|One of the last softback army books|
A prime example of how balanced this book is is the way it limits the combination of magic items. You cannot combine the Magic bow The Hunter's Talon (gives a character the Sniper rule) with any of the magic arrows, the best of which to combine with the sniper rule are The Hag's Bane Arrows (if you take a unsaved wound take a toughness test or die), Dragon Tooth Arrows (if you take a unsaved wound you suffer from stupidity), of the Hail of Doom Arrow (splits into 3d6 strength 4 magical shots, one use only).
The balance doesn't end there. Wood Elf Glade Guard are universally known for their strength 4 at short range bows, but thats only the Glade Guard who get those bows and other units like Glade Riders (core fast cav), Scouts (like a normal glade guard but 6 points more expensive and doesn't get the good bow) and Waywatchers miss out on this bow. And i can fully see the reason why. Back in 6th if you had fast cav that could sprint up to the enemy lines, not take penalties for moving and shooting and let loose a hail of BS 3 strength 4 shots well that would be hard to take for most 6th ed armies. Its the same with Wood Elf Heroes sniping your general and making him stupid, of killing him in one shot....or 12.
And it also can be seen in the points costs. The Wood Elf monster of all monsters, the Treeman is a whooping 285 points. You get a lot for those points but consider that a Skullcannon (which can easily destroy a Treeman) is only 135, and that a Frostheart Phoenix is only 240 points.
And now we come to the crux of the issue, which i see as this. Different editions of Warhammer Fantasy Battles had different levels of balance. 6th edition Warhammer had internal army book balance to match the 6th ed rule set and 8th edition Warhammer has internal army book balance to match 8th ed. But when you take a book balanced for a certain edition of Warhammer and put place it in another edition, and have it face that editions army books then issues will arise. If you took the current Lizardmen book and used in in a 6th ed game then it would be broken and over powered. And we all know what happens when you take a 6th ed book and throw it into games with 8th ed army books.
So when facing a Wood Elf, Beastmen, Skaven (yes even Skaven, although they seem to be doing fine) of Bretonnia army, remember that their books were balanced for a different era of Warhammer, and try to go easy on them..........please. Until next time.