homeWelcome 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.
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New website design - 16/02/17I've updated the design of the website; hopefully it looks a bit more modern now and is easier to read. If you notice any problems, please e-mail me. I've just received my copy of Fracture of Biel-Tan; I still don't intend on getting any of the models (unless I can pick up a Gyrinx or two), but I am interested to read the background that has been written for this significant change in the Eldar narrative. I hope that you enjoy the new site design - more content will be forthcoming; I am working on a few bits and pieces at the moment and I hope to do some painting this year, having failed to paint anything at all in 2016!
The (End) Times, they are a changin' - 25/01/17A lot of noteworthy things are changing at GW these days. In recent months they have finally started to embrace the digital age and started reconnecting with customers. They're teasing upcoming products, producing excellent painting tutorial videos, asking players for feedback on FAQs, releasing boxed sets with genuine (often substantial) discounts on the contents, and they have built a new community site too. It is a very, very welcome change in attitude and direction. They are also producing miniatures and content at a phenomenal rate and releasing oft-requested fan-favourites like Genestealer Cults, Deathwatch, Legio Custodes and Sisters of Silence. And what do you know; they're reaping the financial benefits that come with these things. It's heartening to see and I am very impressed with just how much work they've put into this, after years of stubbornly doubling-down and ignoring growing dissatisfaction from their fanbase.
Eldar players are now digesting the reveal of a trio of new miniatures, which look set to herald the arrival of Ynnead in some form or another and some kind of unified Eldar aesthetic. We're also getting a new name - "Aeldari", though the original "Eldar" name is still going to exist as well.
Personally, I view these narrative, aesthetic (and let's be honest, legal) changes with a bit of trepidation. I am a traditionalist (sorry, whiner, according to Robbie MacNiven) and maybe I'm just resistant to change. I can understand GW's desire to progress the background of WH40K in order to tell new stories and sell new models. I am more concerned that in a short space of time (both in the real world, and in the 40K universe) we are going to see a huge amount of stuff happen, without lingering on any of it long enough for its impact to sink in. The rise of Ynnead has been hinted at and teased for years in the Eldar background, but now Eldrad's jumped the gun, messed up and splintered the nascent god into fragments that GW can sell and players can put on their tabletops. Are we getting too much, too quickly? Major, universe-shaping events are being piled on, thick and fast. In some cases, the narrative makes no sense - Eldrad stole Crystal Seers, attempted to drain every single Craftworld infinity circuit and failed to foresee a Deathwatch incursion that ultimately ruined his (totally barmy) plan - but all of this was just described in the fluff surrounding a set of campaign missions for the Death Masque boxed game. I'm presuming it will have no effect in the game or the rules, besides acting as the narrative driving force for the arrival of Ynnead - even though this could have had massive repercussions for every Craftworld across the galaxy and should have major repercussions for Eldrad, whose actions are plainly insane. Maybe The Fracture of Biel-Tan will prove me wrong on this, but that remains to be seen.
The new models are beautifully designed and are a substantial technical achievement. The Yncarne (the Avatar of Ynnead) wouldn't be possible without advanced CAD and it is an incredibly detailed model. Except, I don't like it. The majority of collectors will never be able to do the model justice; it will live and die on its painting, requiring blending and colour transitions that most of us will never manage. Compared to even the dated Avatar of Khaine, it's a small model for the physical incarnation of a god and if you take away the swirling soul effects, the design seems a bit lacking. The Visarch is a decent model, but primarily based on Dark Eldar designs (specifically an Incubi) with only token nods to Craftworld symbolism. Yvraine also appears to be primarily Dark Eldar in influence; the headdress is absurd and the enormous bustle is a bizarre choice. I do really like the Gyrinx though. In short, whilst all three models are very distinctive, I have no love for them. After waiting years for new plastic jetbikes and Wraithguard to finally arrive, it seems we have to continue to wait to see replacements for the (many) dated sculpts lingering in the Eldar range. Obviously Eldrad's redesign was a notable (very welcome) exception, so maybe these other models (The Phoenix Lords, the Avatar, Warlocks, Warp Spiders, Shining Spears and Swooping Hawks) are just waiting in the wings. Games Workshop's commitment to plastic (and the associated expense of producing the moulds) does make me worried that some of these models will never see the light of day and could even be written out of the background to save the expense of having to produce replacements. If these End Times events include a treatment of the Rhana Dandra, the Phoenix Lords would all die, for instance.
The concept of shaking up the existing narrative, unifying races and coining/copyrighting/trademarking new names for existing races all seems very familiar. This might not necessarily be heralding an "Age of Sigmar"-esque shake-up/reinvention of WH40K, but it's easy to draw the parallels. The success of the Horus Heresy (i.e. WH30K) range and the huge gaps in the existing timeline shows that there is ample opportunity to tell new stories in the WH40K universe without having to tear things up and rush towards an endgame all of a sudden. I don't know what the future holds, but for now I'll be concentrating on my beloved Craftworld Mymeara Eldar, circa 999.M41.
After all that rambling, there's also an update to the runes & symbols guide.
Introducing the Eldar Panther - 19/01/17I'd hope to have this model undercoated before I added it to the site, but with cold, damp weather now prevalent this seems unlikely to happen for some time. So without further ado, I present the Eldar Panther; a kitbash of a Lynx and a Falcon. It doesn't have any rules at the moment as it's more of a modelling project than anything. For such a deceptively simple conversion, it took a lot of work, though it was actually completed several months ago. I hope that you like it - I'm happy with how it's turned out and I hope to have it (and a whole load more models) undercoated once the weather improves in the spring. I've yet to decide on a design for its rune.
I've also assembled the new, plastic Eldrad Ulthran, which is a fantastic model. I've been working on my Harlequins too; the Solitaire has been assembled with some minor conversion work and more models are in the process of being constructed.
On a personal note, the arrival of our second child has naturally reduced my free time (and is part of the reason I didn't manage to paint a single model in 2016), so site updates will be less frequent for the time being. I will continue to work on my collection when I get the chance and I have a large update planned for the runes & symbols guide as well.
New Wraithknight photos - 07/09/16Just a minor update today; I've added some photos of my Wraithknight with the various available weapon options, now that it has been undercoated. I'm hoping to get some more models undercoated before autumn properly arrives, including the kitbash project that I alluded to previously. I've also assembled the new Eldrad miniature and a Harlequin Solitaire; I'll add pictures of both in due course.
Fuegan and lots of undercoating - 17/08/16I've decided to abandon my conversion of Eldrad Ulthran, now that a new plastic kit has arrived (which is very exciting!). I've also finished my conversion of Fuegan. I'd attempted a conversion before but ultimately wasn't happy with it so started again from scratch. Also, with some excellent weather a few weeks ago I was finally able to undercoat a large number of models. Some of these had been waiting several months, so I'm really pleased to have these ready to paint now.
These are some of the models that I've undercoated - I've uploaded new pictures for them as well:
- Prince Yriel
- 6x Windrider Jetbikes
- 3x Warlock Skyrunners
- Farseer Skyrunner
- Fire Prism turret
- Night Spinner turret
- Farseer Falcon turret
- Autarch 5
- Wraithsinger base
This is a fantastic resource and I will be poring over it for further inspiration for some time to come, I'm sure. I'd urge all Eldar collectors to head down to their local store on its anniversary to get a copy. It is not comprehensive (no Dark Eldar, Harlequins, Titans, Warp Spiders, Shining Spears or Battlefleet Gothic ships, to name a few omissions). But there is still a lot of stuff in there and it is well worth the £30 asking price.
Large site update - 27/05/16After several months of occasional attention, I have finally finished assembling my three Wave Serpents. These required a lot of gap-filling, especially around the resin components. I'm very pleased to have these done at last!
I've made progress on a number of other things as well. I decided to complete the turret from my abandoned Eagle as a standalone turret for a Farseer Falcon; this is now ready to be painted. Another abandoned project for an alternative design of Night Spinner turret has also been completed and I now intend to paint this at some point as well. Before the updated, combined plastic Fire Prism/Night Spinner turret was released a few years back, I had planned to make some Fire Prisms turrets using the Type II Falcon upgrade kits from Forge World. I still really like the classic Fire Prism turret design, so I decided to make one of these for a further bit of variety in my collection.
I've added photos of a selection of my 30 Guardian Defenders, which are waiting to be undercoated. I've also added a new Autarch and Prince Yriel to my collection. The flying base for the Pegasus is nearly complete and the scenic base for my Wraithsinger is ready for undercoating.
Lastly, I'm currently working on a kitbash project that I'd been mulling for a few years; this will probably serve as the last major modelling project for the collection (until I think of something else, of course....). It will be added to the site in the fullness of time - watch this space.
Brief update - 23/02/16I have been steadily working on assembling three Wave Serpents, having acquired the (now extremely rare) Forge World Type II conversion kits necessary to assemble them to my liking. Unfortunately, progressing work on my Eldar collection has had to take a necessary backseat recently due to work and family commitments. This is likely to mean that there won't be many updates on the site over the next few months, though I will be able to respond to comments and e-mails. I'm still very keen to get the Pegasus painted in 2016 and to assemble the last remaining models awaiting my attention, but this will have to wait for the time being.
I'm now entering the "final" stages of assembling and undercoating my collection. I have 30 Guardians (not yet added to the site), 10 Jetbikes and a Phoenix Lord (Jain Zar) that are awaiting undercoating. In terms of remaining models needing assembly, I have some Harlequins, an Autarch, a Crimson Hunter (this will be magnetised so it can be fielded as an Exarch as well), Prince Yriel, Eldrad Ulthran and a conversion of Fuegan to complete. That's then basically my entire collection ready for painting (in theory). Sounds simple enough! I'm sure I'll continue to add the occasional new model, but it will be nice to have finally reached a stage where I've cleared my backlog of partially-assembled kits and can focus more on painting. I also have some vague ideas about sculpting some unique models from scratch, but that's a bit of a pipedream right now!