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With the purchase of models and the book, then my sis bailing out on me, I'm stuck holding a bunch of High Elves.
I wish to have a go at them, since they'll be quite different from the horde lists I play.
Now a few questions ...
1. I was planning on taking mages for my characters, but is this ok? Should I bring along at least one noble?
2. Are there any items which are a "must hve"?
3. Are there any units that I shouldn't bother with?
4. Is there a real difference between the steed-drawn and loin-drawn chariots?
My original plan was creating a (mostly) mounted force, with archers/bolt throwers softening up the foe. The whole list being supported by an 'x' number of mages.
Any and all advice is welcomed, as I'm really clueless here ...
1) Mage heavy lists are usually the most effective. Not particularly because the mages are good, but because the combat characters can't really stand up to the characters from most other armies. So, if they end up in a challenge o something, in most cases they'll lose. In my opinion, HE mages aren't as powerful as they should be according to the fluff, but they're still pretty decent. In my lists I usually take most characters as mages, but I include one noble, who I make the BSB. I usually put him in my Phoenix guard to give them a bit of added punch.
2) I don't think many items in particular are a must have. In general most HE magic items are useful, with the notable exception of the magic weapons. The magic weapons aren't worth the cost considering you can get an ASF great weapon so much cheaper. Magic items that tend to pop up quite often include the Armour of Caledor, The Seerstaff of Saphery, the Jewel of the Dusk and the Silver Wand. If you ever consider a Dragon Mage, the Silver Wand is a good choice. As the DM gets a free power dice for each spell he tried to cast, then having an extra spell can get you another free PD. The Skeinsliver is useful if you'd like to have a better chance of getting the first turn. From the magic banners the Banner of Sorcery is always a good choice for magic heavy armies. The Banner of Ellyrion is also a good cheap addition to an elite unit, that could surprise your enemies.
3) The main problem that HE suffer from is that their core is quite poor. They're just too expensive for what they do. Unfortunately this isn't too likely to change, since they're elves they're paying through the nose for their statline even though any decent troops can crush them. So, most HE players take minimum core. Most things in special are pretty good. Generally, people avoid Silver Helms because Dragon princes are so much better for not that many more points.
4) There is quite a difference really. The lion chariot can cause much more damage since it has a large number of high strength attacks from the crew and the lions, wheras the Tiranoc chariot has to rely on its impact hits. This means that the Lion Chariot can fend for itself much more effectively, and can fight quite well if it is charged or is fighting in the second round of combat. Also, don't underestimate the fact that it causes fear, it can come in handy. You don't have to test to charge fear causers, or other units you charge might be hitting you on 6's. Of course the main downside to the lion chariot is that it costs so much more than the tiranoc. Many players don't like lion chariots because they see them as an expensive cannon magnet.If that's the sort of army you're going for, I'd recommend that your core units be 10 man archers units with no command (or possibly musicians if you have the points). Spearmen have no place in a mostly mounted army, and Sea Guard have a lower range than archers. You ought to go for lots of Dragon Princes in a mostly mounted army. One tactic that some people use is to take a large unit of DPs with a BSB with the Battle Banner, it's an expensive unit but it should break whatever it charges.My original plan was creating a (mostly) mounted force, with archers/bolt throwers softening up the foe. The whole list being supported by an 'x' number of mages.
Keep in mind that if you're considering taking chariots and cavalry, that the chariots can't march, so they could be left behind by the cavalry.
Hope that helped
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To add to the fantastic reply which really says it all, don't bother with Silver Helms unless for fluff reasons. For just a couple of more points, you get immune to fire and breath attacks, one more attack and higher WS and LD. Not to mention the models are fantastic. If you have Silver Helm models lying around, you could always convert them a bit and use them as DPs.
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i don't fully agree with the leave the silver helms at home bit..
Silver helms can do a great job on the field if you get them in units of at least 10 with full command..
this could really work well as an anvil unit for your dragon princes. they can bring you some fast moving SCR.
in smaller units they are useless though...
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If supported by a Noble or a Prince, then maybe. I actually spoke out for the Silver Helms, they can be used as anvil units, that's correct, but then they seriously need a character or some LD boost. Perhaps a BSB with the Battle Banner?
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