Someone asked me to do a few comparison shots of the IOB High Elves against the troops in the regular box. I was planning on doing that anyways, but I figured that I would do it now and get it out of the way. I put the figures in front of graph paper measured out to one inch squares for the large lines, and .10 for each small lines. It sort of looks like a line up at a police station if the even do these kind of line ups anymore. The models not IOB are 6th edition plastic/metal models.
I usually take a calipers to my models if I see something that is not right. When I calipered the IOB models I noticed that they were different size. You really do see well the height of the models in the pictures, but you don't really see the width of pieces of the models that well, nor the depth of some pieces as well. After measuring the minatures, I had to say that it was a "dealbreaker" for me to use the IOB models in my army even in just their own unit. I still think that it would be visible to me and bug the hell out of me that they were that different. I have the distinct feeling that the new elite plastic models fit the IOB models well and thus would look larger compared to the older models. Enjoy!
The swordmaster on the left is from The Isle of Blood set, and the one on the right is the standard metal Swordmaster that we have had for around a decade. Notice that the metal swordmaster is atleast 1/10 shorter than the plastic ones from IOB. The IOB sword is a little bent toward the camera so it looks smaller than it really is. You have a hard time seein in the pictures, but the IOB swordmasters have very large mellons for heads. So much that their heads don't look even close to each other.
Here is a set of spearelves in some form. On the left is a Seaguard model from the IOB. The center is my own kit bashed spearelf, and the one in the right just the standard spearelf. The center model is a spearelf body but with a Silver Helm's head. As you can tell the IOB model is once again taller significantly compared to the older models. Also, once again, the heads are very much fatter on the IOB models compared to the regular models.
On this pic, we have the IOB Ellyron Reaver, a Standare Ellyron Reaver, and a Silver Helm. Now I really cant see much difference in these models heights personally. I would admit that I dont have a rider nor a head on the IOB Ellyron Reaver. To be honest I really didn't look at these models that closely and measured them out like I normally do. I just did not like the looks of the Reavers exactly, when I was perfectly happy with the existing Reavers, and in a pinch, I could do the "Glade Rider Two Step" and kitbash a few glade riders if I really felt the need to do something different. All in all I have a lot less problem with these models than the other models.