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I'm not a fan of the Wraithknight's design. I've had problems with its proportions since the first scans leaked online and the benefit of proper photography and multiple angles hasn't drastically changed my opinion of it. After pondering how to improve it for some time, I came up with a concept that I was happy with that addresses most of the major issues that I have with the design. What bothers me most are these design elements:
date: 2013-present (work-in-progress)
components: Parts from 2x Eldar Wraithknight kits, brass rod, plasticard (various thickness), neodymium magnets (various sizes), classic metal Fire Prism sensor

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Eldar Wraithknight
1. This image, from the excellent Iyanden codex supplement, was the basis for my concept.
Original artwork © Games Workshop.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion concept
2. Using Photoshop, I created this concept design for my Wraithknight conversion. This blends design elements from the Revenant, Phantom (the Wraithcannons will be underneath the forearms) and Wraithlord without (hopefully) looking too much like any one of them. The four sets of warp vanes will all follow a design in the Eldar codex, with the two sets on the back being larger. This concept is obviously lacking the jump engines - I may incorporate something between the warp vanes on the back, or around the ankles (similar to the Revenant). I've moved the spirit seal to the front of the miniature to add detail to the blank chest and tie the design in with the Wraithguard - they don't have soulstones, but a single small spirit seal in the same position.
Eldar Wraithknight converted head
3. A work-in-progress shot of the converted head. The length has been increased using plasticard and the shape has been changed using White Milliput.
Eldar Wraithknight converted head underside
4. The underside of the head.
Eldar Wraithknight torso work-in-progress
5. I removed the ball joints for the shoulders from the torso. This was so that they could be repositioned closer together, reducing the width of the shoulders and bringing the Wraithknight's arms in closer to the body.
Eldar Wraithknight torso underside
6. The underside of the torso. Rather than using the domed socket for the waist, I fitted flat sections of plasticard to increase the amount of space available inside the chest cavity for the other modifications.
Eldar Wraithknight torso side-view
8. From this view you can see the recessed shoulder joints. I have also decided to retain the over-the-shoulder weapon mounts for the secondary weapons.
Eldar Wraithknight chest plate with spirit seal
9. The modified breastplate, incorporating the large spirit seal from the back of the Wraithknight. This is a really striking design element and it seemed wasted buried on the back of the model. The extra detail also adds a much-needed focal point on the front of the model and breaks up the blank chest.
The top edges have been cut down to give these pieces a distinct outline. I removed the gem and sanded down this area. Eldar Wraithknight converted tassets
11. These shield-shaped pieces (normally attached over the groin of the model) have been repurposed as oversized tassets and will instead sit on the hips.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight heavy wraithcannon arm
13. The completed heavy wraithcannon arm. White Milliput has been used to fill in gaps and blend pieces together.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight heavy wraithcannon arm close-up
14. A close-up view of the arm. The heavy wraithcannon has been attached at the wrist. Although the Phantom Titan grasps its underslung weeapons using inverted pistol-grips, I wanted the Wraithknight to have its hands free and figure that the weapons would be fired by psychic commands from the pilot.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight arm
15. Each arm has been magnetised so that they can be swapped out.
Eldar Wraithknight outstretched hand conversion
16. The outstretched hand supplied with the Wraithknight kit looks totally bizarre. The fingers are hyper-extended and the thumb bent at an unnatural angle, with a fat section of ribbing joining it to the hand. For my conversion, I bent the fingers into more natural positions and reattached the thumb, with much of the ribbed area cut away.
These pieces of plasticard were subtly bent to match the curvature of the breastplate. Eldar Wraithknight converted breastplate close-up
18. A close-up of the converted breastplate, which is nearly complete.
A short stack of round magnets doubles up as ribbed tubing. Eldar Wraithknight magnetised secondary weapons
21. The magnetised secondary weapon mounts are completely removable and compatible with my existing range of magnetised heavy weapons, which also fit the Wraithlords and War Walkers.
Eldar Wraithknight converted sensor
22. I made this optional (and completely pointless) sensor/targeter using a metal component from the classic Fire Prism. I use these on my updated Fire Prisms and I liked the idea of tying the Wraithknight's design into one of the Eldar's most formidable tanks.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion torso
24. Alternative view of the torso as it takes shape.
Eldar Wraithknight converted upper thigh
25. The upper thigh of the right leg. White Milliput has been used to fill in the area where the supporting struts from the pelvis would normally go.
Eldar Wraithknight converted leg components
26. The three main components of the right leg. A lot of Milliput was used to fill in gaps and remove the ribbing on the multi-jointed knee (another odd design choice that I'm not keen on). I also removed several of the large bulbous areas around the ankle and below the knee. These shapes looked too big and too round and not in keeping with the Eldar design. Some will be replaced by smaller, more oval-shaped protrusions at a later stage.
Eldar Wraithknight scratchbuilt tabard with raised iconography
27. I scratchbuilt a decorative tabard using Green Stuff, with brass rods along the edges to give it rigidity. The runes include a stylised Wraithknight design, the Mymeara craftworld rune and a spirit seal design meaning "Valiant Warrior - Boldness and Sacrifice".
Eldar Wraithknight scratchbuilt tabard reverse
28. The brass rods were sunk into the Green Stuff when it was still pliable, and have been blended in with additional Green Stuff and sanding.
Eldar Wraithknight hip close-up
30. A close-up of the hips.
Eldar Wraithknight removable breastplate
31. The most difficult feature of this conversion was to reshape the Wraithknight's breastplate, whilst allowing it to be removable. But why is it removable?
Eldar Wraithknight conversion pilot
32. This is why the breastplate can be removed! Using a heavily modified component from a Revenant Titan, I have added a pilot to the Wraithknight. In the background for the Wraithknight, Jes Goodwin described the living pilot as being curled in a "foetal position in the chest". I tried to replicate that, but it didn't look right and would obscure a lot of the detail. So I decided to have the pilot sitting in a more conventional manner, though his knees have been angled upwards.
Eldar Wraithknight pilot close-up
33. Another angle of the pilot, highlighting the Green Stuff sculpting used to cover the join. In order to fit the pilot into the chest, he had to be cut in half and the front half angled upwards. Even with this change, it was still a very tight fit.
This alternative "tail" is actually a component from the Wraithcannons. Eldar Wraithknight torso
34. The torso now has both sets of sockets for the rear-facing warp vanes.
The warp vanes are made from a single piece of plasticard, which has been filed down to give a defined edge. Eldar Wraithknight custom warp vanes
35. The warp vanes begin to take shape. There will be four identical sets of these for the Wraithknight.
This warp vane has been cut down and reshaped with the addition of plasticard and Milliput. Eldar Wraithknight scratchbuilt warp vanes
36. A full set of four warp vanes. White Milliput has been added to the plasticard to give them a more rounded appearance. This will be sanded down and then gems and blisters will be added with Green Stuff.
Eldar Wraithknight wraithcannon arm conversion
39. The right wraithcannon arm. This uses a converted open hand.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion work-in-progress
41. A work-in-progress mock-up of the Wraithknight. The warp vanes show the positioning of the additional third and fourth sets that will sit behind the shoulders.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion mock-up
42. The Wraithknight can now be assembled, so I'm getting an idea of how it will look when it's finished. I'm delighted with the pose; it's not particularly dynamic, but it is imposing and threatening. It also works with all of the arm combinations and it makes a change to see a Wraithknight with its left leg forwards and its body turned to its left (as the standard model faces to the right with its right leg bent at the knee).
Eldar Wraithknight conversion mock-up
43. This mock-up includes one of the four sets of warp vanes, the shoulder pauldrons and the standard Wraithcannons.
Each vane is made from a Wraithlord's arm blade, cut down to three different sizes. Eldar Wraithknight calf vanes
44. I took inspiration from Jes Goodwin's original design sketch of the Wraithknight and added these small vanes to the back of the legs.
Eldar Wraithknight converted hand close-up
45. A close-up of the completed Green Stuff sculpting on the converted hand.
This large gem was made using a mould of the inside of a Revenant Titan's faceplate. Eldar Wraithknight removable breastplate detail
46. The inside of the removable breastplate. The large gem sits underneath the spirit seal and contains the spirit of the deceased twin sibling of the pilot.
Eldar Wraithknight custom warp vanes
47. The completed master for the warp vanes. These will be cast in resin to give a full set of four.
Eldar Wraithknight custom scenic base
48. A work-in-progress shot of the scenic base for the Wraithknight. The yin-yang symbol features a raised section incorporating a set of spiralling steps.
Eldar Wraithknight custom warp vanes
49. The complete set of warp vanes. These have been cast in resin and with the exception of some very minor imperfections, they are excellent reproductions of the original master that I scratchbuilt.
The positions of the Wraithknight's feet have been marked so that these areas can be left unpainted, allowing for a stronger bond when the feet are glued in place. Eldar Wraithknight custom scenic base
50. The scenic base is virtually complete at this point, with lots of cracks, chips, fragments and the odd bullet hole added to the ruins.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion
51. A mock-up of the Wraithknight conversion, fully assembled.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion torso close-up
52. A close-up of the torso, with the four sets of resin warp vanes in place.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion back view
53. A view of the conversion from the back.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion torso back view
54. The Wraithknight's back, with the custom warp vanes.
Eldar Wraithknight conversion torso back view
56. A close-up of the completed detailing on the reverse of the breastplate.
Eldar Wraithknight pilot
57. I added some detail to the cockpit using Green Stuff.
Eldar Wraithknight pilot
58. Another angle of the completed cockpit.
Eldar Wraithknight chest
59. A close-up of the completed torso - the project is now ready for undercoating.
Eldar Wraithknight undercoated components
60. The Wraithknight has now been undercoated and is ready to be painted. I have deliberately separated it into 30 components to make painting it easier (and some of these parts are magnetised anyway so they can be swapped around). Some areas were masked off with tape or blu-tac so that the bare plastic is left exposed. This will enable me to still use polystyrene cement to glue the plastic parts together, ensuring a strong bond but still allowing me to paint the parts individual.<
Converted Eldar Wraithknight with wraithcannons
61. A mock-up of the undercoated Wraithknight, armed with two wraithcannons. The various constituent components have been held in place with blu-tack (or magnets) for the purposes of these photos.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight with suncannon and scattershield
62. The Wraithknight with a suncannon and scattershield.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight with ghostglaive and scattershield
63. Another mock-up, this time with the ghostglaive and scattershield.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight upper torso close-up
64. A close-up of the upper torso.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight magnetised secondary weapon mount
65. The magnetised secondary weapon mounts are removable and accept any of the existing War Walker / Wraithlord / Guardian heavy weapon platform weapons.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight with ghostglaive and scattershield
66. Alternate view of the conversion.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight rear view with custom warp vanes
67. A rear view of the assembled and undercoated Wraithknight, highlighting the four sets of custom warp vanes.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight with ghostglaive and scattershield
68. Another angle of the conversion.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight pelvis
69. The pelvis has been modified so that the upper body can be removed. The shape of the hole in the pelvis ensures that the torso doesn't rotate in the socket.
Converted Eldar Wraithknight torso
68. The abdomen was modified so that it fits snugly into the pelvis. This means that the Wraithknight can be broken down into two main pieces, both for ease of transportation and to enable me to swap between a regular Wraithknight and a Skathach Wraithknight by creating a new torso and reusing the legs and base.


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