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There is no set branchwraith model except for Drycha, do people just use Drycha then for their branchwraiths or model their own?
In regards to the Helm of the Hunt, I see that a lot of people take this item for their alters, and for understandably good reason, but the wood elf noble with great weapon that GW sells is helmless. Does the helm have to be represented on the model? Or is there a different model that people are using to represent this?
I am also looking to start collecting my wood elf force. I figured I would start with 2 boxes of dryads and 2 boxes of GG followed by an Alter and branchwraith, and an eagle. The specials are what is giving me the most trouble though, I really like wild riders but the models are just so darned expensive. Does anyone have a cheap and easy way to convert them or should I just go with some wardancers and treekin and call it a day?
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For my branchwraith i found an old pewter dryad model in a bits box, twas cheap and looks different enough to make it noticable. As for wild riders a lot of folks just use glade riders with no cape or bow just a spear. I dont know if it would fly in a tourny but in most friendly games people will not care me-thinks. At least as long as it looks like you put some effort into the conversion, maybe fill the cape joint-hole with some green stuff and make sure they have a slightly different paint scheme then your GR's.
Helm of the Hunt. Once again, I use several different models (none are GW) for my alter. It doesn't really have to have a helmet. Just say your alter is wearing the Boots of the Hunt.
2x boxes of dryads sounds good, I like 1-2 units of GG (32 may be too many for my taste) I like Glade Riders because fast cav rock. I do like treekin, but don't like the models, so I use Bears from different model lines (bears live in the forest) My wild riders I have modelled from various GW parts actually. I custom extended the hoods onthe horses. The riders have GR legs, Dark Eldar torsos, Dark elf Standard bearer spears and Necron heads with hoods made from green stuff. They look very cold and chilling and look as if they really would cause fear on the charge. Plus with Glade riders, you get 8 for $15 cheaper than the wild riders. 2x boxes of GR gives you enough for 2 units of glade riders and a unit of 6 wild riders customized or vice versa.
Welcome to the winning side mate8Y.I am also looking to start collecting my wood elf force.
Personally, I just use Drycha as a Branchwraith. It's like using Archaon as a Chaos Lord, Marneus Calgar as a Space Marine Master, or Eldrad as a Farseer. I have no problems with it, but if your opponent does, just tell him/her/them that your using Drycha as a generic Wraith.
For your second question, I can see where your coming from here (you have to represent all Wargear in 40K). In WHFB, it's a bit different. You don't have to represent Magic Items (It would get a bit irritating). So, for the HotH, you don't have to represent it any more than you have to represent a Power Stone, a Dispel Scroll, or a fancy sword. But I like to Boots of the Hunt buckero0.
For your force, you can just get the Batallion Set and a few Heroes to begin with. It gives you 3-6 Core Units (depending how big they are etc) and a well-rounded force. For characters, a BW complements them well (you can just get Drycha or just convert a Dryad), and Nobles generally also do well with your force. You don't really have to show your Kindreds on the model, and you don't even have to use Kindreds. Vanilla Nobles work fine. Once you've had a few games, you can work out what you need to improve your force. If you need a hard hitter, get some Wardancers. If you have trouble outflanking your opponent, then some Wild Riders may be the best option.
Finally, for your Wild Riders, you can try mixing GR sprues with Dryads or convert some Centaur-like creatures and utilise the 'Counts As' rule (where one conversion counts as something else).
As someone just starting, I reckon the Battalion box looks like a reasonable deal. My plan at the moment is to go a battalion box and a box of Dryads to start. That'll give you 2 and a bit units of Glade Guard (you could have 2 spare after you model up musicians for each unit (the only upgrade you're likely to use on them), 3 units of Dryads (pretty much everyone fields units of 8, right?), and 8 Glade Riders. I figure I'll use the spares to model up command, so I can have anything from 5 vanilla, to full command (hey, there might be some time I put a mounted noble with them and need a champion for challenge-protection, or something like that. Or maybe I just want to be a real smartypants and use a banner to add to combat res for a GR unit). So that'd take up 8 models (5 vanilla, full command). Then I can expand from there.
As someone already mentioned, WYSIWYG in Fantasy isn't as strict. There are too many different magic item combos, and I think Fantasy players seem to change them more often than 40k players, who are more often than Fantasy players looking for the "perfect" list (that's the mentality I had/have as a 40Ker). So they needn't be 100% WYSIWYG. Having said that, it's good form to make them at least look similar to what they are, and maybe have the right weapon. There are Wood Elf Lord models for most Kindreds, and a few other basic loadouts (GW, bow, 2 HW), so there's not a great excuse not to at least have the right weapons). (If you play with just your friends though, you should discuss ground rules. My group doesn't care, but all the individuals want their models right anyway...)
And while I haven't done it, GR I reckon would make excellent WR with a bit of converting. I'm even considering doing it myself, since I think the GR are some of the best WE models, and I'm not really a fan of the WR.
As most have said get a battalion box. Depending on how many of each unit you want get 2 battalion boxes. This way you cover your core troops and you heave enough GR to convert to WR. I was given a battalion box with other units with it. I also bought another battalion box. Now I have all the core units I will ever need. I might convert my other GR to WR, but if I don't no biggie. The battalion box is the way to buy your army. If you want to add some models to your units you can do a bits order.That might net you at least 4 more models for what ever unit that you can buy bits for.
For my Branchwraiths I used a dryad and added the branches to the base of the model. I used k.i.s.s. for my branchwraiths.
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For my alter i used the modle with the horns, and put some warhawk wings on hin to represent Skraw the Falconer. I also got hold fo a power whip from 40K.
For a special choice i would recommend definatley taking wardancers, as i have found that they are a higly feared unit. Treekin are also a very good choice, but i find people like to take them out of commision early, as they have a potential to cause a great deal of damage.
I would recommend takin a treeman over a great eagle, if your aiming for more than 1500 points. He's pricey but ive found he's a great way to draw attention away from your oppenants flank, if you send him down the middle of the table.
Sunday 20th July Wood Elves vs. Brettonians
Mission: Flank Attack (Brettonians attacking)
Score: Wood Elves - 4181
Brettonians - 0