Another stupidly expensive hobby...
As if it wasn't enough that I am into MMO gaming (which requires me to keep my gaming machine updated - expensive) and radio control flying (which requires me to keep my planes maintained and repaired, and occasionally add new ones - also expensive), I decided to get into another money-sink of a hobby...
After getting back into Warhammer Online after a short break, I decided to buy a couple Warhammer tabletop figures to just keep on my desk for decoration, which lead to looking into the game, which lead to thinking it sounded pretty cool, which lead to... Hehe.
Anyway, I chose Dark Elves for an army. To me there were only a couple choices, and DE's were easily the top of the list. This also has the benefit of being the least played army in my area. My Local Gaming Shop, the awesome Castle Comics & Games, didn't have a lot of DE stuff in stock (back to it being the least popular army around here!), so I got what I could from their stock. I want to support the local shop so I will wait on new stock for the rest.
The LGS folks said pretty much most people around here play ~2,000 point games -- not a cheap endeavor to be sure, and also not one that'll be quick to get onto the tabletop. I'm not interested in playing with unpainted figures, so I'll be spending quite some time making these look as cool as I can. So I got what I could to get started from what they had in stock.
Pretty much every DE army has a few units of warriors and at least a unit of corsairs, so here we have a box of each.
When you unbox them, you see... a big pile of plastic sprues with tiny parts on them. It's kind of intimidating, especially when you realize this is only a tiny starting portion of your army!
Before assembling and painting the figures, you're supposed to wash them to remove the residue of the mold release agent that is left on the figures from the factory. The paint doesn't adhere to the stuff, which would be bad. So I washed them up and set them out to dry...
And that was that for last night. Next, I will assemble them, starting with the warriors. This unit of warriors will be crossbowmen, and I will buy another unit box when the LGS has more, and they will become spearmen. My overall theme for this army will be that of a sea-bound raiding party, using sea monster/cephalopod imagery. The "dark elf kraken shields" that GW sells will be useful for this, but I'll add my own touches/art to the battle standards.
I'll post more as I work on these!