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I'm building a 3 Wraithlord 1 Avatar list. I want to essentially use 4 Wraithlord models for it, and convert one into the avatar. Basically, i would try to adorn him with as much crazy stuff as I could, i would convert the wraithblade into a wailing doom type of thing, try to make his other hand a little bloody.
All my other lords (I have two now) are a little bare, very rogue/assassin lords with 1 weapon each and not adorned with runes/rags/loincloths/extras, i like them bare and sleek. I think that with the wraithatar I will use the loincloths, extras, and mainly just paint him really wild, give him that molten look. Also, he won't have the catapults/flamers obviously. they'll all be the blades instead. I'm not sure if i'll include the wraith-backpack thing on the back, the two "wings" the lords have, I also may try to convert some sort of ponytail/head piece.
Any thoughts on converting a wraithatar?
I like the idea.
Now, to make a 'wraithatar' I would begin by looking at the GW Avatar model. The important things that I notice are...
1. The armor is in the shape of most aspect warriors; fundamentally like the Guardian's body armor but fancier and heavier. If you treat the base Wraithlord body as the Guardian body like in my analogy, the first step is to bulk up the armor plates and add runes. The key thing will be to not overdo it, keep the simple yet elegant Eldar curves and make it look light and effortless to wear. Patience, reference pictures and plenty of greenstuff are all it'll take.
2. The head will be the biggest undertaking. I would probably sculpt the head from scratch just so that scale will be right and it will look distinct, rather than have the Wraithlord head painted over.
2a. Actually, what you could do is modify the Wraithlord head heavily (plasticard blades, spikes, crests etc), cut into and touch up with greenstuff in order to make it look like the Avatar is wearing a helmet of some sort (I'd look at the Eldar Titan heads as a reference).
3. The bloody hand. Spike it up and make it...drippy.
4. The Wailing Doom should look significantly different from a regular wraithblade. There are alot of conversions of it, usually scythes, spears or glaives. I would just use some plastic tubing and greenstuff to extend the handle make it the size of a two-handed sword and give it a swanky paintjob. Other options are to just carve it right out of plasticard so you can have whatever weapon you want. An interesting idea would be to make one or two blades or weights and connect them to a long chain to make a spiked chain, meteor hammer or kusarigama.
Hope this helped and hasn't turned you off from your project!
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Sound rather cool there just the problem of the line of site rules. By making the avatar bigger than he has to be your making him easier to hit, not a huge deal but it's something to be aware of if your going to do it
It depends what Avatar you're talking about, the Forge World one is far bigger than the GW one, it is also probably bigger than the Wraithlord model so there shouldn't be a problem I don't like the GW avatar anyway, the model's horrible.
Back to the OP, it's a pretty nice idea actually. As squirrel_fish said, you'll want to bulk up the armour and possibly convert the head, I'd suggest also when it comes to painting it, don't paint it in Wraithlord colours or even similar to the Wraithlords, the Avatar's supposed to stand out from the rest of your army and it won't if it just looks like a glorified Wraithlord. Other than that, I can't really expand on what Squirrel_Fish said.
Yeah the LOS thing doesn't matter. Believe me, I'm one that is pretty big on WYSIWYG, it makes the game way better. But I mean a conversion is a conversion, not a 'sub'. and I mean if anything it'd just give me a disadvantage because he's bigger and not really an advantage except in the rare case I'd be shooting at something 12" away that the normal avatar couldn't see over but wraithy can. or something, actually i can't really fathom it but I dunno.
the lord models are just too cool, and frankly 4 of them in a list just puts a smile on my face like this