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For anyone who does not frequent the Dark Elf Forum, I've been wrangled into building a new army as part of an escalation campaign
( (Meagre Pickings; starting Dark Elves for an escalation campaign)LINK) and have run a few practice games using proxied models.
It's all going swimmingly in so far as results go, but I can't help but feel something's missing... As much as I love the Dark Elf background, it's not really gelling with me, and I've come to the conclusion that while the supremely evil types are entertaining to admire from a distance they're not something I really enjoy role-playing (I tend to get into the character of the army I'm using during games).
So, as you may have guessed from my being here, I'm kicking the Elves in the head and going at it with Beasts. I've always loved their visuals and I've raked in enough wins with my Dark Eldar to be able to take a losing streak on the chin with reasonable grace.
Here's what I want to take;
Chaos Armour, Sword of Might, Shield
5 Gor w/ 2 Hand Weapons, 7 Ungor, Foe Render, Musician
5 Warhounds of Chaos
I think I need the Sword of Might as a source of magical attacks to combat potential Dryads (grrr) and Wraiths (double grrr) and the Minotaur's something that can reliabley get the charge off against Fear causers. The Herd's pretty boring, though I really didn't want a standard at risk of giving away 100vp in this size of game and the Warhounds... I don't have a role in mind for them but I have the models.
Again, any input would be greatly appreciated as well as anything I should know about the army in general.
That's a solid start. How quickly will this army be incressing in size? what direction do you want to take your army?
I'm not sure exactly how quickly the points will increase, but I could see it being something like 250pts a week to allow the forces to build up to 2000 before the end of the Summer.
So far as the direction I'm taking it; I've never been a big fan of the old multi-wounded units so I may be sticking primarily to Herds, Warhounds and Chariots with a unit of Dragon Ogres out of nessesity. I don't really want to get any more Minotaurs as their release in plastic when the new Beasts book comes out looks extremely likely.
Also, one thing that jumped out at me as being very good was the Slaaneshi magic; so my ultimate character set up may be something like a Beastlord and 3 level 2 Brays. One with the Staff of Darkoth and a Power Stone, I'll try and get 2 or 3 scrolls floating around too and I want to try out a Shadows Bray with the Goretooth for some Steed of Shadows + Bear's Anger goodness.
You're dead on with the slaaneshi magic. I really want it to stay the same when the next book comes out but I think it will be changed. Chariots are awesome, but i do not know if they will turn plastic. Slaanesh spawns are a great investment. at low lvl games most people can't effectively counter them. If they can they'll spend an entire round of shooting or magic to get rid of them. At 2000 points you can send 4 of those guys our zooming around. They are great as caster killers.
Oh and as you get more points, I would try to beef up you heard size to 8 gors and 13 ungors.
That's all I got for now. Keep us posted!
Just to throw in my comment... Looks good! Welcome to the Beast-y side.
I've brought all the stuff and mauled the boxes so I can't return it!
In the words of Eddie from Rock 'n Roll Racing... LET THE CARNAGE BEGIN!
this looks quite interesting, if you could keep us updated here as to how its going that would be pretty cool
'War does not determine who is right, only who is left'
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I've played 3 games with them and accrued enough points to expand to 500; which I may be looking at using to buy a chariot in place of the minotaur, taking some kind of Bray trying to get more Gor/Ungor be it as another herd or expanding the one I have.
Vampires, he was rocking a tooled up casty vampire behind a zombie block. There was just nothing I could do to stop the accursed raising with my base pool, by the end of the game he had 3 blocks of 20 or so zombies- My minotaur had run into the flank of 5 zombies and fluffed his attacks before running off, my beast herd was in a combat with a zombie block and winning every round but he was raising faster than I was killing, my warhounds had managed to pin the vampire down and just as the wargor was about to go in for the kill... Yep. Failed fear test. Vampire went to hide. Game undead.
Goblins! Finally, something I can wail on with imputy! Can't I?
Foot of Gork says "no", magic is seriously killing me hence the need for a Bray to generate some kind of defence. Warhounds flanked a unit of 5 wolf riders and missed with everything, the wolf and the goblin then proceeded to kill a hound each causing me to flee. The wargor detached himself from the herd and went to hide in a wood near his lines, setting fanatics off among his goblins. My herd got into the flank of a unit of goblins and ran them down (yay!) and then into the rear of the wolf riders and wiped them out (yay!). The wargor met his match when he slew the goblin general which promptly exploded, but I killed as much stuff as I could before his magic finally wiped me out. Game greenskins.
Dwarfs, and shock horror there's no shooting! I spent most of the game here setting up charges at my leisure, I took out a warrior block with the herd in the back and minotaur in the flank, charged his lone Thane with a wargor and the warhounds in the rear (challenging so he couldn't reap combat res from my squishy puppies) then chased him down. His hammerers didn't even come into the game. Game beasts!
If you're not really interested in going magic offensive, you could MoK everything possible to build up both frenzy & dispel dice.
Hey, I know you from the Hive! Hi Waru!
Seems a nice list. I'm just starting beasts too, and am wondering how to equip things. Was also going to go herd-heavy and rely on the ambushing side.
And nice one on whupping the Dwarves, I do hate those stunties... and don't feel bad about losing to Orcs and Goblins. They really are nasty at times.