That was my concern as well, but elves have always been fragile so I didn’t dwell on it too much. All of our shooting’s pretty much terrible at this point, with only the Silverbreeze Cavalry being halfway decent due to their maneuverability, but I only have enough of them for one regiment (and not a FMC regiment either ) so that’d seem a bit wasted without other supporting ranged units. I’d love to field some Gladestalkers (now that I have a unit painted up!), but they’re also just not very good. In fact, point for point they’re worse at damage output than the archers (not accounting for special rules beyond Elite).
Fortunately, my friends have yet to ever utilize chaff units, so I might be able to actually get the alpha strike on their main line formations with flanking support from Drakons and Stormwinds. If the enemy gets a charge in, I’m confident that the Tree Herder (which in my army is going to be a big cool living statue kind of thing) and Archmage Healious can help the unit recover and give all the Palace Guards more survivability and “delayed defense” than would initially be apparent.
EDIT: Alternatively, I might swap the King for two regiments of Battlecats to act as chaff of my own. That’d take some modeling (which could be fun), but I’d REALLY like to get some Cynwall Pulsars to act in that role (one or two Pulsars per swarm base), because I’m super keen on the idea of elven war constructs rather than war beasts or living trees doing the fighting for the magically super gifted elves. Sadly, the Pulsars and Nova Constructs are stupid expensive