Got in two games of 8th Edition WHFB yesterday against Adam and his Dwarfs. Great fun and a good chance to sort out a workable army list for the 2011 New Zealand tournament season. Ill post the battle reports over the next few days I just need to work out the narrative so I can work them into the previous 8 games Adam and I have played in our War of the Beard grudge series.
High Elves @2400pts
w. Folraiths Robe, Talisman of Endurance, Silver Wand, Shadow Magic
Avoided the Book of Hoeth as despite its potential I much prefer my mage to stay alive throughout the battle. Silver Wand gives him 5 spells which covers almost the entire lore. Shadow magic is pretty much a given for High Elves and has proved its worth in several games so far.
w. Seerstaff, Opal Amulet, High Magic
Seerstaff allows him to pick 2 spells from the High Magic Lore which is amazingly versatile and very cheap compared to the lores in 8th Edition. Good mix of defensive and offensive options and of course you get Drain Magic thrown in for free.
w. Barded Steed, Dragon Armour, Shield, Halberd, Helm of Fortune, Guardian Phoenix
Exactly the same build I used in 7th Edition. 1+ rerollable AS and 5+WS makes him very survivable and with 3 S5 attacks he can dish out punishment.
w. Full Command
w. Full Command
Big core, opted to go with Spears rather than Sea Guard to keep points to minimum. In 2400pts you already lose one of the special units you would typically take in 7th, e.g., in 7th a 2400pt list would contain 220pts of core - 2 units of 10 archers. In 8th you need 600pts taking 380 away from the Special slot. This removes the White Lions from my list, unfortunate as I love the models.
Phoenix Guard x19
w. Full Command, Razor Standard, Gem of Courage
The anvil of the army list and a unit I want to build up to 24-28 by purchasing another blister or two. The Razor Standard and Step Up make these guys awesome in 8th. Gem of Courage means they will really stick around.
Two units without command is risky as they are missile magnets. But these guys are brilliant although I need to remove the yellow edging on mine.
Dragon Princes x6
w. Full Command, Banner of Ellyrion, Ironcurse Icon
The only unit I will probably change removing the Champion and Standard bearer to keep the unit bare. These guys are really only there as a threat to make opponents change their game plan as without magical boosts (i.e., from Shadow Lore) they are useless in combat.
Once I remove the points from the Dragon Princes I may field two of these guys.
So minor changes here from my typical 7th Ed list, no White Lions and no RBTs the most obvious change. RBTs are great to have but with only 2 wounds the new rules make them very vulnerable.
Battle Reports up soon stay posted as there will be more to come...