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If you are starting out, this is the thread to read. I am hereby asking all seasoned Dark Elf players to come forth with their thoughts on starting an Dark Elf army.
The purpose of this topic is to preven a swarm of "hi, im new to Dark Elves. Got any starter tips?" and "What units should I get?" type posts, and gather all such stuff riiiight in here.
So, new aspireing Dark Elf generals, feel free to ask questions about starting a Dark Elf army in this topic, and all Dark Elf generals who knows their army well, feel free to share your ideas on starting such a force with the new kids.
All other posts that i feel should belong in this topic, will be deleted.
Alright, I've been playing Dark Elves for a while, they were my first every miniatre army, so here are some tips on what to buy to start your force off:
Dark Riders are your friend! They are the most versatile unit in the list, and every single battle I've ever won was in part due to these guys.
I'd recommend taking them in units of 5, with a musician, and crossbows. This will come to 127 pts. I currently run 3 units like this
COKs are also a good unit, but don't go too overboard. A unit of 8-9 is fine. Give thema banner of murder, and they'll be something your opponent will make sure to avoid.
Take 2 Bolt Throwers. You'll need them against some opponents.
Choice of infantry is a matter of preference. Spearmen are cheaper and better defensively. Corsairs are more expensive, but better on offense. Either way, I'd recommend a unit of 20, unless you're using MSU.
Don't bother with Assassins or Beastmasters. They rarely make up their points cost.
Black Guard/Executioners/Witch Elves are designed to combat certain armies. If you know the army you are facing, taking the appropriate unit is great, otherwise, you're better off with more versatile units.
Hope that's a decent start
I'm not a Druchii noble yet, but I'm debating starting them (I have dwarfs at the moment and want something very different) and I have a few questions.
first of all, is the city guard army list legal or not, I have the white dwarf but it says they will confirm it later in one of the chronicles big books (forgotten what they're called) which I don't have.
do they fight in three ranks with spears like their high cousins?
is it true that repeater crossbows are absolute beasts?
one of my reservations about collecting them is that I hear they need quite a large amount of tactical knowledge, and what with my dwarfs just standing around shooting until some one comes to them, and then beating that some one up in combat, I don't have the largest tactical vocabulary (if you get what I mean) which may cause some rubbishness on my behalf.
I dont know about that city guard list, but those extralists usually aint legal.
The Warriors fight like normal spearmen. However, they do cost less then the High Elves spearmen.
Repeater crossbows.. the amount of shots fired is just funny But if you're more then 12" away from the enemy, you hit on 5+. What you can do is give them shields aswell and put them in the battleline, walk with the normal troops, and if you get the chance flankcharge or just frontcharge if you know they're gonna charge your crossbowmen the next turn. That way you hit on 4+ and can help out in combat fairly well.
Yes, they are hard to play with, but pretty fun if you get things right Such as: your sorceress on steed (18" charge) rushes towards that lone enemy wizard and release the web of shadows (3 D6 S3 hits!! That kills most wizards.. bit risky to go up at the enemy though. Avoid line of sight from the regiment the wizard is walking with..
I believe you'll have alot more fun playing these then Dwarves. Just get the army book and try a few games with a friend and see if you like them.
I'm going to get a border patrol force (I've converted 10 dark riders already) and have a go with it against VC, Bretts, Lizardmen, chaos and Orcs & gobbos (the armies all of my warhammer playing friends use) and if things go well I will expand it.
The City Guard list is 100% tournament legal, and is a fun way of playing your druchii army.
Can that list be found on GW sites or do i have to buy the WD?
I think you'll have to buy the WD or the Chronicles it's included in. Almost certain that's the only way to get it.
Nope, not the only way. They updated the site for Dark Elves!
They got 2 alternative lists, some background on characters, war hydra rules, tactics...
Ah well, that's great to know! Anyone know if the Watchtower list is offical? I know for certain the City Guard list is, but not the other one.