Saturday, October 29, 2011
A moment of Clarity
I had a moment of clarity over the past week. For those who follow my blog proabably already know, but for those who don't, I am not buying as much as I used to from GW any more. There are several reasons why this is the case. One is the price hikes that everyone is complaining about. I don't deny that I am curtailing my purchases for that reason. The fact that I am not playing as much as I used to in Fantasy has definately put a damper in my purchases as well. My personal financial situation also has limited my options as well, among other reasons.
What I have been doing as of late is putting a lot of things on the auction block. I have sold all of my new Bretonnians that I had, as well as most of my chaos army that I still had in boxes. What I have been doing with the proceeds is to buy classic miniatures. Predominately models that I have not really seen in a while if at all, but I have been buying some regular old metal Bretonnians as well. I got them to have something to compare with other manufacturers, and also that I believe that you can never have enough variety in your Bretonnians. So I am looking for models that fit what I have for the Bretonnians and yet still use them for WAB. FireForge Games might do the trick for more flamboyant knights, and there are a plethora of manufacturers for a more subdued knight look. I have as of yet to make a decision as to where I want to go with them, but the magic 8 ball is saying both.
Now I have also been picking up some Chaos models as well. The older metal knights as well as the Marauders more specifically. And now for the momenty that you have all been waiting for, the moment where I have what apparently Alcoholics call a "Moment of Clarity" this week (You can thank Pulp Fiction for that, especially when I have visions of Jules when I had it). My moment of clarity is "why am I still looking for Marauders when the Viking range from a series of different maufactures should be just as good for my taiste?" I really do see Marauders more as a Conan the Barbarian type of guys rather than the Chaos worshipers like GW is making them. Likewise my ideas of Chaos Warriors is more of what you would see from the movie "Willow" as well rather than what you get from GW. I guess that this is yet another way that I am drawing away from GW.
I was not that sure about how the historical ranges would fare. Would they have what they need, and is it really what I am looking for? Well, I did troll through some of the various manufacturer, and found that as a matter of fact, yes I think that I can do it depending on the comparison sizes for viking ranges. I have not found anything, but I am also looking for Atilla the Hun, or Cossack troops for variety reasons in a Chaos army. Chaos was my only holdout for human armies that I was going to collect GW models, but with the exception of Chaos Warriors, I believe that is not going to happen as well. If anyone has any ideas as to what would be good "Kurgan" Marauder, or Chaos Warrior models, I am all ears.
This is not just stopping at human armies as well. I collected characters from the Vampire Count Ranges of GW as well as some parts of elite units, mainly because they are cooler models that what GW is using now, and I really did like the bloodline idea back in the 6th. As far as common troops I really dont have much, however Mantic Games is really catching my eye. I need to take a look myself with these guys to see if it is what I am looking for, but I am liking what I am seeing. Some factions that I want to or already are collecting simply have no comparison in my opinion. I really like the Elf lines from Games Workshop, and I have not seen many other lines that compare to them, along with the Orc and Goblin line. The Chaos Warriors line may be one of them, I have simply not looked for an alternative just yet. Reaper is another option but on average is not my style.
I am also looking very carefully as to what is in my inventory that I really want to continue based on the looks of the range. For instance, the new dwarves are by far a different army type than what I have here in many aspects. I like a lot of what I have seen in the army but right now I am not sure if this exactly what I want to do with part of my dwarf army. Despite my penchant for GW Orcs and Goblins, I may be looking for an Orc replacement that is more slimmed down and would fit the other ranges that I am looking for. I am not sure at the moment for new line of orcs, and I may look at classic ranges from GW as well to see what the differences is. Wood Elves are another quandry for me as well. I can either use the army currently sold which "looks" like they fit with the other Elf lines, or to collect the older line, which has a limited scope of models compared to the new models, but still looks great. The good news is that if I dont see myself fielding a classic wood elf army, I can always play a Silvan High Elf army in the likes of Averlorn should I decide to collect the classic wood elf armies. Clearly I am going to make a few decisions over the next month or two to see which way I am going with what is my primary army for some of the factions that I collect, and not to mention that more comparison pictures will be down the pike as well. (Oddly enough, I dont see that many people doing this for fantasy figures, however I see it all the time for historical figures.) Either way both my wallet and my WAB armies will benefit no matter what.