There is something about the Shining Spear models that really appeal to me. I know it's nothing to do with how they perform on the table, which although they can be fun to use, are simply not worth the points in a competitive list. No it has to do with, well, just liking the pictures in the Codex!
I think it's mainly the Aspect Warriors colour scheme that does it for me. The Blue and white theme looks so cool. I love the stripes on the bikes, with the Exarch colours being the opposite way round, and with the rest of my army having a purple and white scheme, I think they would compliment it nicely.
When I first got my Eldar together, and before I had finished the large Eldar learning curve (OK, I probably am still on that curve) I used to try and play the Spears whenever I could. Sadly though, I have to admit it's been a very long time since I got them out of my case, or even considered painting them! With a family and all the things that go on in ones life, painting time is very precious to me, and I tend to stick to the things that I know I will use the most.
At one point, I even considered converting the Spears into a Seer Council, but in the end I just couldn't bring myself to do it. One day, Eldar will get a new Codex, and with a few tweaks here and there, and a bit of a reduction in points, they could all of a sudden become workable. Sadly until then, I will just have to keep them on the back burner!
Do you have any units that you love, but never got around to painting/playing because they suck on the table? Do you play that overpriced under performing unit, just because you love the models so much? Should I just say no, sod it and paint and play the Shining Spears anyway?
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