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My brother just found out that he wants to start playing Fantasy Battles!
I'm a Lizardmenn player so he'll be playing mostly against me and probably my GS friend. As for him he really wants to play one of the elf armies. ( Im posting this in the Dark Elf, High Elf and Woodelf forums)
The army has to be well balanced, fun to play and of course it has to have some neat units
Personally i don't really have much experience with any elfs, so i need YOUR recomendation. Like are they a good starter army, balanced? How are they against LM and GS? Why should he choose this army etc..
Thanks in advance!
While the Wood Elves can be a lot of fun to play, there is a learning curve. It is very much a finesse army and can be very unforgiving at times. That being said, the units are awesome to look at and fun to paint (I'm a big fan of Dryads for these reasons). I would recommend that your brother figures out what type of army he would wants to play first (i.e. shooty, Magic Heavy, close combat, or some variation of those themes) and then pick the elf army that suits him.
contrary to popular belief we are not a strictly shooty army. We have a lot of cool and powerful close combat troops. However as it was said before we are not very strait forward and require finesse in order to use properly. We are a Guerrilla war-fare type army. So if that appeals to your friend go for that.
One thing i would like to point out thou when starting. Don't try to pick a good starting army pick an army he would want stick with after he invests time and money in buying, constructing, and painting.
pick an army that fits your play style
As far as the 3 elven armies go, we definatly rank #3. High Elves have their 7th edition rules and they are pretty sweet. Darkelves are a more recent release and are definatly in the top 5, and are often ridiculed as being broken and overpowered. Our list is outdated, but well rounded. We only really shine in the movement phase, so gaining wins can be difficult at times.
Previous posts mention finess as our playstyle. This means that we rely very strongly on our tactics and have to outsmart other players more than overpower them. Neither of the other elf armies can really claim this, as they both have troop/character/item combos that can do alot of thinking for them. There are alot of rules to learn in this game, and learning how to exploit each one to your advantage can take alot of time.
If your brother is patient, then it's a start. A strong gaming community to help you all learn how to play the best you can is essential to developing stratagy. However, starting with wood elves it will be a long time until he sees his first set of victories. I know first hand that it can be very discouraging for new players to lose over and over again because, simply put, one army is better than the other.
Wood Elves are an army for the long-term. I may not use my wood elves as much anymore and play WoC almost exclusivly now, but that is only because I want to learn how other armies work, so my Wood Elf game can get stronger. I love how un-conventional they are and beating people down with the use of trickery and basic troops.
If he wants instant gratification, he should go with dark elves and field 2 hydras. they have a hard time losing.