High Elves have gone up for pre order on the GW website, and there are quite a few new twists to the usual release formula that make things worth looking at, even if you're not interested in the pointy ears. I'll hold my hand uo now and say that they're an army I've never been hugely interested in, but I'll do my best to keep my bias out of this.
High Elves Army Book
LE - £55 Standard £30
Is it even worth mentioning that there's a Limited Edition? I'm more surprised that there's not a LE model as well, either package with it, or in addition.
Warhammer Battle Magic: High Elves £3.50
Oh boy there are some expensive available, and they serve as a useful comparison as to how expensive units are, and the potential costs of building an army. It's worrying how close the costs of plastic and Finecast units are becoming.
Flamespyre Phoenix / Frostheart Phoenix £35
Lothern Skycutter £36
Shadow Warriors/Maiden Guard £30
Edit - Having taken another look at these models while reviewing this month's White Dwarf, I have to ask the obvious question - Are they going to fire their swords from their bows? At what point in their operation on the battlefield do they need sword and bow in hand at once?Surely it's an either or thing, or a risk of breaking the bow, or stabbing yourself as you notch and fire arrows?
Alarielle the Radiant £11
Handmaiden Of The Everqueen £9.50
Loremaster of Hoeth £12
Uniforms & Heraldry of the High Elves £20
I'm surprised to see this offered for a mere £20, as a 72 page hardback.That's all I can say about it, without seeing the interior.
There are two firsts for this release, the first the Paint Set, providing 34 paints (although no texture paints or undercoats). Your milage may vary, depending on the colour scheme you're aiming for, and how closely you adhere to the GW painting methodology.
We're also seeing "While Stocks Last" transferes as part of an army release for the first time, which is nice, although there must be a better way to provide them than by WSL release. Some sort of in store print on demand possibly?
And that's it. As evidence by the contents of the Battalion set, it's a poor day for any unit that already exists, in plastic or Finecast, which is a shame, as some of the older sets (spearelves) are beginning to show their age.