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Hey everyone. I am a brand new fantasy player and i was wondering is a Cavalry heavy High Elf list effective at all? I like the idea of ranks of silver helms thundering towards the enemies ranks under the cover of bolt throwers and volleys of accurate archer fire so any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
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You're going to want to read THIS
It's a tactica I wrote a while ago on how to effectively use a cavalry army.
The only part which is ever truly contended is the effectiveness of a unit of 10 SilverHelms as opposed to a unit of 5 Dragon Princes. However, it is such a minute difference, that it is really down to personal choice. Just understand that you want to be fielding block of 10SHs, or you want to go with 5-6 DPs.
Yes, the army is good and quite devastating. Personally, I back mine with a very cheesed out magic phase, or a Dragon. You have the right idea as well, in that you want to use Archers for your core and take the absolute bare minimum of them, and take RBTs in your special slots.
Since writing this tactica, I've been toying around with the idea of a Prince on a Dragon, a Dragon Mage, and a pair of Eagles in my rare section at 2000pts. This would ultimately lead to an army capable of hitting enemy artillery on the second turn, and tossing up so many flying units that the enemy is simply overwhelmed. I have only playtested it once, and only against a mediocre dwarf army, but it worked well enough for me then.
Shooting is a real threat, as we have low model count. However, if you can avoid playing enemy gunlines, and enemies who don't like to break on the turn you charge them (stubborn dwarves, cold blooded lizardmen, and Daemons), you will find yourself winning almost all of your games. It would also be an easy conversion for you, coming from 40k, as it is a very maneuverable army. The downside is, it takes a little bit of patience to learn how to use to it's best effect.
Of course you have to know how to use it properly (i know i still did not figured out). What we cannot do is field a full cav list as we do not have cav in core choices.
Sample list should be like this
prince on horse, sword of mught enchanted shield vambraces, talisman of loec (1+sv rerolable, 4+ ward)
bsb on horse battle banner
mage on horse 2x dispel scrolls
10 Silver helms FC
10 Dragon princes FC, banner of lion standard, gem of courage and maybe mask of merlord (to give the champ 1+)
5 Dragon princes Champ
5 Ellyrian rReavers Champ
5 Ellyrian Reavers Champ
1x Great Eagle
2243 points for a 2250 list and almost max cav (you need those RBT`s and eagle)
I feel would be a fun list
Hight elf and Craftworld Eldar army project pics heavy: linky