2022 stats:

Purchased:    19
Assembled & undercoated:    0
Painted & completed:    3

2021 stats:

Purchased:  13
Assembled & undercoated:    5
Painted & completed:  10

2020 stats:

Purchased:  22
Assembled & undercoated:    8
Painted & completed:  10

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Welcome to my Eldar website, which showcases my collection of extensively converted Eldar miniatures for Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargame. In this site you'll find loads of pictures of my conversions as well as information on how they have been put together and other resources that you may find useful.

This is the homepage of the site; check here for information about updates to the site and other news. You can browse to the other parts of the site using the menu bar above.
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Final Shadow Spectres painted & new Jain Zar conversion - 12/05/22
In February I finished painting the last of my Shadow Spectres. This was an immensely satisfying achivement; my first fully-painted Aspect (squad, Exarch and Phoenix Lord) and in a colour scheme that I'm particularly proud of.

I have also been working on a new conversion of Jain Zar, based on the recent plastic model. This version supersedes my first attempt, which I was happy with at the time (and was a vast improvement over the top-heavy and ungainly model that it was based on) but ultimately looks a bit dated compared to the newer one.

I've purchased some of the new plastic models from the recent large refresh of the Eldar range and I'll add photos of these to the site in due course. For the most part I really like the new models, but I don't plan on adding all of them to my collection. I have no plans to add the plastic Avatar for instance; I remain very proud of my conversion of the classic metal model and whilst it is a lot smaller than the newer kit, I much prefer the pose (perhaps the shard of Kaela Mensha Khaine that came to rest at the core of craftworld Miruaun was just a bit on the small side). Having looked at the sprues of the new kit, it would take a lot of work and resculpting to replicate and there are some design elements of the new model that I'm not very keen on.

I am continuing the process of updating the site in the background, which includes uploading new, higher-resolution photos for my project pages and fixing the positioning of the pop-up tags. This is labour-intensive, but I'm making progress. I'm also working on another update to the runes & symbols guide but it's not quite ready yet.
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Phoenix Bomber and Shadow Spectre painted - 22/12/21
I'm pleased to report that I recently finished painting the Phoenix Bomber; it took longer than expected, but I'm glad to have it done and I'm happy with the results. I've also painted the third Shadow Spectre in the squad; the remaining three are partway through painting as well.

There's been an update to the runes & symbols guide; thank you to those that have alerted me to new runes that have appeared on transfer sheets and new model releases. I still have a number of other runes that are waiting to be added to the guide and I am undecided how best to add the complex runes for Phantom Titans (these vary depending on the Titan's armament and also have many variations in design).

Since this is likely to be the final site update of 2021, I wish you all a happy festive season and look forward to seeing what new releases await Eldar collectors in 2022!
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Major site update, new purchases and other progress - 10/11/21
Since more than half of my visitors are now browsing the site using mobile devices, I've updated the design so that it displays properly and rescales accordingly. As part of this work, I've had to temporarily disable the "tags" that display on some of my work-in-progress photos. These give additional insight into my processes, but their positions were hard-coded and don't adjust when the photos are scaled. I am working to convert them to a percentage-based coordinate system but this is a manual process and will take some time to achieve.

A long time ago, I drew up a list of models that I'd not added to my collection, along with various reasons why I hadn't (and didn't intend to). Most of those reasons are still valid (for example I'm still waiting for new Warp Spiders, Shining Spears and Swooping Hawks in plastic). However as Forge World continues to drop more and more Xenos models from its range, I decided that there were a couple of models that I'd be disappointed to miss out on owning.

Foremost of these is the Phantom Titan. It is huge; I have no idea if I will get around to building it (or where I'd store/display it if/when I do), but it is a beautiful model that I've admired ever since I met Will Hayes and saw the prototype at the Forge World Open Day back in 2010. The other model is the Type II Cobra (no project page for this yet as it's barely out of the box) - whilst very similar to the Type II Scorpion, which I already own (and is actually my favourite Eldar model), it is a distinct design in its own right. With these large models added to my collection, I have enough "big" projects to keep me busy for many years to come.

I have also made progress on a number of other projects recently. The Phoenix Bomber is now fully assembled, undercoated and partway through painting. I've also undercoated the scenic base for my Lynx and I'm working on constructing the base for my Panther conversion. Lastly, I've undercoated several Battlefleet Gothic models - the huge Void Stalker and my three Hemlock Destroyers. All of these models need new Pulsars fitting, but I'm planning to have those 3D-printed at some point (several other models in the range will also have these updated parts fitted to them).
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Battlefleet Gothic Transports completed - 22/06/21
As planned, I recently finished painting the last four of my five Battlefleet Gothic Transports. This takes the total number of painted ships in the fleet up to nine.
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First Dark Reaper model painted - 14/06/21
My Battlefleet Gothic Transports aren't quite finished, but I have painted my first Dark Reaper. The colour scheme has turned out nicely; it's my first attempt at a (nearly) monochrome palette, with only a few blue and silver details (and the earth colours of the base) to add colour.
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Vaul's Wrath Support Weapon platform & crew completed - 31/05/21
As I had planned at the outset of the year, I have now finished painting my Vaul's Wrath support weapon platform. I first started painting it in February 2014, so it's been a long time coming. I'm also relieved that I only have one in my collection. I had to paint it in four sub-assemblies; for such a small thing, it is very detailed and fiddly. I definitely don't feel the need to paint another one!

Continuing my plans for 2021, I will now move on to completing the paintjobs on my remaining four Battlefleet Gothic Transports. These are fairly well progressed already so I'm hopeful that I'll have them done in the next week or two.
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Howling Banshee shrine scenery element completed - 25/05/21
I recently finished painting a scenery element; a small shrine to the goddess Morai-Heg.
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New Battlefleet Gothic ships added - 12/05/21
With a few recent additions to my collection, I now have at least one of each of the released Battlefleet Gothic ship designs for the Corsair and Craftworld fleets. At this point I don't envisage adding any further duplicates, but I may look at converting or even scratchbuilding some new designs.

The new models are a (rare, genuine) Forge World Haven Spire, four Shadow Hunters, three Hemlock Destroyers and three Hellebore Frigates. I had previously purchased some metal recasts of the rare Aurora and Solaris light cruisers, but the quality was so poor that I ditched them in favour of keeping a hopeful watch on eBay. Fortunately my patience was rewarded and I was able to secure one of each in resin; the casts are substantially superior (though not without their defects; par for the course with resin) and I'm fairly confident that these are genuine. They're certainly good enough to work with, so I'm happy to carry on with these versions now.

I haven't had very much time to paint recently, but I'm hoping to change that soon and get some more models finished.
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Objectives for 2021 - 27/02/21
Having achieved a major hobby milestone last year by finally completing the Pegasus, I am setting myself some new objectives for 2021.

Firstly, I am starting a Harlequin "renovation" project. A number of my Harlequin models were spoiled by a bad application of spray undercoat, leaving them with a grainy texture that will not look good when painted. These models will be carefully scrubbed and lightly sanded to remove as much of this as possible (stripping and re-undercoating isn't really an option, since so many of them have Green Stuff sculpting that would likely be damaged in the process). I am also going to re-base all of the Harlequin character models (Solitaire, Troupe Masters, Death Jesters and Shadowseers) on 40mm bases to match the rest of my Craftworld models. I have purchased some 3D-printed 25mm-to-40mm base extenders for this task. As part of this project, I am also going to paint my first Harlequin (and yes, I do intend to attempt the notoriously fiddly diamond pattern). If that turns out well, then I hope to do a few more over the course of the year. I am planning to paint them as the Masque of the Midnight Sorrow as theirs is my favourite Harlequin colour scheme.

I am also in the process of painting my Vaul's Wrath support weapon and crew. I started painting this model years ago but didn't get far with it. Now I am determined to finish it.

I'm making slow progress on the Revenant Titan, but I am a long way off being able to actually assemble it. I've added a project page for my Phoenix bomber, which I purchased back in March last year. I don't expect to have the Revenant assembled this year, but I think I should be able to get the Phoenix done.

I have managed to secure the extremely rare Haven Spire space station for my Battlefleet Gothic fleet, which I am really excited about. Additionally, I plan to finish painting the remaining four of my Transports (having finished the first last year) and start on the remaining BFG models. They are relatively quick to paint, so I'm hopeful that I will be able to get the majority of the fleet painted this year.
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Wraithsinger painted, Pegasus featured in White Dwarf - 24/12/20
The Pegasus, my scratchbuilt superheavy grav tank, was featured in the December 2020 issue of White Dwarf (issue 459). It has been a life-long ambition of mine to have my models appear in the magazine, so I was delighted to see it receive a full page.

I also finished painting my Wraithsinger conversion; a deceased Bonesinger whose spirit has been summoned from the infinity circuit to inhabit a Wraith construct. This is some of my best painting work to date and I'm really pleased with how it has turned out, despite being extremely fiddly to paint due to the banners and tabard.

I have also been doing some drawings of some Aspect Warriors; I plan to add an art section to the site in due course with my Eldar-themed artwork.

I hope that 2021 is a better year for all of us, but I'm pleased to have got as many of my models finished as I have done this year - not least the Pegasus! I have four more Battlefleet Gothic Transports that are nearly finished and I am already thinking about the next 40K model to paint too. Have a great Christmas everyone (as much as is possible right now at any rate) and I'll continue to update the site through 2021 with my progress.
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