So, there is a local tournament coming up in a couple of weeks that I might end up going to. I have mostly decided upon my list, but thought that I would put it up to get some feedback. For the most part, anything goes at the tournament, including special characters. However, High Elves can’t take Teclis or the Book of Hoeth (I would probably feel dirty taking either of those anyway…). So far, I have mainly used High magic (which I have really liked), but I thought that I would try something different this time. Well, here is what I came up with:
Archmage, Level 4 (Shadow), Talisman of Preservation, The Amulet of Light, Earthing Rod
So, the plan here is to get Mindrazor or at least The Withering and swap one spell for Miasma. The Amulet of Light give his unit magical attacks in case I run into something ethereal. I had the Seerstaff on him (to choose spells), but figured that I should go for the miscast protection since I will be chucking 6 dice at a spell eventually and I don’t want my general disappearing. I was trying to decide between the Earthing Rod and the Staff of Solidity (HE item). I finally settled on the Earthing Rod because I felt that re-rolling a miscast when I need to (probably 2-4s and 10-12s) is better than ignoring my first miscast (since it might not be all that bad). What do you think?
Noble, Battle Standard, Great Weapon, Armour of Caledor, Guardian Phoenix
Those that have been following my blog, will notice that this is pretty much my standard setup for my BSB on foot; 3 Strength 6 Attacks, ASF, almost always re-rolling failed To Hit rolls, 2+ Armour Save and a 5+ Ward Save.
Mage, Level 2 (Fire), Sigil of Asuryan
Since my list is vulnerable to enemy war machines and shooting, this guy will always swap a spell for Fireball and use that to throw at long distances. The Sigil of Asuryan is the ‘super dispel scroll’, destroying the spell on a 4+.
20 Archers, Musician, Standard
My only ranged unit in the list. Mainly included to help deal with any smaller units or a unit that has been hit with The Withering. I opted to go with one big block of 20 instead of two 10s so that they will be harder to take out by the faster units that tend to get to them. The standard is included since the tournament will have a scenario like Blood & Glory from the main rulebook.
48 Spearmen, FC, Standard of Discipline
One of my main combat blocks. My Archmage (general) will probably go in here, with the standard giving him Leadership 10. Running in horde formation, all 48 models have the possibility to attack if I am charged (front rank + supporting attacks + horde rule + spears + citizen levy). Ideally, these guys get Mindrazor when in combat, and when re-rolling hits and wounding on 2s, most things will disappear…
28 Sword Masters, FC, Ironcurse Icon, Banner of Eternal Flame
The other main combat unit. I think that most people know what Sword Masters do, even if I don’t get a spell off to aid them. The Ironcurse Icon gives them a 6+ ward against war machines, since I anticipate them being a target.
20 Phoenix Guard, FC, Banner of Sorcery
The Phoenix Guard are mainly included to provide some resiliency with their 4+ Ward. Also, they get the Banner of Sorcery to give me some better magic phases. We’ll see if I remember that they cause fear, since I’m not used to having that rule. I thought about using White Lions instead, but thought I would give the Phoenix Guard a try since they are more resistant to damage.
5 Dragon Princes, Musician
The Dragon Princes provide me a bit of mobility and some good power on the charge. I guess that they can always be Mindrazored on turn 2 if they get stuck in.
And finally the eagles… The eagles will probably play many roles; war machine hunter, redirector, or speed bump, etc.
The army comes to 2,500 exactly. My biggest worries are probably two common problems for High Elves: being out-deployed and coming up against somebody with massed shooting. I’m not sure how to really avoid the deployment issue with High Elves. I could add a couple more eagles, but don’t actually own the models right now.
Let me know any suggestions. Also, let me know if this seems like a jerk list, for any reason (Mindrazor?). I don’t want to be that guy. Bring on the feedback!