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 Post subject: Elf Elven blades OR sword and shield ???
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:10 pm 
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so I played my first game today...because of the scenario ( #3 ) and the fact that my opponent had cavalry and one of my units was delayed entering the battlefield...I was defeated...

wondering if the Elven blade is better than sword w/shield

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the Elven archers did not seem to be worth their high cost

opinions ???
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 Post subject: Re: Elf Elven blades OR sword and shield ???
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Hmm. That deployment does hamstring you sometimes I suppose. As to your questions I will say this. I played High Elves for years with shields in the front. It was commonly held then, and still is by many, that two-handed weapons were just no worth the drawbacks when compared to shielding and the extra defense. But I always found that strength four armies that had defense six would beat me anyway because they could punch through my armor anyhow. The blades are a risk to take but I have found that they offer the punch I need and I think it is worth it.

With bows I think it is simple a question of playing with the intent to make the most of them. Holding back from an engagement, firing at the proper targets and then not being afraid to through them into melee. If you leave them hanging in the back waiting for targets you'll be disappointed more often the not. I usually take my full 33% of bows with them. But I can see how they can seem to under perform. The way I look at it is this. High Elves bows and close combat strengths are the same but you have a better chance of hitting with shooting then you do of winning combat (that may not be true in fact but it is a much surer bet) so playing to your shooting makes is more cost effective. I do not know what you were doing in the game though so I can not really offer you specifics but that is about how I figure it.

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 Post subject: Re: Elf Elven blades OR sword and shield ???
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:00 pm 
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thanks for your opinion...I think next battle I will try Elven Blades and drop the shields...my bowmen I will keep second rank and give them spears...I do love the game...great fun...take care...
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