Since this Hired Sword was mentioned... I love the mini too... but I'm the only one who thinks that following the original rules make him little bit useless (or let's say inconvenient) compared to others HS (Tilean marksman for example)? Mostly because he's too expensive for hiring while he doesn't get any advances as you cannot upkeep him...
His spells are mostly defensive yet he has only 1 S3 attack, so you don't want to use him as main HtH force, therfore there is little need of protecting him (he has 2W anyway). Only real usage for him is beeing a living shield. But any naked henchman is almost as good at beeing live shield, twice cheaper and has pretty good chance to "last" much more battles for free..
Trying make hiring elven mage reasonable in our group we allowed to upkeep him for 20gc. To keep the fluff, he leaves warband on roll of 1 in post battle sequence.
I'm afraid of another argument about house ruling and quality of official rules, but that's the way I see it. Or is there anybody, who really uses elven mage following the original rules?