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3x3. balanced flank, speed, and enemy contact
2x4 max speed, min contact, but big flank
5x2 max wounds, min flank, low speed, max contact
other, please explain.
What is the most effective swordsmen detachment, size and shape?
Personally, I think it depends on the situation, and the specific Detachment in question. For example, with Free Company, maximising attacks will occasionally come in handy. But the main factor is how big the unit is. For example, three by three is kind of hard if your Detachment is five strong.
However, I voted on 3x3, since that's the closest to how I run them.
Size-wise, I gun for eight-10, since it keeps them small and cheap, and they can take a few wounds and still gain Flank charges and deny ranks.
I'm glad to see I'm not alone in considering the 2x4 formation.
I prefer swordsmen, and minimizing the number of incoming attacks is what it's all about. I have even considered the conga line (1x but that can get really awkward on a real battlefield, and that was the big concern that led me to consider the ole' 3x3. That, and it seems to be everyone's favorite. I guess I prefer the minimum front because I fight mostly chaos, and lizard men. and never seem to cause any wounds anyway.
Thanks for all the votes!
Three by three is the way I play them, works a treat and the small frontage means they can nestle between units and be safe from a charge themselves.
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So our detachments can still break ranks if they flank the enemy with at least 5 models? I thought that under the current BRB rules, you needed 2 full ranks, so at least 10 men in a 5x2 formation. Hmm... I'd have to say 3x3 then, and that might even make Spears worthwhile. I've been running my detachments at 50% of the Parent Regiment size, if I run Dets at all. I would switch based on what I needed the army to do: Swordsman Parent gets a Halberd Detachment and vice-versa.
I'm pretty sure that you indeed need 2 ranks of 5 Captain.
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