I last played in 6th ed. Tried to work myself up to give it another go in 7th, but got depressed about death stars and army creep and ended up with sticking with my newly adopted 40K. So I hoped 8th would be a new dawn. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed, but not for what seem to be the usual reasons - I like most of the rules, except for what seems to be their combined effect on unit sizes and variety.
Once, my wide, shallow units were considered unorthodox (I ran my Witch Elves 8 wide in 6th edtion, which caused double takes back then). Now I'm not sure they're large enough to even be worth taking. Quite apart from just plain disliking the visual of all these gigantic chunder-units - I think it makes each model seem inconsequential, which for me defeats the purpose of a 25-30mm game - all my units suddenly seemed too small to be worthwhile, and so my whole army felt obsolete. As a 4th ed Undead player I've had this in every single edition change, and so having it yet again was more than I could take for a game I already didn't like the look of.
But I've calmed down enough to give it another go, hoping that even if I turn out not to like it, a Warhammer I don't like might be better than no Warhammer. So I would appreciate any of your best informations on how I might form up the following and how I might expect it to perform:
- 28 speardudes (modelled into 4 ranks of 7)
- 10 crossbowmen
- A box of 16 as-yet unassembled spear/xbow dudes
- 45 corsairs (which I used to use as a unit of 20 and two units of 12)
- 18 Witch Elves
- 18 Black Guard
- 21 Executioners
- 10 cold one knights
- 15 Dark Riders
- 10 Shades
- Cauldron of Blood
- A bunch of characters, notably one on a pegasus
Sadly buying new stuff is a no-go - I bought all this in days of yore when I worked for GW, and it cost me about 50 quid for the lot. I can't really justify paying modern prices for this stuff, and even if I could, I have better things to spend the money on. So what I'm curious about is the viability of all that as it is. In particular, I'd really rather not have to use all the corsairs and all the dark riders together in those ridiculous, faceless giganto-units.
So is it possible to do that without hamstringing myself? And how? From skimming the rules about who can attack in melee, steadfast, LoS and disruption, it seems that smaller units have been not just nerfed, but left completely unable to perform any useful function whatsoever - which explains the homogenous-looking nature of the WFB armies at my club these days at least - so I'm at a bit of a loss how to be thinking about this.