Thursday, 10 June 2010

Space (Wood) Elves...

I've been thinking about doing an Eldar army on and off for the last few years, mainly due to the rather cool looking Ranger models.  I bought the Ranger box a while back and got one painted:

The worrying bit is I'm not exactly sure how I painted some of him, so I'm going to need to go through some trial and error - D'Oh!  One thing I might do with this chap is repaint the gun - I'm not entirely happy with the shade of green, and I'm thinking about black highlighted with a dark brown instead.

So this chap got me thinking about an Autumnal/Arboreal themed army.  Yep, "Wood Eldar" - it's probably been done to death, but I like the idea, and I haven't seen anyone do it locally.  The standard Guardian colour can just about be seen on the chap above - brown body and khaki helm with black/green faceplate.

I've knocked up a quick 500 point army list - I very much doubt it's competitive, but it's got a bit of variety in it, and should be good fun to paint.
  • Autarch with Power Sword - 70pts
  • 5 x Rangers - 95pts
  • 6 x Dire Avengers, Exarch, Diresword and Pistol - 94pts
  • 6 x Fire Dragons, Exarch, Firepike - 116pts
  • 6 x Striking Scorpions, Exarch, Biting Blade - 113pts
So far I have the Rangers (1 painted) and the Autarch - a second hand, soon-to-be-stripped Asurmen model, minus the back banner (I'm not really a fan of back banners to be honest).  I was thinking about a very dark green for the Dire Avengers to tie them into the woodland theme.  The Fire Dragons would be a muted orange with Bestial Brown as the base colour, and the Striking Scorpions would be more of an olive drab shade of green.

This is a "project for the future", so I'll be painting the Rangers occasionally, while I get rid of the backlog...

In other news, I actually got a game in at the local GW store!  For those of you who know me in the analogue world, yes that is the first time in over 12 months... 

750(ish) points of my Crimson Fists joined some Dark Angels and Imperial Guard up against Eldar and Tau in a 3 person and 3,000 points a side battle.  We lost due to the forces of humanity forgetting about objectives, but Brother Captain Mortis did himself proud before falling to some Shining Spears.  I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the games, so I'm hoping to make it a regular Sunday afternoon thing.


  1. Let me just say that I understand exactly. I nearly bought some rangers just for the joy of these models being so cool.

    Secondly....I LOVE that model and the way it's painted. It has all of the camo that you need for a ranger yet still stands out as Eldar and doesn't vanish into the background. Excellent work. I think the green gun looks good too. It's tied into the model's palette but stands out by dint of the shade of green that it is.

    Glad you had a good game too. I haven't played for ages but I keep meaning to head to the local game club here. They seem like a friendly bunch and hopefully someone there can teach me warmachine :-)

  2. Flawless! I'll just save these images for reference, for when I get around to making an Eldar army ;)

  3. Cheers guys!

    Pete, there's something about the Eldar models that GW have consistently got right - the original rangers were great models too! I might stick with the green gun now, in truth I don't want to change it as he feels finished.

    tentakel, I wouldn't say flawless, but he's come out pretty well, just four more to do now...

  4. Wow - this is a fantastically painted Eldar. Well done!

  5. God Andy, your blending is flawless. I'll really have to raise my game to approach your standards these days! Good work mate. Must confess, the new Fire Prism is making me look at the pointy eared wraithtree huggers again...

  6. Bah! I've seen your latest work and you're already there!

    My blending is getting there, not flawless yet though!

    Never thought I'd thin paints so much...