In other words I want to make this a themed army but I don't want it to be considered cheesy and a gun line army. In fact I am not overly in love with handgunners but I like the fluff behind Hochland, if that makes sense. I am looking at about 2250 points so I would like the experts to tell me what amount of guns should I be looking at and what exactly is considered a gun line?
As for the cheese factor that is hard to avoid. My current army has 40 Handgunners and 2 Steam Tanks and another 2 Cannons. However, I am pretty sure that although the "Hochland Longrifle" does indeed originate in Hochland, they are more renown for their hunting, which is usually done with bow or crossbow.
So with this is in mind maybe go for some state halbediers for fun then take a large unit of Archer Huntsmen. The skirmish is cool and helps march blocking. However you will need some defence, so maybe instead of artillery take Outriders and Pistoliers, that would make your army very fast and sodding annoying to people with large units who now can't march.
As for characters Hochland is the kind of place that you would wind a mighty General of the Empire called geoff, who is followed by warrior priest, cos they love to maim and kill whilst emoldening their fellow shooty people.
So yeah take crossbows rather than too many handgunners, and then you will also get a few more rounds of shooting cos the range but a bit less punch detracting the cheese from the list. Hope this helps somehow.
Any Empire list that relies almost solely on ranged fire to bring down an opponent will be considered a gunline. Some hints.
Aside from that, Mr. Mooby has given you some ace advice here.;Y
- If your guns outnumber your CC troops 2:1, you've got a gunline
- If you have more artillery than characters, you've probably got a gunline
- If your army barely moves until its opponent is right on top of it, it's a gunline.