View Full Version : looking for an army

11-11-2009, 05:37
looking for an army that is kind of like the old knights clashed in steel armor from head to toe, with archers backing them up and things like that

Kind of like the crusadors. I want an army that can represent them effectively, I looked at the bretonion range but wanted them to be on foot rather than on horses

11-11-2009, 06:14
Highelves and darkelves are your closest medieval like form of combat you
can get with the choice of going abit of fantasy monster/beast or dragon support. Though both lack heavily armoured infantry, they have heavy hitting infantry armed with 2 handed weapons and the "heaviest" armour they can get. Fair decent in both attack and defence and this list can varies between the extream of both depend on your build.

Of course you can chose empire for a bit of renaissance warefare with "fantasy technology" aka steam tank. Chose Bretonnian for "high fantasy medieval" if you prefer an all mounted knight army or seriously challenge yourself with rather rubbish but cheap infantry as your main battle line.

The Red Scourge
11-11-2009, 06:39
Or CC dwarf army :)

11-11-2009, 06:40
Warriors of Chaos seem to be your best bet.
They specialise in heavily armoured killing machines on foot.

11-11-2009, 08:38
Curiously, that's a kind of army that seems to be lacking in WFB (that is, heavy infantry backed up with archers). But you could go with HE, take archers as core, fill up on Swordmasters, White Lions and Phoenix Guard for special and maybe take a couple of Bolt Throwers as rare. Unfortunately your infantry, while wearing heavy armour will still be quite squishy (T3 and 5+ AS). Protect them with magic would be my suggestion.

11-11-2009, 08:42
Empire would be a really good bet for you. Greatswords come encased in full plate armour, take 4 of them as your special choices (but that could be some 800 pts plus command!) with archers, free company (peasants) and state troops (men-at-arms)
Units of Knights (of course as Knights) round out your force, and hey presto!
No non-human army really comes close, yes there are chaos warrriors but no archers to back them up - and I dont think they have the same feel you are looking for.
If brets had armoured infantary it would be perfect but those swines dont leave home without their horse!

11-11-2009, 09:15
Hmm, I didn't realise Greatswords had full plate. The models cartainly don't reflect it.
In that case, yes, I think Empire with a Greatsword battle line sounds like a fit.

11-11-2009, 11:59
OK so heres the deal - trade with someone who has empire knights- grab the heads for the knights and stick them on the greatswords


11-11-2009, 12:27
Empire only has one unit though, I think for more variety HE would be abit better. Elite Infantry they have and all kinds, offensive with SM, defensive with PG, and a hybrid in WL. Some archers as core to back you up, RBT in the rare slot not a bad army. Another option is dwarves, all their units are tough and they have plenty of guns and archers to back them up.

11-11-2009, 15:18
Empire would probably best represent what you want, but leave out anything that requires gunpowder. Crusaderarmies had plenty of spearmen and swordsmen, and x-bows as well. The war-altar would match with the crusaderfeel I think. And take plenty of flaggellants!

Red Metal
11-11-2009, 16:44
Dwarves - heavily armored Ironbreakers backed by Quarrellers, mostly. Although, even the basic Dwarf Warriors have lots of chainmail and shields. They're an army that fights alot in regards to their "Book of Grduges" - so they can easily be seen as going on a crusade of sorts.

Or High Elves - even though the Armor Saves aren't great, the models do have that nice head-to-toe armored look. The HE are a dying race, so from a fluff standpoint all of their battles have to be important - maybe even crusade-like to some extent.

11-11-2009, 16:50
Other than britonia....

well there is the Empire,
Theres is the Dogs of War,
High Elves...
and posibly the Wariors of Chaos.

thats about it.

11-11-2009, 20:22
But heres the thing about HE - mostly metal collection of models vs' Empire plastics

That by itself is enough to turn me off the HE (that and the main fact that HE smell of poo!!)

The other thing is when you get bored of playing the themed army from time to time you can easily add the other troop choices and have a normal Empire army.
Dogs of War - nah, like $60 for a basic unit and then you have to buy blisters - boo, too expensive
Bretonia - i'd wait as their model range is outdated now - so stick with the men of Sigmar
Dwarves - again great looking and all but alot of metal models in there too.
Also as time goes on theres only so much you can do with them, wereas other armies allow you to explore the game in depth and detail
with the stunties you'll never know magic or movement!

11-11-2009, 21:12
But heres the thing about HE - mostly metal collection of models vs' Empire plastics

That by itself is enough to turn me off the HE (that and the main fact that HE smell of poo!!)

Price isn't really an issue if you're making a whole army around Goldswords. ;)

11-11-2009, 21:54
lol goldswords. I looked at dwarf but honestly not a big fan of stunties. I have lizardmen and wood elves, so I decidecd to make a themed army, yet I cant seem to find one that matches. Hogh elves seemed like the best choice until I realized that they don't get basic troops with swords, and only spears, but I guess some armies have at least some blocks of spearmen. If i'm going high elves I would want a dragon, with 2x 10 archers, full units of great swordsmen, and phenox guard. with 4x bolt throwers. But I don't know if I should have silver helms or dragon princes. what do u guys think of that

11-11-2009, 22:42
Everyone comes with a hand weapon. So unless you mean 2 handed great swords, HE Spearmen can still fit you requirements.

12-11-2009, 02:36
Sounds like you already decided on HE, I recommand getting Dragon Princes first because in this current edition they are the better cavalry. Silver helms only when you decide to play a variant list, something different or have just enough to squeaze 5 of them in your list, their only advantage is cheap and expandable, they are you most average knights that can't carry magic banners.