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So I'm thinking of an Army.. I have some decent fluff behind it... In spite of my lack of knowledge in Eldar lore.
So..There was this Craftworld, or the smaller equivalent..Unless Craftworlds are common enough for this..and it drifted off without reason as it entered a familiar area of space. Well, at least they thought it was familiar.
However, within this shrouded mist of space..Was a Small Moon, without orbit and seemingly adrift. Surrounding it was a massive cloud of spores - tiny organisms. The moon itself was actually just a heap of organic growth, like a giant meadow of vines and leaves and flowers, puffing out the spores.
The Eldar upon their vessel began to breathe in the spores, unknowingly. The organisms were as tiny as molecules, and could make their way through any ventilation they had available. They fell into a mild trance. Unknowing that they were headed directly for the moon. However, as if of miracle, the moon split, and began to consume the vessel. Eventually, after many, many years of uncontrolled space-travel, the vessel was totally consumed. Much alike the moon, the vessel was sprawling with vines and flowers, within a great cloud of spores. The Vessel was still very much identifiable as a vessel.
Within the moon was a certain Sorcerer. A Sorcerer of Chaos, who had a certain love of Nurgle. He wasn't a bad man, he merely saw the ultimate benefit of Nurgle - and he enlightened the Eldar of this ship to be enlightened too. It was a very gentle form of Nurgle - the Nurgle nobody ever sees. The Nurgle of Life and growth. The spores were Nurglings, the vines were arms of Nurgle, and the flowers were the organs - However just in a very different way. Pestilence is growth, merely growth of a greater organism. This is growth of a greater organism, and is a welcomed pestilence.
Alright, so in case you skipped that, I'm going to be making 40k Wood elves with an expensive combination of Wood Elves and Craftworld Eldar.
They will have little Armor, with a greenish, sickly tinge to their flesh. Their hair will be ranging from a Mud Brown to a Pale blonde to a Pale white.
My plan is to basically purchase a Box of Eldar, along with a Box of Woodelves that I think would work well with eachother. For example, Tomorrow I'm planning on getting a box of Glade Guard Wood Elves and an Eldar Guardian squad. They will have the usual Weaponry, to stick with WYSIWYG, however I want to keep the Wood Elven robes, Eldar Shoulderpads, Wood elf Helmets, and assorted different parts of each pack. Also I am going to be using greenstuff for the very first time on some models to get the perfect look.
I have other plans like taking Glade Riders and throwing them on Jetbikes (Easy peasy, right?) Converting Howling Banshees and Eternal Guard, Making Wrathlords and War Walkers all "Tree'd up (as I like to put it)" with Ent/Dryad packs.. The Sorcerer I will probably use the Terminator Chaos lord Pack along with a myriad of bitz from my army.
Plus, I am not limited to Wood Elf and Eldar bitz - I am planning on Incorporating really anything I want. I want all the different units to be very different and identifiable as they are on a regular army.
Vehicles will just have roots and plants growing from them..Maybe a Tree arm.
Any thoughts? Anybody want to talk me out of this before I spend a bunch of money only to find out this wont work?
Any other ideas?
Last edited by STUGSTUGSTUGSTUG; August 22nd, 2009 at 09:36.
It sounds like a unique army. A bit expensive, but certainly unique. In fact, I like the idea of kitbashing the fantassy and 40k elves.
I've never tried to compare wood elves and eldar, so I don't know if they fit together.
Anyway, there's rep coming your way for attempting this.
oh, and keep us posted along the way, so we can follow your progress.
I'm not shooting down your fluff- I think it's very unique, but you did mention that you don't have a deep understanding of the Eldar fluff. I don't know if you're aware, but there is a sect of the Eldar known as the Exodite Eldar. They're are "primitives" who chose to stay on the scattered worlds of the crumbling Eldar empire, rather than boarding craftworlds. The Necrons love these eldar, and consider them a rare dish of edible souls. With Imperial expansion, the fall of the eldar, the Necrontyr, and the Tyranid and Ork threats, the Exodite Eldar have almost vanished entirely.
Old pictures of the Exodite show them wearing garb very similar to woodelves, or even feral humans, replete with fur lining etc.
At any rate, it's a suggestions.
The Wood Elf models are some of the best in the entire GW range- too bad the army is such a bear to use. I think that they will mesh quite well with the Eldar pieces which you do have.
So, I would have gotten started today - but the Hobby Store closest to be only had the Wood Elf Battleforce - I didn't quite want to start out with that much. I got a box of guardians - which I have yet to open - not much sense in doing it if I cannot do anything with them as I had planned.
Anyways - I'll be hitting the GW when I have some time off work. I am going to scan some concepts I drew up very soon, as well -to give you guys some ideas of what I had in mind.
Edit&PS: I was looking at some of the LOTR minis, and I was curious - do these minis come as Multi-plastic sprue models or simply 2-3 piece stock molds? Because I am really thinking about some of these - Including the ents.
Last edited by STUGSTUGSTUGSTUG; August 23rd, 2009 at 06:49.
I've gotten the kits and assembled one Guardian. Pics coming soon.
they look really nice, exodites is the name for em
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That's not bad for a kit-swap model. I really like the color scheme. Just remember to trim off your mold lines.
My only real complaint is that the Eldar torso doesn't seem to match the WoodElf legs. 40k pieces seem a little bit "bulky" anatomically. Mounted on WE legs, the Eldar torso looks wide at the chest, and too heavy. However, as an art student, I know that this might have nothing to do with the size of the torso, but actually just the overall proportions of the model.
The neck IS a little bit long. I would cut both of the little rings away, which serve as the collar for the eldar. On hooded models, cut the rings away, and maybe trim down the hood until it fits between the shoulders properly. On hoodless models, trim down the neck on the head, to give the armor that "turtle neck" style.
I almost want to say that the arms certainly look too bulky. They shouldn't be larger than the legs. Arms and legs are the last things that get armor, and the legs usually get it before the arms. I don't know your skill level, but cutting and repositioning the WoodElf arms would probably give you more of the desired look.
It's still a great idea, and I really love Exodites. I played one back when I was still active in Inquisitor. He was the coolest character ever, and survived tons of grueling campaigns. Since he was mostly sculpted greens, every time we started a new campaign or he had a feature change, I'd update him with a new mini. I had quite a few models of Sa'reth, and if I can find them (buried in the attic somewhere i think) I'll take pics and post them up.