Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Company of the Damned – Wood Elf Army Book Review – Part Four: Unit Summaries


Now that we have identified what has been lost, what has been changed, and more importantly what has been gained; let us now look into the actual units that are available.  We will be going over a brief summary of each unit included in the new Wood Elves army book in this series of posts followed up later with a full Unit Tactica and Review after I have had more chances to play with the new book.

The Glade Lord and Glade Captain
The Glade Lord was formerly known as the Wood Elf Highborn and is still referred to as such in the flavor description of the unit whereas the Glade Captain was previously referred to as the Noble.  The Glade Lord serves as the martial lord choice of the Wood Elf book as does the Glade Captain but also may serve as the Battle Standard Bearer
Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Glade Lord
5
7
7
4
3
3
8
4
10
Glade Captain
5
6
6
4
3
2
7
3
9

Unit Type: Infantry
Special Rules: Always Strike First, Forest Stalker, The Arrow of Kurnous.

Arrow of Kurnous – This is a special rule where if you have a model with this rule in the army, at the beginning of the game if the enemy general is within Line of Sight and 36” then they suffer a S3 hit with no armour saves.  This is meant to represent the Wood Elves insult to the enemy general and an instrument to remind them of their mortality. 

The Glade Lord and Glade Captain have access to the Enchanted Arrows special rule and may upgrade their arrows accordingly.
Both may be mounted on an Elven Steed, a Great Eagle, or a Great Stag.  The Glade Lord may also ride a Forest Dragon.

The Spellweaver and Spellsinger
The Spellweaver is the Lord level wizard choice while the Spellsinger is the hero level choice for the Wood Elf army.  Both the Spellweaver and Spellsinger have access to all 8 lores of magic, however the Spellweaver also has access to the Lore of High Magic and Lore of Dark Magic as well.
Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Spellweaver
5
4
4
3
3
3
5
1
9
Spellsinger
5
4
4
3
3
2
5
1
8

Unit Type: Infantry
Special Rules: Always Strikes first, Forest Stalker, Blessings of the Ancients
Much like the Highborns, the Spellweavers and Spellsingers may be mounted on an Elven Steed, a Great Eagle or even a Unicorn.

The Eternal Guard
The Eternal Guard, the unwavering sentinels of the Asrai.  These went from being a Special selection in the old book to a Core selection in this new book.  The eternal guard are the core rank and file troops of the Wood Elf army.
Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Eternal Guard
5
5
4
3
3
1
5
1
9

Unit Type: Infantry
Special Rules: Always Strike First, Forest Stalker, Stubborn

The Eternal guard are clad in light armor and wield Asrai Spears and have the option of taking a shield. 

The Glade Guard

The Glade Guard are the Core archery unit in the Wood Elf army.  They are also one of the more iconic troop selections.  They Glade Guard come as the Core troop selection while their skirmishing version are the Deepwood Scouts which fill the Special slot.

Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Glade Guard
5
4
4
3
3
1
5
1
8
Deepwood Scout
5
4
4
3
3
1
5
1
8

Unit Type: Infantry
Special Rules: Always Strike First, Forest Stalkers
Deepwood Scouts also get: Skirmishers, Scouts

The Glade Guard and Deepwood Scouts have access to the Enchanted Arrows special rule and may upgrade their arrows accordingly.

The Knights of Athel Loren

The Wood Elves have always been known for their speed and maneuverability on the battlefield.  The Knights of Athel Loren fully embrace this ideal in the form of the Glade Riders and the Warhawk Riders.

The Glade Riders serve as the Core fast cavalry for the Wood Elf army.  They have access to the Enchanted Arrows special rule and may upgrade their arrows accordingly.  The Glade Riders also are Ambushers meaning that they begin the game off the board and may come in at any board edge to wreck havoc!
Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Glade Rider
5
4
4
3
3
1
5
1
8
Elven Steed
9
3
0
3
3
1
4
1
5

Unit Type: Cavalry
Special Rules: Always Strike First (Riders only), Ambushers, Fast Cavalry, Forest Stalker.

The Glade Riders are wield Asrai Longbows and Asrai Spears.

The Warhawk Riders , or the Sethalya, serve as the Wood Elves flying cavalry that come from the Special selection.  Borne aloft great birds of prey, the Warhawk Riders swoop onto the battlefield striking where they wish slaying with Bow and Spear.  Warhawk Riders improved much over the last books incarnation by gaining much needed special abilities.

Name
M
WS
BS
S
T
W
I
A
LD
Warhawk Rider
5
4
4
3
3
1
5
1
8
Warhawk
1
4
0
4
4
3
5
2
5

Unit Type: Monstrous Cavalry
Special Rules: Always Strike First (Riders only), Armour Piercing (Warhawks only), Flying Cavalry, Forest Stalker, Predator’s Descent (Warhawks only).

Predator’s Descent (Warhawk’s only) – The turn in which a Warhawk charges , it has the Killing Blow special rule.

Much like the Glade Riders, the Warhawk Riders are also armed with the Asrai Bow and Spear.  The Warhawk Riders however are the army’s only Monstrous Cavalry.



We will touch on some more of the other units in the next few posts.