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I keep reading and hearing from players in the area that High Elves can shoot their archers in two ranks in situations where everyone else can only shoot in one rank. I have not been able to find this in either the rulebook or the army book.
Can somebody please confirm or deny this rule, and if it is true, where is it written?
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Never heard of that rule. May be getting confused with shooting from a hill which allows two ranks to fire.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
That's what I'm thinking...and I've been playing it as one rank since building the army last year. But I've read it online and heard it discussed by other gamers. Maybe they are just wrong? I can't find that rule anywhere.
High elves in the book before their previous book had this special rule.
Actually, there were a lot of cool unit specific rules for high elves before they became the bland, weak race, and then transitioning into the all ASF army they are today.
High Elf archers were accomplished in volley fire, and could fire in two ranks, even if on open terrain. There's even a kneeling archer model.
Elryian(sp) Reavers had a fourth charge reaction (in addition to hold, flee, stand and shoot), which was 'Fire and Flee', this basically combined the stand and shoot reaction into one. Very characterful.
Sword Masters were trained in the art of deflecting attacks with their swords that they were -1 to hit with missiles weapons, which represented them knocking arrows down with their swords as they marched forward. Makes sense for bows and crossbows, but not so much for black powder weapons or ballistae.
Last edited by sirkently; May 24th, 2010 at 22:32.
Well, I'm glad that they got rid of Sword Master deflection... that just seems silly. I do wish we had kept the other two rules however.
I suppose that it's a small price to pay for ASF though.
Also some rumors about 8th edition say that archers will shoot with 2 ranks.
the rumours sayfrom: http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=253845Fire in 2 ranks.
* All missile weapons fire in 2 ranks as standard
* Missile units will not gain a rank when shooting from hills. -Harry I think
* Units armed with bows, short bows and longbows may shoot with an additional half a rank for every rank behind the 2nd. I.e. 12 models wide, 3 ranks (36 models). 12 front rank, 12 2nd rank, 6 3rd rank = 30 shots. Salvo fire only applies if you haven't moved and not when you stand and shoot.
Ya Ive heard rumours about shooting in two ranks and even fighting in four. I discounted the rumours immediately but who knows... Me and my buddies still argue about the differences in the battlebook and rulebook I have. Ive been playing house rules since the nineties... I cant keep up with all the rule changes, lol. Of course if I ever decide to bring my army to a GW gaming night, Im sure Ill be slapped in the face wit a bunch of rule changes... we still argue whether flyers go 24 or 20 as I have documentation that says both. By the way, where is magic now? When I first started way back, magic was at the end, but now Ive seen documentation that has it after shooting?
Today magic is after movement and before shooting, some rumors say that on the next edition it will be first (even before movement).