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So I recently bought a dark elf army off my cousin and was wondering what way I should field my dark elf army. The army itself is a corsair army that's monster heavy, contains no witch elves or hags. So I was thinking since I got 4 units of 20 corsairs. 1 Unit with repeater crossbows, 1 unit with hand bows and 2 units with additional weapon I would buy another box of 10 and make the corsairs with additional weapons 8x3, then maybe the corsairs with handbows 7x3 and keep the repeater crossbow corsairs 10x2? What do you guys find works best?
Also I picked up 25 Blackguard and Kouran, 26 Executioners with Tullaris and 28 Shades with handbows, any advice on how to field these?
Firstly with your corsairs i would be fielding one unit with with additional hand weapons (AHW) in a unit 20-30 strong(depending on size of game and if you intend on taking any spearmen,) with the Sea Serpent Standard and full command to give them frenzy. This is the most common and effect way i have seen used to field these guys.
Next, you want your corsairs with RCBs in units 10 strong, recomend that you take a musician in each unit aswell. For games purposses i would use these just as normal crossbowmen, the fact that they are done up as corsairs will just mean you army looks more coherent.
It looks like you dont have any spearmen, which in 8th eddition dark elf armies dont realy leave home without at least a unit of 30 strong. But if your going corsairs heavy you might want to look at instead of the one unit 20-30 strong try fielding 2 units. They are more expensive then spearmen but its making do with what you have.
If you like use the unit with handbows 10 strong with musicians and use them on the flanks.
Black Guard you will want 20 strong, most probably with the always strike first banner. Alternatively if you field Executioners (i dont sugest fielding both Black Guard and Executioners) It may be worth also taking a Cauldren of Blood, a Hag BSB, and a lvl 2 sorcererss with Lore of metal. Im sure others will point out why or why not to take these together but i dont know all the reasons off the top of my head right now. (Still at work and fairly new to DE in 8th ed).
Shades, well worth taking. I used to field two units of 6 in 7th eddtion but not had chance yet in 8th. Worth taking for war machine hunting. 28 a bit excessive though for what you will need.
hope this helps a little.
Thx for reply,
I'll prob end up fielding 2 units then with AHW does 8x3 or 7x3 sound good for them? I doubt ill get any spear men as I don't like the basic dark elf warrior model. Even my 4 bolt thrower crew are old, metal corsair models to keep in theme with the army. My flanks so far consists of 10 Cold one Knights and a Hydra for both flanks so I could add 10 Corsairs with HB to each to make it strong. I'll split up my RCB's so their 10x1.
I love the Executioner and Blackguard models, especially together they look bad ass. I doubt ill go for the witches or the hags or even harpies, don't wanna spend any more money ;p
O and it turns out I only have 20 Shades cause there was 9 Man flayers in there whatever they are? So I'm thinking either two units of 10 or one big unit of 20.
Yea I think they need redone or something ;p I guess shades will be pretty useful since I got no Dark Riders to get those war machines and since my cousin is a dwarf player I might be able to make good use of 2 units of shades if he brings half his armys points in war machines
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