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I didn't see any lists or discussions about WE cavalry, so I figured I'd ask.
I haven't played WE yet, but I was wondering at the viability of an all or mostly cavalry army.
Glade Riders are Core
WildRiders are Special
Granted, you don't have a wide variety of choices, but taking something like 4 GR units and 3-4 WR units, and then maybe a pair of Great Eagles should give a pretty mobile army. Throw some mounted heroes in with the WR (or even GR) for some extra hitting power. Granted, the army doesn't have much in the way of static CR, but hopefully with the mobility you could stack charges to prevent drawn out combats. Would something like this work? Would you throw in a Treeman or two instead of the Eagles to give your opponent something 'solid' to focus on and maybe serve as an anchor?
This reminds me a bit of an army type I remember seeing on Asrai.org. They call it a Sethayla army IIRC and its pretty much GR, WHR, WW, some GG, and the heroes are all either mounted or alters. It has a decent amount of shooting and is so mobile that its pretty much impossible to get into combat if you don't want to be stuck in. Its great against some armies, but just rolls over against others as its based on points denial.
Other than that, I heavily mounted army could work quite well. While not amazing in CC, GR are capable of killing light infantry on a flank charge and WR are seen as pretty good. The big point is that you'd run circles around your opponents and can easily pick your fights. Just hope the enemy doesn't bring a GD and heavy armour would probably be a lot of trouble without a Treeman or WD.
You could fix a fair few of the weaknesses by having a lord mounted on a dragon, though, and it would be pseudo in-theme too as its a mounted unit.
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I wouldn't go Cavalry only with WE if you want to win a game once in a while but it would still be fun to play with. If your looking at a cav heavy army I would go with Phalanx suggestion.
A Sethayla list is what you'd want if you want to stay reasonably competitive.
So basically you'd be look like at taking
Lords/Heroes: Dragon Lord, Hero on Eagle, Mount Heroes and Singers and Alters
Core: Glade Riders
Special: Warhawk Riders and Wild Riders
Rare: Eagles and Waywatchers.
It works, and works well.
It is actually one of the most hated lists on my tourney scene as it can almost always avoid any fight and arrange a fight on its terms.
Don't neglect magic defence is my only advice, magic is about the only thing that can unstick the list.
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well in my gaming circle people tend to fear for their lives when they see wild riders for whatever reason. coupled with irresistable force, they tend to get nuked more than they should and are usually cooked in one shot before they can fight. On the other hand, they neglect my wardancers before they receive a lethal 12 casualty flank charge. So yeah, Wild riders haven't served me too well.
An army of them though? that might mix things up a bit. I still like the ability to dump 22 attacks to the front rank of a massed unit though.
That's the great thing about it. If the enemy aren't frying or pumping your WRs full of lead, then they're not frying or pumping your other units full of lead. Every army needs a scapegoat.
To the OP, I'd say that an all-cav (or mostly-cav) force is one of those Specialist Lists. They can work really well, but it's best to get experience with a more regular WE force first.
Thanks for the replies all. In all honesty, I'm really liking the Forest Spirit army concept, models, and stats. However, they seem very common. I was thinking about what might be fun and different, and I hadn't seen any WE lists with a cav theme before. I thought I'd ask about it and get some opinions.