I'd also like to state that if any of my handpicked, elite cadre of readers wants to shout out some Elfy advice to feel free and do so. 8th edition has shaken most of the low hanging fruit of the ol' list building tree and there are many of us that have no idea of even how the rules shake out let alone what to spend 2250 points on. So while I'm clearly fishing for some knowledge I can put in the bank, this could helpful for a lot of other people too.
Oh, also, as an elite cadre, feel free to conduct ninja training or super secret raids on my behalf.
Since these guys are my favorite but seem to have a few crucial flaws, lets get them out of the way so I can begin the healing process. My past experiences with Warriors of Chaos , Dark Angles and recent hobby experiments have made me a bit gun shy when it comes to to army selection. Unfortunately, I've kind of fallen in love (or is it lust) with the Wood Elves.
By a wide margin the wood elves have the best models of our three flavors of pointy eared douches. Which is made doubly amazing by the fact that it's been roughly 5 years since we've seen any new ones. There isn't a single model I wouldn't include in my army based on appearances (OK, the eagle riders are borderline). I just like the whole 'forest raiders' and how the sculptors managed to make all the forest imagery tough and scary rather than fruity and flowery. Even all the bare chested, hairless man-elves aren't all that homoerotic. Impressive.
|I make no Bones about how awesome the Wood Elf range is.|
Just glancing through the book with my, admittedly, limited knowledge, there are a few things that jump out - slightly over costed units (or SUPER over costed if you're a waywatcher), strange unit inclusion rules, a tendency toward useless champion upgrades and a bunch of rules that probably seemed like good ideas at the time to the authors. Plus, I'm led to believe that the new line of sight, forest and skirmisher rules tend to hose a few of the things the Wood Elves did have going for them.
|Wood Elves: The real McCoy or in need of serious doctoring?|
So, I put it to those of you with 8th edition experience - are the wood elves shitty or merely mediocre? Would every game be hide and seek or would it be more like cat and also cat (only slightly smaller)? You see, the blogoshpere has yet to turn out a good answer for me that goes deeper than "they suck". I mean yeah the Wood Elves don't seem all that choppy or tough, but the Dark Elves seem to suffer from some of the same flaws. Even if there was only one solid build, it'd still almost be worth looking into the Wood Elves. its a conundrum.
I guess you could say that I can't see Deforest for the trees.