Chainmail Set 2: Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelist
By Bruce R. Cordell and Rob Heinsoo
Model: Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelist
Why It Rocks: The Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelist wields a whirling spiked chain, which doubles her reach. What doesn't rock about this model? It is cheap, has reach, almost never misses with a high attack score, and has high armor. Want more? She's an Independent troop, so she can maneuver at will. The Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelist is one of the best melee troops available to Ravilla (the best for the price).
Tricks & Tactics: Informally referred to as the "pod," a useful tactic for 4 Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelists is to arrange themselves in a diamond pattern. Whenever one moves, they all move (they're Independent), maintaining their formation. Because of their reach, whenever one comes within 1 inch of an enemy model, it is a sure bet that at least two others will also be in range. With the +2 flanking bonus granted whenever three or more of your models contact an enemy model, the Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelists' already righteous attack bonus climbs all the higher. Few models can withstand the "pod."
Enemies Who Hate to See It: Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelists do not deal specialized types of damage, but because of their relative cheapness and their "pod" tactics, any opposing warband curses when they see them hit the battlefield.
Cross-Faction Warband That Might Want to Use It: Thalos and Mordengard both would be happy to field even a single Gray Elf Snakestrike Duelist. Because they are Independent troops, they can maneuver themselves and not suck up precious command. Since normal cross-faction troops require twice as much command to maneuver, the Snakestrike Duelist pays her own way.
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