A quick one for all the Empire experts. Having played for donkeys years, looking at the new book, it seems to me that for sheer fire power you are better off point for point with Outriders than Handgunners, but I could be wrong.
The only benefits of handgunners seem to be:
Core unit, not special
Hochland for champion.
So in what circumstances for a regular battle (ie not one like a siege), and outside of freeing up special choice points, would handgunners be more preferable to Outriders.