Welcome to Librarium Online!
Hi everyone! My name is Joey and I'm totally new to Warhammer Fantasy and I was immediately drawn to the wood elves due to their awesome models, lore and wide range of colour schemes. I’m trying to get a feel for the hobby and have decided to document my experiences from buying my first box of Warhammer ever (a Wood Elf Battalion) through all the stages of planning, assembling, painting and battling right up to the final goal of entering a tournament and attending Games Day!
I’m certainly no expert in any of this, having no artist skills or ventured into any sort of strategy game like this before but I think whatever the outcome it will be an interesting experience. I would be happy for anyone’s thoughts, feedback, encouragement or (constructive ) criticism, both with my modelling & painting, along with the general idea of a “start to finish” documentary of the building of an army by a total beginner through to the final stages of battling!
Thanks for all the positive feedback so far!
I'm going to use this post as the archive for finding videos. Please choose your episode below!
#1: Warhammer Joey Introduction.
#2: Forum Feedback.
#3: Spellsinger Painting.
#4: 1000 Point Army List.
#5: Buildin' Treekin.
#6: Paintin' Treekin.
#7: Battle Report - Wood Elves vs Tomb Kings.
#8: Got Wood!
#9: Morgan Treeman.
Last edited by TheJoeyberry; February 23rd, 2012 at 18:51.
Awesome project. Love to see how your army progresses. The wood elves do have some great looking models. I will be looking forward to the next installment.
And welcome to LO. Glad you are doing it here so I can see how it progresses.
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Thank you for the kind welcome.
Feel free to comment on the youtube page or on here if you have any tips or pointers to add for me. I'll post some pictures on here of my progress along with links to new videos.
I'm aiming to do it weekly but with enough time to paint and film too. Hopefully get a better camera in the process
Here's a shot of the current battalion assembled and ready to be painted. A long way to go yet.
Last edited by TheJoeyberry; January 21st, 2012 at 21:40.
First off I have to say that for not having painted or built models before you did pretty well on your dryads. Also made a good call doing them first as they tend to have fewer colors than elves do, and less tricky when not painting flesh.
Advice on modeling would be if you want to try your hand at sculpting with green stuff you can save a fair amount of money by using glade rider models with extra bits from your glade guard to make wild riders. Also for making the trays for skirmish units like your dryads it looks as if you have dividers between the bases it may be better to not have that so that when they do fight you can just slide them together. (Though they are skirmisher they rank up to see who does fight in combat, even if they don't gain the benefits of ranks.)
As far as playing goes, you should post the army you want to field in the list section for people to give advice on. Also wood elves have always been a tough army to learn to play as they use totally different tactics than the other fantasy armies. So don't give up if you lose a bunch of games early on. One key to the game which is doubly important for wood elves is even if you don't, you have to make your opponent believe you control the flow of game. This means playing more of a head game with the opponent not necessarily just killing their units on the field.
Anyways good luck and have fun.
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I'd suggest a healthy dose of extra Glade Guard for your army going forward, as some of the more impressive uses of Wood Elves I've seen have involved them, in various small (read: 10-man units) with a "big" unit of 20 or so, which is where your characters sit. Quite a tough army to get points out of, because they're all over the place. Some Dryads are also welcome, because they're pretty good at standing between your Guard and the enemy. I can provide a nice list I've read and worked on as well, if you like.
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Welcome to LO. Your project seems pretty awesome, I'll definitely follow along, either here or on Youtube. I wish more people would do video-diaries/logs like this to keep track of their army. Perhaps when I start in on my Guard or Empire, I'll invest in a nice enough camera to do the same.
Wood Elves are definitely an uphill battle. Their book is 2 editions old now, and those intervening years haven't been kind to them. They were awesome back in 6th edition, but now you need to play a very close game. I still consider them one of the best beginner armies though, because they teach you the game, and you learn a lot about strategy, rather than the traditional beginner's army being one that's "easy to play".
I'm sure you'll be able to handle though - you managed to make it through being the only girl in the gamestore, haha. Don't be discouraged if the Wood Elf forum seems a little slow, a lot of us have second or third armies on top of WE, but we'll stop in to help whenever we see new posts.
First off, dear god, why Elves? Secondly the models you've done look really nice. One suggestion though is to give a bit more attention to those movement trays, especially the Dryads. As they are they're big spaces that are pretty much 'empty'. Adding some pieces of slate painted to look like rocks and maybe some broken tree branches, small trees or shrubbery! (perhaps with a little path running down the middle?) would help make the army a bit more 'showy' and give them the feel like they're stalking through the woods. The only other suggestion I have is to nail them all to Chaos stars.
(Dear god, my first post in the Wood Smurf Boards.)
Yes actually I see your point about the trays I will get some better pictures tomorrow along with a short video hopefully you can see the foliage a bit better- they don't look as bare as they appear to on the crappy pictures. The path running down the middle I have done with the cavalry/glade riders? It looks good- pictures again I'll post tomorrow.
I'll be doing different armies once I've mastered the wood elves ( ) Any suggestions as to what to do next?
Also what are chaos stars? (still new don't judge me!)
Last edited by TheJoeyberry; January 22nd, 2012 at 21:24.
Welcome to the woods, I hope the forum gets a little livelier during this, it has been pretty dead as of late, except for that one topic on our new book and when it is going to come out.
As the other guys has already said it is a tough army, I got my butt whooped the first couple of years, however I win more games than I lose now
The Dryads look better than any I've ever painted, which doesn't say a lot. Personally, I think I would have waited to paint the Spellsinger until later. Heroes should be the best painted figures in your army, which it might not be if you use it to test different techniques on. I think I would have done a couple of Glade Guard first.
I believe a chaos star is some sort of pentagram for summoning demons, just guessing, but sounds like it from the context
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You seem to have wanted to pick Ogres, you could always run them next. That, or figure out what it is you enjoy about the Wood Elves and look for an army that does better with that facet of the game. Beastmen could be fun, as they are the arch-nemesis of the Wood Elves, or Dwarfs, who are the exact opposite playstyle.
Or you could do Lord Borak and I proud and come over to the side of Chaos!
^that happens to be a Chaos Star. It's not just a Warhammer symbol, but in Warhammer it is the sign for Chaos Undivided, representing the 4 Gods of Chaos. Pretty much the ultimate bad-guys in the game, encompassing Daemons (Demons), the barbarian Warriors who sold their souls to them, and the hapless Beastmen who have been mutated by their very existence. As Borak pointed out, they have a nasty habit of using their enemies as banners...