Reading on, the rules allow you to use all the abilities on the battleboard AND also get to use off-table support. This really made me sit up and think about using this "alternative Strathclyde" faction...
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One of the problems with a cavalry faction is the increased cost over infantry, especially plastic infantry. One option for a six point Strathclyde would be to purchase a suitable infantry model to represent Owen, then buy a box of 40 plastic Dark Age Warriors from Gripping Beast. Owen costs you one point but gives a number of other bonuses. The 40 plastic troops give you five units of eight warriors. From here you can make a number of combinations on the field of battle.
|The flexibility of the Dark Age Warrior model.... javelin, spear.....|
Hero of the Viking Age...
The rules for Owen, apart from getting three Saga dice; allow you to take ALL the abilities on the battleboard with no restriction. They also give you off-table support by putting dice onto the Combat Pool. As infantry, you also get the bonus of not losing a point of armour versus missile fire during enemy Shooting!
Abilities that still work!
"The Doomriders" melee ability still gives you a bonus for being close to the edge of the board if you have that off-table support (dice in the Combat Pool). A similar thing happens with the "Harassment" activation ability where an enemy unit is within L of the table edge. You get a shooting attack based on the off-table support level.
Conversely, the "Cornered" activation ability gives a number of fatigues to enemy units based on off-table support levels where that enemy unit is more than L from the edge of the board.
The "Flanking Manoeuvre" ability is no longer needed, so saves on the need to put a Saga dice on it.
At the end of the game, there are no off-table models to count as Victory points against you.
Taking Owen and an infantry force makes the Strathclyde financially viable. Adding the abilities of the Strathclyde and off-table support really makes this a "should try" force in my opinion.
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