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View Poll Results: Who wins in a 1 vs 1 battle? The Empire or Bretonnia?
Bretonnia 25 27.47%
The Empire 66 72.53%
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post #11 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-07-10, 12:50 AM
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empire if we exclude bodycount (population so who can withstand more attrition)
empire will wins because of technology and army is more trained
yes bretonia have knights but they are like smal elite strike force
in all out war they are outguned and outnumbered

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The Empire hands down!!! Guns guns guns! Steam Tank, good quality footsoldiers, very capable knights, a good variety of mages, warrior priests! I might not be totally impartial because I'm working on a Emp army, but I think its pretty clear who would win.
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I voted for Bretonnia, as in they could win a war, not totally conquer the other side. Bret's have a far more cohesive government, without the long history of civil war and elector counts telling the Emperor to sod off(aside from a couple periods with Mousillion acting up). Bretonnia also has a larger navy (the strongest in the Old World according to fluff) and seems more geared for offensive war...when the King calls, knights come, when the Emperor calls....well the elector counts might send the majority of their forces, or might just send a token force.
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They may be more advanced, and larger, but then again, so was Araby, along with having the support of the Skaven, they vastly outnumbered the Breton's, yet they were still able to fight, not to mention Magically and Technologically Superior, in addition to their numbers.

The problem with the Large Empire is that it's politically divided - Lands which are under the control of a different Elector Count could be seen as forfeit as a rival "helps" out, but is just too late to save the Castle.

Along with the Blessing of the Lady, in fluff terms, I'd pretty much say that the Knights would have the win, as each Knight of the Realm is a Hero and Powerful Warrior in their own right, rather than just being a rich enough Son of a Landowner to join a Knightly Order.

Along with Noble Sons from say Carcassonne, who are tought to grasp a sword before they can walk, and Grail Knights who are along the lines of Chosen Chaos Knights in power (fluff wise) as opposed to one who simply kills in someones name. If it comes to Fortresses, the Capital of Montford is where the majority of the Knights fight on foot, many with experience fighting the Orcs in Hand to Hand combat.

Many have said that the weakness of the Empire is its reduced martial ability, trading it for reliance on Black Powder. While Peasants aren't up to much, with Support from the Knights and blessed by the lady, I'm sorry, I just don't think that State Troopers could hold on against them.



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The Empire, hands down.
Assuming this is an all out war, not just a few border skirmishes, and it forces literally every province to send out all its military, (counting the Colleges of Magic, Engineers and Knightly Orders) and all of Bretonnia masses, then we vastly outnumber. Remember, we have a lot of variety in what we can bring out. I'm talking about the skilled, quiet and efficient Huntsmen of Hochland and Stirland, the insane and deadly contraptions of the College of Engineers, the massed ranks of highly trained soldiers of Altdorf, the incredibly varied destruction that the Colleges of Magic will unleash, the stables of the Imperial Zoo, the sheer ferocity of Middenheim, the guns of Nuln, the speed of the Knightly Orders, the sheer power of the Runefangs and Ghal Maraz, the blessings of the Warrior Priests, and of course the downright awesomeness of the Herstel-Wenckler Pigeon Bomb.
The Green Knight and the Grail Knights will be a problem, but I'm sure the Wizards and Engineers will find a way to deal with them. And State Troops beat plague-ridden peasants any day in my book.


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If you're looking at Fluff and not game terms then Bret for the reasons Vaz has pointed out. When Lecour saddles up his Hippogryhf and says roll out, everyone rolls out. When Karl Franz does it the Elector Counts pontificate and consider how much support to send. Fluffwise Bretonnian knights are supposed to be badasses with Grail Knight being unbeleiveable badasses, cannon balls don't have the temerity to hit them.

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If you're looking at Fluff and not game terms then Bret for the reasons Vaz has pointed out. When Lecour saddles up his Hippogryhf and says roll out, everyone rolls out. When Karl Franz does it the Elector Counts pontificate and consider how much support to send. Fluffwise Bretonnian knights are supposed to be badasses with Grail Knight being unbeleiveable badasses, cannon balls don't have the temerity to hit them.
Dude, usualyl I usually agree with everything you say, but today you're just plain wrong. Brets are cool and all but the Empire has stood up to far worse than a Brettonian invasion. So they have Knights...and? That's it, if you compare a Brettonian Knight to a Chaos Knight then I would say with all his dark blessings, huge steeds, augmented weaponry the Chaos Knight is far more bad ass and the Empire stands up to them.

I agree that the Empire is fragmented but under Karl Franz it is a lot more cohesive than it has ever been. As a lover of all things gunpowder a cannonball to the face is going to do in most Knights, the green Knight may be impervious, but let's see how he stands up to a Sigmarite Hammer kissing him on the cheek.

If you imagine a load of Knights cresting an open hill running towards the Empire lines, they cross the hill and are faced with a horde of pikemen (an infantrymen's dream against cav), behind them is an Empire gunline, unleashing hell, coupled with spells blasting at them.

As someone has already said, there are dangers when comparing with the real world, but it's like comparing medieval France against Civil War England (on a technological scale).

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Dude, usualyl I usually agree with everything you say, but today you're just plain wrong. Brets are cool and all but the Empire has stood up to far worse than a Brettonian invasion. So they have Knights...and? That's it, if you compare a Brettonian Knight to a Chaos Knight then I would say with all his dark blessings, huge steeds, augmented weaponry the Chaos Knight is far more bad ass and the Empire stands up to them.
You're looking in terms of gameplay here, I think. Knights of Sigmar/Ulric are sons of wealthy land owners who are sent to the Knightly Orders to earn glory for the family, and perhaps give them a sense of humility and get good graces with the church. They aren't blessed by the god whatsoever, despite being great warriors - and rarely are they trained from birth. And Chaos Knights munch them, as they are the Chosen of Chaos.

As opposed to a Knight of Bretonnia - at birth, they are trained and indoctrinated in the glory of the knighthood and quality in battle - often many claiming a lineage to Gilles the Uniter, and the need to prove themselves in battle. Araby has withstood Estalia and the Khemrian Undead, and it was only half the forces of the Breton which defeated the Daemonancer Sultan Jaffar - half of them took the land crossing instead of taking the sea crossing in the south of Estalia - those who went by land formed the Border Princes, and never even sw combat other than against the Greenskins of the Badlands.

So, you've got the Knights who crushed a millenia old civilisation supported by the Warpstone engines of the Skaven and the Daemons of the Desert (Djinn), and were vastly outnumbered and technologically and psychologically outclassed. However, Grail Knights have been chosen to be the greatest Knights of a Goddess, who have physically drank from her cup. Their weaponry and armour is blessed.

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I agree that the Empire is fragmented but under Karl Franz it is a lot more cohesive than it has ever been. As a lover of all things gunpowder a cannonball to the face is going to do in most Knights, the green Knight may be impervious, but let's see how he stands up to a Sigmarite Hammer kissing him on the cheek.
Unless the Lady decides to take part in the battle - which unlike Sigmar, she does regularly. Check out the story of the battle on top of L'Anguille Lighthouse - where a Breton Lord defeated a Chaos Lord in single combat - said Chaos Lord being powerful enough to hold a horde together along the lines of Aelfric Cyenwulf, Surtha Lenk and Crom the COnqueror, each of which devastated Kislev or the settlements the length of the Old World before they were stopped - whereas Marcus (?) with the blessing of the Lady stopped them before they went further than the beachhead at L'Anguille.

Then there's the story of Gilles the Uniter - where he and several of his nearest and dearest single handedly defeated hordes of Greenskins, simply because the Lady wished it to be so.

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If you imagine a load of Knights cresting an open hill running towards the Empire lines, they cross the hill and are faced with a horde of pikemen (an infantrymen's dream against cav), behind them is an Empire gunline, unleashing hell, coupled with spells blasting at them.
If you imagine the horns of the Breton Knight Lances charging towards the Empire Lines on the finest warhorses supported by the blessing of the lady with Pegasus Knights and Hippogryffs hunting down the Gunlines, while the Empire lines are pounded by huge chunks of masonry thrown by Trebuchets, while Peasants whipped up to fight harder while in the presence of the greatest Knights of the Bretons and the blessing of the lady, yeah. Battle Tactics actually work both ways rather than just the most suitable for your case.

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As someone has already said, there are dangers when comparing with the real world, but it's like comparing medieval France against Civil War England (on a technological scale).
Tbh, it's more Dark Age Frankish against Middle Age HRE. While the Franks were unified in times of need (as opposed to the Normans, South Frank/North Aragonese, Gallic, or Romo-Frank which were apparent), the HRE was a collection of vassals - which no Emperor post Charlemagne managed to effectively govern. Karl Franz's reign is extremely fractured - extreme political maneuvering between the Countess of Nuln, and the counts of Ostland Talabecland and Ostermark are high after their relative contribution in the Storm of Chaos. Middenheim is out as Todbringer is representative of the cult of Ulric, but the other 4 suffered heavily, and as such are seeking recompense.

A King in Bretonnia is not settled by a Chinese, but rather by the Lady of the Lake herself (through the Fay Enchantress), and no Knight will go against her will - aside from Mallobaude the Black Knight of Mousillon - who has one hell of an epic background as well - is he the King's Son? Is he the Red Duke of Aquitaine reborn? Is he a Peasant Knight?



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I think that when we're considering an all-out war where everyone pitches in, so no political debate and such or any failing to send troops. I see it happen to be a draw.

If you consider all the different units that both armies can pitch against eachother. The way I see it neither side will put their full strenght to bear since there are still other threats to be dealt with. Brettonnian lords close to the mountains will keep some knights back to protect their home from greenskins, and the same reason goes for Sylvannian troops (but then with VC).

When both armies clash, the empire will make great use of it's blackpowder weapons which will decimate quite a few knights (remember that the reloading actually takes long and the bret knights are fast) responded by trebuchets pegasus knights who are to destroy/distract the gunline and both will be blasted and protected by magic. I see fire wizards trying to blow them out of the sky, and damsels protecting them with life magic. This will create a gap and after a few volleys the gunline will lose its purpose and then that's when the empire has the choice to either counter with their knightly orders, or hide their state troops behind defensive positions (taking on brets without any is just wacko and no general would be worthy of command not doing this) to take the momentum away from the knights of bretonnia. When the knights hit home, the first rank will die from defensive positions but soon these positions will be overrun by the amount of knights and peasants coming up from behind the knights who now have great courage seeing how the gunline lost its usefullness.

Peasant bowmen and empire crossbowmen/archers will fire volley after volley into the masses, killing hundreds. First the knights of brettonnia will carve through the state troops as the packed mass and the momentum of those behind them will carry them forward, eventually they'll be tarpitted and forced to take out their swords/morning stars/... and smash in some skulls. Here I see the empire halberdiers and spearmen taking a great toll of the knights and peasants because of their organized and disciplined ranks. I see grail knights and questing knights step forth together with paladins and lords to carve their way through this threat. At the same time the Empire will let their knightly orders charge forth, sweeping the flanks of the peasants almost bringing an entire rout to the peasant forces which are now only held upright by the knights in front of them. The pegasi will still be in the air, blasted/protected by magic although a bit less now since attention on the battlefield is elsewhere, they will play a key role helping the bret force where needed. Then you'll have a situation where the empire's infrantry is at breaking point but so are the peasants from the empire's flank attack. It is then that the carnage really will begin with priests of Sigmar and flagellants stepping forth from the ranks and doing a last stand against the knights. Some of the empire knights will now have reached the peasant bowmen and wreak havoc upon them, (arch) lectors protecting them from magic. The rest of the empire knights will charge forth to the bret knights which will be counter-charged by the bret knights in the rear rank, possibly trampling friendly peasants, but oh well.

I think this will end up in a huge slaughterparty, state troops and peasants will have fled by now, and the last remaining troops being a bunch of bretonnian knights of all sorts, including quite a few grail knights, some empire knights from the orders but nearly not the amount with which they started, some flaggellants and priests and steam tanks perhaps as well but probably badly damaged and no more able to participate in the battle, either the generals (or king and emperor who might have done an epic air fight) are both alive, death or one lives the other is death. From then on one side will win but I dare not say which. But in the end it all comes down to one thing, the victor will realise they have wasted a huge if not their whole army for this battle and do not have the martial prowress to then lay siege to the castles and cities nor to control the population. They will back down and retreat to their home but then be a very valuable target for other invasions.

So, in the long run, Bretonnia doesn't win, the Empire doesn't win but the Orcs win since they can now invade bretonnia almost unchallenged and Chaos or Vampire Counts win. The next time Chaos sacks Praag they will be able to march to the main city of Kislev unchallenged and from there into the empire. Vampire Counts will swarm Sylvannia with their undead legions and march ever further. And the Skaven will probably decide this is the right time and emerge from the cities to take them over. So in the end there will be no more disputes between bretonnia and empire but between VC, Skaven, Orcs and Chaos. And Should the Empire fall, the Dwarves will lock themselves up in their holds and it'll be just a matter of time before they're gone as well.

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The only way I can vote is to have clarification of who the aggressor is. If the Bretts attack the Empire, Bretts will lose. If the Empire attacks the Bretts ... Empire lose. It matters not who has the bigger army or who can field the most equipped warriors, it boils down to who has the most to lose. The aggressor is fighting to gain lands, the victim is fighting for the life of all of those that they hold dear as well as themselves, heroic deeds would happen, and losing would not be an option.
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