Meditations on High Elf army lists

M1310492a_Art_of_Warhammer_High_Elves_P1Mb4XLThere is nothing wrong with buying, assembling, and painting models all willy-nilly but having a long term plan in mind is never a bad idea. Lately, I found myself playing somewhat larger games, around 1500 points, and it always amazed me how I never quite had the models I wanted to make an army list work. The aim of this post is to write down a rough list of models that can form the basis of various 2400 point High Elf army lists, each different enough to give  a different play experience but similar enough to start from the same model collection.

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No buzz like a competition buzz!

There are many aspects of Warhammer that I enjoy thoroughly: the painting, the theorycrafting, the collecting and of course the game itself. I usually have this natural process of mood swings around the game: procrastinating painting to over think the painting scheme, the mildly stressed painting because I’d like to finish something in time, the endless calculations in my head when building a list… and then the butterflies of excitement rumbling in my belly right before the match. But all in all… it’s manageable (or so I like to fool myself). But this easy going flow is shaken up profoundly when some of our team decided to join our first competition in 8th edition.

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Painting the Bugman’s forum mini

Back in 2011 a few members of the Bugmans Brewery forum (the best virtual brewery this side of the Old World, shameless plug) decided to organise a Grudge Match event at Warhammer World. Two sides, two armies that have repeatedly clashed throughout Warhammer History would fight it out in Nottingham with the winner taking all the glory and the loser all the shame.

Since this was a Brewery initiative, one of the first armies that would participate would be the Dwarfs. Finding an ancestral enemy to fight wasn’t that hard either. Sure, greenskins or skaven made for good choices but nothing epitomised true dwarfish grudgebearing like the War of Vengeance or the War of the Beard. And so the scene was set for a present day recreation of one of the largest battles of the war, the final or 16th Siege of Tor Alessi.

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Frakkin toasters!

How’s that for a new year’s welcome! You’re back, and so are we! Happy 2013. I had planned world’s dullest new year’s blog post (just to prove to the High Elf pansies that we differentiate ourselves out of choice). But then.. I had not expected the attack from the evil toasters that tried to annihilate the entire population… of my army box!

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