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melkorthetonedeaf
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PostSubject: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 18:28

I didn't want to hijack Grimmcrimm's ranting post, but I'm curious. I am primarily drawn to DE particularly for the absolute coolness of the models. With the new codex being more interchangeable, compartmentalized and perhaps even more internally balanced than before, do you think now is the time to make that DE army based on "the rule of cool"?

For instance, Scourges? Look totally BAD-A, and now they aren't awful. Mandrakes? Still look deliciously evil and aren't.... as......bad. Vehicles and flyers still look rad and are still pretty much awesome looking cardboard with lots of guns. Ya know what? EVEN COVENS ARE COOL TO LOOK AT, and they've certainly gotten better.

What do you think? Is "buy what looks coolest" viable?

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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 18:37

most every model looks amazing, with a few exceptions. So it will be very easy I think. Some models look amazing but stink IE Voidraven, But you can look good regardless.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 19:56

Then, I suppose it was a trick question!

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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 21:19

Short answer: no

Longer answer would invovle something about everyone has his own sense of aesthetics and there are not too many "ugly" DE models.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 21:50

I have to agree with Klaivex Charondyr, the rule of cool is different for each and every one of us, but you already sad that you liked the coven models so rule of cool will work for you ;-)

I really like wyches and hellions, that makes for some harder games ;-)
But then again, it's the rule of cool, so hell yeah!

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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 22:47

Personally, I think that if you like a model, you will probably find a use for it, one way or another.

For example, I have a couple of Hellions, even though most players think they are awful. Why do I have them then? Because I wanted a unit of Dark Eldar riding Ripperdactyles! Very Happy
(My Kabal has certain ties to Exodites, fluff still WIP, but I want my models to represent that. Besides, I just love prehistoric creatures.)
And if I really can't find a good use for Hellions on the table, I can just proxy them as Beastmasters.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Fri Jan 09 2015, 23:25

Since Dark Eldar don't have a single ugly model, (barring the two new HQs), I think it's totally possible.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Sat Jan 10 2015, 00:56

as others have said, it very much depends on what models you consider bring the best aesthetic to the table.

I personally think that probably only wracks are the models i look at and think 'that's not gorgeous' but that's also part of their inherent fluff - they ain't supposed to be pretty.

I would have to say that of our models, my personal favourites are scourges, mandrakes, and reavers followed very closely by incubi and the Talos. as far as vehicles go, ours are much prettier than anyone else's, so yeah, you can definitely build a competitive list on that basis.

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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Sat Jan 10 2015, 08:37

I really like the looks of Wyches which seem to be rather bad, so maybe i might have to use them as
Lhamaeans, or find some hidden way to make them work as Wyches.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Sat Jan 10 2015, 14:00

Rokuro wrote:
Personally, I think that if you like a model, you will probably find a use for it, one way or another.

I think this is a good point.

Also, if you like a model but not the rules, you could always have a go at converting it into something else.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you build a competitive list solely based on aesthetics?   Tue Feb 03 2015, 17:18

Marrath wrote:
I really like the looks of Wyches which seem to be rather bad, so maybe i might have to use them as
Lhamaeans, or find some hidden way to make them work as Wyches.
I am hoping the extra Harlequins bits fit easily, cuz I have a whole mess of Wych legs/torsos.

I like this idea of converting so that I can have a cool army both rules and looks-wise.

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