Before I get into my weekly dose of miniature goodness, I want to make a personal plea to vote for Rod Spellman for Ennies Judge. You can vote here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/
Rod writes the general gaming blog "On First," which you can find in my favorites. He knows more about gaming than anyone I know, and as you can see from his reviews, he is able to analyze them with a keen eye. I am certain that he would be an outstanding judge, so I hope you will head to that page and give him your vote. If you have your own blog or are the member of any gaming related fora, feel free to evangelize the masses: Rod Spellman for Ennies Judge!
Now that I've made my shameless plug, it's onto miniatures.
I've been working on rounding out my white lion unit this last week. I've been running a unit of 30, which despite its high cost, has been working very well. They do boatloads of damage, and their stubborn trait helps protect them from a bad round. Currently, I managed to finish off the unit; however, I used a unit filler to do so. I'm still deciding on whether I like it. On one hand, I like the lion models, and when I run two lion chariots along with this unit, the army looks very nice together. On the other hand, I'm not sure I like having two lions leaping out of ranked infantry. What do you think?
Looking at the picture, I see that I need to paint the lion's eyes. A handler might also look nice. I have an idea for a conversion using the chariot driver, so I might add that next.
Incidentally, the white lions are the only of the new releases that I bought. I think they far outstrip their metal predecessors. On the other hand, I was happy with the old Dragon Princes and Phoenix Guard, so even though the new models are nice, I wasn't moved to purchase some. I will say that this kit upset me a bit because it was far less customizable than most GW kits. Each body was only matched with two out of the four available torsos, and when I tried to deviate from the guide, the models were left with gaps. The end result is nice, but I guess I am spoiled by the freedom of the other kits.
It looks like I might get to try Hordes of the Things this week, so look for a reaction to that game in the coming days!