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i was just wondering what people think is the best detachment size/formation
10 strong in 5 by 2
9 strong in 3 by 3
8 strong in 4 by 2
or larger or smaller
I'm a fan of the 3x3 formation.
As it minimises the amount of enemy models in contact to 4 at most.
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Ya the new 3x3 formation looks and fits very well in my list. I would have to say IMO it will probally be the norm for awhile now for how flexible it is.
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Sorry for my ignorance but what is the advantages of a 3 by 3 formation? You can't get ranks and you get less attacks.
No problemSorry for my ignorance but what is the advantages of a 3 by 3 formation? You can't get ranks and you get less attacks.
The advantage is better manouvrability (can squeeze better through gaps than a 4 or 5 wide detachment) and you also get attacked less, since a maximum of 5 other models can get into contact with you (or even less if the opponent comes on larger bases :shifty: ) and with less attacks being directable against the detachment it will be harder to reduce it below US5.
As for having less attacks: well, empire infantry seldom wins through kills anyways and the extra attacks hardly make any count (this in combination with the risk of getting attacked if you don't kill is quite a bummer)
Of course, this also depends on the detachment itself. Free Company with their two hand weapons would be quite viable to field them 5 wide (thus getting 10 Attacks); Spearmen with their two ranks might also be usable like that (if the opponent still stands after the first combat round, that is :shifty: )
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the only viable use of the detachments is to remove rank bonuses. 3x3 minimizes the amount of kills the detachment can take without losing its 5+
Thank you for explaining Orkbert and buckero0.
I disagree with buckero0 on one point though. A detachment can be used to waste an enemy units time by overunning away from the main battle or could set up a position so that when charged the perant unit gets a flank. Both of thse can be done with less than 5 US.
I do agree, after being explained the reasoning, that 3x3 is better for manovourability and space conservation in your battle line.
The downside to a 3x3 is that if it gets charged (which it will eventually), it puts you down in combat res by another 1. So against something with 3 ranks, a standard, and obviously an outnumber, you go into combat down by 5, which you won't make up with 3 models attacking.
After destroying the poor detachment in one round of combat, the charging unit will probably be beyond the parent unit, making them unable to charge into the flank in the next turn. Of course, you could just rely on double 1's to save the day.
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