Casey's recent post about his favorite GW Fantasy models inspired me to do this similar post. Since this is also my 100th post, I thought it'd be fun to do something a little special. The list is limited to models that are currently available. If it weren't, it would be more like a top twenty-five.
Kairos Fateweaver, Oracle of Tzeentch
I love the original Lord of Change, but Kairos takes it to a whole new level. His staff is the tits. The details on his wings are magnificent. His head is also less cumbersome than the LoC. What I like most is that they subdued his clothing a little bit, so it looks more realistic and less like a clothing model standing in front of a fan for effect.
The GW paint scheme leaves something to be desired, however.
I also appreciate that GW can make a great model of a female without her being nearly naked. Don't get me wrong, I love the old metal Daemonettes (often referred to as the "sexy" ones), but it's nice to know they're aware that women can wear clothing, too.
Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf
Speaking of Space Wolves, I can't wait to paint up this beauty. Let's start with the wolf. It blows me out of the water. It's big but still sleek. The pose is a perfect combination of stalking and anger and he's got more battle scars than the rider (plus a cyber-jaw). If it wasn't a $40 kit, I'd be tempted to run the wolf as the leader of a pack of Fenrisian wolves.
Now to the Lord. Giant axe? Check. Fantastic flowing cloak? Check. Strapped to his monstrous beast? Check. Time to kick some ass. The details on his armor aren't overwhelming, just enough to know without a doubt that he's a Space Wolf. The kit even comes with that a severed Thousand Sons torso. What's not to love?
This model is also one of the few outside-the-box sword examples. Most of the swords are pretty boring, but Skulltaker is too much of a go-getter (of skulls) for some plain old sword. He's also the kind of guy that needs to have skulls etched into his armor because making a cape with the skulls of his enemies wasn't satisfactory. If my Daemon army hadn't been Slaanesh themed, you can bet there would have been a Skulltaker in there.
And that's my top ten! Now I have to resist the urge to buy them all so I can paint them up.