|The denizens of Commorragh prepare for war!|
For my second Dark Eldar post, I want to talk about some of the Dark Eldar warriors I have built. The new sculpts have come a long way from the originals, both in aesthetics and design. One of my favorite aspects about them is that all of the equipment is attached to their waists, including things such as toxin vials and grappling hooks (which they use to hang from their flying transports). I feel these small additions go a long way in establishing their character and convincing me they are going to war. I am glad they chose to cast the equipment on the models, rather than keeping them as separate pieces for you to glue on (easier to assemble and the stuff is attached more naturally than one could achieve otherwise). Additionally, the new warriors are much easier to assemble. The old ones were something of a nightmare to build if you decided you wanted to use any of the tiny rows of spikes and blades to adorn them; trying to line them up correctly was nigh impossible.
Similar to the Archon I converted, for the warriors, I wanted to include some throwbacks to the older miniature range. I had converted the Sybarite from my original squad to be holding a skull (taken from the 1998 Games Day Nob... ha ha). For this new squad I decided to make a similar conversion, this time using a skull from Brian Nelson’s excellent Vampire Count skeletons (which are scaled much better than the old plastics). The conversion was incredibly simple, only requiring me to reposition the fingers of the hand holding the skull.
|My original and newly converted Sybarite.|
|While lacking a little in his pose, he compensates with fierceness (look at that helmet!).|
|I have done my best to get both images to the same scale.|
|Despite removing a sizable section of the lance, it is still a little large.|
|A closer view of some of the other warriors, I quite like the one with the crown of thorns.|
|The new design for the Blaster is also far superior to the old one.|
And finally to end the post, another awesome painting from the old Dark Eldar codex!
|Pray they don't take you alive...|