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Ok, after just buying the High Elf models to just paint them, and a small persuasion from my friend, I've decided to give this heathen game a try
Anyways, I've always like Gil-Galad as a character and wondered if he was actually any good in-game and what he's good with. I have a few High Elf Spearmen and some of Haldir's Elves (They look better than the HE Bowmen IMO)
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We can see from these facts that Gil-galad is almost obscenely powerful.
- He has the highest fight value in the game, except for the Balrog.
- He causes terror.
- He has all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of a two-handed weapon.
- He has a very high defence (for an elf).
- He's cheaper than an Istari.
Always good to see more LotR players - it's a well designed game and enjoyable (and indeed tactical) to play.
Last edited by Anacron; July 6th, 2008 at 16:11.
Gil galad, as Anacron says is obscenly strong. Its sickening. ****ing elves. Gald to see mor LotR players also.
High elves are a pretty strong army overall to be honest, nice characters and their warriors are good, shooting of course, is their forte.
I have one Question with Gil-Galad. Since in the stories he's apart of the early Third Age, should he be used in battles with opponents from the later Third Age? Per LoME there is nothing against what opponents can field just what allies you can take. Still I don't think it is in character to have Gil-galad face the Nine Nazgul as they were created after Gil-Galad left Middle Earth.
I htink it depends. If you are playing a friendly game then either (a) don't take him if you don't want to and mention to your opponent why you are making a change to your list or (b) call him Bil Balad (or some better name) and say hes someone else, your just using the Gil Galad rules for this elf hero you made up. In a tourney suck it up not really much you can do in that situation.
According to the books, the Ringwraiths first appeared in the year 2251 of the Second Age, over one thousand years before Gil-galad died in the War of the Last Alliance. So you can have him vs Ringwraiths, but, as has been asked, not against forces from the Third Age.
you have to be really careful using gil-galad, he is alot of pts that can b wasted when he gets pwned by being surrounded by cavalry and fails his 1 FATE. Really big drawback there.
A small correction to my earlier post: you can use him vs Third Age forces (as evidenced by a battle report in White Dwarf 323), but it not a good idea, background-wise, to use him in a specific Third Age scenario. And I would think that Gil-galad would die eventually if he was surrounded by infantry, let alone charging cavalry. Just as well for my Orcs and Southrons, really.