It started with the Treeman set, now it's time for the line infantry/ Scouts combo set. The Eternal Guard/ Wildwood Rangers is a set reminiscent of the Dark Elf releases of late last year; static infantry with beautiful detailing but limited poseability. The Dark Elves were nice, but they really seem to have perfected it with the Wood Elves.
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I am not a photographer, so expect dodgy pictures below
You can see above the leader's shield and shield arm are in two pieces, but in a very unusual way.
Also notice the way the hands join the arms (see below).
The hand itself is split along the wrist armour line on one hand, and then the other is split so that the thumb is on the arm, while the rest of the fingers and hand are on the weapon. This took a bit to get used to, but it actually works really well.
Sorry for the blur - my camera obviously isn't that good...
You'll also notice here the ball socket for the arm into the torso - more of that in a minute.
Every other join line is completely hidden - this is an army builders wet dream!!
The join is also in a place that makes it really simple to fix with very little if any filling - just use the excess glue once dried and scrape it off.
As much as I love conversions and poseability, this is amazing is you just want to build yourself a force and hit the table. Great work by Games Workshop!
The ball and socket work so well together that there is almost too much movement while you try to piece the three sections of the arm (arm to weapon to arm) together.
I find the way they fit on the base a bit odd, but not being used to that much WHFB figures, maybe it's just me. BTW, did I stick a female head on a male body? Oh dear!
There is so much 'clever' in this set; the lack of join seams, the intricate detail that just screams "elf", and of course the ball and socket finally being perfected.
I really hope we see ball and socket Imperial Guard soon - they would be perfect for it. Maybe we will see it with the rumoured Bretonnian release or the upcoming Eldar?!
Whatever outcome, today we have seen it come to fruition in a really nice kit and at a fair price.
Credit where credit is due - good work Games Workshop.
For me - this is a good buy!
Love to hear your thoughts!