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As part of a secret santa event I'm involved in, I have to give a gift to a fella who I have discovered is an Eldar player. I'm not big on eldar things - the race has never really interested me all that much, and I can't admit to having much knowledge about their army list. I wanted to give him some sort of Eldar mini, but I couldn't figure out what would be good for the job until I saw the new Wraithlord kits and everything clicked.
I really liked the idea of posing it in motion, and it seemed to make a lot more sense to take a close-combat equipment route with those sort of dynamics in mind. After adding the twin flamers, I started wondering what I could do to make the model more visually interesting. While I don't know much about the Eldar, one of the coolest miniatures they had (prior to the new harlequins, that is) was Maugan Ra. I really liked his aesthetics, and after a bit of reading I thought it might be fun to make an Altansar-themed wraithlord. Just like that, his sword was replaced with a 'Wraithscythe'.™
After a while with a dremel and a frustratingly thick piece of plastic, I was able to cut out a decently eldar-themed crescent blade. I created a proper handle for it shortly after by using the remaining parts of the Brightlance that comes with the lord.
After a bit more work, I'm liking the way this model is shaping up. In the next batch of pictures, I've managed to sculpt one of the knee joints up, and I'm going to slowly be adding gems to the weapon's blade, I think. I added two back streamers onto the model, too, as it made the model look much more dynamic.
I also added the shoulder weapon mounts. I don't really know what the future owner of the model's going to want as far as weapons go, and I'm too lazy to learn the ins and outs of Eldar weapons properly. I figured I would simply set it up so that the remaining weapons I had on the wraithlord sprue could be pinned onto the shoulders. It looks silly, but I didn't really have them in mind for the model anyway, as I pictured a melee oriented walker.
As far as what's left, I need to sculpt the other knee properly. I'm trying to figure out what other Altansar-flavor touches might be a welcome addition, but nothing much is coming to mind. All in all, I think it's shaping up to be a very fun model, and I'm very happy with the aesthetics so far. What do you guys think?
Love the model, love placement and love the stance ... but hate the scythe, it just adds this chaos theme to it. I always want to see someone modeling a WL with a sword wielded far back, looking like its ready to deliver the killing blow.
Those things are scary enough across the table, even scarier when they look like they're going to jump over and just start chopping your dreadnoughts in half with a sickle. Nice secret santa gift!
It's a great conversion and all but I'd like to see the scythe become...sharper. It looks like he's just going to bang on them with a blunt stick (still a very effective weapon coming from a wraithlord). Just smoothing out those corners and things to look more like a blade than a lump of wraithbone would be good I think.
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You should paint a skull on his head. Maugan Ra has a scythe-gun, I think a modified brightlance into a scythe would have been really cool.... Actually I think I might copy that on mine.
Nice looking Wraithlord - Rep for you! ;Y The use of the Bright Lance is perfect - it really looks like Eldar tech without looking too much like a hacked-up Bright Lance! One thing I would say though is that most Eldar power weapons tend to have gems and some kind of rune standing proud of the blade - perhaps some thin plasticard might serve well to make something like that?
I did the exact same thing as you with the weapon mount on mine, just with two pins instead of one. Perfect for swapping between Wraithlord, War Walker and Heavy Weapons Platform.