Posts Tagged ‘high elves’



June 10, 2010

I was poking through my elf bits earlier this week looking for a suitable new head for my GameZone Winged Knight I’ll be running as a mounted lord/hero… you know the old High Elf logic, the bigger the hat the more important they are… well his hat’s currently tiny.

Anywho, whilst digging around I started seeing some spear elf legs… so collecting them, and then the bodies, arms, heads, and spears I found out that I still have at least 11 more elves I haven’t even put together yet, bringing my 18elf unit up to 29, 30 with hero. That rocks!! I’ll hopefully even have this done before the 8th edition box set comes out, so that’ll all be new units for me! What a great day!!

My new mounted Lord/Hero


Wetting the Brush

May 29, 2010

What a crazy week this has been, and a super busy weekend to boot. The wife and I aren’t home all weekend, traveling since Thursday, getting home Monday. Hard to get any hobby time in when it’s so nice out, and our schedual’s keep us moving. I did however finally get my last 3 white lions finished up. A full unit of 6×3 is now done, and I think that’s all the more I’ll run with them, unless the new rules really make me want to run more.

I’m still trying to finish up the larger block of spearelves next, so they’re more complete for 8th, when I want to double their numbers.

I’ll post some WiP pics of the spearelves and the finished up white lions when I’m at home for longer than a few hours.


Wetting the Brush : Spearelves.

May 14, 2010

This week in review didn’t see too much painting time at all. I was able to get 3 more spearelves mostly done. By mostly done, I mean they just need their shields attached and painted up. That’ll happen next week, if I can find the spur in the insanely disorganized war room. Behind the spearelves are some 3 white lions who are up next, they have the metal started, but a long ways to go yet before they’ll be finished up.

To make myself feel like I am acutally acomplishing something, I think I’m going to start a running total of what’s been done and what’s currently undergoing painting. So far, after 2 weeks it’ll look something like this:


1 Orc Shaman

Under Construction:

3 HE Spearelves

3 White Lions


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…


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.


10 Archers

10 Archers


9 White Lions, Champion

6 Silver Helms, Shields, Champion, Standard, Musician

5 Dragon Princes, Champion, Standard, Musician

Lion Chariot

8 Shadow Warriors


2 Repeating Bolt Throwers

2 Eagles


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.


High Elves: Display Board

January 20, 2010

Almost finished up the display board this morning. It’s mostly painted up, stained and all put together, just needs some more paint tonight and then ready for static grass. It’ll be heavily covered in static grass, which I’m hoping really brings it all together more and helps the realism aspect.

Decided to go with the diamond pattern to showcase the dragon even more. He gets to stand up on the hill with bolt throwers and look all menacing. I’m still trying to decide if I should put a name plate type thing the front. “Defenders of the Phoenix Gate” as the army is named… need that fluffy stuff.


Army Display Board

January 18, 2010

With the first tournament for the Defenders of the Phoenix Gate (High Elves) coming up in a couple weeks, I thought having an awesome display board would be a nice finishing touch for the army. Lucky me, I have an old 2’x2′ modular table I can canablize as well! I got the boards all cut and roughed in this morning, and hoping to get some trim on the outsides tonight. Then some more paint, the remains of an old brick road and some static grass to finish it off. I’ll post some pictures when I’m able to.



December 27, 2009

Had a fun game today with Top. Wasn’t the usual which was good. Some of my units worked as they should, some didn’t, his list worked great in some aspects and mediocre in others. All in all a good time had, and an awakening before tournament time. It’s the first time in as long as I can remember the elves had such a problem in a game. They seemed to not want to be fighting, kept running off. Coupled with getting magically dominated, an easy win, or so it looked during the first turn, turned into a draw with not much left on the table. Tactially, I’m not sure I made any mistakes, other than perhaps dispelling the wrong spells. When I’m fighting with an army that needs to break units when they charge, I need to make sure they don’t get a stubborn spell cast on them. Which I thought I dispelled twice, and as it turned out, via the rulebook, neither worked out correctly… oh well, live and learn. It’s great to make these discoveries now rather than durning games that aren’t just for fun.

I do think Top’s list is ready to use for the tourney though, it’s well put together and he uses it quite well. I think, even for an underpowered army, he’ll do alright when we’re there. Of course I’ve never played all that competively so I’m not 100% on that, but that’s my thoughts at least.

I know tournaments run random senarios for games, and I’m giving myself the task of finding those this week, and the random roll chart for them as well. All we ever play anymore is pitched battles, and I think it’d be good for use to start using some alternative rule sets in preparation for the big day.