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I've been making myself wait until I had 2K of my Night Lords from 40K fully painted to start my Dark Elves and that's getting close so I decided tonight to try my hand at an army list. I've been browsing various forums for a couple months trying to take in as much information as possible since not only is this my first Dark Elf List but it is my first Fantasy army and I haven't really even played the game yet so I'm sure I made a few newbish errors. Basically I made the list using the units I like the most and keeping in mind the more popular set ups I've seen around the last couple of months browsing. I'm not really familiar enough with the game yet to get the concept of synergy within a list so please pick it apart and tell me what I may have done right and what I've done wrong. I'm trying to jump right in so let me know any subtle nuances I might have overlooked as well. Anyways here's the list
Dreadlord - 274 Pts (Goes with Cold One Knights)
Cold One, Shield, Sea Dragon Cloak, Hand Weapon, Crimson Death, Armour of Eternal Servitude, Pendant of Khaeleth
Sorceress - 197 Pts (Goes with Dark Riders)
Level 2, Dark Steed, Focus Familiar, Dispel Scroll
Sorceress - 185 Pts (Goes with Warriors)
Level 2, Sacrificial Dagger, Dispel Scroll
24 Dark Elf Warriors - 184
Shields, Full Command
10 Dark Elf Repeater Crossbowmen - 115 Pts
5 Dark Riders - 117 Pts
Repeater Crossbows, Musician
6 Harpies - 66 Pts
5 Cold One Knights - 235 Pts
Ring of Hotek, Standard of Slaughter, Full Command
14 Black Guard of Naggarond - 252 Pts
Standard of Hag Graef, Full Command
War Hydra - 175 Pts
2 Reaper Bolt Throwers - 200 Pts
I'd say that is a solid set up for a first list.
One thing I'd consider is giving your Black Guard champion the Crimson Death and giving your Lord the Deathpiercer. S6 on the charge and KB is great, plus the Crimson Death adds a lot of punch to the Black Guard. You could drop the AoES or Pendant to pick it up, mostly because I think both of them is a little overkill.
I'd also consider the Darkstar Cloak on your mounted Sorceress. She has the speed to be in range and sight for anything so a little extra magical firepower never hurts.
Okay thanks for the reply. I was thinking of maybe giving the Dreadlord the Deathpiercer too but I was thinking strength 4 with killing blow would not be as good as the full time strength 6, the +2 strength on the charge with a lance slipped my mind. I like the sound of the Crimson Death on the Black Guard too. I'm thinking I'd probably drop the Standard of Slaughter on the Cold Ones, does that sound right? With the Banner and the Lord they should have enough punch to put combat resolution in their favor without it especially if I'm able to flank them.
I like the Standard of Slaughter a lot, but if you hit from the flank you should be ok without it.
Maybe try a block of 15-20 Corsairs, they make excellent screening units especially since they have a 4+ armor against any shooting or magic which is amzing for a core choice. Also sea serpent banner gives them 3 attacks a piece. Full command is a must and you could expieriment with handbows as a defense for you war machines. Also, rumored (confirmed) in the new edition that you can't take more than scroll. Also the force org is 25% Rare 25% Spec 25% Hero 25% Lord and Cores can range to anything.
By percent I mean percent of points including upgrades.
I'd be careful about investing 500 points in a unit of Cold One Knights. They are going to draw a lot of shooting and magic and probably get crippled before they see combat, considering they'll normally have to wait for warriors to engage from the front before they can flank charge (unless your opponent is careless).
I think you could cut out a lot of points on that unit and find they're still just as effective
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