|High Elf Shadow Warriors integrate nicely with Dark Eldar warriors.|
My initial thoughts were to make a pretty standard Trueborn squad, simply swapping their heads with the sleek domed helms of the Reaver jetbike pilots. That idea has been utilized by a whole slew of hobbyists and I still quite like the look, that faceless mask embodying the persona of soulless murderers. I even went as far as buying all the components to make such a squad, four blasters and a collection of the Reaver helmets. Somewhere along the way however, with all the other hobby projects and models that I am working on (it is so easy to justify buying more models...), the squad got sidetracked and never went anywhere.
The recent release of the new High Elf plastics, in particular the new Shadow Warriors, got me thinking about revisiting my Trueborn project. Their high-collared cloaks and plain helms emanating a kind of sinister perfection, suitable for representing Dark Eldar’s highborn killers. Excitedly I acquired a box of Shadow Warriors and set to work integrating the cloak and high-collar of one onto the torso of a Dark Eldar warrior. I have seen several Trueborn conversions utilizing a similar concept, using the Dark Elf Corsair cloaks instead of the new Shadow Warrior cloaks.
After a little trimming, you can pretty easily replace the Shadow Warrior torso with that of a Dark Eldar warrior. Before gluing the body to the cloak, I cut the high-collar from the Shadow Warrior (removing all traces of the rest of the body) and glued it inline with the rest of the cloak. With the collar in place, I glued on the Dark Eldar torso and carefully filled any gaps with greenstuff. From here I needed to do something to complete the warrior’s shoulderguards. For any of you who have assembled Dark Eldar warriors, you will remember their shoulderguards come in two halves, one on each half of their body. Fortunately, the Dark Eldar Hellions actually come with separate shoulder pads that fit perfectly overtop the warrior’s half completed shoulderguard. For the Trueborn’s legs I was able to use the standard ones from the Dark Eldar warriors after flattening the model’s posterior, removing much of the detailing (toxin vials, barbed chain, etc).
|By retaining the Shadow Warrior neck, you can easily attach the Dark Elf Corsair heads.|
|The first work in progress Trueborn.|
|By cutting out the neck of the Shadow Warrior you open up room to use other Dark Eldar heads.|
|These are some of the heads I am considering, thoughts or other suggestions?|
|Any suggestions what could be placed on the Trueborns' back, Dragon Prince sheathed swords?|
- Harlon Nayl