Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Belgium, Bruges
Yes the state troops are very well trained but still, when considering they're attacked by a mass of charging knights, they won't hold them off untill they broke the momentum and then as I said, if you read back, the spearmen and halberdiers will kill a lot of knights mostly because of their weapon range and grouping agains the knight. When they get dismounted their surviving chances go down rapidly unless they can remain upright and take some with them. And those that are upright are fluffwise considered to be able to handle a quite a handfull of statetroops, and then you may not forget that the brets will have carved a hole in the ranks of the statetroops which is then filled by peasants storming in from behind the knights, ofcourse the statetroops will show their best and they are fluffwise the finest infrantry of man and they will show the brets what is meant by that. But I do not see them winning that on their own just through discipline. I notice many people are quite one-sided on their choice, not even giving the other a slim chance of victory. Please do not forget that fluff in the armybooks is always praising about the army in the book. You need to put one and one together and use some basic forms of strategics and logics (yes, quite possible in a fantasy universe, we're not trying to explain how hippogryphs are born but the result of a combat situation between normal men)
I also don't believe the "protected by the lady" stuff, since you pointed it out, Ulric and Sigmar are watching too. That's why I see Sigmar and Ulric priests giving the brets some hell. Maybe even going toe to toe with the grail knights which would end in an immense battle not only between two mighty warriors but also between two religions. And furhter more, I think the blessing of the lady is produced through the damsels who will ride in the center of the knights and protect them with magic as good as possible and will try to nulify incoming projectiles and offensive spells to their best attempts, not that it all will succeed.
About the steam tanks, I consider them not destroyed but damaged or disabled. I see wizards with the lore of life using the nature against it to block the wheels, or their systems. And even rocks thrown from the trebuchets buckling the armour and denting it. They won't get destroyed, but I wouldn't shoot with a dented cannon for example so that just leaves ramming, while on wooden wheels.
The knights of Bretonnia might have their feuds but will unite when the whole country is called to war. When in name of Gilles de Breton then they'll move mountains to do what must be done. And the knightly orders aren't that numerous, they're a select group that's hard to join. No matter how you spin it, bretonnia has more knights, especially since every damn nobleman couldn't keep his hands home and has an offspring of 7 or 8 kids. Throwing the knightly orders headlong against the Brets would indeed be painfull for the brets but also be the end of the knightly orders, untill they start recruiting again. Since the orders are there for a reason I also sincerely doubt their full might will be present at a battle against Bretonnia. The raven knights for example have better things to do then killing Brets, there's some vampires that need to be kept in check. I think the knights of Ulric will be most present but still quite a number of them will be up and about the empire, killing other foul creatures that still stalk the lands, same goes for the knights panthers. Knights of the blazing sun and the reiksguard will be present with a lot of their members. In contrast to any political feuds of which I said shouldn't be an issue these knights actually have a task outside of their own interests. Many will easily see that it's no use in fighting brets to then return home and notice some villages have been raided by trolls, orcs or beastmen. Mostly the followers of Ulric and Sigmar will have been driven into a religious zeal to crush the blasphemers and so on.
The Guardsman is just like you, from any city in the mighty Imperium he goes and fights a war he does not fully understand. Unlike many in this galaxy he is not genetically altered clad in powered armor or inhumanly fast. he wears only his vest helmet and holds his lasrifle. He is a guardsman and HE WILL HOLD THE LINE