This is a bit random, but hoping to get you guys talking about it and mostly looking forward to opinions from those of you who play on a regular basis.
Got my copy of the Eldar Codex with all the new plastic goodies this monday, and had ordered the Tau codex at the same time.
Very very impressed.
Games Workshop is close to receiving the most improved overall product experience award over anything I've seen for a while in any product or brand category. Jes Bichkam has totally saved the White Dwarf. All the new Codexes are well written, the rules are in good balance and benefit variety, and much to my surprise the old art digitally colored looks very very tasty and has a new aesthetic unlike anything I've seen else where. The miniatures are better and better and the sheer output from GW seems to have doubled.
Well done and thank you!
So two of my favorite armies came out in the space of few months and I'm itching to work on something else than Legion after August. I have a big Tau army and a reasonable start to an Eldar army. Both aren't up to my current standards for creating art - but then again, I'd like to play more in the future and do something new and different.
But don't really know how to make more time.
So this has gotten me into thinking about designing the look and feel of the new direction, and outsourcing some of the assembly, priming and base color work to a competent studio. To work more like a designer. Then go in an finish the units with depth and weathering. Obviously the special things I would still do from scratch.
The big dilemma at the minute is weather either of the old schemes is cool enough for me to keep it with the expansions... for the TAU (finished ten years ago) it's a no and also I have 3000pts of them to play with if there is an urge to just park and shoot the crap out of the opponent, which isn't my ideal idea of Warhammer 4000 anyway - so this points me towards my Eldar who are nice and bright. They have one major mistake - the black. I've found that pure black kills a lot of realism and nowadays always paint black as hues of dark grey. Only the most shadowed area of black is actually black opaque black. With this switch I could see myself doing a nice Eldar army. And none of the new units would have the black black mistake.
But (again) obviously I'd like to make the Eldar army of all Eldar armies...something no-one is expecting Eldar to be...and launch myself to another eternity project that might still be the right thing to do with the Allied rules and the Legion and Xenos storyline synergy.
This is where I got several years ago:
Hardanth Eldar @Dakka
Should I add to this army, I will document the working with a painting studio process and hopefully provide plenty of good tips on how to work with such a service provider and how to combine good basics with your own stamp.