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Going to be a long one sorry, standby for wall of text. Wood elves are a tricky faction to manage for newbies like myself so I thought it would be useful to set up a thread where we can discuss the two wood elf factions on how they differ, and what we have found to be effective with regards to army composition, battlefield tactics and campaign strategy. Apologies if this has already been done. So I decided to test out the wood elf factions in the mini campaign to get a feel for them & help me decide which one to play for grand campaign (might wait for February to do that).
Currently playing as Durthu on normal, really mucked up early on so I've not done very well but this is kind of a test run. So as far as army composition goes. As of right now my main army consists of Durthu who I've focused on turning into a melee beast that is able to provide some minor buffs to nearby units. Usually kept in the center. -A lore of life spellsinger for healing and buffing. -2 Hawk Riders (not finding much use for them against the other wood elves I've mostly fought with) used to harass, and to bait enemies into attacking my line. -5 or 6 standard glade guard. I put these in the center of my line. -4 or 5 eternal guard with shields. I mostly use these chaps to defend the aforementioned glade guard. So they usually make up the center line as well. -5 Treekin. Used to soak up and dish out damage. I usually put two on each flank, and keep one in reserve to help out where needed. -1 Forest Dragon. Haven't actually used in combat yet.
As you can tell I'm not great with wood elves, but this composition has worked pretty well for me. (obviously minus the dragon) I've only fought against beastmen and other woodelves. The center is pretty weak but the glade guard can put a good chunk of damage to soften up most charges, and I usually keep Durthu in center to help out as well. The Spellsinger is mainly used to keep Durthu and the treekin alive. Treekin hold the flanks, and if possible attack the enemies' flanks. Hawk riders I'm not really a fan of. I originally meant to have glade riders but the settlement that was going to produce them was taken by enemy faction and then claimed by my ally shortly thereafter.
I didn't really have a cohesive campaign strategy because I wasn't sure what to expect, but keep an eye out for wood elf factions that aren't well liked by the rest of them. Declare war on them and it's a good way to get in the other factions good graces, and get some settlements. I was able to confederate with Orion recently due to that.
So post strategies, tips and army compositions below. If you've played as both please compare and contrast. Sorry for lack of pictures and campaign info. At work at the moment. Also feel free to recommend a better name for this thread.