I love empire. My First and all time favorite army
With the new rules this is what i recomend
If you want to use state troops take them in blocks of 25. Use the Spearment or Swordsmen allways with full comand. I use combat detachments of 3 accross by 2 or 3 deep. I like to take my shooters at detachments of 5 to 8 men.
Recently I do take a unit of 10 hand gunners with a champion with a hochland long rifle and mounted level 2 wizard in it. Its working pretty well.
With the advent of the vampires however I've been taking 2 units of flagelants, because if you take a warrior priest (Which if its not in your army you're crazy) one of them counts as core.
I take free company or halberd combat detachments
I like using archers as a skirmish screen for my state troops or flagos.
Vanilla knights are fantastic, I take 1 group of five with out comand and a large group and stick a warrior priest in it.
I allways take a cannon
I used to greatswords, but they're too expensive and not immune to psyche.
I tried the outriders, but I don't like how they don't move and shoot
Pistoliers are the best fast cav in the game I take two units
Inner circle knights are allright if you have the extra points.
Flaggos= Pure awesome
Helblaster= It will blow up, but its a hell of a deterent
Hellstorm never used it. Not sure
I allways take a Captain as a bsb and stick him in the state troops (personally I like to give him a ward save)
I allways take at least 1 warrior priest
Ususally run a level 2 wizard (lore of light)
For my lord I used to run a grandmaster but since vampires and deamons i allmost allways run a Archlector on war altar.
Thats the anthem