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So, based on comments in the other thread, I was just curious:
How many of the extra bits do people use. I'm talking about things like the daggers, extra basing bits, etc...
Personally, in the past, I've not used very many of them. I'm a slow painter and, when combined with an urge to paint all the bits in great detail, it's just a bad idea for me to be creating more work for myself. A little bit of a waste, perhaps, but a bit of a necessity too.
So what do other people do? Do you use heaps of bits? None? Somewhere in between?
depends on the model. With the dryads, I used most of them to either make more dryads or add some extra branches reaching out of th ground. On the GR and GG, mainly used some of the extra branches. The daggers are unnecessary and all the imps look stupid to me. I'll even make my own banners if need be, the ones on the sprue, I don't like.
I use a few of the bits. The spites look great on my great eagle base, I've used some of the big leafy bits here and there. The daggers I don't bother with because I like keeping the painting simple.
I haven't bothered with the daggers. One day I will.
I keep my pieces. You never know when they may come in useful. We've begun trading pieces with each other. It's my Empire pieces that they want more, but it's because I keep my extras that I can use them.
As for assembly, I use what makes it look cooler, but I try not to overload it (with expections8Y). Fir some sprues, I didn't even use the Command group, I prefer ti save most of mine, as mentioned earlier.
ASG, sounds like you're a bit like me with regards to keeping everything. I don't think "anal" would be an exaggeration. All the bits come off the sprues and get divided up into different things, like base scenery, things that get stuck on this type of unit, things for that type of unit, etc. When I first started I even kept empty sprues because I thought I'd use them for something. (No, I don't keep sprues any more).
Because of my desire for all-round completion, I'm tossing up whether to take my 8 Glade Rider model from the battalion box and make:
7 normal + musician
5 normal + FC
The latter has the advantage in that I'll be able to make 3 units of 5 GR with musicians, which is the common way to use them. But then there's the nagging feeling that one day I might want to use a champ or SB.
Although I think sense and thrift may have to prevail, and a champ/SB will just have to be a "counts as".
I'd make 6 normal guys, a musician, and a champion. The champion doesn't have to be exquisite, just slightly special, maybe with a sword instead of a spear. I only ever use one 1/2 of the time.
Don't bother with a SB. If you really want one, make a cheap totem that resembles a slightly oversized spear.
For game play, only a musician adds anything to a unit of Glade Riders. I never use my standard bearer. A champion doesn't have to be that distinct. My Wild Rider champ is sometimes used as just a plain old wild rider.
That's why I wouldn't do anything lavish with conversions from those 2. Chances are that I'll want them as normal troops later.
BTW, champions are useful. The amount of times I've left an opponent annoyed at issuing a challenge at some powerful character is worth it.
I convert my unit champions a bit. I don't always use the model as the champion though. I figure, every unit will have a leader but they wont necessarily be any better than the rest of the guys.
Unit champions have their place but some units should avoid them like the plague.
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