El Cid African Invaders List

River City Hobbies, La Crosse WI is hosting a Warhammer Ancients tournament on August 13th.  In a rare hobby appearance outside of Adepticon, I get to attend….which means I need to get working on a 1500 point list.

First draft from the El Cid African Invaders army list.

  • Emir on horse 175 pts
  • Army Standard Bearer  86 pts
  • Mercenary Spearmen 18  with Lt armor and large shield  267 pts
  • Berber Spearmen 16 + 8 archers with large shield  204 pts
  • Berber Spearmen 16 + 8 archers with large shield  204 pts
  • Mercenary Crossbowmen 10  125 pts
  • Mercenary Knights 10 with heavy armor and warhorse 335 pts
  • Andalusian Archers 9  45 pts
  • Andalusian Archers 9  45 pts

The list has a solid core of 3 strong spear unit, moderate shooting with 34 archers plus the crossbowmen and a hammer in the Knights.  Over half of the army is made up of mercenary units and will be subject to a d6 check at the start of the game and will be unable to use the general’s leadership.  One merc unit can become the general’s body guard and avoid these restrictions – the list was written to add the general to the knights, but I may instead put him on foot with the merc spearmen.  This way the rock of my battle line can take advantage of both the general’s ld9 and the ASB re-roll.  The list is also lacking any good way to chase off skirmishers which are common in the armies I normally face.

At the next club night, I hope to take the list out for a test drive & see how it works.  Comments and suggestions are welcome.

On a related topic, GW has come out with their annual price increases along with announcing other assorted unpleasantness.  BOLS has a reasoned response with pricings for sample 40K, WFB and PP armies.  I’m happy to say that my El Cid list with 106 figures comes in between  $185 and $235 (depending on figure sources).   These prices compare well with 40K and WFB in the $400 to $550 range, and even PP (and its handful of models) at $175 to $250.

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  1. #1 by Grafton on May 30, 2011 - 8:12 am

    That’s alot of dudes for 1500 pts! That’s a tough decision about the general. I’d be worried about the cav unIt, if he is there, because there is not much to support it, and it could get outmaneuvered or overwhelmed easily. On the other hand, those s

  2. #2 by Grafton on May 30, 2011 - 8:20 am

    Damn mobile phones! As I was saying…

    Those spear archers are pretty defensive and the general may not have as much opportunity to “shine”. Hmm, if the merc infantry fail their d6 check, the spear archers could just stay put and shoot; they probably would anyway. (I’m on the fence about mixed archer units. I can’t wait to see how they do.)

    I think that after a couple games you will know where to put him, but my vote is for the cav.

  3. #3 by chicagoterrainfactory on May 30, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    You should see the Roman list I’m going to loan out to play test against – it has another 30 figs! The question of what to do with the General will be critical. Unfortunately, the character is not well suited to lead a cavalry charge.

  4. #4 by PsychosisPC on May 30, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Yep, my current Roman list is larger yet model wise. Its going to be interesting mixing periods.

  5. #5 by Grafton on May 31, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    Uh oh. Don’t go all 8th Ed on me. I thought we had a safe haven in WAB world…

  6. #6 by PsychosisPC on May 31, 2011 - 7:21 pm

    It still is. Mixing periods at the tourney due to small amount of players is kind of a worry of mine. It is also one of the reasons why our local gaming group is playing ancients, its not 8th edition.

  7. #7 by chicagoterrainfactory on May 31, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    I think Grafton was more worried about the figure count….
    But that’s what happens when you play a game without monsters, magic and mega heroes.

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