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Hello Dark Elf players,
I am currently working on my Tomb King army but would like an alternate army to play with and paint. My eye has been gazing over a few armies, these being High Elves and Dark elves. I originally wanted to start a "good" army, but I find the "good" armies to be somewhat boring and lacking in character lol. Anyway, as I am looking at the models of High Elves and Dark Elves I do notice a lot of similarities. For example, the same stat line for hero level and lord level characters. There are also a lot of the same similarities in core choices, special and rare choices. My first question is, does it matter (playstyle and tactics) which army I choose between High Elves and Dark Elves, or are there major differences in these two armies that maybe I am not seeing (Differences being from a gaming standpoint)? For you Dark Elf players, why did you pick Dark Elves over High Elves? I am leaning more towards Dark Elves over High Elves because I think the Models look a lot better. I like how most of the models look, and I like all of the units special abilities. I am a little reluctant to start collecting a Dark Elf army because they are a popular army, and they are in the top tier as far as power armies are concerned. Should this sway my decision, or are Dark Elves a tactically challenging army to play with? Thanks for everyone's responses!!
I'm in the same boat, just finished my tomb kings and started playing but don't want to up their point level until they are redone so i'm looking towards a new armys (dark elves or lizards for me). One thing i'd think about is that to me dark elves seem rather fragile and shooty (like tomb kings can be if you run lots of archers) which may make them have a similar playstyle?
I started a Dark Elf army back in October for a magic/shooting heavy army. A few weeks ago, I started reading over the High Elf book and watching some HE games, and I'm considering starting a HE army for a magic/shooting heavy army instead. HE magic seems so much more reliable and overwhelming in more ways than simply killing stuff, and their shooting is comparable due to the arrow attraction spell and longer bow ranges.
Both armies are fragile, but the DE have higher numbers to fall back on due to cheaper units. If HE lose a unit, it really hurts. However, HE have really tough special choices like the White Lions and the Dragon Princes. So, I'd say the HE are more tactically challenging to utilize due to their small army size.
Still, both armies have lots of options for different playstyles. DE probably offer more variety due to lots of different units capable of serving different roles: harpies, shapes, witch elves, executioners, x-bow men, spearmen, cold one knights, etc. Whereas the HE have a few units that are difficult to utilize because of being overpriced (Seaguard and Silverhelms for examples), so their playstyle is more constrained to particular builds if they are meant to be effective. However, it could easily be my lack of familiarity with the HE book that causes me to feel this way.
The main reason I started DE though were the Cold Ones. Those models are LOVELY! Overall, I prefer the DE range to the HE model range, so I'll probably end up sticking w/DE for most of my games.
My 2 cents.
Last edited by Zeuy; June 10th, 2009 at 10:01.
dark elves are about a bazillion times more fun to play. The book is jammed packed with decent choices that come at a decent point cost. This means that you can build numerous different types of lists that are playable, fun and varying enough that it will always keep you interested. High Elves seem to be stuck in the overpriced for what they do catagory which has always made me frustrated when trying to build a list. I can never get all the things I need in the list to make it be able to stand on it's own. Both can be put into competative mode as well, but the HE have 1-2 builds, whereas the DE have 4-5 or more builds for that kind of play. The DE have more mobile troops (decent skirmishers, core fast cav, flyers) and better magic items (things you'll actually want to give your characters) whereas the High elve's choices are limited and unnoteworthy.
Of course, if you're really in a bind, you probably ought to build "Middle or Gray Elves" and just build an army that you can use as dark and high elves either way since a lot of their units can be interchanged. (WL = shades, PG=BG, RBT=RBT, Reavers=DR, Mage=Sorceress, Dragon = Dragon, etc.)
Last edited by buckero0; June 10th, 2009 at 14:45.