About a week ago, I ran into a blog making a really good point - why not use large-scale swarms of humans / humanoids as military units. I took this idea and ran with it, but i'm pretty **** at monster-building, and right now, these things are giant blocks of clunky text. If someone had the patience to help me refine this idea, that would be great. Think of the possibilities - a score of town guards deployed to aid a group of adventures fight on the battle field, or the barbarian and wizard decicating one hundred tightly packed foes to clear a way for the cavalry...
"Formation" doesn't really do much for the units, and it's even more work to keep track of. I'd nix the trait myself. Give it All Around Vision instead.
As swarms, they should have the typical "Swarm" trait.
"Relentless" is good, but it's wording needs some refinement. Try the following; "The unit cannot be marked or knocked prone. It also cannot bedazed, weakened or stunned from a melee or ranged power." There is no need to mention the forced movement details in Relentless because that detail is natural to all creatures with the Swarm keyword anyways.
If the only action the defeated soldier takes is to drop its weapon and either flee or surrender, why give it an attack at all? I would also cut this line out from the "Scatter" trait, since it's mostly DM fiat what the defeated soldiers would do anyways.
The Archer's should have a close blast attack for front line volleys.
The Swordsmen should have a trample sort of attack to simulate a frontal mob charge.
All of their attacks need to be specified by their usage (At Will, Recharge or Encounter). Most of the attacks should be at will. The above mentioned trample attack for thr Swordsmen should be a recharge power with a recharge of 4.
Hope this helps. Happy Gaming
I don't know if my blog is the one to which you refer, but you might find some ideas at Piecework Armies. Generally, I just take the Adversarial Army and replace the Heroic Effort power with that race's racial power. Good luck!
Aha! So that's where I saw them. Ty, wrecan, but there's a really simple reason I can't use these. My pcs never have the patience to hit level 11, or level 9, even. I want to use these creatures in actual play.
Also, I'm a reasonably inexperienced dm, and those have... Too many traits and too much complexity for me to handle...
Thank you, though. I appreciate it, really.
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