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Starting up a small Dark Elf fantasy army, currently have twenty-two spearmen and ten crossbowmen. Trying to put together a competetive 1,000 pt list to start out with. Cold Ones are a bit past my price range, although if I have to I'll grab a box of them.
Debating about Noble/Sorceress at 1,000, or both.. they both cost a solid amount of points though. Looking for advice on how to expand past what i have to hit 1000 pts..
For the Dark Goddess! For Slaanesh!
Starting April 21st, 2007, W-L-T
Emperor's Children Legion - 26-6-6
I am doing the same as you - I have the units but I haven't played yet and still painting. Wish I could give some advice but let me share what my thoughts are on building a 1000 list.
At 1,000 points I have found that it is too little for a good magic presence - Dark Elves are ok in magic but not enough to be really good. I have one noble and he has the seal of ghrond for the extra dispel dice. So I am focusing on dispelling what little magic there might be in 1000 points - this also gives me more points for the rest of the army. I put the noble in a chariot as to help the "stupidity" test and give the chariot a little more "umph" in combat.
I have 20 spears and 12 crossbow but when I made the list I dropped 2 crossbow to 10 altogether.
I own 2 squads 5 dark riders and I think using at least 1 is a good idea. In my list I have both squads in the list with a musician for each.
I put in another chariot so I have 2 (1 on each flank). Nothing special with them, they are just too cheap to pass up and 2 of them only take one slot. The chariots will act as my hammer as the 20 spearmen are the anvil.
I recently added a sqaud of 6 harpies for mage and warmachine hunting. It was a toss up between them and shades but the harpies flying movement is what tipped the scale for me.
I've got one reaper bolt thrower in there, obviously to take care of knights and monsters and again I think they are a good choice for the points (and they give me some "umph" in the shooting phase).
So looks like this:
1 Noble - general, heavy armor, lance, sd cloak, seal of ghrond, enchanted shield and lance (goes in chariot listed below).
20 spears with shields, musician, standard bearer
10 crossbow w/shields
2x 5 Dark Riders w/musician
1 Reaper Bolt Thrower
980 points. Pretty mobile and got a good presence in the shooting phase and somewhat balanced. Not sure what to do with the extra 20 points but I like this list alot. I have 5 cold one knights and although they do have that "cool" factor I thought that another unit to roll for "stupidity" at 1000 points was too much. I like the dual chariot idea and having 2 of them may help in case one does go "stupid". I plan on using cold one knights in bigger games as well as adding a soceress.
You wouldn't go wrong taking a list like the one mentioned there.
Better to keep the 2 chariots together in the centre, and use them to dual-charge units head on, rather than flanking (which they are bit too slow/stupid for). Leave the flanking to the dark riders (& Cold one Knights if you have them )
You could put crossbows on 1 unit of Dark riders with that 20 points. Or a bit more command on the warriors (i normally wouldnt recommend it, but if you have the points then yeah).
As for expanding beyond 1000, A level 1 sorceress with 2 scrolls is a must for boosting yourmagic defence (keep the seal of G too). Some more infantry (20 corsairs + warbanner = nice.. or more spears).
Also a unit of Cold one Knights, to give you a heavier flanking option than dark riders. A second bolt thrower is almost a must.
Dark Elves - Game #28 vs High Elves: Draw
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