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How viable do you guys think it is to design a larger army as a composite of two smaller armies?
I was wondering if it would be reasonable to design two 2,250 point armies that would combine efficiently into on 4,500 point army.
My thoughts are:1.) You're limited in Characters. The Characters you design will necessarily be weaker in a lower points game than they would be in a higher points game and, for example, the two lower points armies would have a maximum of two Lords in total where a 4,500 point army could have up to 3 Lords.My reason for asking is that I'm torn between trying to max out on powerful Characters (yes, I know, I know; I'm all about the naked Characters. But I will always admit that some mega-powerful tooled-up Lord is way more fun than yet another unit of smelly Knights!) in some magic-heavy infantry-based list, and going for naked Characters in a powerful, close-combat cavalry-oriented list.
2.) The units may be limited in size. To what extent do units increase in size as games get bigger? We have generally accepted unit sizes for our current army lists - cavalry in fives, Warriors in twelves and Marauders in twenties, for example - but is that optimal efficiency or is it the best we can do at this point level? Also, similarly to the Character situation, there would be one more Core than is strictly necessary and two more Specials than are actually allowed once you combined the two armies. That's going to be annoying.
I'm thinking the two ought to combine reasonably well to make a balanced list for larger games.
Any and all thoughts would be appreciated!
Edit: OOH! OOOOOOOOH! Here's another thought: what if you were to design a close-combat cavalry-oriented Warriors of Chaos list at 2,250 points, plus a magic-heavy, powerful Characters list from another army with particularly good magic (say, Lizardmen, for example)? Would that make things more or less viable? Or is that just being as cheesy as the cheesiest cheese factory of cheese?
I dont quite understand what your asking here. Are you just trying to make multiple lists rather than a generic list? If thats what your asking thats fine. Im working on three lists: one for a balanced fun game for players who dont powergame, one tough as nails list for those who do powergame, and a dragonslayer list because I hate stardragons.
Was that what your asking?
Not exactly. I was wondering if you think you could make two distinct and seperate lists that can combine into one mega-list.
There will be some slight changes when you come to make the mega-list, I guess, but I'm kind of hoping to create what are essentially two Chaos Hordes that can just be picked up and slammed together to form a mega-Horde.
Well big games are unusual. 2000-2250 is the usual game size. If you are running a really big game I would just make a list for it. Nobody should be mad at that. You could make two lists and slam em together.
Aw...! But the fluff, man! The fluff!
I get what you're saying El-don, I thought of doing the same thing with my HE. The thing you have to realize, is that you may or may not have that many distinct models. Here's a for instance:
In my magic heavy list, I always include two units of archers and one small unit of spearmen. In my freight-train combat list, I also include two units of archers. The problem? I only own two units of archers, total.
So you see my meaning; many people have set lists they may like to play, their awesome combat list or their take all-comers tournament list or their just-for-fun over the top or fluff lists. The problem is, most people probably don't buy separate models and units for each of those lists, invariably they will overlap using the units you have available.