Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: continental Europe
People always tend to take the larger numbers... But in those fluff-battles, there is often the phrase "hundreds", sometimes "thousands", but usually no more. The largest number of troops I ever found in fluff was the chaos-army of Asavar Kul, numbering 100,000 or even 3 times that number (including large numbers of beastmen). And that was an immense army, almost destroying the empire. But if the high elves are able to field 10,000 dragon princes, 10,000 phoenix guard, 10,000 sea guard of lothern, and (logical thinking on) 10,000 white lions, 10,000 maiden guard and so on, Asavar Kul's army is no longer impressive in any way. If a race that is fading away fields 10,000s or even 100,000s of troops, how much more must the empire as a growing state being able to field? And why should the outcome of the Great War against chaos have been so close then? The high elves would surely have send a little bit more than 3 mages to support the empire, if they were able to field numbers of troops similar to the forces of chaos which were up to conquer the world.