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My army book came yesterday and I read it all in one breath. What struck me was the new fluff - while in the old book, the Dark Elves were evil, they are just insane now, and some stuff is so cruel it just made me laugh (call me twisted).
Example? Take the fluff behind the cities. I mean, binding the souls of slaves in their bones, which are used as a decoration? Animating the corpses of dead miners until they decay completely? LOL. Just imagine the joys a Dwarf must get when he is stuck in there.
Overall, I got the impression that Gav really enjoyed working on this book, and gave it as much love as he could (and I'm talking fluff, not considering the excellent changes to the army itself that makes it very effective yet balanced).
Agreed, I was most impressed by the quality and quantity of the fluff here. It must be something like 60-70 pages of fluff (including the Beastery), all of which was well-worth reading. There were a few small points I thought could have been a little better, but they were very minor, and I think all of them were simply that I would have liked a little more detail. I guess I am just greedy
I agree, the fluff is truly fantastic. What amused me even more was how it slotted in with the High Elf book's fluff. Like that Phoenix king who forced the Dark Elves back off Ulthuan and even secured the altar with the Sword of Khaine. They talk about how the Phoenix king never returned. "Some say he was killed by an assassin hiding in the shadows, while others say he was killed by his white lion bodyguard out of fear that he would draw the godslayer."
Then you get to the Dark Elf book: He resisted the temptation to draw the sword, and boarded his boat back to Ulthuan. Morathi called up a vicious storm that threw him totally off course, a dark elf fleet boarded him and he threw himself into the sea in full armor rather than be captured.
LOL how simple warhammer life can get.