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    Looking to start Empire, advice?

    After a long absence from Fantasy (I had a large Night Goblin army in 6th) I've decided to come back and start something new from scratch. I like the very human feel of the Empire, so have decided to build up a small 500 point warband to start off with for small friendly games.

    What kind of options do I have? I dislike playing static gunlines, so was thinking a Captain supported by two state troop blocks (Swordsmen and Halberdiers) with Handgunner detachments. Perhaps a small unit of Knights or a cannon?


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    at 500 points and if you don't want a static gunline I'd go with a block of State troops with longbowmen and an additional either statetroop or free company detatchments. That way your archers can shoot and move and keep up with their parent unit and are able to support fire during an enemy charge.

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    I think you're looking a bit optimistic if you want two units of state troops at 500pts. You'll want them at around 20 with a FC. Add to that the Detachments and you're looking at ~220 points. However, you should only need the one.

    Depending on how you want to play, I would look at lists similar to these:
    All infantry:
    Warrior Priest, with a few trinkets - it's best to keep him cheap.
    20 Swordsmen FC, 5 Handgunners, 9 Free Company
    10-15 Flaggies
    Maybe something else if you conjure the points

    Kind of Shooty:
    Captain, items that would probably enhance the Swordsmen would likely be best.
    20 Swordsmen, FC, 5 Handgunners, 9 Free Company
    10 Handgunners
    Cannon/Helblaster
    Maybe something else if you conjure the points

    Hybrid:
    Similar to above, but probably drop the artillery piece for a unit of Pistoliers, giving you a good amount of balance.

    Cavalry:
    Mtd WP/Captain, again, cheap is probably best.
    Unit of Knights
    Unit of Knights
    5 Pistoliers, Musician, Outrider w/- Rptr Pistol

    The Shooty list is a bit different to what I'd use, as at those levels, true shooty lists tend to look more like gunlines. The Hybrid is a good one, as it's typically pretty balanced. Cavalry is more a specific theme you'd decide on. Not too sure on its competitiveness, but it should do alright in games.

    Hope this helps. Any particular style you want to use for Empire?

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