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I don't play DEs, but I play against them. What ranked units do you find most useful?
Witch Elves are easy to kill, but they are nasty when they strike first. Manbane has taken down many a hero.
Executioners? Swordsmen? What do you like?
I vote spearmen. They provide relatively economical (for elves) static combat resolution, decent close combat skills and armor, and aren't the fantastic targets for war-machines that most other ranked elf infantry are.
Course, my vote may change when the new DE are released.
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when i played dark elves i found spearmen the most point effective unit but exercutioners coming a close second
Wood elf player- 2000 points worth, Autumn theme
Empire player - 3000 points worth, Green and white
Eldar player - 1500 points worth, Blue and white
Corsairs win it for me. As all elves have a low toughness, I find their extra armor useful in both offensive and defensive situations. A close second has got to be WE though. Although they dont have the power to take down anything with half decent armor, just about anything else can get chewed up with all of the poisened multi-attacks that they have.
Why don't you make a poll? Of course, cold-blooded druchii would be loathe to relinquish information to the enemy. But as a warm, bubbly sort of evil elf, I get my thrills from helping people. I think corsairs are probably the best choice for core as they beat spearmen in every statistic except points. I think they are better thn Black guard and Excecutioners because of the always-strike-last rule, but even though half-naked frenzied warriors are not supposed to survive very long, my Witch Elves almost never get wiped out. All it requires is a small unit of spearmen (see? They have their uses too) to shield them. So I would choose Witch Elves.
PS: We don't have a unit called swordsmen.
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Well, if you want survivability against ranged attacks, I would vote for corsairs as their sea dragon cloaks give them a 4+ save against any missile attack. I, however, have found that even though they have 2 attacks, they don't tend to hurt things as much as witch elves. Thus, my vote for nasty combat potential would go to the witches. They rock especially with the ability to take a poison or artifact of khaine up to 25 pt. Manbane has seen my hag kill dragons, characters, and various other rank and file models.
Of course, the overall answer for this very question is that every unit is situational. I even like my executioners when they land that all-important killing blow on a character.