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Excuse me for being rather derogatory towards the newer HE core plastics, but ever get the feeling that they are AWFUL!
Anyway, at the weekend I was clearing stuff out and really sorting out my collection.. Much to my annoyance, about a dozen of my silver helms and a good 20-30 of my older citizen soldiers are awol...However that's a different story
I would gladly swap out my plastic Core troops for something a little more stylish (e.g. Eldar bare heads, Silver Helms heads, Bolt Thrower heads instead of the "boy band" archers).
Anyways, heres my thought...
In the older (5th edition) book, the illustration for Sea Guard shows a High Elf warrior with cloth sleeves, whilst in the same book, Spears are fully armoured.
So all 40 of my new spears will be given bows and make up the bulk of my SG, whilst my older edition plastic and metal spears (around 70 of them) will be the citizen soldiers I wanted. Additionally, I'll use some of the Charioteers with spears as front-rank SG as well, or champions for the SG regiments (for some reason I have loads of metal command groups but very few champions!)
Next up, my plastic SH look crap against my metal ones, even the oldest edition. I will therefore swap the lower torsos from the plastic ones and give these to the metal upper torsos, whilst using the plastic heads and upper torsos with the metal lower legs and making these guys into proxies for Reaver Knights (replacing the lances with spears), or as slighly more heavily armoured spears Elves.
That will leave me witha reasonably balanced force - at last count I would have approx 20 Silver Helms, similar number of Reavers, a few mounted commanders and 20 Dragon Princes of various types. Thats a really good cavalry force, supplemented by 8 chariots.
Yeah, the old models are beautiful. I find that they're a little chunky, and I really like the new models, but the old ones are just plain cool to have around. My first highelves were from the plastic kits when they just started phasing out the metals. Back then, I bought elves in boxes of 10 I think it was, with 5 spears and 5 archers, and the metal command groups were separate.
Of course, I painted them up in the 'Tears of Isha' scheme from the campaign the summer before, so their scale mail is all in lacquered blue, with light blue robes and dark weapons. I should repaint them, they look pretty bad since they were my first minis, but I refuse to change them. They remind me of how far I come. Strangely though, even the archers had the skirts of scale armor modeled on them back then, so I mixed my archers and spears together to create a regiment of LSG. I still use the old metal chariots, and one of the old bolt throwers, and a classic Dragon Prince champion serves as a noble in my army, right there alongside the Imrik kit some wareagles, and the same-era WoodE glade guard as shadow warriors.
Isn't it fun when your collection gets to show it's age? And nice job finding all that cavalry: YEE-HA, GO FAST!!
Its been semi agreed with a load of my friends that SH can be used as core in our friendly battles, since we all know they should be.
I now just wish I had all those minis of yours in order to actually field a full cav army. 8SH 5DP and 5ER wont go very far...
And I completely agree about never repainting the first stuff you painted. I have some dark eldar stuff from when they were a new army and they hurt me to look at them. I've also kept the first dirty Dark Elves that I did when I rediscovered the hobby just over a year ago. I gotta say I've got a lot better quickly.
Well here are a few of my original cavalry models (partially painted) - and BTW just found 5 more unassembled SIlver Helms in a Prince Imrik box - bargain! Apologies for teh quality of the pictures, the Macro lens on my phone isn't great, and I had to use a close proximity with a flash, so the pictures are a little faded out (the Mrs has our decent camera with her!)
I also did Prince Tyrion at around the same time:
And finally, the one-time general of my army (now a mere Silver Helms champion!) - the bladed weapon is what he was wielding prior to the hand snapping off today, and being hastily replaced with the lance shown - I have to fill the gaps and repaint this now :-(
Last edited by kithre; June 10th, 2009 at 16:37.