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eldar hemlock wraithfighter

The new Eldar flyers have interesting designs - the Wraithfighter is certainly my favourite of the two, even if the rules make it extremely fragile and highly situational. My main issue with the Hemlock is that the wings are angled downwards at a steep angle, which makes the underside appear more bulbous by drawing attention to the large intakes for the engines. It also makes the craft look a lot less sleek. With that in mind, it was clear what I felt I needed to do to correct the minor design problem, but like the subtle conversions on my Fire Prism turrets, minor changes often require a disproportionate amount of time and effort to achieve!

date: 2013 - 2015 (complete)
components: 1x Hemlock Wraithfighter, plasticard, Green Stuff, White Milliput, 6mm diameter clear acrylic rod, styrene tubing, styrene I-beams, large oval base, High Elf Dragon rock formation, 2x Eldar War Walker scenic elements, neodymium rare earth magnets (various sizes), brass rod, coiled brass wire

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Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
1. A front view of the Hemlock Wraithfighter
Original source image taken from Lamentum for reference purposes
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter conversion concept
2. My Photoshop concept showing the dramatic change in the angle of the wings hopefully making the Wraithfighter look more like a fast, conventional plane and less like a duck in mid-flight.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
3. The upper hull, after I'd separated the right wing.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter components
4. The lower hull - the right wing has been removed and you can see the rough guidelines that I've drawn on the left-hand side.
These protruding fins have been cut away and repositioned to take into account the changed angle of the wings. Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
5. With both wings separated from the hull and partly assembled, the Wraithfighter begins to take shape (again).
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
6. The wings have now been assembled and reattached.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter underside
7. An underside view of the assembled Wraithfighter.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter underside close-up
8. Two styrene crossbeams were used to reinforce the assembly and hold the wings in their new positions.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter dorsal view
9. White Milliput was used to fill in the gaps and blend the wings back into the main fuselage.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter close-up upper hull
10. A close-up of the repaired hull. The wings smoothly blend into the hull, despite being attached at a much less acute angle than they were originally.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter underside
11. The underside of the Wraithfighter. Because of the change in the angle of the wings, a lot more Milliput was needed to fill in these gaps and make a smooth transition to the fuselage.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter tail section close-up
12. A close-up of the tail. New panel lines were carefully sculpted whilst the Milliput was still pliable.
Converted Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter head-on view with angled wings
13. This head-on view of the Wraithfighter shows the new angle of the wings. This looks, to me at least, much better than the original. The downward sweep of the wings works fine for the Crimson Hunter because of the large dorsal fins; for the Hemlock, it just looks like the wings are drooping.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter dorsal fin in Mymeara colours
14. Several components were painted separately - I completed the central dorsal fin before I'd even finished assembling the Wraithfighter, as I was keen to test the colour scheme and apply the Wraithfighter transfers.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter converted mindshock pod ventral view
16. The underside of the converted Mindshock Pod weapon.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter converted female Spiritseer pilot
17. The female Spiritseer pilot.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter cockpit
18. A close-up of the cockpit before the pilot was glued in place.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter purple tinted cockpit canopy
19. My first tinted cockpit canopy. The purple tint was achieved using mixture of an acrylic floor polish and Citadel Purple Ink.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter pilot
20. The Spiritseer pilot in the cockpit of the Wraithfighter. The canopy is removable - I couldn't magnetise it, so it just clips in place as per the standard assembly instructions.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter nose
21. The nose of the Wraithfighter, with the Mindshock Pod and canopy in place.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter altered wings
22. A head-on view of the completed Wraithfighter, highlighting the revised angle of the wings.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter dorsal view
23. A dorsal view of the completed Wraithfighter. I have used several transfers to complete its design, including some from the Forge World Mymeara craftworld sheet.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter ventral view
24. A ventral view of the completed Wraithfigther.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter conversion
25. In-flight shot of the Wraithfighter. The scenic base had not yet been completed at this stage.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
28. Part of the rock was cut away - this area originally featured more ruined architecture, but its position makes no logical sense as it would have to be defying gravity to stay attached to the rock at that angle. The resulting hole will be filled in and Green Stuff will be used to sculpt some rocks over it.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
29. The completed scenic base.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
30. A side view of the scenic base.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
31. The scenic base, undercoated.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
32. A work-in-progress photo of the painting of the scenic base.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
33. The completed scenic base, with the transparent stem glued in place.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
34. A close-up of the detail on the base.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter scenic base
35. Alternate view of the painted base.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
36. The completed Hemlock Wraithfighter.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
37. Alternate view of the completed Hemlock Wraithfighter.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
38. Side view of the Hemlock.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
39. A head-on view of the complete flyer.
Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter
40. The Hemlock Wraithfigher was the first of my flyers to be fully assembled and painted.


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