Well at least now, I have an idea of how to face the ethereals..
Ruby Ring was something that I was looking at shortly after I posted... This is a more direct solution out of the box.
Getting a Captain with 2+ WS that is something that I don't think that I would have ever come up with on my own.
2 drawbacks here - you still need to overcome a fear test each combat AND there is always the chance that you can roll a couple of ones eventually.
He can't heal himself.. Although the idea is sound... Not so sure it would be completely practical. You'd have to get that exact matchup...
The shrieking blade may be the solution here.
I was looking at the Poop Mobile for the built in Banishment spell at Bound lvl 4. Cagey at best.. Gives more options though, hatred within 6" and Prayers are extended the same. Gets 2 units on either side of it....
All ideas.. I'm still trying to "Find" my way with the newest disaster of 8th Edition Empire.
Note - Empire Army book has 0 Arcane items. Pathetic...
Anyhow... I'll attempt to trudge on with the new fangled mess of GW.
Thanks one and all for your support, ideas, and possible solutions..