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Yes, you too can have 3600 points of a painted army - provided you're patient and willing to work at it! ^_^
Here the army is in all its glory:
And here's a link to a larger pic:
First, the HQs!
Avatar of Khaela Mensha Khaine - the Bloody-Handed God. As you can see, he just ripped apart a Death Guard Defiler and he's aching for more... Yeah, the gemstones are as yet unpainted, but I'll be giving them a go-over in honour of the new Codex!
My on-foot Farseer - converted and painted in less than twelve hours before a tournament, when my Eldrad Uthran conversion... er... suffered catastrophic failure.
His council - sorry for the poor quality, but the Farseer and his Council generate too much of a psychic aura to be photographed properly. :lol:
The guy some of you already know...
and a better pic of the Singing Spear.
Next up, Elites and Troops! ...Once I get back from work, which'll be around twelve hours from now. -_-
very nice, I'm liking the poncy-space-elfs more every day, bring on the new codex!
arrrr, new eldar codex soon, new Warhammer, new Orcs, have just started LotR, have to finish Imperial Guard. I can't cope I tells ya!
Life is too serious to be taken seriously
As promised, 12 hours from my last post, I post more of my Eldar army!
Sorry about that, Nemesis; I'm still so lost in a board that allows more than one game! ^_^
You're right about a lot of hard work, Gareth; the truth is that about 70% of the army was repainted in the last 9 months or so. It started with the vehicles and the Avatar, went on to the Warlocks and the Howling Banshees, decided that a light blue instead of a lame dark blue was what my Swooping Hawks needed, then to the Fire Dragons and the Dark Reapers, after that came the Farseer on Jetbike (which was a 2-month project), right about then I realized that I needed to rebase all my Guardians from Craftworld to Cityfight bases and gave them some major touchups while I was at it, then it was the Wraithlord's/Wraithguard's turn, with 4 more Warlocks painted up in that time, and then I decided that I didn't like the way the Dark Reapers looked so I stripped them and repainted them.
Basically, all that's still the way it was a year ago are the Dire Avengers, the Striking Scorpions, and the Farseer's Seer Council - and the Avengers are probably getting stripped when the new Codex comes out.
Anyway, on with the pics!
My Wraithguard protecting the Webway Portal with the Wraithlord in the background. Because I really like these guys, here's a closer shot:
If the rumors that a full squad of them will be allowed as Troops in the new Codex, it's possible that I'll be buffing out their number - but for now, 5 is juuuuuust right.
Because all my Guardian squads are basically the same, I shan't eat up your bandwidth with more than one picture of them. The age of my army is clearly shown by my Anti-Grav platforms... I really should mount them floating on a 20mm base someday... The other squads don't use starcannons because I don't have the wysiwyg weapons - but that's OK, if the other weapons ARE going to be worth taking!
I'd supply pictures of my Vypers, but there's nothing unique or airbrushed about my Eldar vehicles - it's a paint scheme that fits neatly into my army colors, and is easy to paint. Check out the Falcon, later on, if you want an idea of what the vehicles look like close up.
My Striking Scorpions. As you can see, not only am I going against the traditional colors of the Scorpions (puke-green and floating-chunks brown), but against the unified theme of my army as a whole.
You may not have noticed it, but every unit so far uses red, blue, or grey in some way, preferably in all ways, to keep even the traditionally disparate Eldar unified into a central color scheme.
However, the Striking Scorpions look so good as a one-note difference that I kept them - though I was tempted to make them almost entirely black with only slight highlights of grey!
Yeah. Right now, these are the shame of my Eldar army. :sleep: You can see my scratchbuild Asurmen leading the squad, though I should work on him more...
Now THIS is more like it! Fire Dragons RAWK. Even though this isn't the full squad, it's still a nice pic; and man do I ever love these guys! Here's a better shot of the Exarch ('cause he's worth seeing close up):
More tomorrow - I must go get something to eat, and then collapse in exhaustion.
Looks like you've spent a fair bit of time on them! Congrats!
Some of them the paint looks a bit too thick but that's really just niggling when you've put that much detail into the entire army...
But I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
3600 points how how how the hell did you paint all theis men how i just mean how!!! any way cool cool models awsome conversons
"Mr. Cypher please come out from underneath the table, the Dark Angels are not out to get you."
Plenty of time.
Plus, we all go though painting 'spree' where we just get a lot done... or at least I do. Right now, I'm just coming off such a spree and I'd like to show off my handiwork.
Anyway, here's more!
As you can see, I also went for non-traditional in my Howling Banshee scheme. The gals are a much lighter gray, while the red and gold still tie them to the rest of my army very well.
Though they rarely see the battlefield, except by hiding behind Wraithlords and leaping out when the WL needs CC support...
Here's a twofer; both of my Dark Reaper squads in one tidy package! The two Exarchs actually fit into the building; when I make my display board they'll be in that building.
Speaking of them...
With this squad, I was ascending the color scheme to the whitest possible that I could achieve. With these guys under my belt, I feel confident I could paint a stormtrooper (George Lucas style) easily.
BTW, there are red and blue squads; each one distinguished by the color of the ribbon. So far, blue seems to do better than red... but they're both pretty killy.
Ah, yes, Swooping Hawks. Never leave home without them - unless you happen to leave home without them! However, there's one guy that no Swooping Hawk squad would be complete without:
Now THIS guy was probably the hardest conversion I've ever done. Doesn't look it, does he? But man, what a pain in the... So far, his combat record is actually less than glamourous; I think that out of 30-40 games, I can only remember him tearing an enemy squad apart with Sustained Assault TWICE. Usually, he ends up whiffing at about the 6th attack. But there's always hope for tomorrow!
As I said, nothing too complicated in my vehicle paint scheme; though I'm starting to think that I may go back and lightly drybrush white all along the bottom edges of the wings, gradually fading it into the grey as it sweeps up the wings...
That'd look good. I don't want to airbrush it, because then I'd have to retouch the gemstones and the black lines, but yeah... painting it more might not be a bad idea.
BTW, I was going to leave the canopies clear, but when I was playing around with the Dawn of War army painter I put in (as a test) grey main with black trim and the result looked SO good that I decided to adopt it wholeheartedly.
It's not just laziness, it's an intentional choice.
This Wraithlord was actually converted to resemble a picture out of the 2nd Edition Codex - and he was fun to do! Like most Wraithlords, he's mostly a big scary target rather than being deadly effective in CC, but that's what the Banshees hiding behind him are for... thank you, GW for saying Monstrous Creatures block LOS!
She's my first Wraithlord. You can see another building remnant on her base - as with the Dark Reapers, that'll fit into a building once I make the display base up.
Oh, there's still the 2 Guardian Defender squad, 4 Vypers, and 2 Wave Serpents that you haven't seen - but you can tell how they're painted from the above examples.
Now, for some ending thoughts. When I paint an army, my goal isn't to make it perfect, with thin layers of paint and amazing detail - my goal is to get it PAINTED.
After all, you can always strip it with the help of Simple Green, should you decide, one day, that you no longer like how they look. But a fully painted army, no matter how bad, looks a LOT better than an army with one painted squad and the rest bare metal.
For all that Boltman said he liked my Farseer on Jetbike (and despite all the time I put into it!), I don't go for display pieces. For me, first and foremost, this is a wargame, not a art contest, and I like to think that I still manage to paint very well even with that mental attitude.
Very nice work. Its not really a colour scheme I would chose myself, but I still think they look really good. If I had to pick out my favourites I'd probably say your Wraithguard, Banshees and Hawk Exarch (I love the wings)
The vehicles, like you said aren't too complicated. Your idea with the blending white should hopefully work well. Also, have you thought about maybe adding the Eldar vine pattern to them?
Jeez that's an extremely impressive amount of dedication. How much time total do you think you spent on this army?