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I am new to warhammer and I have a few questions regarding the High elf army. First, I was wondering if the High Elf army is a popular army? I would like my army that I play with to not be a popular army. Second, I was wondering if there are multiple viable builds within a High elf army composition (do you see alot of different army builds/can there be in a High Elf army), or are there only a few mainstream tactics which will work/everybody uses? I am also curious as to know if the High elf army is overpowered, and considered "easy" or "cheesy" to play with? I would like an army that challenges my gaming abilities and tactics to the max. I know all armies require interaction and competent generalship to play with, but I want to earn my wins. My last question is model count. Is the High Elf army a low, medium, or high model count army compared to other armies? I do like the fluff and the models of the High Elves, but if there is a different army out in the warhammer world which fits my description better I will surely look into that army as well. Thanks everyone for replying to my questions!
It depends what country you are from.
For example in New Zealand (My home ) High Elves may be an army a few people have but its not played as often as Chaos Dark Elves etc
Secondly the High Elf army is not very overpowered unless you bring in Teclis or a Star Dragon there are other but these are the most common it can actually be quite difficult to use them at times.
Once again when it comes to mainstream builds more than 2/3 of High Elf lists i have seen on Forums have Teclis or a Star Dragon in them, yes alot of people play in GT with them i find that ok, but when your playing in a normal tourney i just find that your going OTT. If you truly want to earn your wins then i say stay clear of Teclis a Star Dragon and about 6 levels of magic or more, I took an army down to a tournament last week 2 nobles 1 a bsb 2 level 2 mages 2x 10 archers 16 PG 2x 6 SM Lion Chariot 5x DP 2x RBT and an Eagle i ended up coming 10th only because of my painting score (i only just decided to play the army the week before)
A High Elf army is definately a Small - Medium sized army when it comes to models, depending on how you play them
I hope this answers your questions
In Southern California (where I live), the High elves are not THAT popular but not disdained either. I see them often enough.
It seems to me that they are a popular 'backup' or 'alternate' army. They're obviously one of the more frequented sections of the Fantasy forum, but I rarely see the army on the tabletop. When I do face them, it's often in tournaments, and rarely at that.First, I was wondering if the High Elf army is a popular army? I would like my army that I play with to not be a popular army.You will find that in Warhammer Fantasy, there are particular builds which become the 'template' for a successful army of that race. For example, Dwarves are typically considered a "gun line" army, and their builds reflect this. High Elves feature the same concept, although our list is actually very flexible and open to flavor. The backbone of most successful High Elf lists are the special infantry. Luckily, all of our special infantry choices are of equal points values and therefore very easily interchangeable. This is more helpful for individual "flavor", as the typical list is still often a large central regiment, supported by small detachments of the special infantry, or special cavalry.Second, I was wondering if there are multiple viable builds within a High elf army composition (do you see alot of different army builds/can there be in a High Elf army), or are there only a few mainstream tactics which will work/everybody uses?
Further flavor can be added by focusing more on magic and/or shooting, or focusing the list on combat. I personally chose a more rare flavor (actually, used to be the most common flavor) and went with a list that features lots of cavalry. I've found that all variations of the list can be more or less equal on the battlefield, so I would say that yes, there are multiple builds.The HighElf army is not considered 'over powered'. That title is reserved for the Vampire Counts, Dark Elves, and Daemons books accordingly, which were released after the High Elf book. The Highelves are considered one of the top competitive armies in the game, as WHFB is experiencing a rather awkward 'power creep' at the moment. It seems that each successive book is more powerful than the last, with the exception of the two most recent, Warriors of Chaos, and Lizardmen. These two books are less extreme than the previous 3 titles, and are more in line with the High Elves, leading me to believe that the HE, LM, and WoC are most likely going to serve as the template for the 'average' army of the game for the years to come.I am also curious as to know if the High elf army is overpowered, and considered "easy" or "cheesy" to play with? I would like an army that challenges my gaming abilities and tactics to the max. I know all armies require interaction and competent generalship to play with, but I want to earn my wins.
You will certainly feel that you have earned your wins with HE though. They are one of the most tactical armies at the moment, although it is argued that their Always-Strike-First rule negates the need for any kind of charge/hold strategy. This is steadily being overcome by the plethora of items and rules within other armies that negate ASF, or still cause us to seek/avoid particular charges.HighElves are a low-model-count army. My personal cavalry army features 35 models in a 2k game. Typical HE armies feature around 100 models at a similar size, depending on composition and choice of characters. This is a radical change from my Empire army, which features nearly 200 models in a similar setting.My last question is model count. Is the High Elf army a low, medium, or high model count army compared to other armies?
However, the HighElf range is still predominately metal. Our core choices and our lords/heroes are all in plastic, but the special units that i talked about forming the backbone of our armies, are still in metal. Still, I feel that it balances out, as you will pay as much for a plastic "horde" army, as you will pay for an "elitist" metal army.If you like the High Elves, I would certainly stick with them. They're a great army on the table and very rewarding to play, as well as being some of the most visually appealing models in the line up. If you feel that you've done your research, I would say that it's safe to call it quits and settle on the High Elves.I do like the fluff and the models of the High Elves, but if there is a different army out in the warhammer world which fits my description better I will surely look into that army as well.
Other armies that play to a similar strategy, that you might want to look into though would include:
Wood Elves- equally striking models, less metal, similarly demanding tactics, less powerful
Dark Elves- good looking models, still afford some tactical thinking, more [over]powerful
Warriors of Chaos- great models, almost all plastic, same tactical overview and variation but different methods of execution, same power bandNo problem, it's what we're here for after all.Thanks everyone for replying to my questions!