Monthly Archives: January 2011
While I ruminate on the colour scheme for the army I’m cracking on with preparation and planning
The infantry miniatures will be based on the original 12 minis released in 1988. I’ve divided them into four groups of three based on their roles/equipment.
The Basic troopers for Serpent and Dragon squads will be taken from these three. L to R they are armed with Laspistol, 2x Shuriken Catapults
The troopers for the Razorwing squads will primarily be made up of this group of three. FL to R it’s Laspistol & Flamer, 2x Laspistol & Shuriken Catapults.
The Viper squad and heavy weapon miniatures will be made up of these three as they fit the look of powered armour. L to R it’s Shuriken Catapult, Lascannon and Missile Launcher
The final infantry group is for leaders, characters and spare parts. L to R it’s Meltagun & Power Glove, Hand Flamer & Power Sword and Laspistol & Power Glove
The Zoats are pretty much ready to go once they have been stripped
In terms of preparing the miniatures they simply need to be stripped back to bare metal and I pull no punches here. I place the miniatures in a small ceramic bowl and cover them in Nitromors, a very effective branded paint stripper. I cover the bowl in tin-foil and leave it outside, usually overnight. The beauty of Nitromors is that it doesn’t react with the metal so you can leave minis in it for a week if you want. The next day I remove the models one by one with pliers and scrub the mini with an electric toothbrush. This is done under running water (hose) and that is usually enough to remove 99.9% of paint, repeat if needed.
1. If you are using any type of chemical stripper read and follow all the manufacturers instructions. If you are not careful or think you know better than the manufacturer then you deserve everything that comes of it, stupid.
2. This only works with metal miniatures, plastic and resin will simply dissolve.
3. I purchased an apron, safety goggles, packs of disposable gloves, pliers and the electric toothbrush specifically for stripping miniatures. I perform all of this outside, well away from anything I do not want the stripper to come into contact with.
4. It’s very difficult to paint with hands and/or eyes that have suffered chemical burns …
The thing I wish to avoid the most is duplication within each squad i.e. have two exact same miniatures in the same squad. I’d also like all of my squad leaders to
be unique. In terms of weapons I need to be able to represent:
- Close Combat: Sword, Power sword, Power Glove
- Pistols: Hand Flamer, Las Pistol, Shuriken Pistol, Bolt Pistol
- Basic: Shuriken Catapult, Bolt Gun
- Special: Plasma Gun, Flamer, Melta Gun
- Heavy: Heavy Plasma Gun, Multi-Melta
In addition I need to resolve the flight pack issue for the Razorwing squads and characters. There is also the matter of head swaps on models where the helmet is sculpted onto the torso.
On the strength of the Goblin team a chap has, rather generously, commissioned a Chaos Blood Bowl team comprising of 8 bloodletters (beastmen), 4 chaos warriors and a minotaur, all plastic. I’m looking forward to doing this one!
With the planning under way I wanted to get a grasp on how I would paint up the Eldar. Digging back through the reference material I have I came across the painting guide on the back of the Epic Eldar Legions box.
I spent a bit of time roughly, very roughly…, painting up an example of each of the above.
These test figure are to give me an idea of composition, layout etc… the final result will be a bit more polished that these. I have discounted the Eldritch Raiders and I’m on the fence about the Sunblitz Brotherhood, mostly because the look like they are wearing rubber gloves. The Black Suns were my initial choice but I must admit to being a bit confused about the Void watchers as I hadn’t expected all that yellow to look … well, ok.
A bit more thought on it is required.
Running from page 101 to 104 of the Book of the Astronomican (BotA) is the original Eldar Pirate army List for Rogue Trader (RT). Written as a list for the Eldritch Raiders it comprises of five differing ranks of characters, six types of Squad and three types of vehicle. It is structured to allow a “balanced” force of between 1500 and 3000 points. The list primarily focuses on Infantry with light support and vehicle options. This was true of all lists at the time given that mini production was not yet geared towards large vehicles.
Hideously overpowered with complicated weapon and equipment options, oh how I love the characters of old! There are a couple of minimum selections options in the list but these are champions/leaders so it’s not too onerous to include them. I’ve added a couple of stronger characters who also happen to be Psykers. All are equipped with Shuriken catapults together with at least 2 pistols and a melee weapon. All but the Probati have flight packs. My selections are;
- 1 Shadowlord Major Hero L3 psyker
- 1 Malefactor Minor Hero L2 psyker
- 2 Prefectors Minor Heroes
- 3 Probati Champions
In terms of modelling I’m looking at a couple of head and/or weapon swaps but the concern I have just now is how do I model the flight packs for the first 3 types of characters?
Again I have to factor in a couple of minimum requirements for the Squads. However as these are the base squads I planned to take anyway it’s not at all limiting my options. All Eldar squads comprise of five models with a leader, 1-2 special/heavy weapons and 2-3 troopers. The Zoats squads are 4 strong with a leader, 1 heavy weapon and 2 troopers. I have taken;
- 3 Serpent Squads (infantry): The building block of the Pirate force armed with a mixture of shuriken catapults and special weapons.
- 2 Razorwing (Jump Infantry): Taken as an upgrade from a Serpent squad that gives them flight packs.
- 1 Viper Squad (Heavy Infantry): Taken as an upgrade from a Serpent squad that gives them increased stats and equips them with powered armour.
- 2 Dragon Squads (infantry): The support squads of the Pirate force. They are armed with a mixture of shuriken catapults and Flame/Plasma weapons including a Heavy Plasma Gun
- 1 Zoat Terror Squad (Cavalry?): The heavy hitting allies of the Eldar pirates they are armed with a mixture of Bolter and Melta/flamer Weaponry.
Again my only real concern is the flight packs for the Razorwing squads. There are a couple of head and weapon swaps in each Eldar squad but the most complicated of these will be for the squad leaders
Vehicles and Support
The three vehicles associated with the list are pretty much generic to all of the armies found in BotA so I’ll be eschewing them in favour of those from the White Dwarf articles. This means it’ll pretty much be Walkers unless I want to spend more time converting up grav-attacks such as the infamous deodorant vehicle. In the end I’ve gone for;
- 2 D-cannons on Anti-grav Platform
- 1 Banshee Dreadnought
- 1 War-Demon Dreadnought
- 1 Vampire Spirit Warrior
- 2 War Walkers
There will be straight builds with no conversions outside of posing the models.
In total this gives me a model count of 66 minis. 7 characters, 40 Infantry, 4 Zoats, 2 Artillery (3 models each), 5 walkers.
Next: Model preparation and conversion planning.
Chaos, Victoriana, Scifi and something cool from the World of Twilight
I seem to be finally freeing up time to paint my own minis as opposed to other people’s. I dug through my lead mountain recently for something to paint up and/or inspiration. A few jabbed fingers later I came out with all 12 original Champions of Slaanesh.
These guys/girls have a lot more character than the current iteration of champions. I prefer the high fantasy concepts of evil these minis have. The bizarre hybrids, the suggestive armour, the unsubtle weaponry and the 12 variations the sculptor envisaged.
Check out the original catalogue entry on The stuff of legends site and ask yourself does the light S&M aura of the current sculpts do Slaanesh any justice?
I’m going to be cracking on with these LF’s over the next couple of months so I’ll set up a page for them when the first one is ready to go.
… and it only took 6 months after deciding to do it. CMON account: http://coolminiornot.com/artist/Pyre
While I will always love the wargaming hobby my relationship to it has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. primarily due to the onset of real life but also due to The advent of different systems/worlds has reduced the amount of time available and indeed the desire. As of writing I have not stepped into a GW store in over 4 months. I know it may not sound like much but I used to be a regular at LGSs of all flavours.
Introduced to wargaming via GW I received both WFB 3rd and 40K RT at Christmas 1987. I immediately became addicted, specifically with the drawings and miniatures of Jes Goodwin. Wood Elves for WFB and, of course, Eldar for 40K. I fell into the background of the Eldar and scoured issues of white dwarf for new models or fluff. This was all of course pre WD 127 and the advent of Aspect Warriors.
Now that I find myself with time on my hands (self employment is a beautiful thing!) I’m going to accomplish what I failed to at the time. Build a complete Eldar army. I dunno … maybe it’s a nostalgia thing.
Ref Materials: I’ll be building the list from the following sources.
- Age of the Imperium entry: Rogue Trader p177-183
- Mercenary Army List: Book of the Astronomicon p88-90
- Pirate Army List: Book of the Astronomicon p101-104
- Dreadnoughts: WD 100, Rogue Trader Compendium p65,p68
- Spirit- and Ghost-Warriors WD 101,
- Rogue Trader Compendium p72-73
- D-Cannon on Anti-Grav platform WD 101
- War Walkers: WD 102,
- Rogue Trader Compendium p70-71
- Jetbike WD 106
- Eldar legion Painting guide Back of the Epic Eldar Legion boxed set
Raw Materials: In terms of models to hand I have my original collection but I spent 2005-07 picking up a few extra RT Eldar models at car boot sales, ebay etc… and I now have;
- 4-8 of each of the original 12 Eldar models
- 1-3 of each of the Eldar command models
- 1-3 of each type of Walker
- 1-2 of each type of support platform
- 1-2 of each Harlequin
They’re are kept in a cutting edge hermetically sealed storage receptacle… as seen below …