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I bought a champ of nurgle, but I'm trying to figure out what I could get away with saying he has? He's the one with the sword/morningstar. I'm new to wfb, having taken a break from 40k, so I'm not sure what most people would let me get away with. Also, how do magic weapons/armor work with wysiwyg? Worse comes to worse, I can always just do a little conversion.
You shouldn't really worry too much about it, WYSIWYG is alot less strict than 40k and around where I play you could use him with whatever you would like.
Magic Weapons doesn't have to be a sword just because the description says so, just remember that most magic weapons don't have the normal quality associated with a weapon, unless it specifically says so.
Technically he has a Nurgle icon on his left shoulder, so I would definitely paint him as such. However, like Azhrar has already said, most people wouldn't care as long as you make it clear in the beginning of the battle what mark he has.
We do not wysiwyg magic items, including weapons and armor, at my store. Obviously if you have a character you should paint the item to reflect his equipment, but standard lords, heros and sorcerers we do not. We do like standard weapons and armor to be wysiwyg, but we allow people to proxy new units as long as you show progress in painting/modeling your army.
Communication is key! If you don't know, ask. I'm sure they would be glad to allow the proxy as long as it was just a friendly game at your local store.
sorry but what is WYSIYWG?
As mentioned, I don't think it's as strict as 40k due to all the magic item options available. It would be pretty unreasonable to have a model for each combination of them.
As for weapons, they may be a bit more WYSIWYG depending on the type. A sword/mace/axe is pretty interchangeable. Like a Sword of Battle can just be renamed Axe of Battle, or Daemonsword to Daemonmace or whatnot. However, I don't think it would be too reasonable to have a mounted model with an axe but call it a lance since that may be confusing.
A similar example would be with your marauder horsemen. I would be a little unreasonable to put axes on them and call them spears. I think it would matter if the mundane weapon has special rules but is showing a different mundane weapon especially if you have multiple units.
To most people, small infractions are no big deal. I modeled most of my marauders with either flails or extra hand weapons, even though I normally run them naked or with a shield. It's just looks cooler that way and, as all of my marauders in the same list are run the same way, I just announce to my opponent before the game starts how they are equipped.
When I start having problems with WYSIWYG is when the burden of remembering which unit of skeletons are really grave guard and which are just skeletons has been put upon me (in very large games, of course) or when I have to remember which weapons someone has outfitted their wraithlord/falcon with.
I also think, from a WoC perspective, that we should endeavour to model flails on Heros and Lords, since Str 7 attacks can be a very big deal in this game. I can't tell how many times an opponent has gotten upset over me popping his black coach on turn 1 or 2 with my boobsteed hero, and it's even modeled with a ridiculous, Witch-King of Angmar-type flail! I can only imagine if I had left him with the halberd the model originally comes with.
I appreciate the replies. Wysiwyg = what you see is what you get. Meaning if a unit is modeled with sword and shield; you use them in game as such and not as lances. Some people have gotten rather nit picky during some 40k games, so I was just asking in advance before I start gluing together my units. I'm more than likely going to buy some extra bits from ebay and just paint up a bunch of command groups as different marks. Then paint the bulk of my troops rather generically and use magnets so parts can be interchangeable in case I decide to change up.
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