Warhammer Army Project/Empire
- 1 Empire: Warhammer Army Project, 8th Edition Tactica
- 2 Why Play Empire
- 3 Special Rules
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Unit Analysis
- 6 Regiments of Renown
- 7 Loadouts
- 8 Building Your Army
- 9 Tactics
- 10 External Links
Empire: Warhammer Army Project, 8th Edition Tactica
(had copied pasted the 8th ed page to save time on the framework)
Created by Mathias Eliasson, this project was a homebrew attempt at giving many of the units, nations, and factions that never got Armybooks of their own (and those left behind and never got one in 8th Edition) such a thing.
It should also be noted that Eliasson is constantly updating his work, so don't expect this page to stay current forever. If anyone wishes to actually update this page and the items that need it, later on, go ahead.
Why Play Empire
One word: versatility. An Empire army can be built to suit almost any play style. You want to play magic-heavy? The Empire can do that. You like to go for anti-magic? Empire's got you covered. Want to do both? Nothing's stopping you. Do you make heavy use of infantry? Ranged units? Cavalry? Artillery? The Empire can do it all. If you're looking for options, this army has them in spades. The Empire's versatility has earned them the status as one of the most competitive armies in the entire game as they can counter pretty much everything everyone else can throw at you, without having to build their army list to do so. That same versatility though, means the Empire is not as strong in any one aspect. You will never have as many infantry as the Skaven, your artillery is not equal to might of the dwarfs', the high elves have more magical firepower and so on. The Empire can't fight fire with fire, and instead must fight rock, with paper while protecting its scissors.
With the inclusion of the Knightly Order and Steam Tank supplements, your army fine-tuning has increased even more (provided that your table's cool with it).
- STATE TROOPS: Retuned to the great version. When one of your State Troopers is declared as a charge target and they don't chose to flee, another trooper unit 3" of them can open fire at or charge the enemy. A good way to discourage or punish aggression, especially when you have Greatswords ready to charge.
- Hochland Long Rifle: a Sniper handgun.
- Repeater handgun: a handgun with Multishot 3.
- Reapeater Pistol: a pistol with Multishot 3.
- Grenade Launching Blunderbuss: Strength 6, Effective Ap of -4, but slower to fire than Handguns.
- Pigeon Bombs: a bad handgun bomb with infinite range. if it hits, put around template over the target, else nothing or you explode.
Heirlooms of Magic
- Runefang: 85 points. A Sword that auto-wounds, no armor saves allowed in case you wanted to call your commander "Count" instead of "General". A much more impressive (and expensive) sword than the Obsidian Blade, but rightfully so.
- Mace of Helstrum: 50 points. You get a greatweapon that lets you trade all your attacks for a single S10 hit that has the Flaming Attack and Multiple Wounds (D3) special rules. This will make a skaven player fielding the hell pit abomination cry, as not only will you be able to deal up to 3 wounds but you will also strip it of it's annoying regeneration. That is, if your underprotected lord survives the abomination's counterattack. Hint: snipe those with the cannons.
- Armor of Meteoric Iron: ̶5̶0̶ ̶p̶o̶i̶n̶t̶s̶. 40 points. 1+ Armor save, and 6+ Ward Save. The 1+ is very impressive, but 6+ Ward is not. Take a Talisman of Preservation if you want a good Ward, since 1+ armor may be good, but any kitted-out challenge character will likely be S6 or higher, inflicting a -3 modifier on your save. And that's assuming no Armor piercing special rules. Or consider taking the Dawnstone for half the cost which allows you to reroll bad armour saves. Assuming that the enemy is s6 with no AP and lacks magical attacks, this nets you a 3+ rerollable is much better than 3+/4++.
- Helm of the Skaven Slayer: 15 points. Causes Fear, and if playing against Skaven, it causes Terror. But, all Skaven gain the Hatred special rule when attacking the unit containing the bearer.
- Shroud of Magnus: 60 points. Gives you a 5++ ward save with magic resistance 2, both of which will help protect against spells. It also grants any attached unit immunity to both fear and terror, which can keep them fighting against monsters.
- The White Cloak of Ulric: 50 points. Enemies in base contact with bearer have -1 to hit. Also, confers 5++ ward which becomes 2++ if you're attacked by a Flaming weapon. Awesome against Flame breath weapon dragons and the like, including Tzeentch daemons.
- Van Horstmann's Speculum: 40 points. When in a challenge, you swap all (not pick and choose, you must swap all) characteristics with your challenger. Hilarious when you steal a Vampire Lord's characteristics when you challenge him with a mere Empire Battle Wizard.
- Aldred's Casket of Sorcery: The aggressive spellthief's item. This allows you to rob one random spell from an enemy wizard on a 4+ and then use that spell against the enemy as a single-use bound spell with power equal to its basic casting value before vanishing for good.
- Ring of Volans: 30 points. One use only. Choose 1 spell from any of the 8 Rulebook lores and generate a spell as if the bearer was a Level 1 Wizard. The Spell can be cast just like a bound spell, with a power level equal to the normal casting value.
- The Imperial Banner: 85 points. This allows your boys within 12" to roll 3d6 for all Leadership tests and drop the lowest, which is essentially giving you another general on your BSB. If you're ever in a situation where you'll need morale kept among two fronts while your general's off killing, this is how you keep your gunners in line.
- Griffon Banner: 60 points. Your extra rank bonuses are doubled. However, you can never pursue an enemy and must ALWAYS hold their ground when being charged. Hint: you cannot purse, but your detachments are free to do so. Slap it on your pikemen/spearmen.
Lords & Heroes
- The Emperor Karl Franz: His Imperial Majesty is definitely one of the better named characters in the book. All of his hits automatically wound for D3 wounds (unless you're a complete moron and drop Ghal Maraz in favour of his Runefang), he comes with a 4+ ward save, Magic Resistance (2), is Immune to Psychology, and has Inspiring Presence with a better range than any other general you can field (18" instead of 12"). He is best fielded on foot or on horseback; Deathclaw and the Imperial Dragon aren't really worth the points unless you're getting them free from Storm of Magic. However, if you take either then the inspiring presence reaches a game-breaking 24.
- Kurt Helborg: The Grand Marshal of the Reiksguard wields a Runefang and carries the Laurels of Victory, which doubles the value of the wounds he causes for the purposes of combat resolution. He also makes a unit of Reiksguard Immune to Psychology; this and +1 WS essentially costs you 25 points. Iffy, but he does come with 155 points worth of wargear, which is higher than the 100-point limit for generic Lords. MUSTACHE
- Marius Leitdorf: Elector Count of Averland. He's from older editions, he's back, and he's here to go insane and charge that Hellcannon because he's convinced it's looking at him funny (to be fair, being a possessed cannon, it probably was looking at him funny). He's got a special rule, forcing him to take a leadership test on three dice, dropping the lowest, at the start of each of his turns. If he fails he goes nuts and does something random. Maybe all your units get a free instant reform, and then get to charge or shoot as they please! Maybe he pisses off Gork and Mork and gives Orcs & Goblins Hatred against him for the rest of the game! He's got a Runefang and an additional hand weapon that he gets to use even though he's mounted and got a Runefang. You're effectively paying 4 points for +1A, +1WS and his insanity. He is also dead, killed by an Orc warlord so apparently, if you use him you are playing in a time machine (kinda the same for most all named Orc warlords, though.)
- Ludwig Schwarzhelm: If his name is Schwarz (black) helm, how come his helmet's painted gold on the box? Anyway, Ludwig is a Battle Standard Bearer with a 20-point magic weapon and Killing Blow, making him another very solid named character choice. His Hold Your Ground has a radius of 18" and he can take wounds for the Emperor if they're both in the same unit, unless the Emperor is in a challenge.
- If you mount Karl Franz in a Warhorse and place Ludwig in the same unit; you get the bodyguard benefit and the combination radius of Inspiring Presence, Hold Your Ground!, Hold the Line!, unit wide Magic Resistance (2) and +1 Combat Resolution (+2 if you include another Standard Bearer in the unit). Not game breaking, but very helpful and synergistic.
- Markus Wulfhart: The Empire has a character archer now? Yeah, and he's kitted for hunting monsters because apparently, we didn't have enough men with giant brass balls. His Monster Hunter rule means he can reroll hits against monsters, always shoot monster mounts out from under characters, and taking him lets you buy a unit of Huntsmen who get the same rule. He's also got his own magic longbow that always wounds monsters on a 4+ and does D3 wounds to them. Would be totally worth it if cannons didn't exist or you spent your points allowance on tons of warm bodies.
- Volkmar The Grim: Grand Thegonist of Sigmar. Fluff-wise, this guy makes Kaldor Draigo look like a pussy. Crunch-wise, not so much. A comparison between Volkmar and a nameless Arch Lector means that you're spending 75 points for +1 WS, a +5 Regeneration save, a +1 to casting his prayers, and +2 Strength to attacks, but only so long as you take him on the War Altar or a +1 in any other case. Dubiously worth it.
- Balthazar Gelt: Dude cheats people by giving them fake gold as payments and accidentally turned his own face to gold. A LEvel 4 Loremaster of Metal who has a 3+ ward save against shooting, magic resistance 1 (which increases one point for every enemy wizard beyond the first, up to magic resistance 3), a staff that gives a +2 casting bonus and is mounted on a Pegasus. +6(!) to cast on any Metal spell is a very nice boost which helps you conserve power dice. Good, but would be a lot better with a different Lore (say, Life). Also quite expensive at 360 pts.
- Elspeth von Draken: A Ld 4 Wizard Lord who knows every Death spell, mounted on a motherfucking Carmine Dragon. As obscenely powerful as this sounds, with a scythe with KB and the power to re-roll an attack by the dragon or heal, her dragon's breath weapon is now an artillery blast and she's now very vulnerable to anything that would harm daemons or the undead.
- Thyrus Gormann: Former Supreme Patriarch from the Bright Order. While his statline's similar to Gelt's as a Loremaster of Fire, that's the end of the similarities. For starters, his horse can't fly. He's also immune to fire and has a 5++ Ward while his spells all add +12" to their range, deal an additional hit when needed, and one spell gains two extra channeling die each turn. In the unlikely event that he has to come to combat, he'll be using a flaming sword with +1 to wound rolls, giving him a bit of an edge over the average wizard.
- Boris Todbringer: Since the Cult of Ulric is essentially a more choppy Empire army, so too can you include FUCKING TODDY in an average Empire army. He's a fully plated 1+ horse-riding General with Hatred (Beastmen and anyone with a Ld under 7) and his fancy Runefang. The big sell here is his Talisman of Ulric, which makes him heal absolutely anything and gains Immunity (Psychology) and Magic Resistance 1.
- Aldebrand Ludenhof: Elector Count of Hochland. As befits a realm of hunters, he's accompanied not only by his Runefang but also by a Hawk, which gives him a pseudo-shooting attack that has the target test WS or has his pet hawk peck them with an S3 hit.
- Valmir von Raukov: Elector Count of Ostland. Raukov's claim to fame his special Dragon Bow, a longbow with multishot (3) and volley, allowing him to join some fellow horseback archers.
- Magnus the Pious: The second (or third depending on your opinion) most famous Emperor, though you wouldn't tell with his lack of Ghal Maraz. He does, however, take Karl's expanded IP range and gives Hatred to his unit like Priests. Though he has the power to lay down an S10 d3 wound attack each turn, his 4+/5++ self with Magic Resist (1) and ability to make enemies waste attacks shows that he's a pretty useful tank as opposed to Karl's offense.
- Theodore Bruckner: A special Grand Master on a Demigryph. He can never be the general, but he's very scary in combat. He's Unbreakble in combat, his lance has Killing Blow, and his other weapon has +1 to hit and wound rolls. On top of all this, he's got an amulet for a 5++ Ward and deals d3 armor-negating wounds to anyone who kills him to combat.
- Jubal Falk: A specially-named Engineer. On top of all the classic bits, he allows a unit of handgunners he's with to re-roll any hit rolls of 1 (though he's not subject to this) and he can let an army of handgunners take medium armor for +1 point/model. His special weapon is a single-use S6 Piercing 1 2-wound shot he can add to his Hochland Longrifle.
- Luthor Huss: I see what you did there. Luthor is now the only Warrior Priest with the prayer "Unbending Righteousness", which makes his unit Stubborn for two rounds of combat. He also has a one use power which makes him even more of a beast in close combat. His points cost went down, but so did a basic Warrior Priest, and by the same amount. Still causes Fear, still has +1 WS over other Priests. In short, he's actually worth taking now, especially if you're in need of a mounted Warrior Priest that can handle a challenge.
- Valten: Unlike prior renditions of Valten, this book just interprets him as the plucky youth who managed to kill shittons of monsters and become an inspiration for the common man without the whole "Destined to become the new Emperor" bit. So he's just an average joe with only a 5++ who gives Stubborn and Immunity (Psychology) to his unit, makes flanking and rear-attacks meaningless, and makes his wounds count for the conflict resolution of other Empire units within 12". In the event that he dies in combat and not by a Killing Blow, he can test Ld to keep on trucking with a single wound.
Note: While named characters are judged against their generic counterparts, generic characters are examined based on their role in your army.
- General of the Empire: Has very good attack capabilities and gives his unit Lizardmen style Leadership against Break tests.
- Grand Master: Pretty much a General with a barded warhorse and a better statline. You can only take him if you have a unit of Knightly Orders to go with him. Also doesn't have the Hold the Line rule that the General has, but he has Immune to Psychology, which he can share with with a unit of Knightly Orders or Hippogryph Knights that he's joined, which is why he's generally not worth the additional 27 points he costs over the identically-equipped General unless you've got Knights in your army.
- 0-2 Arch Lector of Sigmar: A souped-up version of the Warrior Priest. Not as good as he used to be, but still worth taking.
- War Altar of Sigmar: The War Altar now bestows a 6" bubble to spread Hatred and any active prayers, and can cast Banishment once a turn. Not as awesome as it was in 7th Edition, but a very good force multiplier if deployed correctly.
- Wizard Lord: Gives you all the fun you can expect from magic-users. At the very least, upgrade him to level 4. A Wizard Lord using the Lore of Beasts can take a griffon as a mount, while a Wizard Lord using Heavens or Light can ride the Hurricanum or Luminark.
- Captain of the Empire: This guy is your Battle Standard Bearer and is therefore absolutely mandatory to take unless you're grabbing Ludwig instead. Like the General, he gives Lizardmen style Leadership to his unit against Break tests.
- Warrior Priest of Sigmar: All sorts of goodness wrapped up into a bundle of zealotry. Channels power dice like wizards, gives any unit he joins Hatred, and can cast prayers that can give the unit he's in rerolls to wound, a 5+ ward save, or flaming weapons. Taking one for every major melee unit would be ideal, unless you're taking an Arch Lector on the War Altar.
- Battle Wizard: While being lower level and therefore less useful than a Wizard Lord, you can also take nearly three of him for the same price. Again, upgrade him to level 2 and use him as a scroll caddy.
- Witch Hunter: This guy buys you Magic Resistance 2 and a small boost against Terror for a unit, and a character assassin who works just as well with his pistol as up close. And he's cheap, too. Ridiculously cheap. Take these guys, and send them after whoever your opponent's most important character is. Be warned, the only model you can buy him in is Failcast, and his model is both incredibly prone to bubbles (Oh Boy) and includes a sword which is always bent beyond usability in the casting process. (Double oh Boy)
- Master Engineer: You want him for his ability to reroll artillery dice once per turn and use his ballistic skill. can take A sniper rifle for a bit more damage. Try putting him on a hellblaster and watch as this one gun destroys an entire unit of whatever the hell takes your fancy, take that Skaven.
All the mounts are available to the generic Heroes and Lords above.
- Warhorse: Standard mount. Useful for joining Reiksguard, Pistoleers, and the like. IF you ever worry about giving your character some sort of mobility, always pick this.
- Griffon: A Flying, Large target that causes Terror, available to Generals/Captains and Wizards using the Lore of Beasts. Can be upgraded to have Bloodroar (the enemy rolls 3D6 dice when taking a Fear/Terror test, discarding the lowest result. Inverse Cold Blooded/Hold the Line! if you will), and Two Heads (make a separate chomp attack that gains +1 to hit when resolved against Large Targets). Generally quite handy, but isn't as good as other race's equivalents.
- The Imperial Dragon: It's a dragon. What do you expect? Has an S4 Breath Weapon alongside WS/S/T/W6. Karl Franz' alternate-alternate option for a mount. Keep away from Dwarf-poleon like the plague. Will also jack up Karl Franz' price so that you'll only see it in Massive Battles.
- Imperial Pegasus:
My Little Pony, My Little Pony, My-ah-ahShut the fuck up. Can be upgraded to either re-roll failed wounds when Stomping, and/or re-roll 1s when determining your charge distances.
- Mechanical Steed: Causes D3 Impact hits at S4, and now has constant Movement 7 base and now grants Natural Armour. Only available to Master Engineers, which means that you're either running him on his own for some strange reason, want the glorious charge as the unit coming to attack instantly tears you to shreds, or have found a war machine that can whiz around long distances while shooting because you've decided rules are just too dull.
- State Troops: Compared to 8th the melee options are more balanced and all are more or less equally viable. You can get something other than a massive halberdier horde with a life wizard in without feeling like you're gimping yourself. They come in six flavors:
- Halberdiers: Still the go to state troop choice but swordsmen can potentially be viable. Can be upgraded with shields for only 1/2 a point or medium armor for 1 point.
- Spearmen: Identical to vanilla stat & equipment wise. However, with the universal buff to spears they are better than Halberdiers when charged from the front by pretty much anything but infantry. All for a whole point cheaper.
- Swordsmen: They are now point cheaper while retaining that parry save and weapon skill, there is finally an argument to take 'em over halberdiers
- Handgunners: Handgunners give you Armor Piercing and a unit leader with access to a Hochland Long Rifle, which lets him aim separately and snipe your opponent's characters; a repeater handgun, which adds two more shots to the gunline's massed fire; or a brace of pistols with too short a range on a melee-averse unit (pfft). They're Move or Shoot, so take care where you deploy them since they shouldn't be moving around much. If you have room in special you should probably take Outriders over hand gunners. With a +4 armor save, higher BS and multiple shots they are better at getting into a firing position and holding it. Outriders are likley to get one more turn of shooting vs handgunners, and in a pinch can be used to redirect and hunt war-machines.
- Crossbowmen: Trades Armor Piercing for an extra 6" range. The loss of the specialty guns means you're probably better off with Handgunners unless you're taking a whole boatload of them and try to blast as much of your opponent's army on the first turn.
- Archers: Instead of Armor Piercing or extra reach, Archers have Volley Fire, so the guys in the back rows will be more useful than ablative armor. Still not all that useful here, because why would you be deploying your ranged units in more than two ranks to begin with? More usefully, they can move and fire during the same turn, which makes them more responsive to enemy developments, and they're considerably cheaper than Handgunners or Crossbowmen.
- Free Company Militia: Wielding two weapons and without armor, these guys will live fast and die young. They can also be Bout for cheap pistols, Bows, or Crossbows that can also Ambush.
- Knightly Orders: With buffed full plate armor and cavalry having a single impact hit they are slightly better than before. Can be upgraded to Knights of the Inner Circle for +3 points each, which gives them Strength 4, but they become a special choice if you do. Come in many more flavors listed in their own section.
- Pistoliers: moved to Core. Young nobles full of piss and vinegar and dual-wielding pistols. They can be a massive thorn in your opponent's flank, especially because they're Quick to fire and are Fast Cavalry. A pretty reliable fire-magnet.
- Greatswords: DEM BEARDS. Come equipped with greatswords (duh), 2 points cheaper with the downgrade to light armor, although for 2 points go up to Heavy armor. Still Stubborn, making a great tarpit or anchor for your army. can now take a magic banner. Take thirty or more and have them supported by your other State troops.
- Huntsmen: Dirt cheap archers with Scout. Not State Troopers at all. If Markus Wulfhart is in your army, you can buy a unit of these guys who are also Monster Hunters.
- Imperial Dwarfs: You get a gang hardy of dwarfs. Their loadout can be pretty diverse and handguns are an option for them. not a great choice for any reason. Compared to swordsmen you're paying 2 ppm for one Toughness and dwarf rules. Compared to handgunners/crossbows you pay 4 ppm for light armor, one Toughness and dwarf rules. Only possible justification is if you wanted a Empire Dwarf Seaguard for the lols. Which would come in at 13ppm W/0 shields. This happens to be the cost of a spearman and a crossbowman...
- Imperial Ogres: Ogres but are downgraded to Impact Hit(1) and can't take Ironfists. the unit can take Ogre Pistols or Braces, guns with their 24" range. With the loss of Demigryph knights in special this is your only option for multiple wound high strength lolz.
- Flagellant Warband: Pretty expensive for infantry but man, can these crazy bastards dish out the hate. They're Unbreakable, they have Frenzy, and you can martyr some of the models to regain charge bonuses. A big block of these will create a tarpit like no other but are expensive and very much a glass cannon. Also, they have some rather appealing or appalling (your choice) facial hair for the most part.
- Outriders: 3 shots each at BS4 for 20 ppm (handgunners are 1 shot each at BS3 for 8ppm). Additionally these sick bastards are fast cavalry with a +4 save, and if you don't think you need fast cav they can take barding for free. Still can get a S6 armored piercing 18 Noobtube for 15 points, including champion, However, you lose a repeater handgun and 15 points is 75% of another outrider making this hard to recommend (if it had flaming attacks it be a no brainer but a high explosive grenade in the Old World is flameless I suppose) .
- Sisters of Sigmar: For a remarkably cheap 4 ppm, you get a gang of angry battle nuns with Hatred and Immunity to Fear as well as the ability to become skirmishers at no cost. Sadly, they're only able to go sword and optional board
- Halflings: They're cheaper than even the nuns, but they're weaker than even the troopers. Their height makes all attacks take -1 to hit, which they can capitalize on with either arrow or making a shield wall of chaff.
- Great Cannon: Frankly I'm amazed this unit made it through untouched, except for a 20 point cost reduction (I wonder what army Mathias Eliasson plays?). Making it even more of a no brainer than before. F**k it, take three for the same price as 10 Reiksguard with full command.
- Mortar: Template hits at S3 from S2. Although now being equal price to cannons unless you're playing against a skaven player with 400 models its hard to justify.
Additional Knightly Orders
Coming from the Empire Knightly Orders supplement available on the WFP website, these provide numerous variations on the classic Knights. Most are some variation of your baisc Knights with additional weapons and abilities. almost all can take Inner Circle knights with +1S for 3 more points. Each also has their own Grandmaster as their own model. The majority of the following Orders are Special choices unless specified otherwise.
- Reiksguard Knights: They're their own unit now! They're basically started out like Inner Circle knights with lances and shields, but now they're Stubborn naturally. That's right, Stubborn knights with 1+ armor. The Bretonnians are weeping with envy right now. Stubborn only costs them pennies more per man than regular Inner Circle knights, so they're totally worth it. Alternate View - They're more expensive than inner circle, and use special -which is limited- rather than core -which you want- for stubborn, for most, this isn't bad, but bear in mind that they are lance cav, this means they are strong in only really one round, and these guys can't take great weapons, so is it really even benefitting you that much? Yes, they do. Take them in 5 man units and they make a great tarpit, which can also kill something.
- Reiksguard Foot Knights: For half the price, you can have Reiksguard without horses to be a slightly more cost-efficient elite holder.
- Knights Panther (Core): adds D3" to charges and can have a Battle Standard that grants Magic resistance. Useful for the Far or more reliable charges.
- Knights of the Blazing Sun (Core): Decent chance to lower enemy WS and BS the turn they charge by one.
- Knights of the White Wolf (Core): Fluffwise: AWW HELL TO THE FUCKING YES! They are motherfucking Viking-furries with greathammers from the deep forests of Middenland, what's not to love?. They are the closest you'll get to vikings in an Empire army. To become a Knight of the White Wolf you have have to kill a wolf with your bare hands and skin it. They wear no helmets, 'cause they are just that awesome. They wear the fur of the skinned wolf on their armor, so they look pretty badass. They come without shields, so they lose that 1+ armor save, but the wolfs pelts give +1 against Missiles. they're wielding great weapons that give +1S and AP for no Initiative penalty. They hate Cowardly hoards like Skaven and Undead. they also have a Magic Standard that gives Fear and then Terror on charges.
- Black Guard of Morr: Can freely swap lances and Shield for great weapons, or can go on foot with Halberds. They are scary and Immune to Terror. Better at Breaking while not succumbing to Terror themselves.
- Knights of the Everlasting Light: The Fantasy Lamenters. Brave Knights that must re-roll wound rolls of 6 and more likely to trip when moving over terrain but has a 5+ ward during CC. A decent Order if you want more tanky knights.
- Knights of the Verdant Field: Elite Huntsmen with 4 in WS and BS and Light Armour. For occasions, you want a scouting bow unit that can also do melee.
- The LongSharks: Knights of the Verdant Field but +1pt more for 2HW.
- Knights Griffon: They can always Reform on command but they are too prideful to refuse a challenge, run from a charge, or use Swifstride when fleeing. An order for Pull for pulling off more tricky Maneuvers.
- Sons of Manann: have Halberts on a horse and HW on foot. Gains +1 to hit during the first CC round. On mount, they try to get over Elven Weapon skill on charges, while on foot Sons of Manann are one of the few units that wear Full-Plate and have a sword and board for the tankiest of footmen.
- Knights of the Raven: Undead Hunters. Replace their Lances with bows for shooting as they close into melee, has hatred for the Vampire counts and immunity to fear and Terror.
- Knights of the Twin-Tailed Orb:Have their Hands full with a Flaming Flail and can't be outnumbered but must pursue fleeing units. Always good at engaging with and scaring off regenerating monsters and beasts.
- Knights of the Black bear: knights with strength bonuses on charges, giving a total Strength with lance up to 6 or even 7 on the charge, but has a chance to not move each turn.
- Hunters of Sigmar: Discount Country knights. With the lack of maintenance, they downgrade to Heavy armour and must re-roll wounds and Saves of 6. but they do Hate Beastmen, have Greatweapons, Forest strider and Vanguard.
- Knigths of the Broken Sword: Hate all Forces of Destruction but must pass a Leadership test each turn else March/Charge the nearest enemy.
- Knights of the Sacred Scythe: Hunters of Vampires. Dropped the lance to use shield parry but also Hate Vampire counts and has KB against Vampires. can't interact with Shared Leadership.
- Knights of the Gold Lion: Discount Reiksguard, don’t have an inner circle or grandmaster but are stubborn during first cc round
- Knights of Sigmar's Blood: knights that let nearby units reroll phycology tests.
- Knights of the Hammers of Sigmar (core): Sigmar's Blood Knights that trade lances and shields for great weapons.
- Knights Encarmine: for sustained cc, with dual weapons that re-roll 1s to hit, but they can't receive a bonus from ranks. So go smaller, wider and/or thinner for more efficiency.
- Templars of Sigmar:the Knightly order of Witch Hunters, Have Brace of pistols, Light amour, hate Warriors and daemons of Chaos, Skirmish, Magic attacks, and Resistance.
- Knights of the Fiery Heart: May replace their lance and shield for great weapons for free and Hate Greenskins.
- Knights of the Black Rose: Currently are Bodyguards of the Ottilia of Talabecland. have Fear, and Gain Stubborn when Garding a General of the Empire but gives a penalty to LD of nearby friendly units.
- Knights of the Black Lynx: Footknights with Halberds and Scout. Providing a Tough roadblock.
- Knights of the Vengeful Sun:(Rare) lance DEMIGRYPH KNIGHTS
- Knights of the Taal's Fury:(Rare) Halberd DEMIGRYPH KNIGHTS with Hatred(Beastmen).
- Demigryph Knights: Moved to Rare with a minor 4 point bump in cost and removal of armored piercing. Making them less broken. You can say f**k you to that guy that brought 6 Demigryphs and 2 Steam Tanks to 2000 point games. Also note that if using 9th edition rules they have a +1 armor save with either halberds or lances. The potential of 4 Strength 5 attacks every round of combat ain't no joke.
- Helblaster Volley Gun: Oh man. The Helblaster does three artillery dice worth of Strength 5 shots with Armor Piercing. If you roll a misfire, you lose half your shots. If you roll two misfires, you roll on the Black Powder misfire chart. If you roll three misfires, it goes out in a blaze of glory, giving you 30 shots before being taken off the table. Often when taking helblasters it is a no brainer to take an engineer to sit beside it. Makes for a low chance of error and high chance for lots of shots, plus a welcome BS boost.
- Extra Note It can be used as a defensive threat because it is rare a player will go within its 24" range, so it is good for protecting a flank, I would like to point out that in my opinion unless you've filled your rare with steam tanks then you should always take this.
- Helstorm Rocket Battery: The gun is named "Helstorm" not for its attack, but from the outburst of profanity from the Elector Count of Middenheim at the engineer that almost accidentally killed him; that should tell you something about its accuracy. The Helstorm fires d3 small blast templates and then scatters them like a stone thrower, always firing indirectly. It could be hilarious against hordes, but if there's one unit you want to shoot then you're more likely to hit using a giant dog flinger.
- Steam Tank: The Steam Tank is awesome. A 1+ armor save with T6, 10W, and up to 3 D6 random movement makes this guy look very scary to your opponent. The more wounds you take the more likely you are to hurt yourself, but if done right it can still be effective with 1 wound. Though at that point I'd rather just blow myself and everyone around me to smithereens. At only 250 pts. this guy can hold up double its worth. Oh, did I mention the extra cannon? Just don't hurt yourself too much, or you'll be inching across the table. The steam tank is better overall and safer to use in 8th Ed. When in melee combat, do not forget the attacks from the engineer. Is it a reliable source of damage? Heck no! But driving closer to those Chaos Warriors to hit them with your scepter will earn respect knuckles from your opponent. Plus, that one time you bash in their skull will be hilarious. Take THAT, meathead! Extra note: there is a current debate if Lore of Life Spell Regrowth can help this thing recover. Don't expect this to be resolved anytime soon.
- Steam Tank Variant: the Steam Tanks supplement gives a couple of different versions of the classic tank.
- Conqueror: The classic tank with a cannon were you increase its range by 12" for each steam point spent.
- Old Reliable: Replace the Steam cannon with a Steam Volley gun for 25p less, Multi-shots equal to Artillery dice.
- Implacable: Has a mortar for its main gun.
- Sigmar's Hammer: a Melee Tank with the charging and Grinding attacks inflict d6 hits instead of the usual d3 per point.
- Von Zeppel: A cross between a Steam tank with a fighting crew of a War Wagon, Grants more range than Sigmar's Hammer but also has a variety of melee weapons for any occasion.
- Steam Tank Variant: the Steam Tanks supplement gives a couple of different versions of the classic tank.
- Luminark of Hysh: Gives a 6+ ward save in a 6" bubble, adds a power die, and fires a Strength 8 multiple-wound magic missile that goes through units like a bolt thrower. Can be used as a mount by a Wizard Lord using the Lore of Light.
- Celestial Hurricanum: Gives a +1 bonus to hit in close combat in a 6" bubble, adds a power die, and dumps a random storm on an enemy using the small blast template. Can be used as a mount by a Wizard Lord using the Lore of Heavens. The random storm isn't that great and is a low-level bound spell so often easily dispelled, bought more for its +1 to hit the bubble and free power dice. For an expensive but potentially fun combo, try fielding one alongside a War Altar, and stick them right around your main battle units to benefit from Hatred and +1 to hit (plus the arch lector's spells).
- War Wagon: It's a big rolling box of weapons, and what's not to love about that? On top of the long rifles and handguns, it has a blunderbuss (12" S4 Piercing (1) d3 wounds that's Quick to Fire and can shoot without penalty when charging), a Mancatcher (KB), A Hook Halberd (+1 to hit Cavalry and Monstrous Cavalry), and a Ball & Chain (Flail that deals d3 hits with each attack). And all of this can be thrown at different people.
- The Marienburg Class Land Battle Ship: a Ship on land, made a mobile gun platform, had one Cannon that can always fire in addition and 6 handgun shots. they can also have move ether slowly forward 6" or random move(3d6") but with a chance, if something bad happening.
Regiments of Renown
First off, you need to properly kit out a champion to handle challenges; most armies you'll face are likely to have a champion bigger and nastier than yours. In order to survive and thrive in challenges, a character will need three things:
- A good weapon. Good choices are the Runefang (15 points cheaper now), the Mace of Helsturm (sort of a Ghal Maraz-lite) and the Ogre Blade (+2 Strength). If you're looking for something more economical, and the Sword of Anti-Heroes can be awesome if your opponents are still playing Herohammer.
- Good Armor. The Armor of Meteoric Iron gives a 1+ armor save and a 6+ ward save. Armor of Silvered Steel and the Armor of Fortune are also good choices.
- Take the Talisman of Preservation or the White Cloak of Ulric to make a character harder to deal with, especially if you're taking a Templar Grand Master or something equally nasty.
- My suggestion on a grandmaster is: Ogre blade, Talisman of preservation, full plate armour, shield, barbed horse. This will give him a 1+ armour save 4++ ward and strength 6 on every round of combat.
Magic banners will help you out tremendously. The Griffon Banner is great if you can afford it, while the Steel Standard has your knights ignore barding penalties and allows them to reroll 1s for movement. The best banner for its points, however, is the Standard of Discipline. It boosts the Leadership of the unit it's in at the cost of using your general's Inspiring Presence; however, this downside is negated completely (and then some) if you put the general in that unit.
Some character in your army has to take an enchanted shield, its 5 damn points for +2 to armour! A no brainer choice.
Building Your Army
Buying Your Army
Most empire units can be proxied by using other companies models. Both Mantic and warlord games do models that have a similar look whilst being A LOT cheaper.
Magnetize your artillery so you can swap between cannons and mortars and between Helblasters and Helstorms.
The General and Wizard boxes both give you two characters for the price of one and are a converter's dream come true.
The Celestial Hurricaneum/Luminark of Hysh box comes with a wizard model (Lore of Heavens or Light) which is not compatible with the Wizard box models.
The Karl Franz on Deathwing box comes with an alternative Lore of Beasts Wizard and a General model as riders. With some fiddling, you can fit them on an ordinary warhorse instead of a Gryphon.
This is largely a matter of personal preference, but keep two things in mind:
- Size matters. Most of your army is going to be Strength 3, Toughness 3, so melee units need to be big in order to have staying power. One unit of 30 State Troops is a lot harder to break than two units of 15.
- Don't go overboard on Lords & Heroes. The days of Herohammer are dead and gone, probably forever. Another block of infantry/cavalry/whatever is a lot more useful than a superfluous character that only makes for easy kill points. Only take characters if you have a specific role for them to fill in your army. Generally speaking, you shouldn't have more than two or three characters unless your army is magic- and/or anti-magic-heavy (i.e. you've got a bunch of wizards and/or Warrior Priests running around).
The Empire is one of the few armies to get access to all eight Lores of Magic. Almost all are of at least solid use because pretty much all buffs and hexes are valuable to army that's mostly made up of mediocre infantry and all damage spells are welcome too even if you'll never blast the opponent off the table. Still some lores are definitely play better.
Good choices are:
- Life: This Lore could only be more awesome if it had tits and was on fire. If you want to win and be boring you'll do the same thing you've been doing in since vanilla 8th. Stick a level 4 in that horde of Halberdiers, sit on your Throne of Vines, be within 12 inches of your Steam Tank and whore the hell out of Earth Blood, Flesh to Stone and Regrowth until the game ends.
- Metal: A good choice, but only comes into its own against enemies with high armor values (Warriors of Chaos, Bretonnians, other Empire armies, and so on). Casting Plague of Rust on Skinks or Clanrats is a waste of fucking time, ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶t̶t̶r̶i̶b̶u̶t̶e̶ ̶m̶e̶a̶n̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶d̶i̶r̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶d̶a̶m̶a̶g̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶m̶a̶g̶i̶c̶ ̶m̶i̶s̶s̶i̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶p̶o̶w̶e̶r̶f̶u̶l̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶m̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶t̶a̶r̶g̶e̶t̶s̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ now lowers spell difficulty to cast by 1 or 2 depending on what armor the unit is wearing; considering how nearly every unit in the book as at least light armor and all melee cav have fullplate this just got a whole lot better/ A horde of Halberdiers with +3 armor save, +1 to hit and armored piercing, YES PLEASE (calm down, that unit of Halberdiers would do better with T7 and 4+ regen from a life wizard).
- Light: Gives you a lot of very nice buffs (Speed of Light is a godsend should your opponent get into your artillery) and debuffs (particularly Net of Amyntok). A particularly nasty combo (if you can get it off) is Speed of Light and Birona's Timewarp, which together will make your Greatswords/knights with greatweapons hit like Frenzied High Elf Swordmasters. A very good lore, especially considering the fact that it's statistically the easiest lore to cast.
- Death: Four words: Purple Sun of Xereus. Also has very good buffs and debuffs, though you've got to be pretty close to an enemy for the latter.
- Shadow: Has a lot of very good debuffs and can make one guy a flier, but you really want this Lore for Okkam's Mindrazor, which replaces a unit's Strength score with its Leadership when rolling to wound, which means that the unit you cast it on will essentially have at least 7 Strength(!) in close combat. Cast it on your Knights, Greatswords or Flagellants and swing for the bleachers. This is statistically the hardest lore to cast, so make sure to give it to a level 4 Wizard Lord.
- Heaven:One of the best lores for an all cavalry Empire Army. Harmonic let you reroll 1s for to hit, to wound and armour saves which is really useful when you will find yourself with 2+ to wound and 2+ as a lot of times. Use a lvl4 and a lvl1 wizard for that double iceshard which gives -2 hit which goes a long way when charging high strength units and -2 to ld which is really useful when charging steadfast units. Thunderbolt and Chain lightning is decent for taking out MSU armies and Comet can help you against corner armies as well as controlling the movement of MSU armies. All the spells are cast at a decent cost which allows you to attempt several spells compared to life, which gives your opponent a dilemma when he has to prioritize which spells to let through. Also, heaven spells have a good range so you can keep your wizard in the back protected by f.ex. archers. This lore is highly underrated. The downside is that it requires some practice to use.
If you take direct damage spells (especially magic missiles) with the notion of blasting your enemy to kingdom come, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Buffs and debuffs are where it's at, and you'll notice that what all of the Lores recommended above have in common are good buffs, good debuffs and one Spell of Horde Buggery.
If you want to just murder shit, though, there is always...
- Fire: Literally just spam fireballs and shit everywhere. Just spam the fuck out of level one fire wizards, and I can guarantee you, point for point, you'll do far more damage than a fully kitted out gunline of Handgunners and crossbowmen.
Fighting challenges: Most armies are going to challenge your heroes every chance they get, so make sure you either have a unit champion to feed to that Vampire/Chaos Lord or have your hero kitted out for fighting these combat monsters. There are some common stats to expect from these kinds of heroes so plan for: WS/T/S/I of at least 4, most likely 5 or even higher, at least 4 attacks and probably re-rolls for something (most often to hit), in most cases you will be looking at a 2+ or 3+ save as well. On the other hand, you can probably afford 2 heroes for every one of theirs. Most of the time all you can do is deny them kills and combat resolution so kitting your heroes to survive the stupid numbers of attacks likely to be inflicted on him is a good direction to take as normal troops would probably just get minced. Also, remember that challenges aren't your only option for handling heroes. Your goal isn't just to kill them (although if you can it's generally good) it's simply to stop them fulfilling their role. With so many points tied up in a challenge lord, simply deploying well can give you a nice edge, making the opponent march down your cannon's throat if he wants to charge your general. Honor and valor are for Bretonians, the empire fights to win not to play a losing game of who's got the most pimp general.
Take the high ground: In real life, placing artillery on the highest position available gives you an unparalleled vantage point over your enemy, and the same is true in Warhammer. Placing your artillery on a hill behind your troops means that you can fire over them without giving your target hardcover (this is less important for mortars and Helstorms, which fire indirectly). However, do NOT put your artillery in a building if your opponent has an artillery of his own or high-Strength units he can bring to bear on it; every model in the building takes multiple wounds, which can wreak havoc on artillery.
Homing Rockets: Take a Helstorm Rocket Volley with a Great Engineer. The artillery die reroll can apparently be used on the Helstorm now, as well as the engineer's BS. Bulls-eyes with 4" scatter or less means you can do 21 hits on a unit per rocket, for a maximum of 63(!). Use the reroll wisely, though; you do increase the chances of a misfire. It's best to reroll misfires (duh) and 10s, 8s if you feel lucky. If you roll a 6, just hope for bulls-eyes for a 2" scatter (unless you get three rockets, in which case you might want to go for it).
Homing Fireball: A funny thing you can do is buy a Witch Hunter a Ruby Ring of Ruin and according to the most recent FAQ their Killing Blow ability applies to shoot spells as well. Hit someone with a Killing Blow Fireball.
Kill the Witch: Fill your Hero allotment with Witch Hunters. Walk forward every turn, shooting merrily. Kill all of your opponent's characters this way. Put a Warrior Priest in the same unit, and have him cast Hammer of Sigmar to give the Witch Hunters rerolls to wound in close combat, or Soulfire to make all ranged attacks Flaming. Combine with Enchanted Blades of Aiban/Flaming Sword of Rhuin for even more cheese.
Karl and Friends: Synergy unit, needs skilled use of artillery support and at full placement only can be done in 3000+ games. Karl Franz, Ludwig Schwarzhelm, Kurt Helborg, Luthor Huss and Valten in a unit of Reiksguard Knights with a Magic Banner (Steel Standard, War Banner). The unit has mobility, damage output, damage resistance and passes all Leadership tests with:
- Inspiring Presence
- Hold Your Ground!
- Hold the Line!
- Immune to Psychology
- Magic Resistance (2)
- +2 Combat Resolution (+3 with War Banner)
- One turn Battle Prayer effects: Flaming Attacks, 5+ Ward in close combat or Reroll to Wound. Why one turn effects? To gain flexibility and avoid permanent Flaming Attacks that makes the unit useless against a 2+ fire ward.
Put a Level 4 Wizard Lord (Life, Light, Shadow) with Staff of Sorcery (See FAQ) in another unit for protection from spells like Dwellers Below or Purple Sun. The rest of the army is Steam Tanks, Great Cannons, Witch Hunters, Warrior Priests and Knights units of all types excluding Reiksguard; keep the Wizard Lord in dispel/buff/debuff mode, get a second Wizard (Beasts, Level 1) with a Dispel Scroll to buff your units. Combine this tactic with the previously listed tactics (Take the high ground, Kill the Witch, Homing Rockets, Homing Fireball, etc).
The Gunline: Yes this tactic is pure cheese but it is not illegal. Basically, replace all state troops with Handgunners (think American revolution or Napoleonic wars). A block of 10 handgunners with another block right next to them, repeat until a gun line is formed. Great Cannons on each side of the gunline to fire diagonally from each corner when your opponent's troops move in to engage your gunline and grapeshot anyone who wants to engage your cannons. Have some mounted pistoleers behind your gunline to fire over your gunners' heads or to charge anyone who makes it to your gunline and sweep up all those routing units.
Pike and shot: This may be a bit obvious, but combing a parent block of spearmen with two hand gunner detachments (
aside from being historically accurate No they used Pikes not spears, the hint is in the name) can be devastating. no one wants to charge spearmen, but the hand gunners are the bait to make them want to try. if someone tries to run the hand gunners off while avoiding the spearmen, intercept them with small blocks of infantry to give your spearmen time to get into position. 5 Halberds should be at each of your flanks to charge anyone AFTER they engage your spear block.
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