Hi, I am a relative beginner with Eldar and have a few of most unit types available but overall I'm relatively limited.
I need some assistance in that recently I have been playing vs. my friend who plays Tau, we played a few 500 point game with 2 troops and a HQ minimum and I have relied mainly on an Aurtarch, 5 man Pathfinder squad, small 3 man jetbike squad and either warps spiders or swooping hawk squad of roughly 5 men - totalling 500 points (either swooping or spider not both).
I usually connected the Aurtarch to my pathfinder (or kept him close by) with a reaper launcher for ranged damage or attached to my fast attackers, mainly warp spiders to make them more deadly.
I spent a couple of games just sniping him and trying to pick off vulnerable lonely units with my mobile units avoiding close quarters combat in lieu of a hit and run tactics as he ran his Tau army of Kroots and a few fire-warriors in a big deathball not allowing me to deep strike any stragglers. And another game I did much the same, this time deciding to try the swooping hawk grenade pack ability to take advantage of his mass of small weak units I could decimate with the pack.
The problem lies in the games are not very fun for my opponent and only some fun for me in that my rangers (which I do love with their 2+ cover saves as pathfinders in decent cover :3) stay static the entire game sniping and my fast attackers spend almost the whole game in an unkillable state in reserve or dropping a grenade pack on his units which must be quite annoying and my opponent doesn't appreciate making him not wish to play with me. He complains every game is much the same which I agree with in some regards especially with my static snipers, but isn't that what snipers are meant to do? And I feel I can hardly hit and run and leave my squad to fight as going into range of his deathball would kill them in one shooting phase wasting a large proportion of my 500 points.
Anyway more to the point of this thread; can any of the Eldar vets or people with more experience than me (basically everyone) post some possible builds I could try that rely more on fast movement and CQC and flanking and such then a static sniping approach - as I feel this would make me and my friend enjoy the games more which is ultimately the objective of playing. ( I enjoy a variety of builds but am worried to try new strange builds I know little about)
I was thinking maybe some builds of 500, 1000, 1500 points if that isn't too much to ask :3? He plays Tau and I'm not looking to annihilate him so please no OP tactics that he will end up pissed off at, as I don't want to be an a-hole.
(Also what game modes are best for these armies or do they favour and which is a fun game mode for beginners and the both of us?)
I am fully willing to buy more units but if you could try and incorporate which units I currently have that would help.
1 x Autarch
5 x rangers
12 x guardians (with 2 crew and a heavy weapons platform) Roughly that many
5 x warp spiders
6 x swooping hawks
6 x Fire dragons
3 x Jet bikes
1 x fire prism
1 x falcon
(I will probably buy a farseer as they have awesome psychic abilities and want to buy some wraithguard or dark reapers but they are more long ranged
/// But I was thinking maybe some dire avengers or howling banshees or striking scorpions for CQC not range)
- Also finally what actually is a seer council?? A separate unit of warlocks? How much do they cost in points in an army and are they worth it???
Any help even if you can only answer a small part of my problem would be hugely appreciated as I want to play games with him but when he feels my tactics make for a boring and static game I fear he won't want to play with me.
I also apologize if this is in the wrong area and feel free to move it I am new to the forums sooo.