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This analysis seeks to only regard Greatsword Infantry NOT Great weapon infantry.
Greatsword infantry benefit from a bonus vs Infantry whereas Great Weapon Infantry don't.
This means Greatsword infantry are more niche by their nature. They are AP infantry but their stats are, on the whole less impressive than GW infantry as they have a Bonus vs Infantry.
However, as we broadly know Elite Infantry are only really favoured if they have AP AL. OR they are suitable GW infantry who can inflict damage on all. Large or small due to their stats.
1.Empire Greatswords are underpowered or undercosted
2.Foot Squires lack health
Emp Greatswords have the lowest AP AND the Lowest Weapon strength AND the Lowest Charge Bonus of all Greatsword infantry. Their minor additional BvI over Footsquires still leaves them with a significant deficit with damage output.
Over time with the Gradual adjustments to other Greatsword infantry imperial Greatswords haven't had inflation adjustments to keep them relevant.
Swordmasters and Executioners now have more Health per model. These stats also do not account for MP nor MM for HE and DE respectively.
Whilst Foot Squires low HP is also an outlier and seems unfairly low given their MD and Armour.
Empire Greatswords currently have no real power. They lack WS and AP to clear compared to their peers
They also lack the HP, Armour and MD to be grindy. This is compounded by their high cost for comparatively weak performance.
They are therefore not Tanky/grindy, nor are they lethal given their weakness in WS and AP and CB.
Imperial Greatswords should, I contend receive adjustments to bring them up to date. One of the below minor adjustments perhaps?
Whether increasing their AP into line with their peers to assist with their anti Armour infantry role,
Increasing WS to their peers to assist with non armoured clearance.
Increasing model health to He and DE levels ( they should have this anyway frankly) to assist with grinding
Increasing Armour to Executioner Levels to assist resilience against chaff.
Or decreasing cost to reflect their power level.
I appreciate your time.
And no let's not talk about White Lions.