Well its time for Game 5 of the currently tied Grudge series between myself and Adam at the Club this week. We had a lot of new WHFB players turn up last week so looks like competition is going to be good over the next few months especially with 8th Edition getting everyone fired up.
Great to see a couple of the regulars - Caleb (WoC) and Richard (O&G) - return as well. Nice variety of armies there too, and I noticed that another regular from last year - Ellen (DE) - is attending the next Wellington tournament on the 17th so ill be checking to see if she is returning to the Club again. Either way I will be attempting to resurrect the 1500pt league we had going a year or to ago.
Anyway we are going with 1500pts for this weeks match. Points sort of represent the fact that our two respective armies have been slowly wiping eachother out and have very few troops left. It remains to be seen if this is the last match of the series though. The 8th Edition scenarios give some awesome options for setting up a long campaign.
High Elves @ 1500pts Version 1
w. Armour of Caledor, Guardian Phoenix, GW
w. Barded Steed, Dragon Armour, Shield, Helm of Fortune, Talisman of Protection, Halberd
Phoenix Guard x20
w. Champion, Musician
Dragon Prince x5
TOTAL 1,500pts exactly
No magic this time as at 1500pts its a waste of time as any competent Dwarf General (and Adam is very competent) will field at Runesmith w. 2 RO Spellbreaking at any points level giving him 5DD and 2 scrolls. To beat that I would have to take 2 Level 2's minimum with a Banner of Sorcery and at least one bound to even have half a chance of getting of a single spell. 8th Edition however is going to be very different no more having to take maxed out Level 4 Archmages when Level 2's can generate the same number of PD and DD and throw 6 dice at high cost spells. Means for High Elves for points can go on combat characters.
OK - I noticed the major flaw in v1 above the Swordmasters while great in combat will get slaughtered by Dwarf missile fire before they get close. So they need some form of protection, hence version 2 below:
High Elves @ 1500pts Version 2
w. Armour of Caledor, GW, Guardian Phoenix
w. Barded Steed, Shield, Halberd, Helm of Fortune
Phoenix Guard x18
w. Full Command
White Lions x15
w. Champion, Musician
w. Full Command, Standard of Balance
Dragon Princes x5
Major modification here is inclusion of Standard of Balance which makes the SM ITP and therefore impossible to break with missile fire. Either Adam wipes out the entire unit before it gets to him and thus lets my other units sneak up, or he ignores it and has to take the hit. Other inclusion are the White Lions which gives me 2 units now wounding Dwarfs at T4 on 3's or better.
I have also put up a new page listing some of the many battle reports I have done on this blog to help people find them more easily.