|As cool as the High Elves can be, it's really hard to shake a legacy like this.|
Aesthetic: While there are other armies that I think look better as a whole, the High Elves are still at the top end of the cool scale. One of the biggest draws are all the flowing robes and banners that really give you the opportunity to do some amazing things with paint. Lots of areas to play with bright colors as well. Beyond that, there are a ton of very cool dragon themed units and all the weapons manage to have this elegance to them despite the fact that they’re comically oversized.
Despite all of the above, the aesthetic is the one place the High Elves leave me a bit cold. I like dragon motifs, hearts, jewels and big hats as much as the next guy, but far too many of the High Elf Models are pushing the line between ‘bad-ass’ and ‘fruity’ a bit to hard. Which is not to say that this is a deal breaker – far from it - there are a good deal of the models that are really quite cool. However, there’s enough weirdness going on with some of the models, that the Dark Elves are much more appealing in this regard.
Convenience: I guess a bit of explanation is in order. What I mean by convenience is a combination of the cost of the kits, the amount of plastic I can get my hands on and how many of the kits can be had for the standard 20% off. This is one area where the High Elves shine. A few of their special choices are only metal, but by a wide margin, the majority of the go to units are plastic. What really sends the High Elves through the roof, is the imminent release of the Isle Of Blood starter kit. If you can find someone to go in with you for the Skaven, you can get a ton of quality plastic stuff for 40 bucks. Seriously, the shear availability of cheap, plastic models papers over any other minor quibbles I have with rules and aesthetics. Even there chariot is plastic. The Dark Elves don’t even have a model for theirs!
When I started writing this post, I had the full intention of writing off the High Elves in Favor of the Dark Elves. Having been forced to do a bit of research, I managed to convince myself to put them back in the race. Firstly, it’s just too early to make a hard and fast army decision. Hell, by the time I get around to Fantasy, a new Wood Elf book may be out or something entirely non-elven may have grabbed me. Second, the model range is just so damn excellent in terms of completeness and economy. the High Elves are just too good to not consider if I'm feeling elfy.
Now, if I could just do something about the High Elf names. Ugh.
|Actually, this does a lot for that. Also, THIS COMES IN THE ISLE OF BLOOD! OMGWTFBBQ!!|