And firstly, to top the list, the thing I think is the most important:
An optional head on the dragon without the helmet! :D Now us woodies can use the dragon as well. Check out our beautiful new model here
! This fantastic model is not only posed in the nicest (read: copied from Warmaster, but no-one's complaining) poses they've ever released, but in the spirit of the new High Elves apparently having a lot of loose rocks hanging around to float on, it is on one of the prettiest bases I've ever laid my eyes on. Sure we'll probably have to take off the saddle, but our woodies should be surfing the dragon if anything.
Eltharion is back! With his very own Empire Griffon. That's right, not only are there dragons, but a griffon as well. No longer does the Empire have more beasties in its bestiary than the Elves! We tamed them first! Though admittedly, the guy does have one of those butt-ugly saddles, and his pose (read: sitting straight up with a generic sword/spear combo) yearns for us to twist his spear arm forwards, and his helmet wings look like something out of 40k. I wouldn't use the model, but I'm sure a lot of people would be interested in that griffon! You can see him here
, captains of their respective companies (Phoenix Guard, and White Lions) make a showing as new characters, easily filling their bases out. Now, the moment I saw Korhil, I was immediately thinking of Hector
from Fire Emblem. With a cool White Lion cloak, mind. Now note the size of the lion on Korhil's cloak, and remember it when you see the White Lion Chariot (yes, they made one!). I don't know what they're feeding their captive lions... it's either that, or Korhil went out and killed a little baby lion. Caradryan (sporting a snazzy Eldar-style name) on the other hand, doesn't to me look like anything special. He looks like a very cool Phoenix Guard, with a helmet (a cool helmet, given, but still just a helmet) under his arm. I think this will find much use as a Champion model.
First thing's first when discussing the new plastic Arc Mage: the floating rocks... rock! I haven't seen the sprue yet, so I don't know how poseable or exchangeable the parts are, but I hope they are, because the one they have assembled on the website
looks a little fat. And ugly. It's mostly just the face. The cloak and paint job are awesome. I'm definitely looking up the plastic floating rocks on bitz to use for my woodies (as well as using some of those empire wizard parts for my spellsinger's cloak).
The Noble model (mounted one) looks fantastic
! The helmet, trailing spear, and heavily barded horse, together with the tucked in shield and kickass base (more rocks! Not floating this time - lucky for him!) contribute to a slim, but deadly looking model. I'm sad to say I can't say the same for the model on foot. The dynamism is lost, and it looks almost like they've just given us a Spearman champion body and legs, and expect us to tack on the awesome parts from the mounted guy! Bleh! Love the standard top though.
Sadly, no new Spearmen, or Archers. Looks like we're still stuck with the super giant hand ones. Not that there's anything wrong with a giant hand disability! The better to grip the spear with.
(For the following, I'm not sure if this is the new models displayed on the website or not. I'm going forth assuming they are. If not, the critique still applies.)
Looks like a new set of Swordmasters is coming out, but I'm not altogether impressed
. They remind me of Spearmen, with swords, nose masks, and fluffy helmets. For something as dynamic as Swordmasters, I was expecting a little more, I guess.
"But Games Workshop can't do dynamism in ranked models!" I hear you say. Alas, and lucky for us, it seems they're also releasing some amazing Phoenix Guard
models! Just look at the poses, at the arms, at the faces
. Talk about resolute. I shiver just looking at those expressions. The cloaks as well have been masterfully done, with the extra boots and shoulder chainmail providing an example of why the new miniature line is great.
Not that impressed with the White Lion
models. They had a real chance to make some awesome models, with experience and practice working on all the dwarves, but when you pretty much glue an axe to a model's shoulder, it makes the unit look lame ranked up. Sure it fits a blister pack easier, but if they'd just dropped the arms to be swinging sideways, or upwards, or built the model out a bit more from its base, it could be good. But no.
Same old Silver Helms (which I'm happy about: I love those models), Reavers (not so happy about, using the old dodgy horses), and Dragon Princes (that's okay though).
The Shadow Warriors
look pretty sweet, though their helmets leave much to be desired. Not too many models provided (the unit picture only has 4 unique models!) but I can see a lot of conversion potential in them. A lot of them have those high necked shirts meant to be pulled across the mouth, but none actually wear them up. I see a lot of conversion potential just there. The two champion-looking models at the bottom are awesome though. Very dynamic, very nice facial expressions. Though I swear I've seen the one on the bottom left somewhere before!
Here's the biggie, the White Lion Chariot. The plus I can see to this one, is that you can assemble it either with lions or with horses! That means a bunch of lion or horse parts floating around ebay! That means amazing conversion potential for Wood Elves on Great Stags! (Or, judging by the size of the lions, for Wild Riders as well! Which I am TOTALLY planning on getting.) Check out its awesomeness here
According to the website, the Eagle Bolt Thrower is coming soon
which makes little sense, since the picture up there seems to be of the old Bolt Thrower, and it's already an excellent plastic miniature. And of course, they still get an Eagle. Hopefully not 2 for 1, but down to 1 for 1 like we got! Hahaha!
Overall, I'm really impressed with the floating rocks, the dragon model, lions, mounted noble and phoenix guard. I'm disappointed there aren't new Spearmen, or at least new arms. And that the phoenix guard aren't plastic. It's still an improvement overall. I think from this, Woodies can salvage a nicer dragon, some nice rocks for our mages, and plastic lions for our wild riders or stags! Love it!