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I can't make up my mind!
I'd like to have a strong center to my army, and can't decide between a unit of 4 treekin or a unit of 21 Eternal Guard, with Lord, ranked 7x3. The idea is to have the center hold the enemy up, and the other units (Wild Riders, Wardancers) manuver to hit him in the flanks. The center would be closely supported by Dryads.
Or maybe I should just give up on the whole idea of a strong center? After all, they aren't Dwarfs, and when I think about the Eternal Guard, "Ranks" just doesn't seem to go with "Wood Elves."
I find that 1 unit of eternal guard doesn't accomplish much at all.
Most opponents ignore it until you get close and then tie it up with a cheep unit.
Eternal guard work well when you have 2 units and a couple of wardancer units nearby to hit the flanks of the enemy when they hit.
A BSB is a must for eternal guard. With annoyance of nettings to stop him from getting chopped. A lord with Rhymers Harp with reduce the casualties taken.
If I had to choose, I'd go with EG for most army builds. With a noble or highborn, their stubborness means they'll stick around a lot longer than TK who find themselves fighting ranked units.
But Skarsgard's right. A BSB is the thing you need with EG. Stubborn on a 9 will still fail on occasion, so rerolling can save your hide.
And he's also right that you need flanking units to work with your EG's: dryads, war dancers, wild riders, TK, or a TM to return the charge. Otherwise your stubborn EG will slowly die.
I don't play with EG and have been doing fine without them. Then again, I use two Treemen, which I confess is kind of cheesy, so I'll be dropping to one, or maybe experiementing with none at all.
I use two also, I find that stubborn on LD 8 is good but I prefer having both fighting the same unit so if one does run the other can keep the enemy unit from overrunning.
I sold my EG to a friend of mine and even he doesn't use them anymore. The low toughness, low armour save and high points cost make them very borderline for my mind.
I agree. I try and keep my two TM together at all times. They are much more vulnerable when separated (just don't make the mistake I did of keeping them lined up for cannon shots/warp lightning and such---the lesson I learned was to keep them staggered). And they're much more threatening together.
I in my biased opinion would go for trekkin just because i love em so much (and because i play with only the wood part of wood elf)
I do the same. The archers are great at removing the odd rank bonus and then setting up traps for the trees to take care of those pesky knights.