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I was just wondering if I could model the free company from the millitia box as archers.
I have heard that I can, but I haven't actually seen any pictures of archers from that box.
I was just wondering because I need to get 27 free company and 10 archers for my army, and it would be much easier to do if I could just buy 40 millitia and have 3 spares.
Thanks in advance.
The Militia Boxed Set does indeed come with bows, if that's what you ask. What I did was give five warriors crossbows and bows, so I can use them as either Bowmen or XBowmen whilst adhering to WYSIWYG rules.
Have you seen the box? On the side, there is a picture of an Archer unit.
At least, I think that's what you're asking. Hope it helped.
There also snap-fit sets of archers:
Archers can be quite useful these days, not as good as the olden days where you would take a unit of 5 and marchblock the hell out of your opponent. But they're still usefull though, if a bit less than before.
I just heard GW is releasing a new set of plastic archers when they do the greatswords and steamtank (May). But really, just get yourself some brettonian archers, they look better and are just as cheap. Or make them out of the militia box or whatever.
Archers are still useful. You can still take them in units of 5, you'd just have to make them a detachment.
a skirmish screen in front of the parent block is worth its points in gold , honestly 8 archers against an elf army saves those precious greatswords no end, admittedly your not using them too shoot because they will have too march too keep infront but you are reducing the chance to hit because of the skirmishing rule which will save you just as much men as the 4+ armour save
or in a unit of 10 just as protection for that fire mage to keep his 360 line of sight. i think the main thing the archers have going for them is they are cheap skirmishers.
Also, skirmishers have a bit better chance of effectively shielding the parent unit due to the 1" gap the models are allowed to have (granted, 8 Free Company cost as much as 5 Archers and should cover an almost as wide frontage but that leads to my following point)a skirmish screen in front of the parent block is worth its points in gold , honestly 8 archers against an elf army saves those precious greatswords no end, admittedly your not using them too shoot because they will have too march too keep infront but you are reducing the chance to hit because of the skirmishing rule which will save you just as much men as the 4+ armour save
Not to mention that should the case arise that you wanna remove the meatshield in front of the parent unit (happens admittedly seldom yet you can never be sure) other detachments would have to wheel out of the way and maybe end in an awkward position while archers just move off in the direction you want.
And to answer the original thread starting question (I noticed that they changed the texts on the militia box, which used to describe what you could build from the sprues)
The mentioned box contains 10 bows (and 10 crossbows, before the new plastic state troops this was the only cheap way of getting crossbowmen), 5 2-handed Swords (with state troops an alternative to size up a unit of greatswords), halberds, pistols, a blunderbuss looking handgun and loads of handweapons
It ain't easy bein' green... :-)
"Hmm, one of you does not belong." *withering glare at the orc wearing a poor-fitting state trooper's uniform and carrying a bow*
"Uh, he's just a little disfigured sarge. I swear! Brought up by a nuclear power plant."
"What the hell's a nuclear power plant?"
Or something along those lines.