Sunday, September 11, 2016

Shining Spears Complete

I'm In April I'd finally started converting my Shining Spears and Biketarch, but my hatred for painting white and lack of time to paint meant I've been working on the unit slowly ever since.

I had promised myself I'd finish them before my next game and I've finally met that benchmark, despite really wanting to get a game in.

I may joke that the unit's primary weapon is harsh language, but I think they may be over criticised. I look forward to trying them out and seeing if I can figure out how to get the best from them.

I think the Autarch will be the lynchpin for me to make it work, but now that the celestial lance is useable again I may try it  in place of the standard laser lance to get AP2. It seems like nowadays every MEQ has 2+ armor saves. That said, if he doesn't do the job right the first time it's just a CCW, as opposed to the basic lances now, which are AP3 in subsequent rounds.

We'll see how it goes, but I can't wait to get back to the battlefield.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jes Goodwin's Eldar Sketchbook

This last weekend was the "birthday" of my local GW, and they had this little baby available:

This may be my favorite GW book release since the 2nd edition Eldar book.

There aren't any Dark Eldar or Harlequins in the book, but most of the Craftworld units appear. The artwork runs from 1989 to 2013.

The notes themselves provide insights into how units were originally envisioned, such as a much beefier Hemlock load out, sporting a D-cannon in the place that eventually became the Mind Shock pod.

Not to mention the little inspirational touches that can be applied to your units for building background:

When flipping through the book the look and feel of the pages gives a sensation like you're flipping through his actual sketchbook, as if you could smudge the pencilling on the page.

In all it's a top notch product and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a chance to get one, and for most Eldar fans it will be an instant must have. I wouldn't be surprised to see it pop up on eBay for a king's ransom.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Eldrad

The New Eldrad hit this weekend and I picked him up as part of the Masque of Death. The Harlequins were enough to bump me to 2000 pts rather than the 1750 they sit at now. In addition I'll need to do a major rework of them to make them a more fluff appropriate force to join my craftworld.

On to my initial thoughts of new Eldrad:

This is a beautiful model. All together it's a similar size to current Eldrad models, but with the scenic base will be considerably taller for most players.  There is a sense of movement that is conveyed by the model that makes it feel dynamic despite a very similar pose to the original. I opted for the casting hand and spun the hand at the wrist because I prefer that to the hi-I'm-Eldrad-nice-to-meet-you angle. They've also added in the faux beard that has become standard for Farseers, which overall updates it nicely in line with the other models in the range.

The reason I have it in pieces is because I'm planning to paint it in sections, from the ground up, because I don't want to miss areas or leave ugly angles to it. I'm trying to avoid the punishment that can occur from too many hard to reach areas, especially since this is the feature character for Ulthwe.

This model will be a big seller, as it's a great base for a feature Farseer for any craftworld, and with a couple quick cuts the staff can be replaced with an ornate witchblade and the model won't really reveal that the staff is intended to be there. All in all a fantastic mode that I can't wait to paint.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Shining Spears part 1

Way back in 5th edition, when I had pretty much moved on to complete null deployment As the only real way Eldar had a chance to put up a fight (refusing to engage before turn 5) I had managed to maintain a pretty admirable unit of 5 Shining Spears and an Autarch and Farseer. They were fast and versatile enough I could get a lot out of them with other supporting units like jetbike guardians.

With 6th edition power weapons dropped to AP2. I had previously used the unit to take on small, high-value targets, but they were effectively retired despite a points drop. When I moved to Australia the models broke, and since I was never fully happy with their paint scheme I was in no hurry to repair them.

In 7th we got new bikes, but not new spears. They did get new rules, which I have found intriguing, and ultimately it drove me on a path to take all the spear bits I had and combine the old and new kits in to a sleek hybrid unit. So far I'm happy with the results:

5 more to go, and a revised Autarch and I'll be looking to test their newest incarnation on the table top again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Codex Ulthwe: A Personal Project

For a while I lamented my rules being spread across multiple books... But then I realised... They didn't need to be!

My normal vocation is in marketing, and so I'm opting to use my graphic design and other skills to make an Ulthwe codex that's all in one! No more carrying around 3-4 books for me! Even better is it can feature my own models!

Now, my Dex is progressing well, but because It's effectively GW's writing for the rules of normal units I'm not showing them here.  That said I feel comfortable sharing the pages for conversion units I've made, which have no official corresponding 40k rules.

I'm really happy with how it's progressing, plus I'm learning a lot about how GW styles their own books.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes

It's been a long time so nice I've posted, but that's mainly because over the last few months most of my hobby time has gone to working on one of the more difficult kits I've had to make. Without further ado, here is the second largest, and second most difficult kit I've ever worked on, the Vampire:

The Hemlock is included purely for scale.

I tried to use the hand painted tunes as judiciously as possible to really draw the eye in, but not make the entire plane too busy.  I was also able to hide my initials in the small panel of runes on the top side of the hull.

Prior to the release of IA11 2nd ed I had converted the centre line pulsar. Once the book came out I adapted to the appropriate upgrade, but decided I liked the conversion enough to keep it.

A statue of Isha as Mother

A statue of Isha as Mourner

Base details.

Scale photos. I actually made this so that it comes apart in 4 pieces. The two wings, upper hull and lower hull/cockpit all separate and come off the stand. As one of FW's older kits it was a bit daunting and tough to work with, but overall I'm happy with the final product.

Sorry it's been so long between posts, but as you can see I've been hard at work.

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Preview in Parade

My wife's church is having their annual fundraiser, and I, once again, have my force on display. This year I left the Phantom home, and in its place I brought the second Revenant, and the preview model... My work-in-progress Vampire.

As you can see clearly in the photo, I have not yet painted the base. Once it's complete the flyer will get its own post. At this point I have no idea when, or if, I'll ever get to use it in a game. Keeping it on a table with my Revenants tells me I probably made the right choice in making the support rod 18". With the slide into the model and the curve of the wings the bottom point of the wings only clears about 14".  It should clear most terrain one would find on a table.