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Let us say we have 10 Warriors, I know often I see them lined up in a 5x2 marching order, keeping their rank for a +1 static bonus to combat res. But this static bonus only applies if you do not take a -single- wound during combat. It seems to me, that even without the 11 or 12 warriors a marching order of 6 (Or even 7) wide seems more sensible, as it gets you more attacks for a better active combat res, and a single wound doesn't suddenly have you grumbling as your warriors keel over/run away.
What confuses me, is I hear about 6 wide marches with 11, 5 wide marches with 10. I was wondering if 7 wide march with 10 makes sense in more situations than just setting up for a charge (Where you are almost guaranteed to take at least one wound). It seems like the static combat loss would be worth the one (Occasionally two) more models in the fray and no more having to sweat over a single wound, especially against any army with powerful CC. (Seven models gives you more chances to reduce their retaliation as well)
I'd like to hear some opinions about proper lining up of our warriors in order to get the most bang for the buck from them, I don't know how many times I have had a stray arrow, stone thrower or unlucky dice suddenly make me regret my ranking set up.
As a note, I realize the best of both worlds is met by simply -adding- Chaos Warriors. But for now I am curious simply about properly ranking up a small grouping of 10.
Keep in mind that the rank bonus is counted at the beginning of a close combat phase, not at the end.
So even if they suffer some casualties they will have their rank bonus at least in this first round of hth combat (later on it will be gone but that's another story )
Granted, they might lose as well one model during some shooting phase, but then again, they might also lose two or three under enemy ranged attacks, so that point ain't too valid (at least for the question of having 12 warriors for keeping up that rank bonus)
But I think the 5x2 setup is also for better moving and shielding (5 hounds simply can't shield something 7 models wide)
And since they're on 25mm bases, a 7 models wide setting (of even 10 models ) will likely not get all warriors into contact with the enemy, so some wasted attacks there, though this heavily depends on your opponent's setup.
It ain't easy bein' green... :-)
It Depends who you're Fighting really, If you're fighting against an army who's models are only on 20mm bases you're probably not going to get all 7 into combat, However if you're fighting say orcs who are on 25mm you ARE gonna get them all into combat.
Be careful though. If you've got a wide front it means you could get charged by 2 enemy units and be in for a whole world of hurt. If you're 7 wide you can be incombat with 2 full units of Bretonian Knights which will just kick you into the snow, call you a girl and steal your school bag.
The minimum unit size for warriors i use (or any unit) is 12. I mean 10 just looks silly. It's not scary enough.
I've seen an Elf Spear Block 8 wide and 4 Deep. That LOOKED cool and was hidous. 25 attacks striking first??? eeee gads!!!
also, the rank bonus is taken from the beginning of the fight so it doesn't matter how many you lose, if you started the fight with +3 from having 4 full ranks, then lost 2 ranks in the fight, you're still adding +3, that's the way the rule is written.
Chaos Warriors (2009) 16-4-9