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Thanks, I completely missed the Duskwidow issue... I guess it was because I added 1 Nightshade and when I increased their number I forgot to look at her troop stat. And I assumed you gave Majestrix the book? 

 

I had originally envisioned using the raiders to be a hit and run unit with my original plan to have a musician in the troop but ultimately didn't have the points, so the Shadow Tactics doctrine seemed like a potential compromise. I also wanted to incorporate a dragon in this army along with a Shade Beast, though originally I wanted more Beasts, but again the available points just weren't there and I did want to keep the model focus on elves.

 

 

Darkreach

 - 999 points

Troop 1 (438 pts)
Majestrix Latissula, High Priestess
Book of Tactics
Doomshade Boots
Leila Mordollwen, Sorceress
Familiar
Avrix Dirthe, Champion
Shadowguard x 4

Troop 2 (225 pts)
Evshyvandra Duskwidow
Abyssal Weapon
Nightshade Warrior x 5
Shade Beast

Troop 3 (155 pts)
Tierdeleira, Priestess
Familiar
Darkshade Raider x 3

Troop 4 (178 pts)
Aazhaleek, Shadow Dragon

Troop 5 (3 pts)
Luck Stone
Total Models: 19
Damage Tracks: 44


 

Shadow Tactics DoctrineSavage North - page 66  

Shadow Step Darkreach models of the elf race have the uncanny ability to hide in the shadows of others. Any Standard Base Size elf in B2B with a Base Size 2 or 3 enemy or friendly model gains the Dodge/1 SA.
Dark Senses Non-elves are immune to the effects of the Assassin SA. Elves with the Tough SA always get to make Tough checks, even when killed by Assassins or First Strike/Pike attacks.
Shadow Vision Darkreach models ignore the Stealth SA when targeting enemy models.

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I do not mind the list myself looks kind of fun especially with Shadowguard with  Avrix.  Those two in combination they wreck stuff.  Now with your two units with Nightshad warriors, and Darkshade Raiders I would change them for a combination of shadowstep warriors, and more Shadowguard.  Higher MAV and the Shadowstep have quickstrike which can be devastating when used right.  Or if looking for range switch out the Raiders for Shiver Spikes which are quite mean but do not have the defense of the Raiders.  I will try and post the army I used not long ago against Humansquish, which was unfortunately accidentally perfect for neutering his ranged and resisting most of his melee through the doctrine you have above.

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Darkreach

- 1000 points

Troop 1 (526 pts)
Sinisthreax
Avrix Dirthe, Champion x 2
Shadowguard x 6

Troop 2 (474 pts)
Mornenion, Drake Captain
Avrix Dirthe, Champion x 2
Shadowguard x 6


 

Shadow Tactics Doctrine Savage North - page 66  

Shadow Step Darkreach models of the elf race have the uncanny ability to hide in the shadows of others. Any Standard Base Size elf in B2B with a Base Size 2 or 3 enemy or friendly model gains the Dodge/1 SA.
Dark Senses Non-elves are immune to the effects of the Assassin SA. Elves with the Tough SA always get to make Tough checks, even when killed by Assassins or First Strike/Pike attacks.
Shadow Vision Darkreach models ignore the Stealth SA when targeting enemy models.


 

Sinisthreax Warlord Benefits

Chilled Toxin All models in Sinisthreax's Troop have chance to poison their victims in combat. On any successful melee hit where the Attack Check is at least 3 higher than the target value, the enemy model becomes Poisoned in addition to taking any damage the hit dealt.
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1 hour ago, Looter said:

Darkreach 

 - 1000 points

Troop 1 (526 pts)
Sinisthreax
Avrix Dirthe, Champion x 2
Shadowguard x 6

Troop 2 (474 pts)
Mornenion, Drake Captain
Avrix Dirthe, Champion x 2
Shadowguard x 6
   

 

... Interesting composition.

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To be Honest I think it was 7 Shadowguards in Sinisthreax's troop with 4 in the other, and armor of courage, a musician, and a tactician on an avrix but I only had a couple of minutes to remember and post before I had to go.

 

The way it works is if the opponent has a ranged army the Shadowguards form an stealth wall for the non stealth units, if it is melee heavy the higher DV Avrix is an anvil the Shadow guards hammer the opponent on.   Mornenion is used as a mobile DV boost to make the Avrix in his unit just sick, then move often with avrix to charge for a quickstrike to cripple enemies early especially if you can get cleave to work on the attack.  It was almost as simple an army as I have ever made but it was crazy dangerous.

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To be honest I proxy most of my armies since I mainly have dwarves and the new bones stuff.  For morenian I use a simple warhorse.  Humansquish is the guy with the minis::D:

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I've put to test the following roster with a considerable success - 2 wins against angel-heavy Sisterhood, 2 wins and one loss against orc-heavy Kargir.

 

Troop 1 (709 pts)
Sinisthreax
Armor of Courage
Shadow Blade
Nanuranidd, Sorcerer
Shadow Demon
Arachnilith x 3
Shadowstep Warrior x 4
Shadowguard x 3
Shade Beast x 2

Troop 2 (123 pts)
Shade Beast x 3

Troop 3 (84 pts)
Phase Cat

Troop 4 (84 pts)
Phase Cat
Total Models: 20
Damage Traoks: 53

Dark Reaches Doctrine

 

We have 5 cards - good enough for 1k game. The main drawback here is a lack of Spy and that did cost me that lonely lost game, when Tundra Stalkers with ranger+run got to my flank and activating first on the second turn swarmed one Phase Cat and Nanuranidd. Ok my fault, I didn't encircle him with Soldiers good enough.

 

The other variant for the roster would be to swap Shadow Demon for Zalash (too much competition for our Elite slots being few in number) and one more Shade Beast for the band.  We get necessary Spy and Assassin rules, but Demon still seems to be much more enduring, albeit Roar appeared not that effective (Sisters shake off Negative States, orc player just rolled DIS well :) )

Swap rule from the doctrine may be effectively used a couple of times, but that is far inferior to such things as Summer Blossom, Rampage etc. In order to maximize a number of models with Blink I take Shadowsteps. Shadow Blade helped me once, but Sinistreax is well too soft and gets damage easily. Darkreach magic is strange indeed - Sinister Shadow seems the most effective, but brought me only a couple of wounds on enemy leaders or mosters at most. The effect here is more of the psychological one, forcing the opponent to consider initiating Melee. Poison template was useless against Sisters and I've taught Kargir player to move in anti-blast order good enough. These elves might need something more straightforward like inferno or storm. I'd maybe drop magic here for melee, taking both Demon and assassin.

 

Where elves truly shine is Displaced. If you screen your cats and dogs with cheap models or terrain and doesn't allow the enemy to swarm them and overwhelm with a high number of dice, you get the upper hand in the prolonged HtH grinder. Cats are just perfect as solo - very enduring and heavy hitting as well.

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Unfortunately your list is illegal. You can't have more solos than leaders.

 

I do really like the Phase Cats & Displaced for Darkreach.

 

If you want to do damage with magic I suggest taking Dramorian. Ice Tome is really effective if you have follow up melee.

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Yes, my fault, thanks for the correction!  I've thought somehow that number of Solos shouldn't exceed the number of normal troops and took band to be the one.

 

Then I'll just swap one beast from the main troop for Duskwidow for the band.

 I'm aware of the effectiveness of Ice, having played a lot with Moandain, but was about to try something special these elves can perform. Shadow spell seemed to me to have a real potential.

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