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Hi, guys and girls.
I want to paint up my own Eldar force but not in any of the craftworld colours, so I was thinking of making my own one.
But I'm really unsure about this and how would I do it?
Well first of all you'll have to pick a main color and a secondary color which can be a striking opposite to the first color i.e. white and black, red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow, etc. or it can be a different shade of the color i.e. ice blue and midnight blue, or dark angels green with snot green. There is no limiting factors to painting an army, but from what I've seen, most eldar generals prefer colors that compliment each other and make certain areas seem to "pop out" as seen in many of the aspect warriors. Also, given how many different craftworlds that games-workshop has come out with, chances are your paint scheme is already a craftworld (not all are in the codex are only listed on the website such as Tir-Val and Arach-Qin.)
Feel free to deviate from the boundries of the craftworlds though, as the eldar are an ancient race spanning across the galaxy, and given how solitary some of them are, (such as the eldar rangers) you have no excuse for believing you can't create your own craftworld because of fluff issues (of which there really are none if you have an imagination, or totally go against one of the main 5 craftworlds such as fielding a full wraithguard Alaitoc army, which they are known for their pathfinders. Not that you can't do it, but that's about the only thing you can do to really break fluff.)
Ok, enough of my blabbering, go paint some models!
Oh, and if you're making up your own craftworld, you'll need a craftworld symbol obviously. If you need some help, I'm sure all of us Eldar players will be glad to help out.
The list of all the craftworlds and guardians displaying the paint scheme is under the Warhammer 40K articles and it's called Eldar Guardian Gallery. I'd put up the link, but GW links always redirect to the front page...such an annoyance it is.
Last edited by Fleeting Ęther; November 19th, 2008 at 23:47.
lol it is annoying!
I came up with a symbol do I just paint it on freehand?
PS. What would look better? skull white armour with badab black in the cracks or Asurman blue in cracks and skull white armour?
PPS. Of course I'lle do this scheme for the Guardians and Farseer and the tanks the Aspect Warriors will be painted to a different scheme.
Are you trying to create your own Craftworld just for looks, or for more fluff purposes? If all you really want is an alternative colour scheme, just.. paint your models differently, that's all you have to do. However, if you want to actually make a Craftworld of your own, you need a lot of things. Background story; where were they at the time of the Fall? Who leads them? How big are they and their Craftworld? Where are they now, what are they doing? Who do they fight the most, and why do they fight them? Do they have a reliance on their scouts, their Aspects, or are they more of a community force (i.e. lots of Guardians)? Do their Autarchs have more power than their Farseers, or does a Seer Council guide them?
I began some fluff on my own Craftworld Rau-Amar (Craftworld Rau-Amar), if you want to check that out for some ideas.
Regarding the secondary color, most eldar units do not have "cracks" in their armor, there is an undersuit which makes up most of the model, and there are raised armor plates which lie on top of the undersuit.
My eldar are actually (at least the ones painted) are painted up in a teal and purple scheme with purple being the primary color and the Teal being secondary.
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I think making up your own craftworld is one of the best parts of collecting and painting Eldar. I tend to think up the stories and background while painting. My own is the Arvan'drynn craftworld.
Also, beyond the craftworld units, there are the Aspects as well. Again here, you can do your own Aspect shrines with colors that vary to your taste. One thing I did was find a color ( or symbol) to give the units a cohesive feel.
As I wasn't much for the wraithbone color, I used regal blue, black, and chainmail as my craftworld colors. Almost all of my units, Aspect or no, wear a silvered right shoulder plate/pad. Aspects have other metallics beyond the silver-ish ones used in their gear and charms. Dwarf Bronze is used through out the Aspects with the addition of other metallics for each Aspect. Also, their Shrine colors are added.
Anywho, I strongly urge you to make your Eldar army your own. I think you will enjoy it much more than doing one of the big five.
Arvan'drynn Craftworld - 15,000pts (deceased)
Tau - 2,000 points (atomized while on patrol)
Yeah, I just feel it will be a pain in the (please do not swear) to create a massive storyline and stuff. For my Guardians I'lle just do white armour, with black helmet and black in the under armour. I've already thought of some thing for the Farseer and Ships, but I have no idea what to do for anything else.
PS. I made my Eldar "symbol" could I do it like a transfer for my Guardians?
If you enjoy the background of the game, or writing stories, or having character in your army beyond the fact that it's just an army for a game, I think you should go through with the 'pain' of trying the process out. It takes a lot of work, but if it's the sort of thing you enjoy, it's definitely worth the final product.
I'm more about the theorising and fluff than I am about the modeling and painting, and to an extent even more about them than the gaming itself, so I enjoy creating fluff and expanding the background of my army.