I had my first actual week of leave (as in, where I wasn’t doing other work) in more than a year, and it was amazing.
One of the things I did was experiment a bit with a way of batch painting which will help getting a semblance of an army ready before 9th hits. For this I tried some of the Army Painter stuff which most of you will probably be familiar with and did some testing.
Back when I started in 5th edition, 2,000 points was the “standard” army size. Points inflation (both player and GW driven) have made it that 2,400 points (on the EU side of the Atlantic) or 2,500 points (on the other side) have become the norm. Mind you, the average 2,000 point army these days is probably bigger than the 5th edition one already.
In 6th and 7th I felt most at home playing around the 1,500 points mark. In 8th, I have to admit to not playing many larger games, but most enjoyment seemed to come from the 1,200 points size. The game feels a lot more fluid at that size. No huge death stars, and less popular choice seem to be able to influence the game more.
After the infantry, comes the cavalry. The kit I built the past week is the new Warlock kit. I believe many Dark Elf players will join me in a sigh of relief at obtaining a new Dark Rider model. The old kit was fairly simple and to the point, but I wasn’t fond of the kit. The heavy metal rider on a light plastic horse made the model unbalanced. The horses had hard-to-break-but-terrible-to-fix tails… and their poses betray that were secretly stolen from an old Carousel. So I more than welcomed, and eagerly bought, the new model!
After moving apartments I have re-established my connection to that most vital fount of human information, the internet.
Being off-line for two weeks wasn’t all that bad though. I spent a few nights just sitting around at my desk, cleaning and assembling models, while listening to (not necessarily Warhammer related) podcasts. Enjoyable and relaxing. The cleaning and assembly is not going as fast as I would like, but it’s moving along, and that’s more than I have been able to say for quite a while.
I did some limited purchasing in the last months. I was able to get a new Island of Blood set on the cheap due to some unfortunate circumstances, and I’ve been looking at my previous IoB stuff with renewed interest. Something I might want to try is a Griffon mounted Noble in small games. Not the most competitive of choices, but a gorgeous figure and probably quite fun to use.
Very much not painted by me
My choice of colour scheme is converging towards a consensus. I’m sticking with the white/red/gold as the main palette, but the green details might be replaced by purple. Less contrast, but it’s something that elves can pull off, as exemplified by this lovely Farseer painting by anticitizen13 on DakkaDakka. I’m still on the fence though.
So what’s next for me? I’ll keep on assembling. Of my fellow bloggers seems to have acquired a GW Battlemat, and seems keen to try it out. Challenge accepted.
The new victims of my construction frenzy are the beloved Executioners. The new model has been recieved with mixed reactions. On one hand, a dual kit for Executioners and Black Guards had been many Dark Elf’s wet dream. When the models arrived, people had opinions… on the skulls… on the blades… on their style. Oddly enough, there’s few pictures of other hobbyists on the model, or how they experienced building and painting the models. So let’s see what the new kit delivers for ourselves!