Zoso - April 21, 2008 05:49 PM (GMT)
Hmm where to begin? I started playing warhammer 40k at school about 8 years ago, all was fine for a few years but with my friends quitting and frustration at my lack of patience for painting and boredom of the 40k game I stopped playing. About a year ago I started repainting my old space marines and played a couple of games at university but still 40k wasn't really doing anything for me, however I got a introduction game of Fantasy at my local GW store and was hooked.
Since then I have amassed a 2k+ Orcs & Goblins army and had a fair few games with them. Faced with over a hundred figures still left to paint and seeking a side project I started looking at the other armies and Wood Elves stood out, firstly (and due to my frustration at 100+ Night goblins, 60 Orcs, 20 spider riders etc to paint) it is far from a horde army, secondly (most of) the models are beautifully sculpted, and although I don't like the treekin and treeman models the other models more than make up for them. Finally they are about as different from O&G as you can get and it would be nice to have the choice of two armies with completely different playing styles and tactics.
I've yet to buy any models, but I've ordered the army book and should be here soon :) and I would like to get a feel for the army and get some inspiration/advice before I fork out my student loan on new figures. I'm not sure if this is the right place for it, but I am thinking about buying the Battalian set (24 Glade Guard, 8 Glade Riders and 12 Dryads) along with a Hero choice and some wardancers for starters then bulking out the core choices and then adding some wardancers and waywatchers. However all this might change once I read the army book and see some more oppinions.
Well I think I've said enough for my introduction, I would like to be added to the Waywatcher Kindred.
Silly Dragon Elf the Third - April 21, 2008 06:48 PM (GMT)
Welcome to the glade!
No surprise 40k lost its appeal after a while. It did with me, still got tyranids but not bothered to actually play it at the moment.
I could never collect orcs and goblins! I got fed up with painting 30 green glade guard let alone 100+ goblins! Well done i say.
I love the treekin and treemen and don't know why people hate them so much. Please indulge me what is it you hate about them? The old Durthu models and dryads were bad! At least they look like trees now. But i respect opinions.
The battalion box set is a good a place if any to start. All the units there are good and you will find yourself using all of them. I hate the High Elf one at the moment as only the spears/RBT i want! (lol)
My army is mostly Wardancers, Wild Riders, Treeman, Waywatchers, Great Eagles Dryads, Glade Guard, Glade Riders. Spellsingers. And i find it works well against all i have faced so far. Mostly becuase it just fits my playing style and i knew what i wanted when i started. So go ahead and get the battalion box and wardancers try them out and see how you feel (not how well you perform as that can be changed with experience).
Good luck and see you around.
Zoso - April 21, 2008 07:10 PM (GMT)
Well it could just be the models on the GW site, I only see one angle and one painting style but well they just don't quite look fitting to woodelves to me, I love the look of grace and elegance amongst the other WE but they look clumbsy and gangly. On second look the treeman doesn't look so bad, but the treekin just arent right for me, maybe they will grow on me (no pun intended :uhhhh: )
Silly Dragon Elf the Third - April 21, 2008 07:49 PM (GMT)
If that is how they look to you then GW have done their job well it seems.
The wood Elves are an army of two halves. On one you have the grace and elegance of the Elves and on the other you got the clombsy yet powerful forest spirits.
I agree with the Treekin they do look alittle distorted. But once you read their fluff it makes sense. They are pieces of deadwood temporarily inhabited by one the forest spirits. Dryads are just the spirits given form and the Treemen are spirits bound permamently to the living tree. So fluff wise they look as they should. But if you don't like them (though i like treekin they are my least favourite looking Asrai model).
The good thing with the forest spirits is that it allows a mass amount of conversions. If you don't like the treeman make your own. I have seen some cool conversions like Foxtale's forest golems for count as treekins.
SeanyPrawny - April 22, 2008 01:07 AM (GMT)
Quick welcome from me before bed, Welcome. There we go now enjoy the waywatchers, am sure silly will look after you. (I'll talk more tomorrow.)
The Lone Warrior - April 22, 2008 09:22 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Zoso @ Apr 21 2008, 05:49 PM)|
| it would be nice to have the choice of two armies with completely different playing styles and tactics.|
I've yet to buy any models
HA! You're tellin me?
I've only got a few boxes of Wood Elves minis but I've already outlined army lists for each of the six races I want to collect in WFB.
Oh, were are my manners?
Hia, an welcome to the Lost Glade.
If you are wantin excellant advise on wood elves and the fantasy game then don't talk to SDETT (JOKING!! (lol)).
No, seriously, this place is a brilliant community and in the month and a half (is that all :blink:?) that i've been here i've learnt a lot from these guys.
I have to agree with you that the treekin are a bit iffy but i've seen some brilliant ones converted from massed dryad parts and god are they good.
So, enough from me for now, look forward to hearing more about your exploits once your army book arrives.
Zoso - April 22, 2008 12:05 PM (GMT)
Just been looking at the WE reference sheet and from the treekins statline I can see why they would be worth including in my army :)
I am already thinking about colour schemes, I reckon autumn themed ones look the best, however since I want to model scenery for them and almost mini diaramas for some of the troops (I have a vision of modelling my waywatchers in trees, or hiding behind bushes/long grass) and autumn trees would be harder to model then I might go for a summer theme. But I don't want 2 green armies so I guess I still have some thinking to do.
Thanks for all the welcomes tho :) and I will hopefully get a few minis to do a colour scheme trial (might even photoshop some pictures to see how they look).
FatOlaf - May 3, 2008 02:07 PM (GMT)
Welcome zoso, enjoy your stay in our hallowed glade..
As for treekin, do not leave them out, they are worth their weight in gold!