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Ok, me and my friends are starting Fantasy, slowly building our way up to 3,000 points with just one extra requirement - there has to be a special character in the force (at 3K). It would be the final hunt of the summer (but few Trees involved, I seem to have a lack of room to fit them in. Plus, I dislike Treemen.)
Originally, I thought of doing a Wood Elves army - Glade Guard for troops, Wild Riders, War Dancers, Waywatchers and Orion.
However, I have since found out what armies people are contemplating:
Skaven: Clan Eshin (with character that goes first, with instant-death attacks wounding on 2s)/Clan Skyre with lots of shooty stuff. Character as yet unknown.
Empire - muttering about 2x Steam Tanks and many cannon.
Dwarfs - miners and a gyrocopter will feature. Character is Anvil of Doom.
More Dwarfs, of unknown content. Likely to be a 1+ save character in there (one by certain rune combinations).
High Elves - obsessed with Dragons. Character is Imrik (on his dragon).
Dark Elves - mythology heavy. Hydras, Bolt-Throwers and nasty magicy stuff. And some hard Elves in combat. Character as yet unknown.
Chaos - unknown organisation. Dragons are likely to feature in this however. Or Archaeon.
Orcs and Goblins: Night gobbos mixed in with many a Black Orc, and Black Orc Chariot. Character is Grimgor Ironhide (may change).
I had the feeling that Woodies would not be able to stand up to these armies, especially in a large-scale game, where woods may be limited. And the fact they are only Str3, against either high toughness, or better armoured opponents. And many monsters. Orion appears to be the one character I could do real damage to high-T opponents, thanks to his bolt-thrower like bow.
Thus, I turned to see what other forces I liked that could potentially be game winning against these enemies.
Empire - Several large blocks of Halberdiers, supported with Swordsmen detachments and Crossbowmen. Some Knightly Orders for some cinematic cavalry charges. Several Cannon, covered with either Outriders or Free Company, and with some Hellblasters for support. Oh, and a Greatsword unit, and the character...as yet unknown.
Bretonninans - Knightly Order core, but with some Men-at-arms to give me a bit of block-infantry. Grail Knights for support, with the odd Trebuchet thrown in for some anti-horde splattering. Oh, and a nice and large unit of Pegasus Knights, and some Bowman support.
Also had a few thoughts about Lizardmen, but again they have a lack of siege weapons.
I like the background and models for all these armies (including the Woodies) and I have done som,e experimentation, and like both playstyles.
So, I have turned to you guys for help. What army should I chose to effectively combat these opponents, or, how should my Wood Elf idea be modified in order to give me a chance? My main concern is repeating my mistake with 40K - get into an army, then find out it doesn't hold upon the battlefield, then switch, and re-discover the same problem. I wasted so much money like that, and I now don't have that luxury - its 1 chance to get it right!
Many thanks if you guys could help me out. I am really stuck with this. Hope to hear from someone.
How about the WE twins riding the dragon? They are ridiculously difficult to kill, might be worth a shot?
Id go with your first instinct. Take the Wood Elves, so you may not win, but at least you have the army you want.
Go with the army you like best. Take into consideration what you playstyle is, how much you like the models, how important winning is ect. ect. ect.
Pick the army you like best. Once you learn the ins and outs of your army, you'll be able to adjust it to what you need/want it to do. Remember, any army can win and any army can do whatever you want you want it to for the most part, even if it is unorthodox.
Take for instance a magic heavy, peasent heavy, knight light, Bretonnian army. Very very unorthodox, and can be very effective sense you opponent will likely be expecting the complete opposite.
Play the army you like best and have fun :yes: .