In 2010 I returned to Runefang III this time with my mostly repainted High Elves and did slightly better finishing 21st out of 30 players. Again poor deployment choices and some bad tactical decisions cost meb (Pictorial battle reports #1, #2, #3, #4). But again i had a fantastic time.
Wellington is a couple of hours drive away from my home town so its tournaments are the only ones I can attend when they are on even then it does mean an overnight stay unless I drive there and back each day.
For 2011 the format under 8th is changing, to quote from Petes Blog (highly recommended) it will:
This year I wanted to try something a little different and so I’m going to attempt to run a number of Campaign Weekends. The point of these events will not be so much about the winning and losing but more so about have some fun over the course of two days.I think this format sounds fantastic although at only 18 places it means Ill have to compete with the huge Wellington population of WHFB gamers to get in (will have to start stocking up brownie points with the wife now). Question is what army do I take? What are the pros and cons?
The first of these “Runefang” is going to be run on the weekend of 16/17 April here in Wellington. It will be limited to 18 people who will be split into six teams of three people by the Umpire. Over the course of the weekend those teams will battle for part of the Old World through five
campaign turns. The campaign rules will be relatively simple based around the
Mighty Empires campaign.
To participate players will need a painted 2000 point army (and a sense of fun). The key to this event is the narrative – the chance to settle scores and create new ones.
@ 2000pts your restricted to two characters which we would be a BSB and a Runesmith General with maxed out RO Spellbreaking to negate enemy magic. Now its a case of deciding what phase you focus on combat or shooting. Shooting I can deploy a lot of T4 S4 missile troops and quality warmachines, but negate my ability to survive in combat. For combat I can forgo some of the shooting and field blocks of 20-30 T4 Heavy armoured infantry with high leadership and go for maximum effectiveness.
- All infantry are T4
- All shooting is S4 minimum
- High magic resistance
- Infantry are expensive particularly if given necessary GW
- Warmachines are expensive
- Unable to match strong cheap characters of other armies @ 2000pts
- Will field fewer slower but tougher troops than any opponent e.g., 13pt GW Dwarf Warrior vs. 6pt Skaven Slave
At 2000pts under 8th I could still run with my normal Archmage, BSB set up but the points cost would negate the ability to take the combos that normally work best with the Archmage. Standard BSB set up is 187pts leaving only 313 for the remaining character slot. 2 Lvl2 mages might be an option, but then its difficult to get an effective offensive magic phase in that way.
The strongest infantry units are also expensive 15pts per model meaning probably only 2 units can be taken. 500pts has to go on core so 2 large blocks of Seaguard/Spears to balance out shooting and combat.
I think for a High Elf army my preference given my playing style would be for an infantry heavy combat orientated force with minimal magic designed purely to buff up my units, so Lore of Life or Shadow. Banner of Arcane Protection would have to be included somewhere to assist with this as unlike Dwarfs Elves have no inate magical resistance, although there is the automatic +1 to all dispel attempts
- Cheaper core infantry than Dwarfs @9pts for a standard Spearmen
- Shooting is at BS4 not 3
- Possess magic phase and ability to buff units with various lores
- +1 to all dispel attempts
- Excellent elite infantry units
- All infantry are T3 and core have only light armour vs. T4/Heavy armour of Dwarfs
- Only Elite units carry GW and these are 15pts each
- Cost of elites & 500pt core requirement limits unit numbers
- Archmage losses effectiveness given 500pt limit on Heroes
So what to take? Ill work on few lists over next week or so and try and get some game time in as well to test them out.