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I have been looking at these guys with great interest recently and the idea of m9 fast cavalry appeals to me very much. I have a few questions though.
Are they better than silverhelms for flank charging? SHs pack a bigger punch but are slightly harder to get into the perfect position not being fast cav and having a slightly lower movement.
Would anyone have any objections to converting glade riders to these guys. I don't fancy the idea of paying £6 a reaver. Especially if I'm to have a couple of units of them ^_^
Any thoughts on these guys would be much appreciated, thanks
I would not say that the reavers make 'better' flankers than SH, but they are a great alternative. THe SH will hit at S5 with an assumed frontage of 5 and will probably have a 2+ save at 24pts a model. The reavers are hitting at S4 with the same frontage, and a 5+ save. The thing is, everytime I get flanks off with my Ellryions, the SH wind up breaking the unit. You will lose your reavers though, but they are rarely destroyed unless the combat lasts for another turn. That's the only problem.
The nicest parts of the reavers would be the march-blocking, and the fact that you can give them bows (a must for an all-cav army). Reavers are a touch and go, and I disagree with using them anywhere but all cav. Reason being: with a static infantry line, you will be flanking with the SH, who are also capable of chasing foes out into the 'wild' areas of the board. Reavers will hit the flanks, but then they are too light/damaged to chase the foe out into a dangerous prolonged engagement.
The best way to get effective M9 flankers is to go without barding your SH units. I don't remember if that's legal though (my book isn't here with me, but it's either barding, or heavy armor for +2pts).
Converting them from glade-riders is fine, but the wood-elf models don't have the same refined look. An alternative is to buy sprues of archers and the silver-helm legs, and chariot horses.
When it comes to fighting power the helms winn but that is just cause they have lances.
About the converting buisness.
it wouldn't be a problem though the WE range looks very different from the HE one.
The horses can be copied eaily but the riders might need some HE archer stuff on them.
hope it helps
"Ask not the Eldar a question, for they will give you three answers; all of which are true and terrifying to know"
silver helms always have barding - its in their definition.
You can give them shields and/or heavy armor but they will always be M9-1 due to the barding
For Flanking SIlver Helms are more survivaerable, but in overall usefulness the fast. cav are great. Take out War machines like the Skaven Warp Cannon, Chaos Hellcannon etc - and flee from charges.
i find reavers are great but not for flanking that is what my silver helms do. I use my reavers as an annoyance unit which constantly runs around a powerful unit(say chosen knights) just to get him angry. and for the glade riders that is exactly hwat i did and they look fine wiht the rest of the army.