WHat would you say to me taking 80 Spears parent with 2 * 30 Halberds as detachments instead of 80 halberds as parent?
Saves me 80 pts which i can spend elsewhere
I would say if you have a 80spearman parent block then go with 2 x 40man detachments of halberds. lol, you can send them in horde formation too!
Halberds vs Spearmen ----> tactically they are different.
This is what I do:
If I want a large parent block to hold then I'll take spearmen because I want more bodies. I'll typically sit back and let my cannons and hellblaster do the work. With a large parent block comes large detachments. When your detachment is 30men strong it can do more than just 'support'.
If I make a list where I feel I need to do some manouvering and I need my infantry to do more than hold then halberds is what I take.
From the games I've played however I'm finding that with all the buffs, spearmen tend to be better just for numbers to withstand any casualities and grinding. Empire is points heavy now so a 60man spearmen block gives you so many bodies for the cheapest points it compensates for the lack of strength.