Category: Eldar


Still Alive

Sorry about the absence of posts of late. I have had a lot going on lately. Aside from the serious stuff (I won’t bore you with the details) I also picked up Total War: Warhammer. So, sadly, my hobby time has been spent on that lately. I managed to get my hands on the Fracture of Biel-Tan, so might as well jot down my thoughts on it.

First of all, I’d like to say that I have mixed emotions on the supplements/campaign books over the last while. One of the issues I have with 40k at present is that there are too many books and rules and they seem to be expanding all the time. I also feel that the balance is awful. We’ve seen ridiculous units like Wulfen and the extremely lacklustre fixes the Blood Angels received.

Aside from the rules though, the storyline is being pushed forward. I think there is some interesting stuff going on. There seems to be too much even for such relatively small books. By that, I mean you could write entire novels on this stuff. That being said, GW can go and do that if they like, so it isn’t a bad thing in my opinion.

Rules wise, the book offers a way to combine the different Eldar (or should I now say Aeldari?) factions. The rub for me though, is that they seem to still perform essentially as allies. The latest FAQ from GW stated that they use transports like allies do. However, they share the same faction rules and psychic powers and abilities can affect any and all within the faction. It is just a bit fiddly to my mind. That and the Soulburst action in assault also seems to have plenty of potential to be confusing.

If you use Craftworld Eldar like I do, there seems to be an opportunity to play the army with the same models, but replacing the Avatar of Khaine option with the Avatar of Ynnead and of course using the Ynnead faction rules instead of Battle Focus.

In addition to the above, we also get some new relics, psychic powers and warlord traits to use. The last thing of note is the Black Guardians. Essentially, they are the same as the are now, but they cost more and have the ability to deepstrike with great accuracy.

Now, I actually think that the Black Guardian rules can be pretty nasty on the board. But, you see, I hate the rules for Guardians in the codex. The Black Guardians are pushed even more now as hard hitting, shock units. This is a complete conflict with the notion that Guardians are a militia, support, last resort, or whatever style of unit. You give reservists rifles and keep them away from harm if possible, not give them a combat shotgun (because in game terms the Shuriken Cataplult is a tuned up to 11 shotgun, but a shotgun nonetheless) and tell them to charge headlong into enemy fire to be effective. I will stop talking about this now, because I could rant about it forever and a day.

So, to sum up I like the book overall. The story progresses and the Eldar have new vistas open to them. That being said, like the Blood Angels stuff, nothing much that is bad is fixed (well, nothing in this case, Dark Eldar still have the same problems). The new faction is a bit of a miss-match in many ways and it seems like an excuse to create something new out of three new character models.

 

Still Standing

I repaired the damaged paintwork and I also made up a home-made stencil. I used this to add a bit more to the paintjob. I might go back and try to touch up the stencil work a little bit here and there. Otherwise, I think this bad-boy needs some varnish.

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The Harder They Fall III

So, quick update. I managed to get the pin clipped, drilled new holes and have a much larger pin in place. I had to file down some of the leg to reach the pin. This has resulted in a bit of a gap between the knee joint and the leg armour. I don’t think it looks too obvious.

The picture is a bit blurry, but it shows the length of the pin. It goes down the same depth as you can see protruding. This is substantially longer than the previous pin and there is no room for it to drop further into the leg, thereby shortening the length of rod going into the knee.

I will post more when I have the model ready to rock and roll. It needs some damaged paintwork repaired and a few additions/changes to the paintwork while I am at it.

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The Bigger They Are Part II

Work continues on the Revenant. I managed to get it filed and filled ok. Still some mold lines here and there I think, but decided to go ahead and undercoat it so I can see more clearly what needs more work. Continue reading

So, I started working on some Wraithguard. These are going to be magnetised with different weapon options. I also started working on my Revenant titan. Continue reading

Dun Dun Done

Finally finished the Dire Avengers. Wow, that felt like a marathon and a half. I was really getting to the point where I felt I’d never finish them.
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With the changes made to aspect warriors in the codex, some of the abilities only work if the entire squad has the rule. This means that the Autarch would actually create problems if you tried to include them in those units.

Dire Avengers, Banshees and Scorpions all have rules that would actually cease to work if an Autarch was included. I also don’t see any real added advantage to including an Autarch anyway.

Fire Dragons, Swooping Hawks, Warp Spiders, Shining Spears and Dark Reapers all have rules that the Autarch doesn’t interfere with. With Swooping Hawks and Warp Spiders, the Autarch can actually avail of the movement rules the units have (but not the vector strike style attack hawks have). Continue reading

Almost There

So, almost finished the Dire Avengers. I have some small detail work to finish off on them like the gemstones and some gold work. Then its basing the last batch I started painting.

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Dire Consequences

I bet get these Dire Avengers finished soon, because I am running out of heading names for them, as well as patience!

I decided to do some patterns on the Exarch back banners. The one on the left below needs some more work to tidy it up. The paint bled through the masking tape, which is a real pain.  Also the power weapon isn’t painted below. That is just an undercoat. The weapon for the other Exarch isn’t even primed.

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Dire Straits

So, work has gone very slowly on the Dire Avengers. I managed to do my back in again, so I couldn’t do any kind of painting for a while. Last night was the first time I was able to do any painting. I  only did about 30 minutes worth, but it was something.

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