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I know this has been discussed slightly in other threads but i was curruious about everyones opinion on size of units. The main units i was wondering about were Spearmen and Swormasters, both of which i am probebly going to feild. So if anyone has a unit size they can suggest and there backing for it, i would appreciate it.
btw this is for armies mostly from 500- 2k points
IMO, spearmen should be fielded in sets of 20, with full command. Sword masters should probably be 5-7 wide (to get more S5 attacks in), so 10-14 for flankers, or 20-21 (3 normal or 2 wide ranks) for swordmasters might be worthwhile.
Yeah 20 for spearmen is a good size, however, I have found that 16 do exactly the same as 20 ever manage to do (SFA!) so you might as well just take 16.
Swordmasters, I prefer them in units of 15, 5 wide. Larger units get a bit too expensive considering how easy they are to kill, especially at range.
Well now that we do require 5 models per rank, I would advise units of 20. In the past I would feel fine with knocking a model or two out to find points for somewhere else, but now it might be necisary to take multiples of 5.
Currently I usually take 2 units of spearmen, one at 20, and another at 16. The 20 elf unit is stocked up with full command, while the 16 elf unit runs naked and are used solely as a flanker.
I don't use swordmasters often at all, but I would recommend units of 10 or 15. These guys should never be in combat alone, and should ideally be hitting in the flanks where their ranks won't be as important.
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I play a balanced list and I take 22 to 24 Spearelves and 17 to 19 Swordmasters. With 7th Ed., I may change that a little but not much.
Yeah i'll go with what most people have said. 20 for both for me. Even though swordmasters hit that little bit harder i still like to try and get the full combat res out of them(Y)
im just curious to those of you who responded possibly 16 for spearmen, do u take those in a unit of 15 with 1 on the back or a 4x4 ranking?... It seems that the latter would easily loose a rank and not take full advantage of the fight in 3 rule.
btw thanks for all the rest of you who suggested, if anyone else has comments ill still be interested.
Yeah good point, I forgot about 7th ed.. In the new rules, units of 16 will become pretty much obsolete. Which is pretty silly considering the boxes come with 16 you you need to fork out for 4 more models to get an effective unit...Originally Posted by Fat_BadgerYeah 4x4. Thats 12 models fighting, if you pay for 4 more models (5x4) you only get an extra 3 attacks.Originally Posted by Swamp fox