Quick update. I have been distracted by some GW witch elves I got when I cancelled my White Dwarf subscription. They are really nice models however what I found most interesting about them is the size. While I feel that the Raging Heroes are slightly on the small side I feel the Witch elves are on the opposite end of the scale.
My main issues with the GW kit revolve around the lack of variation in it. There are only 5 body types and while the models are plastic they only go together in one configuration. If I am honest for rank and file this is not a huge problem although the fact they are all jumping off something means the piece of stone being repeated as much as it is a little odd. Where it hurts more is in the command models and in particular the champion. The standard and musician pieces are nice but I can't help but feel separate unique bodies should have been used for these pieces. This is even more obvious with the champion whose only point of difference from a regular rank and file is her head which is very hard to differentiate. In truth for the command group the real answer is to purchase the cauldron of blood and use the hag or hellebron as your champion model. One criticism I heard of the new Witch elves was the lifeless blob like hair. I have to say that in my opinion this is not a valid criticism. The hair on the witch elves is fantastic and adds to the movement and presence of the model. When you start to paint it there is no problem putting in the impression of individual strands of hair and when I compare the RH models to the GW ones the hair on the GW models is far superior.
I wont go into cost much here other than to say that the in reality the cost of the raging heroes models and the GW models are actually very similar as it is possible to pick the GW models up from ebay for about 10 usd less than the full retail price. Finding a discount on RH stuff is very difficult. Also and just as importantly if you want to run sisters then you can just purchase the bodies from ebay saving yourself a substantial amount of money compared to buying a full box. My average box cost for a unit of 20 sisters and 30 Witch elves is more or less the same as the full retail cost of the Dreadswords box.
The RH models have 10 different sculpts which is nice. However they are very small which makes painting them slightly more difficult. They are also metal which again means hold them and rubbing paint off is more problematic than on the GW plastic models.
Both model sets are really nice. RH's main weakness is in the fact that they are a little on the small side so will not combine as well with the cauldron and if you do want sisters there is no cheap way to get this. Having said this raging heroes are set to do new a Dark Elf kickstarter so there well maybe some bits in there that which are good replacements to the GW bits.
The GW witch elves are not finished need to put there makeup on and do the bases but they are getting close.