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I just brought a bunch, gonna use them to switch up my playing style. I was wonder if you guys could gimme some tips. Like what a list compliment would be if using them, standard tactics, and best unit set-up. Also, should I have them 5 in a row or 6 or 7?
Also interested in this topic. I have about 15 of the old Spearmen that I gave her to paint and they look so good I want to try and use them in games. The last few times I tried to use them, they kinda got left behind and never saw much combat.
Using Eternal Guard is a different way of using wood elves for sure. For army setup, you will generally see a BSB in the list. And if you have a BSB, then a treeman is a natural. And as the EG is a good anvil unit, you need some hammers to go with the treeman. Wild riders work very well, as do wardancers and dryads. Treekin are also an option, though less maneuverable than the others and expensive.
And you will usually have a highborn in the army and usually setup to go in the unit, though this isn't necessary. If in the unit, rymers harp and netlings are a common setup. One I like is amber pendant, and armour of the fey with anything else of your choice.
Size of the unit will vary slightly around 20. If you are facing toughness 3 opponents for the most part, you will want to go 7 wide, so your unit should start at a minimum of 21 models including characters. A few extra can come in useful. If you are facing tougher opponents you will want to go 5 wide and have a minimum of 20 including characters. Again a few extra can be helpful.
You will also want full command on the unit, as well as the warbanner in most instances. For deployment, you will want to put them behind some trees if possible to make use of there ability to go through without slowing down and provide some cover from any shooting.
Hope that helps.
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I used the EG as sirkently says and it works. Actually is the way I play most of my games. I flank them w/ a treeman and dryads, and use WR to negate ranks. Works like a charm. Just emember to combine charges.
My regular WE opponent takes a Highborn so that EG are Core and buys the full command. Places them behind her 6" placeable forest. Flanked by Treeman on one side and either another EG or Dryads on the other. March 10" into the woods. Treesing the woods for another couple of inches.
The Dryads are used to counter charge anything that flanks or tries ofr a Rear charge (like Carrion or Chariots) on the EG. Using a US5 unit of riders in the same capacity to deny rank bonus has not yet occured to her
The Treeman holds one flank very nicely but so far has been pretty easy to redirect.
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Ahhh, this old chestnut. A perennial bloomer this one.
They're an excellent choice if you want your army to fit the background, the models are awesome and they are a solid, dependable unit in game terms. They can be relied upon, provided they hang around with a Battle Standard Bearer, to stay put. They can chuck out a gazillion attacks a turn at high WS.
But. They will die. Quickly. They have low toughness and armour saves. They aren't nearly as manoeveurable as the rest of the army. They're a big and obvious target. They have low strength which cancels out the high weapon skill. They soon add up into an expensive unit.
There are better units to take that are better value for points (and money!), more versatile, more lethal, more manoeveurable and more resilient.
Basically, Eternal Guard are "meh".
I have forty of them...
I enjoy using them and I think they make a really nice addition to a Wood Elf army on the tabletop, but I wouldn't take them if I wanted to win. Best used just for fun, to my mind.
However, a big block (of, say, 25) flanked on each side by a Treeman, with a BSB in the Eternal Guard unit - that little formation is almost impossible to shift. The Treemen protect the flanks of the EG, get stuck in to dish out the damage in combat and the EG provide static combat res. BSB helps the whole shebang stay where it is.
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Personaly i think eg suck they are way to expensive for what they do high elf spearmen are better stuborn is only good till your highborn is dead or at least were i play everyone and the brother play vc and deomons so what is stubborn when your outnumbered by 50 zombies of a bunch of unkillable plaguebearers so then you have to put the fear banner in there then that unit is WAY to expensive and they will still not be very good against the top tier unbreakable lists
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