If you were going for a solid reliable army, what race and army composition would you going for?
I've been search for info on whether the high elf noble on griffon is any good but can't seem to find any, what I do find is people continuously using it as a noble on a great eagle but not sure why.I'm trying to remember what's in the IoB book.
Reavers are the Fast Cav, and are pretty good, able to have spears and bows (or just one or the other) for harassing and redirect.
Sea Guard are very strong Infantry; they're basically Spearmen that also have bows, and with the new High Helm Hero they have some benefits to formations. They're not as good archers as pure archers, which, (if I remember it correctly) have better bows than standard.
Swordmasters are just great; they have Always Strikes First with great weapons. They now have a parry save against ranged, as well.
The Lord on the Griffon's nice, I have no real experience with it. Dragon Armor is something that some units can take now, which grants a 5+/6++, a fire ward save, oh, and a Dragon Mage can wear it.
Outside of IoB, High Elves have new archers with magical flaming bows (Rare), the trusty bolt thrower, a horse chariot, a lion chariot, and now a flying eagle chariot, which can take a bolt thrower. They have 2 new Rare monsters, a fire phoenix and a frost phoenix. Lots of new Lords/Heroes to go with all the different units (for instance, the Annointed is the Lord version of Phoenix Guard), and Silver Helms as Core, for a full cav army option as well.
You could make an entirely ranged force with this codex, from Core to Special to Rare to Lords and Heroes.