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Idea 1: Imperial City
Idea 2: Lost eldar colony
I've been having trouble deciding on a theme for my eldar army. I'm planning on making a display/showcase army because I don't feel that I am pushing myself as a painter with them.
Now as a painter my eye was drawn instantly to the eldar range ( Jes Goodwin is a god) so I chose them to be my army. I've been mulling over a few ideas for a theme and I've come up with a couple.
Abondoned Imperial World:
Now with this idea I didn't want it to be a death world, but rather an over-run ancient imperial city that is more swamp than industrial.
All my models would be mounted on scenic bases. I was thinking of bases using clear resin or water efects.
The foliage would not be tropical eg. catachan but instead a more muddy dark environment so that it looks like the centuries of imperial acticity have taken a toll on the environment.
My Eldar would be like scouts, an army mainly that uses rangers/pathfinders to find the enemy (in this case, the slannesh that have invaded the planet). Striking scorpions just seem like a natural choice as they are adept at moving through dense foliage (fits with the theme and all that) and they are my favourite aspect. Everything else would have a falcon/wave serpent transport or be on a jetbike. Storm guardians are also looking like a nice choice for troops.
Idea 2: Lost eldar colony on the edge of the eye of terror.
For this theme I was imagining an eldar craft world that failed to escape the Fall and took refuge on a world right next to the eye of terror. The psychic energies of Slannesh were escaped by the eldar when they fled inside the wraithbone tunnels and caverns made as a safe-haven by the craftworlds seers. The environment would be very similar to idea one except more lush and bright ( and excluding the imperial bitz).
The world is very resource rich and flourishing, kept hidden by the wraithbone structures that cloak and conceal the planet from imperial scanners.
The eldar of this craftworld use the webway exclusively to travel as to not attract too much attention to the planet, but inevitably the amount of psychic activity and it's proximity to the eye of terror has attracted demons an chaos. The world is now revealed to the imperium and the xenos.
All the races are set to fight for the colonization of the planet and harvest it for all it's worth.
Army composition will be similar to idea 1 but the bases will include alot of wraithbone.
Well, sorry for the wordy explanations, I just thought i'd let you guys decide which was best. Any thoughts, comments, ideas for additional fluff are very welcome.
PS: Don't worry my Dark Angels will still be going strong.
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The second idea is much cooler in my opinion.
The idea of the Maiden Worlds (a bunch of eldar planets spread around the galaxy, some with, some without eldar actually living on them) is really interesting, as it seems to imply that some of the farseers have seen a time when the eldar will be dominant, and needing planets, again.
They are usually lush, green garden worlds, with only occasional structures built from wraithbone.
The second reason that I think it's a cooler idea is that several of the eldar boxes give you cool, wraithbone themed basing stuff, so combining it with lots of grass and/or jungle-y plants would be very cool.
It also gets away from the odd fact that >90% of planets in 40k are ruined imperial cities...
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Im going to agree with -t 100% on this, my main fact is wraithbone basing will be great for a showcase =D
and blah blah blah imperial citys are overdone...
yeah, i'm kinda leaning towards idea 2 aswell, I started to get more engrossed in it the more I thought about it. It'll offer alot of scope for a clean, bright colour scheme.
I was looking forward to incorporate alot of freehand in an army and paint it up to the very best standard that I can, so an eldar army that is untouched by the imperium or the forces of chaos would be perfect. All those wraithbone structures covered with ancient runes. It'll be a blast to paint.
I'll start drawing up some craftworld runes and post them up. Any ideas for a name?
Thanks for the replies so far, keep em' coming.
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I voted for the second option, the lost Eldar colony idea is very cool... when I started collecting Eldar I wanted to do something like that (unfortunately, the first time I tried to carve a wraithbone structure out of plasticard I had a nasty accident with my modelling knife so I changed theme).
I have found great ruin bases from Scibor which can be useful for inspiration (I absolutely love the heads on the Ancient Ruins bases), here is a link.
Also, I recommend painting a custom icon for your Eldar... I think it adds a lot of character to your army.
Good luck with your project!
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2nd choice for me!Don't forget that all eldar souls that aren't put inside a soulstone are eaten by good ol' slaanesh. The eldar still need wraithbone structures to house the souls of their deciesed citizens.Originally Posted by minus_t
Cover their bases with wraithbone if you want!
Can't choose! Personally, i think idea 1 is more original, and 2 more clear from the bases alone. What i mean with this is that your eldar ground troops only have little bases, a swapmy, long abandonded city idea like yours is cool, but quite complex to convey with just those bases.
Last edited by Zema; March 24th, 2009 at 13:45.
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