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Started thinking.... why is it that we chose High Elves as our/one of our armies in Warhammer fantasy? Was it because you liked painting them? You liked the stoic, ice cold defenders of the world idea?
What are your thoughts?
Personally, I actually started with empire, but I always lost.... so I looked to the Dwarves, and once I read about the Sundering and how it was recorded by even the dwarves because it was felt as far as the World Edge Mountains, I reaserched what this "Sundering" was. And that is how I was introduced to Aenarion and the Great war against Chaos.... thats the stuff of legends. That is my reason. Yours?
I started off with WoC long ago, but I got kinda bored quickly: I liked the feel of the army but I was looking for something different from both a gaming and a fluff point of view.
I fell in love with HE almost straight away: as you said, the stoic, ice cold defenders of the world idea is a very appealing one, and the look of the army is terrific as well. Plus they're proficient, when not masters, in almost everything: warfare, art, magic, craftmanship, seafaring and so on. Their history is long and rich in utterly important events for the whole Warhammer world. They have a "glorious decline", epic feel. I also very much appreciate how they are based - if somehow loosely - on ancient Greece: citizen soldiers who provide for they own weaponry, main weapon spear and shield etc. And after all Elves have always been my very favourite fantasy race ever since I entered the role-playing world, and even more after I met Tolkien. They're just superior.
My project log: High Elves (and other stuff actually, but mainly High Elves).
Last update 1 Sept 2011
Well, when I started off, I was only 9. My parents didn't really want me playing Warhammer because of how dark it is, so I knew that skulls were out of the question. That immediately ruled out the Empire, and any of the "evil" armies. I felt that it left me Bretonians, Dwarfs, and High Elves. I ruled out the Dwarfs because they had absolutely no cavalry, and I thought that it would probably be a tactical drawback (all the other armies have cavalry, and I thought most historical armies did too). Next out where the Bretonians, because the corebook at the time had a lot of silly drawings which made fun of the Brets, and they also had nothing but knights. So High Elves became the middle ground, and I liked them for their roman-esque tactics and weapons.
Over time, my High Elves turned into a very accomplished Cavalry army, right up until 8th edition. Now I still play them because they're my very first, and we've had a long running friendship over the past decade or so.
Much like CaptainSarathai I started wargaming (40k) ay back when I was 9, and since then every list Iève played has kind of been a change of pace for me, something I've never done before. From the age of 9-14 I played an all infantry Space Marine list. Following that I have collected my personal favorite army, my "Dread-Pod" force where I use an entire Drop Podding Space Marine list maxing out at 6 Dreadnaughts. About a year ago I even had a very balanced Delaque gang for Necromunda. I even have plans for a mechanized Blood Angel army!
Now just recently I am starting Warhammer with High Elves (an Elite infantry Warhammer army) and Skaven (a Horde List). These two lists both coveniently come in the starter box, are an entirely new game to me, and are completely different from eachother. My High Elves will be another fun little change of pace that helps to keep my interest in War Gaming.
Ask me about the Black and White Space Marine on the Black and White Bike!!!
I recently started with High Elves, (with IoB and a battalion) for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the models look amazing, especially with lines of bright, cleanly painted infantry, complete with banners, robes, and white/silver weapons. Not to mention the non-elf models. Dragons, Griffons, and Lions? Yes please. High Elves just look epic. On the rules end of the spectrum, I enjoyed having a supremacy in magic and always striking first. The wide range of elite units just fit my playing style, even though survivability was...demoralizing at first. While the fluff is interesting, I guess I just am too taken with the models and rules.
My first model was the Sea Elf Repeater bolt thrower, my first major purchase was a box of High Elven cavalry (all metal except for plastic lances) and since then my main Fantasy army has always been High Elves.
Sure I've dabbled with VCs and am also considering demons. But High ELves have always been my first and foremost army.
I love elite armies - my first army was Space Marines, but HE follow a very similar philosophy (except we're a touch more fragile) but it's all about a well trained, well equipped force fighting a horde that sometimes outnumbers them 3-1.
That's EXACTLY how I see High Elves you know - High Elves are the SPace Marine equivs in Fantasy. Imp Guard are Empire, Chaos are like certain builds of marine, High ELves are like others, Eldar are like Wood Elves or Dark Elves (both of whom are more "combined arms" than High Elves..), Bretonnia are again like certain flavours of marine..
RealityCheque- don't let a Lizardman player hear you say that. Their fluff is telling them that the only reason the Elves were able to use the Waystones to focus the Winds, is because Lizardmen were helping them, and that the Lizardmen were fighting off Daemons in Lustria at the same time, even sacrificing some of their own great leaders.
Kithre- you would buy a box of Cavalry first. I can't say the same though. My first purchase from GW was a regiment of Eldar Guardians, then a Space Marine tactical squad, then the combined box with 8 High Elf Spears and 8 Archers, all plastic. From there it was a box of the (then new) Spearmen, followed by a BUNCH of Silver Helms.
It's funny that people are emphasizing how "clean" the Elves look. Yeah, they have very clean, flowing lines, but I don't paint mine with a clean palette at all. My robes are khaki rather than pure white, and instead of blue I use a dark aqua color. The armor is silver, but it's done over a black base coat and inked, and those shiny polished helmets are also dark aqua. I think it gives them a more mysterious edge. Whenever I imagine Ulthuan, I imagine it as a rocky country with imposing sea-cliffs topped with white battlements, jutting up from a mist-shrouded sea. As an army and a race, I think that the Elves are as unnerving as they are majestic, so the darker hues sort of fit them.