After a considerable hiatus from these, I decided to try to start them up again. New High Elf and Warriors books have been released, since I first compared the Warriors. Also, with the seemingly prevalence of Warriors in my area, I thought that it might be good to revisit them. A lack of access to the new books had been preventing me, but I finally decided to just use the Army Builder data to get the stats for these models.
So, without further ado, let the comparisons begin.
The first comparison is for Warriors with a Shield and Mark of Nurgle. The Elves end up slightly on the losing end for this match-up, with the Phoenix Guard doing the best. The -1 To Hit from the mark makes a significant difference, since all of the elves (except the Swordmasters) have to roll a 5 or better to hit. The Phoenix Guard and Spearmen still get a lot of hits due to their re-rolls, but their lower Strength can’t punch through the armour of the Warriors.
The next comparison swaps the survivability of Nurgle for the killing power of Khorne. Khorne Warriors with a Halberd produce considerably more damage against the Elves, but the Elves get to kill more of them, too. The end results are more in the Warriors favor than before, with the combats being much more decisive.
For the final comparison, I was interested what the difference would be if the Khorne Warriors swapped the Halberd from the previous calculation for an extra Hand Weapon. I was slightly surprised, at first. I expected the extra attacks against the low armour to perform better, but it would seem that the 2+ to Wound from the Strength 5 attacks of the halberd is more advantageous. Also, only the first row of Warriors benefits from the extra attacks, so clearly bumping the attacks up in Strength is a better choice.
So, the final conclusion? Don’t send any of the elven units in head-to-head against any Warriors and expect to win. Either magical support, combined charges or flanking is required to pull off a reliable victory.