Category: Eldar


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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What’s on the Table

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Actually managed to get some painting done again. I had a severe case of burn out before, coupled with the fact that I got Fallout 4 and that sucked up a lot of free time.

Pictured are some of the Dire Avengers that will be Exarchs and a generic Dire Avenger. I am actually painting up 14 models in total. That will bring me up to 23.

The idea is to be able to field either two full ten man squads, or maybe 3 smaller squads of say six (maybe seven in some cases) Dire Avengers and Exarch. I also have made up the Exarchs with different wargear configurations.

So, I have been in a weird place hobby wise. I got my Betrayal at Calth box on Monday night. Great box, really happy with it. I’d love another one even, but funds don’t allow it. So, that’s the good. The bad is that I have been struggling to do any painting. A little bit of burn out on that front I think, coupled with getting the Spacehulk and BaC boxes. By that, I mean it has been hard to focus on Eldar, when the marine stuff is calling to me.

Anyway, I did do some work on the Eldar. I did some decals on the Banshees, Swooping Hawks, Warp Spiders and my Autarch. I also did some touch ups on a couple of Banshees. I also prepped the remaining Dire Avenger bits for painting.

So, the plan is to hopefully finish the Dire Avengers and Wave Serpent. Then pull out everything I have painted, or repainted recently and varnish them.

That won’t be the Eldar finished fully, as I have a few things still on sprues; a Wraithlord, couple of Warwalkers and some Guardians. I also would like to get a few more things to round out the collection; a few more bikes, a Wraithknight and some Vaul Support Batteries.

However, that will have to wait, as I want to get back to the Blood Angels and start getting them into some sort of order. I have a crazy amount of them on sprues now and the army in general needs that stuff to be assembled and painted to flesh it out properly.

Wave Serpent Work

Almost finished the Wave serpent. A little bit more work to do on the Gems and I have to add bone colour to the appropriate parts. Also have to paint the cannon and sensors for the undercarriage.

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Banshees Banished

So I finally finished the Banshees. Well, as with everything else, I have to varnish and add some small decals, but they are done for now. The Executioner blade fell off the Exarch before painting and I never actually painted it. I have the older style double bladed Exarch that you can see in pictures below and that will do. I intend on getting the newer Exarch executioner finished properly, but I think it needs to be pinned. The problem is that the blade join area is really small, so pinning is going to be hard to do. I will come back to it at some other point, when I have other pinning work to do.
The next thing to do is the Wave Serpent. I had intended to do the Dire Avengers, but I couldn’t work myself up to doing them for some reason. The Wave Serpent was already primed black, so I decided to work on that.
I have the Dire Avenger parts de-sprued and have done some mold line removal on them. I need to prime them though.
I think that once the Dire Avengers are finished, I will go back over everything and apply some decals and varnish it all. Then I reckon I will park the Eldar for a little bit and go back to painting some Blood Angels. I am actually expecting a nice box concerning Blood Angels in the post today.
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The Wail of Death

Been working on a squad of Banshees. If you look, you may notice that they consist of two versions of the Banshee model.

While I’d prefer to have them being the one type, I don’t feel like splashing out . These are metal minis and I don’t see the point in getting the same again in either metal or resin. For the most part I have been replacing minis with newer plastic versions as they come out. There are no plastic Banshees as of yet though. I also need to look at replacing my Wraithguard with the new plastic kit as well as the new Fire Prism tank.

Anywho, these were taken a few days ago and I have made a little more progress on them since then. Mostly though it has been small detail work that might be hard to see in a photo. I also apologise for the photo quality. While I don’t actually have a lightbox for photographing minis, I have in the past rigged something up. At the moment though, I am still working on getting the hobby room in order. Therefore, when I do have some hobby time, I am trying to spend it painting and not trying to setup a lightbox.

I hope to finish these badgirls off before the end of the month and get started on another unit of Dire Avengers and a Wave Serpent. Then I think I will line up the army as it is and look at any additional basing/rebasing that needs doing. Once that is done, I think that I will park the Eldar for a bit and start back working on my Blood Angels.

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