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Please hear me out on this one and see if you can help me make a decision.
I've played High Elves since last edition. It was my first warhammer army and the army I learned to play with. I have since had several other armies (beasts, dwarves, chaos dwarves, O&G, Ogres) that I have either never finished collecting or didn't like the way they played and sold them. I have several armies right now that I do play and am collecting (DoW, Dark Elves, Wood Elves, Lizardmen)
I have several different units in my high elf army. I have played with just about every unit except Seaguard and dragons and usually play 2250 games. I have never liked the new book. I know everyone said the old book (6th) was terrible, and the 7th ed has some improvements, but I liked playing the older book better (maybe just feelings of nostalgia, learning how to play etc.) I've won and lost with the new book and done quite well with them, but I've never really enjoyed the experience. I don't know if this makes any sense, but I don't enjoy playing with the HE. I did enjoy painting and converting my characters and white lions and phoenix guard and they look really good, but I don't like playing them and don't like their ruleset. I don't get excited making HE lists, like I do when I play DE or WE. I get clobbered playing WE usually, but I still have more fun getting clobbered then I do winning with the HE.
So back to my original question. Should I just give up on the High Elves? They are my one completely painted army (so they are great for tournaments) but I don't enjoy playing them as much as my other armies (lizardmen 85%+ painted, WE 55% painted, DE just getting started, DoW 80% painted) and I'm wondering if I should just sell them even though I put lots of time and effort into the models, because I may not play them again. Or should I just hold onto them and if I get around to it, play a game or so with my dragon mage (since I haven't tried that) and see if I enjoy it at all.
Hold on to them, then when the rules swing you won't regret selling them off. Unless they are VERY well painted you won't get much for them... As for the army list, I would suggest playing a different tactics base perhaps, or building different armies, or playing smaller battles.
I would agree that you should play smaller battles. Make some armies with different themes and use different ideas.
However, if you don't enjoy them as much as other armies, why play them? Why play in a tournament if you don't really enjoy it? You've spent lots of time and money on the army and had fun. But maybe it's time to move on. If you give up the models and regret it, you'll learn a good lesson for next time when you get tired of WE.
High Elf WiP Tactica
I'd suggest holding on to them. Put them on a shelf somewhere where your paint job can be admired and play your other armies. When you get tired of hitting after people again, bring them back out.
Seriously though, as has been said, unless you are a Golden Daemon winner, you're not going to get a whole lot for them.
hold on to them, you never know if you'll get that "spark" back, just put them to the side for awhile, get rusty with them, then pull them back out for small games 1k or so and build your way up. If you enjoy them then, keep them and if not it might be time to move on
okay- thanks for replying. I'm holding on to them for a little bit.
Playing smaller battles is hard since everyone plays 2250 around here. There is a 1500pt tourney up north in a month, maybe I'll try HE at that level and see if I'm still interested in playing them.
Suggest a few smaller "for fun" scenarios like last stands, maybe the battle of Hathar Ford, Battle for Mauthrond Pass etc etc?
I have not been playing long but I have items that I no longer use. I have thought of selling them but have held on to them. Example I thought dreadnoughts were the bomb but after changing the theme of my army I had three but I only needed one.
Our local hobby store plays a 500 point general dividing up all the comers. Sometimes getting into those battles is last minute as I tend to forget upcoming events. Then you just have to throw things together really quick.
Our group have several players who have played for years. Some sell their older armies then purchase the newest army book and kind of start over. I guess I am just to big of a tight wad to do that. But that is their bag.
Others in the group still have every army they ever built. One guy I know of plays flames of war, most armies; 40k over 6 armies and ever fantasy army. Of course he is single and has a garage to store everything.