So I’m in a hobby and immersion mood lately. As such, I seek ways to play a styled or themed army to fit a storyline that I could fit into my army’s fluff or attempts to expand. And what better place to start than with raiding?
So strap on your boots mateys! Load up that Repeater Crossbow.. or Handbow.. or peg leg gun! We’ve got some pillaging ahead of us! We’ll steal all their treasures, enslave their husbands and consume the wenches. Well, if we’re into that kind of thing.
Back when I started in 5th edition, 2,000 points was the “standard” army size. Points inflation (both player and GW driven) have made it that 2,400 points (on the EU side of the Atlantic) or 2,500 points (on the other side) have become the norm. Mind you, the average 2,000 point army these days is probably bigger than the 5th edition one already.
In 6th and 7th I felt most at home playing around the 1,500 points mark. In 8th, I have to admit to not playing many larger games, but most enjoyment seemed to come from the 1,200 points size. The game feels a lot more fluid at that size. No huge death stars, and less popular choice seem to be able to influence the game more.
When I first glanced through the Dark Elf army book, I was quite enthusiastic about the ability to take Witch Elves as a core choice. Combined with Executioners as the special, elite infantry, this would make it possible and perhaps viable to make a Temple of Khaine list. A Cauldron of Blood would be essential to the list and the synergy with the Witch Elves is implied in both rules and model show cases. Looking at other players who used these three building blocks as a corner stone of their army, I learned there is need for another Large target and there is one that works well with the Executioners: a Bloodwrack Shrine. The combination of these two units, each with their “tower” has been given a name: a Two Towers list. This is my take on it.
I recently theorycrafted the difference in performance and cost of Dark Elf Warriors with shields, compared to Dark Elf Warriors without shields. And as I was having a ball with it, I went way over the top in the depth of this theorycraft. The original topic can be found at Druchii.net, but I will spare you the long post… for now 🙂
Instead I’ll focus a bit more on specific setups and builds which one may find in my army list.
The Daemons of Chaos book is out, and the local store proudly presented the book on its shelves. After a few games on a nearby table, I couldn’t stop glancing at the book. It almost glowed to me. The daemonic whispers echoed in my ears “buy the book! buy the book!”. How can one resist such adorable little voices?
When Dimetrius (it’s his fault really) twittered some thoughts for a small Tzeentch list, I couldn’t stop getting ideas for small lists of my own. With a quick glance at the “one-click” deals from Games-Workshop, I too mused the idea of making small, monotheistic lists, designed for a quick game. After a good read of the Lore, I decided to handle one deity at a time, starting with Khorne.