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A friend of mine wants to start playing Warhammer, and he has this idea of combining the Dark Elves with some Gobbo Wolf Riders (he thinks without the riders, using the stats of the wolves though). Is he able to do this? No army is designed to be unbeatable, and if you could combine them, wouldn't we see a lot of almost unbeatable armies?
My second question is, could he take them as Dogs of War? Or do you have to have Ogres or Dogs of War units?
My third may be a bit of a silly question... Is there such thing as an all DoW army? Is there such thing as a DoW core unit?
In short, no you can't just pick and choose units you like from any old army book =) Armies are made using the rules from one book! If he just likes the models, you can paint them up to look like goblin retainers to the witch king or something and use the rules for dark riders to actually play with them.
There is a set of PDF rules for all Dogs of War armies, but Dogs of War is a specific selection of units available in that list, it doesn't mean you can just pick and choose things from any old army book and mash them up!
There are Dogs of War Hobgoblin wolf riders that could potentially be used instead, they use the same wolves as the goblin wolf riders (though tehse wolf models aren't particulalry pretty...)
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That also isn't a completely accepted mode of play, some players will allow it, some won't.
As mentioned above, the best option here would be to use the wolf models and count them as dark riders from the DE book.
Yes, if people started combining units from any book they wanted the lists would become terrible and "unbeatable", except by other "unbeatable" lists.
The lists are built to be used standalone. Some units are even similar in some armies but at ridiculously different costs. For an extreme example, army A may be a close combat army, it has cheap infantry troops that are pretty good in close combat for 5pts each. Army B has really strong shooting and magic abilities, to balance that out, the same type of unit as the one mentioned for army A might cost 10pts for army B, since they aren't expected to be able to field a large amount of them without giving up a sizable portion of their force.
That's a super rudimentary and made up example of how balancing between books can work.
The Dogs of War army list seems to have been dropped from the main site (the old UK site now redirects to a more generic url). But I found it on the oz site
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Thanks for the link. That helps. I will let him know his idea for a massive combo army has gone up in flames (insert evil laugh here).
Well I'd say that as long as your opponent is ok with it you should be able to split your force between 2 books using the army building rules for each force respectively.
For example a 1k/1k Bretonnian/High Elf split. With your Core choices being KotR, Knights Errant and Lothern Sea Guard. Though some players may not want to as a split with Brets would open you up for 7 Hero choices in a 2k game but like I say it's all down to whether your opponents ok with it and shoud only be used for house games (I very much doubt you'd get away with it at a tourney)
As for taking the goblin riders as DoW, I see no problem. Depending on their gear they'd take up one of your Rare choices as a unit of Heavy or Light Cavalry.
And for the final question, yes there are pure DoW armies out there though the rules are pretty old for them. A pure DoW army lends itself to an interesting mix of models in an army as well as intersting colours and tactics but as far as I'm aware it's not a tourney legal army(yet).
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