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I'm interested in creating a list, with quite a bit of cavalry units, or a fully mounted force .
Now, my question is, how is cavalry in 8th ? Can I create the list, which I'm aiming for ? Are there cavalry units, that truly outshine the others ?
I'm more interested in horse cavalry, but I'll take a mix of mounts, even monsters .
Thank you all, for your time and suggestions, in advance .
Well, the golden age of heavy cavalry is definitely behind us. You would be playing at a disadvantage. But there are armies that make reasonably decent cavalry lists. The obvious one is bretonia. Empire can do okay with three varieties of knights, plus demigryphs and pistoliers/outriders. Chaos warriors could, I suppose, run mounted flail marauders for core, and go all in on chaos knights (more than 20 of them fit into a 2k list). For a nontraditional cav list, you could do a tomb kings list as a chariot horde.
The reason that cav doesn't work well by itself in 8th is that most enemy units will be rerolling their break tests on unmodified leadership, so overrunning them on the charge is extremely unlikely.
Last edited by Marnepup; May 23rd, 2012 at 03:56.
The problem that Cavalry runs into in 8th edition was described aptly by Marnepup - the first turn is fine, but then the opponent tests on unmodified Leadership, holds, and begins the process of grinding you down. Most mounted units don't have the ability to kill enough infantry to negate this, and once the Lance bonuses are gone, your offense is even more mundane. In the meantime, a high armor save is good protection, but it's also swingy - a couple of bad rolls, and you could be the one turning tail and running.
That said, the most effective Cavalry-centric army I've seen in this edition is actually Vampire Counts. The reason why is because you can easily replenish the numbers of your Knights (a L4 with Invocation of Nehek brings back a full rank's worth of Black Knights per casting), and a couple of Red Fury Vampires actually do have the sheer killing power to whittle down infantry Hordes. That said, it may not be the army for you, because there's no way to have mounted Core. In lieu of that, I'd recommend Bretonnia, the Empire, or Warriors of Chaos as the templates for this sort of army. If you choose Empire, you want lots of Demigryph Knights, because they are truly formidable in combat. Warriors of Chaos would rely on its Chaos Knights, whereas Brets would have more of a mix of Knight units to carry mounted characters about, which would be doing the actual heavy lifting.
Last edited by rothgar13; May 23rd, 2012 at 17:48.
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Thanks you two .
That gives me a few points to think about .