I actually don't want to either paint or play the ungodly large Skaven Army I've acquired over the past year.
I've played a few games with the Skaven net-lists and tried some of the other variations and while I can see that the list is incredibly effective the style of play didn't really excite me. Furthermore the fluff of the army has never really appealed. Finally, I didn't relish the idea of painting another 200+ model army where I would inevitably paint the army as quickly as I could and hope that nice basing would make up for it.
The Solution? I'm starting a Dark Elf Army. I have always loved the fluff of the Dark Elves and am finding myself attracted to the MSU style of play after having been inspired by Swordmaster's excellent battle reports:
The list I'm going to build to is:
Dreadlord - Dark Pegasus, Pendant, Giant Blade, Sea Cloak, Heavy Armour, Shield
Supreme Sorceress - Earthing Rod
Master - Dark Pegasus, Cloak of Hag Graef, Dawnstone, Heavy Armour, Shield, Halberd
Master - Dark Pegasus, Armour of Eternal Servitude, Dragonbane Gem
Death Hag - Cauldron, BSB
10 Dark Elf Warriors - Muso+Standard
30 Dark Elf Warriors - FCG
8 Dark Riders - Muso, Repeaters
7 Dark Riders - Muso, Repeaters
30 Witch Elves - FCG, Banner of Swiftness
The major thing that has always held me back is that I hate most of the GW models. Searching on the internet though I have found Avatars of War and Raging Heroes figures that I will be using for most of the army.
I'll use 3 of the hero figures for the Dreadlord and Masters in the list who I originally intended to mount on Dark Pegasi but instead am going to convert them to use the Dark Eldar Scourge wings. These will be my 3 "Angels of Death". The two sorceresses will be my Death Hag and Supreme Sorceresses. For the Witch Elves I'll use the Raging Heroes Blood Vestals.
The Skaven have already been sold and I have a total budget of $700 for this project, if anyone has:
Cauldron of Blood
Corsairs (to convert into shades)
Glade Riders (to convert into Dark Riders)
let me know and maybe we can do a deal?
Thanks for reading, I'm looking forward to starting an army that's all about the hobby and not solely focused on tournament play.
Let's hope come October I'm not in need of a crutch though..........