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Well I finally bit the bullet. I work now and hence have cash to spare every once in a while.
I'm for sure going to place an order for the battleforce or a lone squad.
But I am planning to kitbash them to make them look a bit 'better'.
Now I had a question:
- Which Eldar box would be best to intermix easily and cheaply (plastics preferably) with the basic DE warriors in the box?
- Might it be best if I just ordered a troop box and a raider, ignoring the Bikes given their... dubious performance?
- I also plan to intermix the models with Dark Elf Corsairs. Or would that be over the top combining 3 boxes to make a new unit? A bit too disuniform?
- Would the Dark Elf Blackguard make for good bits/pieces to make a cheap Archon bodyguard?
Honestly I think a combination of Dire Avenger/Guardian and Warrior bits can make a pretty nice looking Warrior. The bodies and the decidedly undynamic poses are my biggest gripe about the warriors. Dire avenger bodies with warrior heads and rifles, along with a suitably dark paint scheme, can give you a more appealing pose while still keeping the more sinister aspect of the Dark Eldar.
I've not looked into Corsairs before, though I know some people have made conversions out of them. The one's I've seen aren't bad, but they still look like Dark Elves instead of Dark Eldar to me.
Last edited by Archon Charybdis; April 2nd, 2010 at 19:41.
IG Best Gen 1st overall of 10 DE 4th overall of 6
Eldar 3rd Overall/Best General of 26--2nd Overall/Best General of 7--1st Overall/Best General of 11
Kitbashing will only get you so far. What I've found improves the look of DE Warriors best is to convert their arms and legs into more dynamic (running) poses. It's not the easiest thing to do, and takes a good amount of time, but the improvement is amazing.
I think both the Corsairs and the Guardians kits have some great pieces to lend variety to the Warriors, but neither is going to lend any sense of action to the finished models.
EDIT: Actually, the Corsairs do seem to have some action to them, but not a lot imo.
Last edited by Krovin-Rezh; April 3rd, 2010 at 00:06.
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what i'd suggest you to do is remoddeling the models with green stuff and by warming the plastic in boiling water to give the feeling you need... it,s a time consuming process and with the green stuff if you aren't great with it yet it can be hard but with practice comes perfection,, and in my point of view it can actually be the best way to covert models so that they look exactly like you want without having to spend heavy $ on multiple bits
My advice? Either just buy a box of Eldar guardians and add liberal amounts of spikey bits, or bide your time and see what the new models look like (if you're that patient/believe DE are going to get an update in this lifetime). I've seen people make DE warriors look good, but only with ludicrous amounts of time and effort put into it. We're talking cutting off the legs, drilling tiny holes, pinning them, and filling in the gap with greenstuff just to make them the right height. I'd like to think putting warrior heads/arms on a guardian's legs/body would be a worthwhile investment, but I can't help but worry that the arms will simply be too small, and it would end up being popping $30+ for twenty DE heads.
Then again, you might be better off buying the fugly models and just do a REALLY good job painting them. It's the best solution I've managed to come up with after hours of scouring for bits/models to replace them.
Well I bought 1 box of Dires and 1 of Warriors which I'll intermix for some variation.
I'm thinking of adding some Corsair bits too.
This seems to give a nice effect:
Kabal of Shattered Dreams-a dark eldar plog - WarSeer
I think i'd use the Dire Avenger leader as a caped Dracon armed with a nice blade or two.
As for poses, yes I suppose so, but it's mostly in my eyes the lack of variety in the current Dark Eldar that is a shame.
As for the bikes that's just what I read. I actually like their look/design.
Last edited by Darthvegeta800; April 3rd, 2010 at 08:56.
a ravager has better firepower and survives longer
A wych squad performs better in cc
Reavers aren't part of our best units, even though they do performs fair.
Reavers are less good than other units because:
-small vulnerable squads
In tournaments it's better to go for a wych squad or a ravager isntead of a reaver squad any day.
There's nothing wrong with taking reavers in friendly games though
You can get inspiration from various armies and you can mix up lots of models, from dark elves, to even high elves, eldar, demonettes. If you look around on the net you can find plenty of cool conversions
Take a look at my blog for some inspiration, if you want.
Like it was said, simply converting our normal Dark Eldar can change a lot, I spend a lot of time converting some of my normal warriors and it does change a lot. Doing a cool paintjob can also do wonders.
We have so many bitz on our warriors sprues which can be used for countless conversions.
greenstuff also add infinite possibilities to your Dark Eldar.
If you do decide to mix up models from different ranges, I hope you go all out and do kickass conversions and excellent paintjobs, I just hate it when people spend so much money to get a poor result.
That warseer army doesn't look much better than a regular DE army, the paintjob isn't that great, painted too much too fast, rushing things is always bad. You can't expect other to like your army if you don't spend enough effort in your conversions and painting.
Last edited by kharandhil; April 3rd, 2010 at 10:50.
Yeah but i'll stick to plastics.
The Plastic helmets with the plumes will actually suit the Dark Eldar nicely given that they too have some with feathers/plumes.
I'm thinking of using spare blades i got in my bitzbox to 'modify' the Dire Avenger weapons.
Not entirely sure what I'll do for the special and heavy weapons though.
Very nice conversions! I like the paint, too!
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