Monday, May 6, 2013

High Elves book review

I realize that I am not posting so much lately, that is because my hobby time is dedicated to painting  and trying to nail a theme for my WoC. some picts are coming soon. I also came to accept teh fact i want to well structured posts and it is not gonna happen for few reasons: time and the way I tackle the hobby is more organic than well thought mostly.

I am gonna try to post more but shorter posts about what got me excited each week.

This week will be no surprise to mots of us: High Elves army book.

Why this book stand out for me? You love or hate Mat Ward but much to his credit he always try to bring new concepts rules based on the core system, the reign of chaos in the daemons book for instance. Well he did it again. The loremaster is the most exciting concept of the book to me; descent warrior with access to all signature spell of the 8 BRB lores. I also like that, much alike the loci in the daemons book, the heroes means something for the army or some units at least. Each one brings extra rules instead of just boosted statistic or access to magic. Finally that is the first book that gives an incentive to use rider for monster, fire phoenix gets a bonus to come back if they are ridden.

The cover is one of the best of the new template if not the best, definitely on part with the 40K daemons cover! Big thumbs up for the fluff section, unusually well build and organized. They pay a lot of attention
to details such as create an HE-centric time line based which in turn give an insight on HE society that restarts the calendar with each king.

The new units are all great models, yes even the phoenix. My favorite is the loremaster, it has a dragon ball taste to it! The shadow warrior/ Avelorn sister seems incredibly versatile. I like the tendency they have to provide extra heroes, the Lothern Skycutter lord seems a fine BSB in disguise.

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