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I have recently aquired a new collection of high elf models ( picked based on what looked coolest, i'm more of a painter ) and was looking for some advise on where to start with building amry lists. I would like to sart a about 1500 - 2000pts. Here is what I have:
High Elf Mage/Archmage
Dragon Mage/Dragon Mounted Prince
32 Spearmen/Sea Guard
20 Pheonix Guard
15 White Lions of Charce
10 Dragon Princes of Caledor
2 Lion Chariots of Chrace
2 Repeater Bolt Throwers
Thanks in Advance, all help is much appriciated!
That is an awesome place to start from.
If you have a flick through the army list section you will see that you have a very sound base to play around with. Initially I suggest just 2 characters, Archmage and BSB, but playing round with dragons and princes and stuff is always fun.
You have more than enough core for 2000 points as well which is nice, I would field spearmen with the archers in 2 blocks of 10 but most would just go with seaguard.
Special is all about Elite Infantry for us, Phoenix Guard as a unit of 20 make an awesome anvil and 14 White Lions make a good hammer or anvil. Without Swordmasters thought you may lack a bit of punch so you could drop the WL in favour of 2 units of 5 Dragon Princes.
The lion chariots and Bolt Throwers are very expensive for what they do, I love my Lion Chariot but if you are wanting to make a really competitive list they are not points efficient. They do bring things to the battle however and you can still be competitive using chariot if you play well. Bolt Throwers are a bit the same, before I took them to kill monstersbut with 6s always wounding this is less important.
Good luck, let me know if you want any more specific advice, I often write lots and say little, it's my gift.
Stupid Ipad cant scroll down to edit at the end.
Get a mage painted and photographed for the winds of magic painting gallery/competition we just started, and welcome to the HE section on LO.
Have a pop through THIS (Thinking of Starting HE? Post Questions HERE) thread. It was started as a catch all for newbie-oriented questions, so you can probably get a good footing just by skimming through it.
With the collection that you have, I'd build a base 1500pt army, and then use the stuff that you haven't tested yet to expand from there. That means that you're probably ruling out your Dragon-mount, but otherwise you'll be able to field just about anything you listed.
One thing I think that you're going to find unfortunately is that our Archers underperform horribly. It's not that they're bad at what they do, they actually hit more often than most archers, but they're also twice as expensive as their usual counterparts. My suggestion would be to buy up a box of Spearmen, and make a combined unit of Spears and Bowmen by combining parts. For example, archer bodies on armored spearmen legs, and spearmen bodies and weapons on kneeling archer legs. It's a very cool visual effect for a unit of Seaguard, and it makes use of your models.
Everything else you listed of is good, the Lion Chariots are a toss up - personally I don't like them, but I know that Allonaire does, as do several other gamers. It's all a matter of how you want to play the game, I prefer spending those points on infantry or cavalry or even a pair of Tirranoc chariots rather than a single cannon target, but other people like the compact delivery system for that amount of damage.
A good start would definitely be to field a Mage or Archmage with Lore of Life, and probably a Seer Staff to pick his spells rather than rolling for them. First priority for spell choice would have to be Regrowth, followed by Throne of Vines, and then probably Flesh to Stone and either Dwellers or Earthblood. Lore of Life is pretty much a 'must' for High Elves, and our Mages are more cost effective than our Combat characters (ASF on our Lords/Heroes is nice, but T3 makes them vulnerable in combat).
A BSB would be your next bet, it's good that you already have one. Keeping our lads in line is the name of the game. Most people give him a Great Weapon and some defensive items, but the Banner of the World Dragon can be a good time as well, making us immune to incoming magic - great addition to those Phoenix Guard as a bunker for your Mage General. The Banner of Sorcery is tempting, but remember, your Dragon Princes, Phoenix Guard, or WhiteLions can grab that banner as well, and have the exact same effect.
Otherwise, Allonaire has definitely pointed you in a great starting direction!
Thanks for all the great advise guys, i'll post an army list soon in the appropriate section and i'll get my mage painted up for that winds of magic painting gallery (my army scheeme is green and white). Happy Wargaming!