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Hi. This is the list I am building to in our escalation league. Comments or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Characters - 823
TMA (with AoN) - I'm giving CoR to my BW to save points.
Standard Alter - probably with HoDA/HoTH but maybe BS/BoL
Spellsinger (lvl2 / Calingor's / dispel scroll)
Branchwraith (lvl1 / CoR)
Core - 810
1x GRx5 (musician)
1x GRx6 (musician)
Special - 567
WRoKx5 (musician/ War Banner)
Rare - 50
I wanted a 2nd lvl1 Spellsinger instead of the Branchwraith for more dispel scrolls. That would shift the CoR to the TMA. I dropped a Glade Rider to make 2 groups of 5, but that adds up to 2251. Any suggestions about where to cut that 1 point? (I thought about dropping the Alter's shield - maybe that makes him less survivable with only a 5+ Armour save, but I'd get 2 more dispel scrolls.)
What I would suggest for the list is dropping one of the units of wild riders. Upping the other unit to 6. And adding another unit of wardancers. I think they have more all around value and save a bunch of points. Then you could make the switch if you wanted to between the wraith and singer.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
The most obvious place to cut points with minimal changes to the list would be to remove one glade rider from the unit of six like you suggested and then cut the banner from one of the wild rider squads. This would give you a surplus of 17 points with which you could buy a couple of musicians in addition to switching the branchwraith to a spellsinger caddy.
The suggestion of scrapping one of the wild riders units for an extra wild rider in the other unit and more wardancers is a decent idea too, although I might go another way and cut either the warhawk riders or one of the glade rider units. Between the riders, hawk, and eagle you have four harassment units, which seems like plenty -- maybe even more than you need. Units of 3 warhawks are also often considered suboptimal because they fall below US5 after taking only one casualty.
TMA w/ CoR, AoN
Spellsinger w/ Calingor's + scroll
Spellsinger w/ 2 scroll
Standard Alter w/ HoDA, GW, LA, Sh, HoTH
2x 10 GG
2x 5 GR (mus)
2x 8 D
2x 7 WD
1x 6 WRoK + War Banner
1x 6 WRoK
So that leaves you with 90 points to fudge with. You can get a banner on the second Wild Riders, musicians on your wardancers and glade guard, and level 2 on a spellsinger and still have 11 points left over. Alternately, you can shave a wild rider and get another 8 man dryad squad plus either musicians for both wardancers or musicians for both glade guard and one wardancer.
Either way you are increasing your combat effectiveness substantially at relatively little loss.
Thanks Kently and Seals,
I'll have to make some adjustments. I really appreciate the input from both of you!