eldar warp hunter

commissioned project

I was commissioned to produce a one-off, updated, 40k-scale version of the classic (now long out-of-production) Epic miniature, the Eldar Warp Hunter. This commission was produced a couple of years before Forge World released their own design.

date: 2009
components: Eldar Falcon, Forge World Firestorm conversion kit, dowel rod (various diameters), 6mm diameter clear acrylic rod, plastic tubing (various diameters), sheet styrene (various thicknesses), brass rod, Green Stuff, neodymium magnets (various sizes)

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1. The original Epic miniature. I used this for inspiration when sketching concepts for the updated, larger scale version.
Eldar Warp Hunter concept sketch
2. This was the concept sketch that was selected by the client. I based the look of the D-cannon loosely on the Forge World Type II Cobra. Ultimately, the additional heavy weapon mount on the cockpit was dropped in favour of a shuriken catapult mount beneath the main gun.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
3. The early construction work focused on incorporating the Firestorm cockpit into the main hull and removing the existing cockpit to make way for the enormous D-cannon.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
4. The D-cannon begins to take shape.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
5. The D-cannon continues to take shape and the Firestorm cockpit has begun to be blended in with the main hull.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
6. The underside of the vehicle, with a magnetised weapon mount for shuriken catapults.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
7. The D-cannon, with vanes added to the barrel.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
8. A close-up of the section of exposed conduits, pipes and cables connected to the D-cannon.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
9. The main body of the D-cannon was virtually complete at this stage.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
10. The Warp Hunter after some more cosmetic changes.
Eldar Warp Hunter work-in-progress shot
11. A dorsal view of the conversion. The exposed interior and cabling is clearly visible.
Eldar Warp Hunter conversion underside view
12. The underside of the completed conversion, with the magnetic weapon mount for the shuriken catapults.
Eldar Warp Hunter conversion rear view
13. A rear view of the completed conversion. I was pleased with how I was able to integrate the Firestorm cockpit with the rest of the vehicle, whilst preserving a lot of the excellent detail from the original Forge World component.
Eldar Warp Hunter conversion
14. The completed Warp Hunter, viewed from the side.
Eldar Warp Hunter conversion
15. The Eldar Warp Hunter.


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