Battlegrinder wrote:The main question I have is about the mix between ranged and melee infantry? I'm leaning towards a roughly 50/50 mix (current plan is about 3 squads of basic melee, 3 of basic ranged, and then 1 squad each of specialist troopers), but I've noticed that most people don't have that kind of ratio, and was wondering way.
Army composition largely has to do with tactics and play style. Chess is a tactical game but army composition is identical. Brikwars and other wargames allow for customization, and any given army configuration will have strengths and weaknesses based units, deployment, and army size. One of my recent opponents played with a 50/50 force as you suggest. That make up is a solid choice against other infantry/minifig heavy armies but struggles against heavy armor, explosive artillery, and supernatural-dice-protected things.
My own play style prefers mostly melee infantry supported by artillery, few archers, and cavalry. This is weak to range-focused strategies. Ranged focused strategies suffer against armor. Armor suffers against high-damage/mobility (cavalry), cavalry suffers against the CP efficiency of infantry...and round and round it goes. Just choose what you like and have fun!
Battlegrinder wrote:The other question I had was about support weapons/artillery weapons, like the ballista you and mercat both use. I've got a fair amount of heavy armor, but most of it is armed to engage similar threats, not infantry. I've been thinking of building one or two largish vehicles and mounting a huge missile rack on it to suppress hostile infantry and light vehicles (I'll definitely do that on my SHDT, though it's missile pods will be less "keep infantry away" and more "Macross Missile Massacre"). I'm not certain as to whether or not that would be a good idea, compared to building something smaller like a catapult. I think in larger battles I'll be able to deploy everything I need, but in smaller conflicts I'll have issues (though with any luck I can compensate with man portable weapons and some of my special forces squads).
To compare a SHDT to the ballistae in my medieval army...I feel like we're trying to compare apples and oranges. I'm not sure I can help you with this 'question' other than to say takes lots of explosives. Like
OF THE EXPLOSIVES. Seriously. They are good against everything if they are big enough.