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Offline KTG17

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I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« on: June 09, 2021, 12:46:54 AM »
Ok so I have been struggling with my Dark Elf army for awhile now and need some advice on its make-up. Using 6th Edition rules, 6th Edition Ravening Hordes.

I have:

Dark Elf Commander on Cold One (Metal - and another one I am customizing to be on foot as I do with all of my generals)
Army Battle Standard (Metal)
Sorcerer (Plastic)
Fleetmaster (Plastic)

Dark Elf Battalion Set which includes:

5 Cold One Knights (Plastic)
20 Corsairs (Plastic)
16 Warriors with repeating crossbows (Plastic)
12 Spearmen (Plastic)

Also have:

Repeating Bolt Thrower (Metal)
5 Dark Riders (Plastic)
10 Black Guard (Plastic)

Now I am playing small games (1000 point range), and this is already more than that, so I have extras I can swap out. The issue is I am stuck on the theme. Originally when I didn't know much about WFB I wasn't planning on doing many 20-man units but now see the error of my way, and are following what the Battalion sets offer as what I am building my armies around. For all my other armies this is easy, but for the Dark Elves I am struggling.

I am struggling because the set includes 20 Corsairs, and doesn't include enough parts to make 20 Spearmen. I feel based on the models that I have that this is a pretty standard straight up Dark Elf force, not necessarily a naval one, which Corsairs would be to me. I do have the Fleetmaster model, but I really only got him cause I thought he looked cool and was cheap. I prefer the guy on the Cold One.

So this would leave me to believe that to keep things uniform, I should go with a unit of 20 Spearmen, and maybe just split the Corsairs into one 10-man Repeating Crossbow unit, and another 10-man with the two hand weapons. I am not sure what all the army books allow you to do, but this is what Ravening Hordes allows.

This would give me a 20-man unit as the base to build my army around, and then some flavor around them.

I don't know much about the Dark Elves tho, and would a unit of Dark Elf Warriors with Repeating Crossbows be more likely to be seen before the corsairs? I love the Corsairs, but they just seem really out of place for the traditional looking army I feel like I am building.

So the reason I ask is because I will need to get the parts I need to fill in the Warriors with spears if needed.

Does this make any sense? As a huge Man O' War fan, I love the idea of a Fleetmaster leading an army on the hunt for slaves, but I also feel based on the majority of the units I have, that this is more of a standard army and so I prefer to keep it that way. I guess I am just unsure on how often Corsairs are running around with Dark Elf armies, and GW thought it was important enough to stick 20 of them in the Battalion set, and I would like to get the most out of that set if possible.

And if I did go with a 20-man Corsair unit, I would settle on 10 Spearmen and 10 Crossbow men, with extras of each leftover.

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« Last Edit: June 09, 2021, 12:49:50 AM by KTG17 »

Offline brr-icy

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Re: I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2021, 11:35:20 AM »
Pretty sure the army book doesn't give corsairs repeaters. I usually use them in units of 20 with two hand weapons, they're a decent shock force. Just grab a few more spearmen and you've got some options

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Re: I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2021, 02:08:45 PM »
The 6th edition AB did not allow Corsairs to have RC, but, as KTG17 remarked, he is using the 6th BRB with Ravening Hordes.
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Re: I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2021, 02:49:26 PM »
He mentioned that he wasn't sure what the book allowed, so i was answering that. Spearmen are pennies on the dollar for models too, which saves some cash if getting that.

Offline Warlord

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Re: I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2021, 03:19:05 PM »
I believe I have an excess of 6th ed plastic Dark Elf spear and crossbow arms. Happy to send them your way if you need some.
Personally, if you need more bodies, I would convert some corsairs. 2 units of 10 feels a bit much to me.
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Re: I have a dark elf problem. Need some advice
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2021, 11:21:30 AM »
I have problems, but glad I don't have a Dark Elf one. :icon_wink:









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