Is is strange that I always start my posts with "Hey folks!" Or "Hey, this is Dashofpepper" or "Sup mah bitches and hoes?!?" Actually, not the last one because my previous posting venue (Dakka) probably would have screened it out.
In fact, to make that more "kosher" I should note that I've always called Black Templar "Black Devils" and lump BA/SW/GK all into a lump of "SM" cheese. Since we all know that Black Templar are bitches, and BA/SW/GK are hoes, then I could actually start my posts with, "Sup mah BDSM fans?!?"
But I digress.
After an unpleasant bout of debate concerning my venom conversions and their attendance at the Alamo, I sent a followup e-mail to the organizers of the Railhead Rumble GT with a picture of my venoms and a more descriptive explanation of the conversions. I had previously solicited and acquired permission to use them - as I did for the Alamo GT, Wargamescon, and the Nova Open - but after Michael Brandt noted that he didn't actually expect them to be as big as they were, I decided to revisit to make sure I was in the clear.
The 3rd edition raider is 5.75" long, and averages approximately 2" wide, tapering out in the front and in the extreme rear.
The 5th edition Venom is 4.75" long, and its wingspan is 4.5" on the nose. I can't approximate its "average" width, or am too lazy to have tried it when I put the tape measure to the sprue in the black box.
To put this in perspective, the only disagreement any opponent has had with me to date - which wasn't voice during a game, but in the battle report, was when a lone surviving marine in my 5th game at the Alamo GT dropped a Melta into a venom, wrecked it, and the warriors inside disembarked 2" out on the other side of him, out of assault range. Given the open-topped nature of the Venom, had I had the new ones, I could have actually disembarked approximately 2" FURTHER away from him than I was able to using my 3rd edition raider because of the Venom wingspan.
So, after receiving an e-mail reply from the Railhead Rumble GT organizers telling me that they wouldn't allow my conversions because of the possibility of opponent's complaining - but that if I could get an assemble the new venoms in the 4 day window available between their release and the GT, I could bring them unpainted and they would count my other venoms (my painted ones) towards my paint score. I freaked. I can't get the new venoms in time, I don't have enough Vypers as a stand in, my Orks haven't been fielded in almost a year and aren't ready for GT play - not to mention that they've suffered some damage from multiple moves in the last year, and my other army - my Necrons - probably won't be ready in time due to the labor-intensive requirements of fixing those Monoliths.
My response noted that I have five vypers that I can "substitute" if they can loan/rent me another three, as long as they were ok with them not being WYSIWYG. The organizers agreed - and noted that the judges would all be aware of my models in case opponents needed to be informed - and that at each game, I would have both sets of models available, with my opponent's discretion choosing which set of venoms to use.
That's actually quite reasonable! This is the only event where this matter because the release of the new Venom and the time lapse between this and the next GT (Wargamescon) should give me ample time to assemble and get the new Venoms painted. So the question for you:
You're at a Grand Tournament, arrive at your table, and find me standing across you. I explain the two sets of venom models to you, why I have two sets, and ask you to choose which set you prefer to play against.
Option #1: 3rd Edition Raiders converted with dual splinter cannons. They are longer and taller than real venoms, but also skinner. They are painted, WYSIWYG, and themed with my army.
Option #2: 4th Edition Eldar Vypers. They are almost the same length as the Venom, and possibly skinnier. They are not WYSIWYG, don't have splinter cannons, nor are they painted. Actually, I take that back - they're in the state I got them in. One is blue and gold, one is primed white, one might be yellow, and two are grey. Three more of them - I have no idea what they might look like.
Which set of venoms would you choose to play against?