Wood Elf pre-orders up

Games Workshop has started taking pre-orders for new Wood Elf books and a new Treeman Ancient over in their webshop.



From the post:

The guardians of Athel Loren care little for the outside world. Theirs is an existence shaped by the passage of the seasons, by ancient magic and by folklore.

Warhammer: Wood Elves is a 96-page, full colour hardback army book. Inside you will find:

– The history of the Wood Elves and the tale of the founding of Athel Loren.
– Detailed descriptions of all the Wood Elf characters, units and monsters.
– The full lores of High and Dark Magic, and the magic items available to Wood Elf armies.
– A showcase of Citadel miniatures from single models to vast armies.
– The Wood Elves army list.

  • The Beast Rampant

    I have to say, that’s pretty darn cool. I’ll be danged if I’ll pay over sixty bucks for a plastic model, but neat nonetheless.

    What happened to the rumor that wood elves were getting the axe (so to speak)?

    • KelRiever

      I guess gone now. But when you don’t update an army for 2 editions of your rules (and the Bretonnians are in the same boat), while you update other certain armies in each edition, it makes people speculate…and not unreasonably, that GW just hung it up on certain armies.

      This one doesn’t have much work put into it. What’s new? A treeman? a hero? For wood elves at least I understand it…the plastics still hold up. But it makes me wonder even more then why it took so long.

      • Haibane

        GW releases are split weekly now – they have a bunch of other new models coming in the next few weeks.

        • Soulfinger

          It wasn’t just lack of updates. It was GW’s new tack of letting their online inventory sell out without restocking well in advance of the new army releases. Last time I looked, Bretonnians were down to 10 items in the web store (excluding the army book and pegasus wings offerings). If I recall, these were two of the least popular armies in a struggling game line, so it was definitely a curiosity.

      • Major_Gilbear

        The three elf books (High Elves, Wood Elves and Dark Elves) were apparently all worked on concurrently, and are deliberately designed to have some level of overlap between them to show their common heritage.

        However, I can understand why GW wouldn’t want to release three elf armies all one after the other. Instead, they have been released in order of popularity, and the releases have also been broken up with other releases (not just WHFB).

        The changes to the WE are more than just a treeman and a hero though. They were written for 6E, and in the two editions since, they simply don’t play correctly any more.

        The new 8E core rules simply don’t support the playstyle that the 6E army book gave them, and (coupled with all sorts of out-of-date restrictions like small unit sizes), they have had to limp on ever since. Especially problematic has been their different versions of the rules they need to survive (due to the edition changes – but the “current” army book always supercedes the main core rules according to GW, so this leaves them without any improvements in the core rules between editions unless they get a new army book).

        In addition though, they get access to new spell lores (High magic and Dark magic), at least two new units (infantry with axes and stag riders, although some sort of spearmen have also been apparently sighted too), and a heap of revisions to all the existing units that will effectively “renovate” them for WE players.

        Finally, many of the existing WE models were actually quite nice to start with – given the recent artistic direction of GW, I’m kinda glad they haven’t revised more of the models.

  • The Beast Rampant

    Finally, many of the existing WE models were actually quite nice to start with – given the recent artistic direction of GW, I’m kinda glad they haven’t revised more of the models.

    I’ll stick with my old Jes Goodwin models, than you! 🙂

  • supervike

    Horribly over designed. Just far too busy.

  • Dr.Falkenhayn

    campy overstylized,overblown Nonsense,i was hoping for a more natural Look