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Well I have decided to make the move into Warhammer Fantasy - and also to take Wood Elves for my army. Now I have read around the wE and looked at the tacticas and some of the army list posted here and have made some decisions about where to start building and extending an army.
However, before I wander out I would like to know that I have started off thinking and aiming in the right direction. Now I should point out that at this stage I own neither codex or rule book, so what I have below is based on what I have seen other take and also on what I think looks good to field/model (which is a must part of any army). I want to make sure that my images of this army match the tactical aspects of approaching wood elves.
2 boxed sets = £100
these would seem to give me enough core unit choices for most occasions up to 2000 points.
3 warhawks - £30
highelf dragon = £30
great eagle £15
these three choices are part of my attraction to the army. I understand the the hawks are a harrasment and heavy weapon/siege weapon hunters, hence their small number - also a similar thinking to great eagles. The dragon - its a dragon in a fantasy army - I think that is enough justification at this stage plus I really want to play around with the model
2 spellsingers = £12
wardancer lord - £7
These both seem to be solid choices in many armies
2 wild riders sets - £50
3 Wardancers sets - £21
1 wardancers command = £7
not sure how many of these to aim for in the end, but I can see that they are a strong and solid choice in many armies
With the exception of the dragon and wardancer, I have left the lords and nobles section alone, because I can see that the codex offers a wide range of available options and a greater understanding of these and of an armies focus is needed to make decisions.
I assume that the great eagles and wardancer unit set can only be bought off the website and not in stores.
So that is my current thinking about an army with a rough idea that this will reach (or be in excess of) 2000 points for a cost of £272 (oh and £42 for rules and codex). If there is anything in there that you would recommend I change - or if I am aiming for totally daft areas, I would appreciate the advice; Thank you
I would also think about adding a treeman. Can be used as an ancient or a rare choice and are a good choice for alot of lists.
Well welcome to the WE! I am able to buy wardancers at my local store fyi. I've only had to special order the great eagle and a BSB. A lot of what you decide on in the rare and special unit sections depends on how you want to play. I personally love wardancers and I also like warhawk riders. I'm going to take 4 of the suckers in a tournament next week. I would suggest reading the army book before buying the models so that you can know point values and don't waste money buying too much or something. I love the dragon models but haven't ever used one. If you use a dragon you need to make sure the rest of your army suits it. For example if you love Eternal Guard then you don't want to play only magic heros. You need a noble to run with them. If you play a highborn on a dragon you don't want your whole army to be blocks of eteranl guard because your dragon will advance all alone ahead of the troops and you'll die . Your heros need to match your army. Hope this helps some.
Armies: Wood Elves, High Elves
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Trodi is correct.
Wood Elf hero's tend to compliment the rest of the army. They are not "hard" enough to go it alone.
A Lord on a Dragon can be quite detrimental to your list if you are not careful. Why? Because every unit in the Wood Elf list is expensive. Our cheapest models are 12 points each, nearly on par with elite units from other armies.
I always recommend working from your core out. Work out what kind of army you want to play. Pick the core/special/rare to suit that style and then select hero's to match. This way you don't end up spending all your points on 4 models and end up with no army.
I have been looking through the army lists shown here and I can see your points about the command squade and the expence of units in the army. Taking that into conisderation I think the dragon will probably sit out of battles in the early stages (though the model is too good to pass up).
Just a simple questions though:
branchwraith = there appears to be only one official model for this which is a special character - would I be right in assuming that a Dryad with some unique features is a commonly used figure for this model
A converted Dryad is what most people tend to use.
A friend of mine also did a fantastic conversion using parts from the Dryad box but the body of a Daemonette. Looks really good as a Branchwraith.
I'll try and get him to photograph it and upload it on here.
i was really slack when i did my branchwraith, only my branchwraith has the branches that arch over the back/head, the rest just have ths small branches poke out the back
simple and its really is easy to differentiate them
even though i don't use them anymore my branchwraith was just a dryad with a skull head (comes in the box) with that sprite on the branch (which i painted to look like fire ) glued to its base. it worked.