I really hope that dragon rumour turns out to be true, although I'm fairly confident it will be considering the current trends. (Don't take that for fact, it's just a guy with a laptop posting an opinion!)
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To be fair, although they're "Elves", they're "Humanoid" - compared to Beastmen, Daemons, Orcs/Goblins, Skeletons/Zombies, Lizardmen, and Ogres, they're positively "standard".
As for huge fantasy products, a Dragon and Ent/Treeman is pretty much standard fantasy fayre these days, and essentially the only difference between the Forest spirits is the size of the tree that they inhabit (regardless of the fluff difference between a dryad/treekin/treeman, the only difference appearance wise is small walking tree/medium walking tree/large walking tree).
Giant Eagles + Riding Giant eagles are fairly popular in such genre as well.
The only things which are pretty unique to the Asrai (as opposed to generic Wood Elves a la Dragonlance, Lord of the Rings, etc) are the Wild Riders or rather "Priests of Kurnous" (I personally believe that they may be an alternate option for the Wild Riders, or possibly some form of Hero/Lord), and Orion - who IMHO could do with a serious resculpt, his spear is ridiculous.
The Preyton could be something to be used by the Shadowfey, but that's Warhammer Forge/Beastmen, although it's not unheard of to go from FW to 40K (Valkyrie, Leman Russ Variants etc). Another possibility is Alter Kindred, who could add in a whole new flavour to the army, possibly attracting to the Druidic players from DnD and Warcraft as being redesigned as a shape shifting unit. Ethereal Spirit Swarms could add some colour and vibrancy to the army design, as well as being useful if priced correctly (not to mention being played fluffily).
To be honest though, the only Elven army which is distinctly unhumanoid is the Dark Elves - Harpies, Hydra's, Cauldrons of Blood, Cold Ones, Dragons, Manticores, and Dark Pegasus, as opposed to High Elves - Great Eagles, Dragons and... well, Phoenix, although currently awaiting for a model and WHF only so far. Wood Elves have more Fantasy, but I also think the charm of some of the more humanoid factions is precisely that - I prefer Bretonnia to Empire particularly for their low fantasy as opposed to high fantasy/steam punk for example, I prefer the Norse/Plate Armoured Warriors as opposed to the more Daemonic/Chaotic/Mutated Chaos Warriors. Hell, even I even prefer the Strigoi Ghoul Thrall army (before it even became popular ruleswise - the Strigoi story was fantastic and really attracted me to the army - I prefered the idea of Nosferatu over the Bela Lugosi Vampire).
Admittedly, the design team have recently come up with wonderful ideas that were outside of the box - Necrosphinx, Wizardmobiles, Vampire Engine/Thrones, Mangler Squigs, Stonehorns, Thundertusks, Ironblaster, Mournfangs.
Wardancers are pretty unique, as far as I can tell? I mean yeah ok Elves are supposed to be skilled & quick, but I can't think of any non-GW elf factions (harlequins being GW elf) that are cult-dancers as much as warriors?
You're right about the Preyton being more beastman than WE - although the rumoured 'savage' twist to forthcoming WE would help it fit in a treat (and would also open up room for the incarnate elemental of beasts). Seems WHFB is following 40k trend; in their own way, everyone becomes the bad guys.
But yes the WE do need something more to mark them as GW unique rather than standard 'fantasy' fare. The stag-rider concept and variant / more Unicorns don't go far enough. That forest spirit swarm is an interesting idea though. Not going to throw my own ideas into the mix at this point, we don't want the thread closed again for wishlisting
Will be interesting to see what GW pull out of the hat!
umm of the subject but do we have any pictures of these plastic clampacks that are rumoured???
This confirms my speculation about a wood/high elf combi-kit allowing for either a wood elf treeman or a high elf ship.Both High Elves and Wood Elves may get the Treeman in their updated books. (buzz0783)
You know I heard that it can also build various campfire's for armies such as empire and dwarves.
I REALLY dislike the Eternal Guard models... Then again, they might give the rules and stats a major overhaul that would make mine look wrong... Oh well... I will have to wait it out, I suppose.
Considering that Spearmen became Eternal Guard in 6th and EG Fighting Style specifies Saearath or Spear and Shield despite no new Spear and Shield models being made for the range (except the lone mounted Lord, IIrc) during the transition, I would support this idea - provided of course you enjoy the mahoosive hands
Their new release pattern seems to be in thematic blocks, so don't be suprised if helf weld and eldar all get redone right after one another.
Well I have still not heard anything much other than the big plastic tree kit ... so they are keeping them a long way up their sleeves.
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