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The Next High Elven Revolution

May 5, 2010

High Elves have been one of my favorite armies since starting this hobby, years and years and years ago.

After all this time though, my army lists followed 2 paths, either heavy magic with a line of archers and repeater bolt throwers, then some eagles for march blocking. The main part of this army is the magic phase, and a couple larger blocks of infantry to absorb the eventual charge. The second path was that of the Prince + Star dragon, a unit of dragon princes, lion chariot as the hammer and a large unit of stubborn, ITP white lions for the anvil.

Play style is quite different for both armies, a gun line vs an attacking force, but after years of playing with the same army, I wanted more. A different style, so a re-imagining of the army needed to take place. Perhaps some units I haven’t used before, like reaver’s or shadow warriors. Then Top decided to start a wood elf army, which brought up the traditional tactics talk. That’s when I realized what I wanted my elves to do.

The concept is part gunline, part denial, and part hammer, and the first draft looks something like this…

HEROS:

Prince – Barded Elven Steed, Dragon Armor, Shield, Star Lance, Vambraces of Defense

Noble – Barded Elven Steed, Dragon Armor, Shield, Great Weapon, Battle Banner

Dragon Mage – Lvl 2, 2 dispell scrolls.

CORE:

10 Archers

10 Archers

SPECIAL:

9 White Lions, Champion

6 Silver Helms, Shields, Champion, Standard, Musician

5 Dragon Princes, Champion, Standard, Musician

Lion Chariot

8 Shadow Warriors

RARE:

2 Repeating Bolt Throwers

2 Eagles

Deployment

Deployment looks like above. The archers and their white lion protectors setup on one side near a bolt thrower and an eagle behind them, using the edge of the table as a refused flank. After they go down and the second bolt thrower on the opposite side, plus an eagle near the middle of the table you’ve got 6 units down and your opponent should have hopefully fielded a couple larger units by now. Usually I’ll setup the lion chariot next near the center line, then the Silver helms on the opposite flank of the archers, with the dragon princes right next to them.

The idea here, use the eagles for march blocking the main enemy force and the shadow warriors to harass their progress, while shooting and causing as many panic tests as possible per turn. Focusing fire if the enemy is ITP and trying to reduce their numbers as much as possible. Meanwhile the right side presses forward, the silver helms taking the right flank, and any unit over there, leaving the dragon princes free to combo charge towards the center of the table with the lion chariot.

For characters, the dragon mage makes for great distraction and miss direction on the DP&SH flank, drop him behind enemy lines as soon as possible. The Prince gets lined up with either the SH or DP’s depending on who needs the extra power, and the BSB with the battle banner needs to be with the Dragon Princes, depending on the banner to break whoever they hit the first turn.

In the first battle this plan worked out great, but then again it was against Ogre’s. But I’m anxious to get them out on the battle field again soon, and see what we can accomplish. The army setup is a lot more fun to play than my traditional hammer/anvil setup and much more interesting than the elven gunline.

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2 comments

  1. I like it, it’s much like how I like to play my orcs – stack one side with fast moving heavy-hitters while the other side tries to pin the enemy down until you can swing around. My only concern is whether or not your White Lions will be able to hold the enemy down long enough. If they’re fast moving, you’ll only get about two rounds of fire against them, which sometimes isn’t enough. Perhaps a unit of spears next to the WL could be a worthwhile investment?


    • The spear unit might be worth considering, as the WL’s only have 2 turns tops to hold out. But I’m also not leaving much points wise there, so it’s almost all sacraficial if I can take out the expensive stuff of his while he’s messing with some archers… we’ll have to see how that one plays out.



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