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i mean, of course they are.
being an excellent fast cavalry choice, free musicians, and all of their handy special rules.
but they're so expensive though.
every single games workshop/hobby store/battle bunker i go to, they're the same price.
$60. well, some of them are like $57.50, but that's still way up there.
i look online and it's the same exact thing, except more expensive because of shipping and whatnot.
i see army lists of 1000 or less, and some of them have wild riders, and some don't.
the one's that don't are still good lists though.
i see army lists of 1100 and more, and every single one of them has wild riders in it!
this gives me the impression that there's no way of playing a game of 1000+ points without taking the beloved Wild Rider of Kurnous.
my question is, will i be able to survive a game, of more than 100 points, without Wild Riders?
Of course you can :¬D
I wasn't even going to take any at all until I got a 25th Anniversary box for Christmas. I still haven't assembled them either. Will probably only use them in 3k+ games and all. I have a lot of fun without them and while I can see them being fun to play, never essential.
Nothing in the wood elf list is essential. You can still make very competitive lists without wild riders. They are like most units, good if you use them, but not necessary.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
Yes, you can do without wild riders.
But you can also get them for a hell of a lot cheaper than 57-60 bucks.
One option is to buy an entire army lot on ebay. I bought a used wood elf force for about $300 shipped. It was about 5000 points of models (without upgrades or magical items), including 15 metal wild riders. All in all I saved about 70% off retail. So that's one way to do it. Granted, I had to do a LOT of paint stripping -- but it was worth it.
Another way is to convert your own. If you are OK with relatively plain looking wild riders, you can convert them from the glade rider sprue directly. Just use all spear and sword arms and maybe do a simple head swap if you want.
Alternately, you can use ungor torsos from the beast herd sprue, although this is more expensive than just using the glade riders straight.
Lastly, you can kitbash. I've heard of folks making centaurs out of wood elf horses and bits from the beast herd sprue, although I feel that these are a bit too close to centigors. Personally, I combined horse bodies with lots of green stuff and bits from the dryad sprue to make dryad centaurs. I've also heard of folks doing this with dryad bits and spider bodies. Either would work just fine as long as you are comfortable doing a bit of sculpting. Even if you buy whole plastic boxes instead of just the bits you need this will be a lot cheaper than metal wild riders, and of course if you buy just the bits you need you'll do even better. For about $60 plus the cost of green stuff you can make *12* dryad centaurs. That gives you two solid units of six, vs the small 5 man squad you'd have if you bought metal wild riders for the same price.
I love, love, love my wild riders. Although, it was definitely not love at first sight!
They are fragile, can be blasted by any shooting and can't flee (Then again, that is most of our army). So using them you have to be very careful. Don't set yourself up to win 1 charge and then be flanked. Don't move too close to anything that can charge / shoot you. Fragile t3 elves with 5+ saves =p. However, once you do learn how to use them (took me a few months of playing wood elves) they are amazing at what they can accomplish!
Yes, 6 wild riders plus warbanner is a little expensive for us (200 ish?). But think about their uses... they can negate ranks (one of the few units we have that can do that), they cause fear on the charge and at unit str 10+ that aint no joke!, 18" charge range, decent str when charging and an insane amount of attacks when they dont! 4 attacks per model ??? thats a great way to mow down some infantry!
And yes expensive in RL points as well but as others have pointed out there are many alternatives to the half naked expensivo GW versions. I took some left over silver helm bits mixed with glade riders and I have 6 pretty cool models. I also added shields to count for the light armor the glade riders don't have. I don't have a good pick but the one I do have shows my standard bearer in the background and my champ on the right:
Hope my rambling helped!
I must say those are quite attractive conversions, well done I've see nsome abysmal ones before!
Perhaps you should produce a little guide on how to make them?
the wild riders are well converted from the mounted nobles... very dark colour scheme though... i like it.
Its nice to see conversions. I plan on making some GR into wild riders, unfortunately the only other bits I have access to besides wood elves are orcs and goblins. That mat be a bit tough to make work.