In a recent post, we discussed that the undead formation isn’t all that useful. At recent tournaments I’ve seen several formations used and I agree that in some armies the formations make a lot of sense.
Which formations do you think are useful? And which are mainly for niche-lists?
I have fielded the undead formation and found it wanting. No one in his right mind wants to fight zombies, so upgrading them with iron resolve and phalanx does not change this meaningfully. The upgrade also makes zombies too expensive, I think. Not the formation per sé, but the required upgrade from hordes to legions on top of the formation.
At a recent tournament, I faced the ratkin formation. This formation worked well in the shocktroops-and-guns army I faced. Death engine spewers are already quite good and shredders got a buff recently, so upgrading them with a defensive buff and the ability to redeploy is golden!
The goblin formation I was also nastily surprised by. Fleabag regiments aren’t that dangerous on their own, but give them TC(2), exploding sixes, vicious and mawpups, suddenly they do a lot of damage for a movement 10, nimble unit. Moreover, they can still have artifacts, so the blood of the old god/horn of the ram changed them into nasty killers! All-in a good unit in an army that can use them well, but not an auto-take!
I’ve also tried the human formation, but found it wanting. Bowmen are okay chaff as they are, but they don’t need a price hike. Moreover, the hero isn’t that much of an asset either.
Other formations I haven’t seen (or remembered) so maybe others can comment on these.