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Title: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 23, 2016, 08:53:14 AM
Hello from a newbie!

I've had a little project blog going over on Dakka and The Dark City for a little while, but this seemed like a cool community so thought I'd come share them over here too :)

I've recently come back to the hobby after many years of hiatus (spurred on by seeing just how awesome Cavalier's Corsairs are, among many others), but my army of choice always was (and always will be) Eldar of any sort.

So, without further adieu I'll get started on the armies!

Lets start with my old Eldar, painted many many years ago. I'll preface this with saying that while I find the modelling side of things comes naturally, lets say I'm a...reluctant...pai nter. It's getting there, but I've found it a bit of a steeper learning curve than chopping up bits of plastic and glueing them together in different ways...

Here's a little fluff background to my Craftworld:

Craftworld Angvellaith (contraction of Angau Vehk Agaith, meaning 'Doom of the Dread-Faced Ones', referring the mythical victory over one of the ancient enemies of the eldar).

The early days of craftworld Angvellaith were unremarkable. Leaving sometime during the middle of great exodus from the eldar homeworlds, it set off into the void alongside dozens and dozens of other craftworlds. For centuries, while others fell, the keen foresight of its seers and the might of its warhosts protected its citizens from the very worst the galaxy could offer. However, all skiens of fate appeared to converge in tragedy for the Angvai. Despite all their efforts, the rotting plague-ships of the Death Guard descended upon their home. Through valient effort and harrowing sacrifice, they repelled the foetid tide. However, like Iyanden their population was decimated. Listless and broken, they drifted through the void awaiting their death. However, all was not lost. Through the webway, a cry for help echoed out from the exodites of Selestini (my exodite world), who likewise were under assault from the followers of the Plaguefather. Throwing what was left of their warhosts into the fray, they managed to turn the tide against the children of Nurgle. This marked a turning point in the attitude of the Angvai. No longer were they content to fade away into obscurity.

In a great council, their eldest and wisest seers developed a radical plan. Through the susserus of their innumerable dead within the infinity matrix, the unborn god Ynnead had made his presence known, and the eldar of Angvellaith welcomed him. They struck a dark pact with their Commorite cousins, exchanging safe harbour in realspace and the industrial resources of their craftworld for access to the cloning vats of the Haemonculi. Through arcane and eldritch technomancy, they rebuilt their shattered warhosts.

Their Guardian forces are comprised entirely of cloned conscripts, who follow the unique Path of the Warborn. These forces are thrown against their enemies with no heed to their survival. If a Warborn survives their tour of duty, they are gifted a name and inducted into Craftworld society as a true citizen. If they fall in battle, add one more soul to the chorus.


First we've got a barebones Autarch made from bitz I had lying around. I liked the idea of a bare-wraithbone look so tried to go for that.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--G-hjIqXZ--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lygnkk9dwkko9uzzsjtc.jpg)
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Then there's my Spiritseer which is one of my favourite models paint-wise. No great shakes, but I'm proud of it :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--pAAw8xsx--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/cug2tjof2zhwgqy7h62t.jpg)
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Last of my favourite Craftworld Eldar are my Dark Reapers. While I like them a lot, I've decided that I want to repaint all my Aspect Warriors in Craftworld colours (with a couple of modifications) as I like the idea of a uniformly coloured army...

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Of the new batch, I've got a couple of Autarch ideas modelled. First off is a WYSIWYG Power Axe Autarch with Banshee Mask and Fusion Gun. Not quite happy with the Banshee Mask, but I do like the dynamism of the model :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--hZQDcqPk--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rpvn6iy0k0hgux6tkw1o.jpg)
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For my last one, does anyone remember the old 3rd ed. Craftworld Eldar codex supplement? I think it was the third 40k thing I ever read, after the 3rd ed. BRB and the 3rd ed. Eldar codex.

I remember being captivated by one of the special characters in there, Nuadhu Fireheart, a Wild Rider chief that fought from the back of a modified Viper. It's one of the images that really stuck in my mind. I've always liked the idea of Saim-Hann since then, and the image of wild tribal Eldar is probably what got me into making Exodites in the first place.

(http://www.beastsofwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Nuadhu-Fireheart.jpg)

Fast-forward a decade or so and I was having a conversation over on The Dark City forums about Corsairs and how their Void Dreamers couldn't take jetbikes. It occurred to me how odd the idea seemed of a Farseer casting fiendishly difficult psychic spells, where mucking up even slightly will cause a daemon to erupt from your brain, while piloting a jetbike at breakneck speeds across the battlefield.

Then, a lightbulb moment.

Isn't there those Harlequin bikes with a pilot and a rider?

So, a little eBaying and rooting through the bitsbox and here we are! My jetbike Autarch!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ZKvuJXee--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bygja1xbdzezfttel60u.jpg)

Heat lances from a Talos represent the Fusion Gun, and that kickass glaive thing from Dire Avengers is the Power Spear :) he's now got a Windrider head BTW but I don't have pics!

I've got an idea for a Farseer as well, which should materialise at some point soon. Also, all of the new Eldar jetbike models are simply beautiful. Really capture the essence of sleek, alien speed that they should have.

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Next up, Corsairs...

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After seeing how awesome some of the Corsair conversions are out there, I knew I had to start a small force. However, I knew I'd never be able to afford all the excellent jetpacks offered by Forgeworld so I had to get a bit creative...

Turns out, after much trial and error, the little vanes from the underside of Dark Eldar Raiders and Ravagers fit perfectly into the slots in the back of Guardian torsos :) I rather like the way they look too (slightly slimmed down so less likely to get wedged in the corridor of a starship they're boarding...)

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Note: running Wych legs are fantastic little bits, big props to the designer who made them

Second only to Wych running legs, Scourge Wings are my favourite bit so naturally I had to work them in somehow:

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It's hard to see in pictures, but I washed the wings with Incubi Darkness mixed with glaze to give them a greenish shine like real-life Raven feathers, which led to the fluff for my Corsair band:


Khaine's Ravens
In Eldar myth, the ravens of Morai-Heg were the eyes and ears of the Crone goddess. During the Fall, Morai-Heg bid her ravens to fly with Khaine and peck at the eyes of Slaanesh during their titanic battle. Khaine's Ravens take after these birds of legend, spying on the forces of the Ruinous Powers, and conducting surgical strikes to take out their leaders.

Like Yriel, their Prince Morrathillian claims descent from the House of Ulthanash Raven-Friend. It is after this affectation that he has named his followers.


Here's an older pic of the force painted (pre-Scourge wings unfortunately). I don't have a recent one yet with the Void Dreamer, but as soon as I get enough of them painted I'll do another army shot.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--4YS0Wcfg--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/ptlfsk7wraj2rqbi2upp.jpg)

I also absolutely love the fluff behind Malevolents, so I had to make some :)

My thinking is that as their background is that they're Eldar driven mad by Slaanesh tugging at their souls, draining them dry slowly but surely, they would look more and more daemonic as the process draws to its close. It would certainly explain why all other Eldar are so scared of them at least.

Can you tell it was my first time ever painting faces? ;) I've touched them up since then, but I'm not wholly happy yet...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--kqRwVs18--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dwmwfxhe24iz48hyxl0b.jpg)

Lastly, inspired by Cavalier's models I put together a couple of Balestrikes that are currently awaiting paint:

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Next up, Exodites!

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I've always liked the idea of Exodites, but for some reason I've always felt like what sparse background fluff has been given by GW doesn't quite fit with the feel of 40k. If they're actually 'Amish Space Elves' living a pre-industrial life, then they wouldn't last a second in today's galaxy! Similarly, the idea of a Feudal Eldar Knight-World never really spoke to me either. Not grimdark enough.

Something that did stick though was the term 'Technobarbarian'.

So, that's what I set out to make :)

First off, we've got my 'War Wyrd' counts-as Warlock. My idea (to make them a little more grimdark than 'dinosaur cowboy space-elves') was that Exodites are masters of fusing wraithbone with living tissue. Their Warlocks and Farseers actually grow their ghosthelms into their own skulls, offering permanent protection from the warp. Their wraithbone is also left to grow more naturally than craftworlders, resulting in a more twisted look.

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This chapette goes with these, my counts-as Guardians using Guardian, Glade Guard and Wildwood Rangers bits. The chap on the right is the heavy-weapons gunner...

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...for one of these!

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The grimdark idea I had for these was that rather than just training their dragons as beasts of burden, they embed wraithbone circuits into their nervous systems to provide direct psychic control of their beasts.

Speaking of beasts, my second Craftworld unit is a squad of Dragon Riders/Windriders.

I've never really taken to the use of Cold Ones as Jetbikes. They don't strike me as dynamic enough to fit the movement characteristics of a Jetbike. However, it occurred to me that Slaanesh's formative thoughts and concepts would be born from the Eldar. So, it stands to reason that the daemons that spring from her consciousness are based at least loosely on thing from the Eldar's history. So, with a bit of filing of the Slaaneshi iconography, I came up with these:

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One of the big questions about Exodites is how would they protect themselves from Slaanesh? The Dark Eldar hide in the webway and have their soul-vampirism thing, but that's uniquely Dark Eldar. The Craftworlders have their Spirit Stones, but given that those are harvested from the Eye of Terror I doubt Exodites would have the military might to gather them themselves. They also have the Path system to keep them on the straight and narrow, but again that's uniquely Craftworld.

So, I was thinking that their sheer distance from the Eye of Terror, plus the psychic shielding from their World Spirits would give them some nominal protection from the predations of Slaanesh. However, the'd need a way of regulating their society.

Thinking about the history of the Exodites, their great journey was led primarily by religious zealots. Since then, my thinking is that (like the rest of the 40k universe) since then they're technologically and socially regressed into barbarism.

How would a socially barbaric religious culture deal with unwanted behaviour/individuals?

Looking at our own history, the answer is with Witch Hunts!

So, that gave me the idea for my next unit :) counts-as Striking Scorpions

Cult of Kurnous
Although their god is long-dead, the Cult of Kurnous still follows the creed of the father of the eldar. In civilian life, this order of hunters polices the population for behaviour that would invite the attention of She-Who-Thirsts. If an exodite breaks the strictures of their world a wild hunt is called, and there is nowhere to hide from the Hounds of Kurnous.

Although not heavily armoured, they possess formidable defences. Swarms of spites follow them wherever they go and can intercept a significant amount of incoming fire. In combat, they also lash out at their foes stinging and searing with psychically charged barbs and fangs.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Jkro28Nm--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/xvzbesliptelllslldng.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Kfa1n_zR--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ilpfu2y4mmtplxmlf3zb.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--GG2RPlPW--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/cipozam9ouqdrxhr2zz2.jpg)

I'm really pleased with how these guys turned out. Really wild looking :) plus, their fluff echoes the Wild Hunts from Fantasy Wood Elves which fits very nicely with their Wild Rider heads :)

Thinking on from that, I thought that there would likely be a lot more religious influence in Exodite society, so set about making a couple more 'God Cult' units.

The next ones are my 'Cult of Ynnead' (counts-as Wracks)

Cult of Ynnead
The Cult of Ynnead is a relatively new cult that has developed among the guard of the wayshrines where slain exodites are interred into the World Spirit. Their silent order spends the majority of its time plumbed into their world spirit, deep in the barrows of the wayshrines. If interlopers stumble upon a wayshrine, the figures ensconced in alcoves rise from their dreaming like Draugr, ready to defend their resting dead.

The training acolytes undertake is especially gruelling, and their pre-battle rituals involve ingesting copious amounts of the Eldar combat drug 'Painbringer' (purchased from the Dark Kin, along with their ranged weaponry). This increases their resistance to physical injury manifold, but reduces their mobility. Due to this, acolytes of the Cult of Ynnead are called 'Walkers' after their purposeful stride across the battlefield.


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Last of my God Cults that I've made so far is my Son of Asuryan (counts-as Autarch), the Lords and Masters of the Exodite clans. They are descendants of the high priests of Asuryan that led the exodus, and rule to this day.

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Moving on from the Craftworld units, I've got a couple of counts-as Dark Eldar units as well. First off, my absolute favourite conversions: Exodite Hunters (counts-as Kabalite Warriors).

Hunters
Operating in close-knit bands and living a semi-nomadic lifestyle they prowl their worlds and their local webway vicinity, mercilessly hunting down interlopers before they can notify their superiors of the riches of the exodite's home planet. Their weapons fire shards of wraithbone at their targets which, once lodged in place, grow exponentially towards the electrical signals that eminate from organs such as the brain and heart, swiftly bringing death to their foes.


The idea behind them is that they're as close to a standing army as the Exodites have, and are given the lion's share of traded Soulstones so they can venture away from their worlds without feeling Slaanesh tugging at their souls...


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But, what's a self-respecting Kabalite without his Raider?

Enter the Exodite Hunting Skiff :) with a rather prominent trophy from their exploits of course...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--PxVPr550--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rtefbznd6orpifhykovd.jpg)

Next up we've got my counts-as Grotesques, and the kickass models that finally persuaded me to part with my hard-earned to start this army up again.

Sylphs
As each exodite life is so precious, the War Wyrds will go to extreme lengths to save mortally wounded eldar frequently replacing lost limbs with wraithbone equivalents. In extreme cases, very little of the original eldar remains. These near-resurrected eldar are known as Sylphs, and are formidable with their new wraithbone bodies.


The other Dark Eldar unit that really lends itself to Exodites is Beastmasters. As some of the earliest models I ever bought were Lizardmen, I had to use some of the OOP Jungle Swarms as Razorwing Flocks:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--t2NFrJCd--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mgq6jhqktdtjqcnkrter.jpg)

Also...couldn't resist making an Eldar flying on a Terradon as a second Beastsinger...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--FgKi103h--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gfzwvzavbt3aia9gsj94.jpg)

However, to use Dark Eldar units in the army I'd need an HQ, so I came up with the Daughter of Khaine (counts-as Succubus).

The fluff is that due to the distance between the exodite worlds and the epicentre of the fall, only smaller shards of Khaine fell onto the maiden worlds. These shards formed ornate and archaic suits or armour that, when donned by a sacrificial exodite, imbues them with a portion of Khaine's martial prowess :) however, once the armour is worn, the exodite may never remove it. They become a living embodiment of khaine until the day they fall in battle, or the fire of Khaine's wrath consumes them and burns out their soul.

Basically a mini Avatar!

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I've since painted her but I'm not really happy at all how it's turned out. I'll do a bit more touch-up and see how it goes :S

Penultimately, following on from the Lizardmen Pteradactyl model I had to do something with the kickass Scourge bat wings. Enter Exodite Terradons!

Terradons
While all exodites are culturally regressed compared to other eldar, some bloodlines have devolved yet further. Using technomancy retained through the generations, they significantly alter their bodies and live more animalistic lives than even their fellow exodites. On leathery wings they soar through the jungle canopies and clifftop crags of the maiden worlds. The increased effort of true powered flight necessitates a carnivorous diet, and kindreds of these winged hunters prey on the animals of their home territories.

However, their hunting grounds are not restricted to just their worlds. Often they strike out through the webway, seeking the challenge of hunting the primitive Mon-Keigh or the brutish Orkead. With haywire lances they cripple the vehicles of their quarry, and with heat lances and poisoned weaponry they cut down their foes, carrying trophies from the hunt back to their lairs.


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And finally! The centrepeice of the army. The one thing no Exodite army is complete without...

A Carnosaur!

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I've settled on it being a Talos. Partially because it's not quite tall enough to be a Wraithknight, and partly due to philosophical reasons (why has Apocalypse corrupted my skirmish-level infantry game?).

So, i chopped up a Talos tail, mashed together some Hellion legs with a Wych torso and the weapon arms from a Raider and got this dude :)

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Lord knows what he's aiming at, but he seems happy enough. Joining him is the Beastsinger bonded to the beast, made from a Raider hanger-on, a Dark Elf Corsair cloak, a Wych head and a Sylvaneth Tree Revenant arm :)

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Next up, Croneworld Eldar...

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Right, so at the moment this army's completely at the concept/ideas stage :) I know the idea of Chaos Eldar is usually pretty skub, but hopefully the ideas I've come up with justify it a little and don't tread on any toes lore-wise :)

The concept is that a very few of the Eldar who survived past the initial birth-scream of Slaanesh revelled in the destruction of their race and gave themselves completely and willingly to her service (either that or they're a few of the most dedicated and depraved pleasure-cultists who even in her first few moments managed to impress the Prince of Pleasure and were resurrected as favoured pets).

These few corrupted Eldar are formidable psykers, exploring the full potential of their power augmented by the ruinous powers, unfettered by the wards that Farseers use to hide from She-Who-Thirsts.

To give it a completely different flavour to Craftworlders, Exodites or the True Kin I thought I'd use the Chaos Daemons codex to represent them (with a little added from CSM).

Right, so the first aspect of Croneworld culture is the Cronelord.

Cronelord

Fluff: Cronelords are the lords and masters of their daemonic Crone Worlds. These few corrupted Eldar are formidable psykers, exploring the full potential of their power augmented by the ruinous powers, unfettered by the wards that Farseers use to hide from She-Who-Thirsts.

Counts As: Fateweaver/Lord of Change (immensely powerful psyker)

Modelling ideas: big base for a small, eldar-sized model. Minimal armour, maybe just robes. Floating up in the air, with wings like this:

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The second aspect of Croneworld culture is the mortal minions :) the descendants of the most depraved pleasure cults who are let live as pure amusement for Slaanesh. There are a couple of units I've come up with for these.

Pleasure Cultists

Fluff: The remains of the most dedicated pleasure cultists of the old Eldar Empire. Spared by Slaanesh they live still on a few worlds at the old core of the Eldar empire. Obsessed beyond the point of madness with depraved pleasure and martial splendour they live their immortal lives in constant revelry and slaughter.

Honing their combat skills to perfection they hurl themselves at the ranks of their enemies, rending flesh and armour alike with blades wreathed in fell warp energies.

Counts-As: Daemonettes (T3 and minimal armour, plus WS5 fits the idea of perfectionist CC Eldar)

Modelling ideas: The good staple Wych legs (love the dynamism), with Dark Elf Corsair front torsos and OOP Dark Elf Spearmen heads to make them look Eldar, but distinctly different to Craftworlders, Exodites and True Kin. Dark Elf Doomfire Warlock weapons look crooked and warped enough as well. Throw in some Daemonette arms and heads every now and then and voila!

Aethervessels

Fluff: Considered a gift bestowed by their Crone Lord, some Croneworld Cultists are formed into living conduits for the energies of the warp. These hapless individuals unleash great blasts of eldritch energy, annihilating their foes.

Understandably this has a detrimental effect on their martial skills, constantly battling to hold their beings intact as fell energies pour through them into the material world.

Counts-As: Pink Horrors

Modelling ideas: Maybe High Elf archer legs. Doomfire Warlock masks. If the torso from Doomfire Warlocks works I'll use that. If not any suggestions for a bare elf torso I can easily get 10 of?

Favoured Plaything

Fluff: Through their actions, some Cultists gain the favour of She-Who-Thirsts. They are blessed with formidable skill and power, although Slaanesh is a fickle patron. One single stumble and they can be devoured whole.

Counts-As: Herald of Slaanesh

Modelling ideas: Not sure as yet beyond the OOP fantasy Champion of Slaanesh helmet that I have. Maybe 4 arms?

Croneweaver

Fluff: The Croneweavers are powerful psykers beneath the Crone Lords. Formally a psyker cult dedicated to Morai-Heg in pre-fall Eldar society, as she was devoured by Slaanesh they were cursed by their patron for their part in her demise. Their once-upright stature and lithe bodies were crippled, resulting in the bitter and twisted creatures they are today.  For beings so dedicated to beauty and perfection as the Eldar, such a curse would be unbearable. Perhaps that is the reason they persist. A perfect vengeance is sweet in itself.

Counts-As: Herald of Tzeentch

Modelling ideas: I've got this vision of a hunched over, cloaked figure that looks like an old hag or crone. I've ordered an AoS Necromancer that I'll cut up and have a play about with :) an AoS Banshee would be a second option.

I've even come up with an idea to represent Daemonic Instability :)

At the Whim of a Fickle God: Being as they are the transitory playthings of She-Who-Thirsts, the lives of the Croneworld Eldar exist only at her pleasure. As such, they can live and die and live again at the fickle whims of their patron. Even as they charge towards their enemies, a step wrong and a light stumble can be enough to invoke the ire of the Prince of Perfection causing them to drop as a lifeless husk upon the battlefield. Conversely, if their actions somehow please their lord they could find themselves, or her whims simply swing the other way, they could find themselves thrust back onto the mortal coil, rising from their resting place to do the dance of battle oncemore.


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Onto the other part of Croneworld Eldar, and the bit that explores their pre-Fall society/technology a little.

During the War in Heaven, the Old Ones created many races to do battle against the dread forces of the C'tan. As the warp was anathema to the C'tan, the Old Ones crafted a race specifically designed to weaponise the considerable power of the warp. That race was the Eldar.

On ancient battlefields long-since forgotten, the early Eldar waged war against the metallic Necrons. Using their formidable psychic might they manifested great warhosts to march alongside their mortal warriors.

In the millenia since the fall, this technology has been lost and forgotten, being suicidal under the gaze of She-Who-Thirsts. The last remaining aspect of this technomancy to remain is the construction of wraithbone, it being energy drawn directly from the warp and solidified. The greatest technomancy of the Eldar, lost. Lost to all but those that remain on the Eldar homeworlds within the Eye of Terror.

These twisted Eldar still raise great hosts of daemonic beings to wage war against their foes, resplendent in the despoiled livery of ages past. The many and varied ancient weapons of the Eldar are known as Aetherconstructs. A few are listed below:

Aetherconstruct 1 (need names for these)

Fluff: These summoned warriors are the basic soldiers of the summoned hosts. Tougher and stronger than any mortal Eldar, and armed with arcane weaponry they are formidable foes.

Counts-As: Noise Marine

Modelling ideas: Sylvaneth Spite Revenants would look really cool painted like daemonic entities. Give them some eldar-ified Noise Marine weaponry and we're away :)

Aetherconstruct 2 (need names for these)

Fluff: Vicious clawed fiends that can fade in and out of reality at whim, these Aetherconstructs warp into the battlefield and immediately set about rending the enemy limb-from-limb, screaming in eldritch voices.

Counts-As: Warp Talon

Modelling ideas: Just a plain Spite Revenant repainted would be perfect :) they've already got 'lightning claws'

Aethercolossus

Fluff: The most mighty of the pre-fall Eldar warp constructs, these towering beings of pure destruction cut great swathes through the battlefield.

Counts-As: Soul Grinder or Daemon Prince, whichever you prefer :)

Modelling ideas: Drycha Hamadreth

What do you reckon?

The idea that led me to these was thinking about Wraithguard in the context of some fluff I'd read about Eldar summoning constructs to do the heavy-lifting in their empire/fight the War in Heaven.

What if these warrior constructs of old were simply wraithbone shells that they summoned a daemon into (back when the warp wasn't the hellscape it is now and they were more compliant). This technology developed into the Wraithguard necromancy when they discovered that Eldar souls could power these constructs as well.[/quote]

The only model I've got made to my satisfaction so far is the Croneweaver. Really pleased with how it's turned out :) exactly as I'd imagined

Croneweaver
Pre-Fall, the Cult of Morai-Heg played a pivotal role in the Fall of the Eldar. During the War in Heaven Lileath received a vision where Khaine was torn apart by the mortal Eldar. In efforts to prevent this, Khaine attempted to wipe out the Eldar and reaped a bloody toll before he was pacified. By the time the Eldar Empire had reached the height of its power no mortal race could match them in battle. However, the Cult of Morai-Heg, as the knowledge-keepers of the pre-Fall empire, still remembered well how close Khaine had come to annihilating their race.

Heeding Lileath's prophecy that the power to defeat Khaine, the last true threat to the Eldar, lay within their grasp they set about engineering his demise in secret. Sensing the growing power within the warp as a product of the pleasure cults, they began to see that this new power was the key to this prophecy. In their eyes, this new Eldar god would banish Khaine forever, bringing an end to warfare forever and heralding a new age of peace, prosperity and pleasure for the Eldar race.

Fearing her interference, the high priestess' deceived the seer-god Morai-Heg about their actions, blinding her to the impending destruction of her fellow god.

For their part in her demise they were cursed by their patron. Their once-upright stature and lithe bodies were crippled, resulting in the bitter and twisted creatures they are today.  For beings so dedicated to beauty and perfection as the Eldar, such a curse would be unbearable. Perhaps that is the reason She-Who-Thirsts permits them to persist. A perfect vengeance is sweet in itself.


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Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on December 23, 2016, 11:10:35 AM
Wow the amount of talent on show here is just staggering as is your level of immersion into your army. I really admire your conversion skills.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 23, 2016, 02:29:42 PM
Wow! Where to begin!? This is a fantastic army... very smooth and cohesive approach in every aspect. First off... great color choices. Love the mix of high and low contrast colors and the paint jobs are very, very nice. The modeling is really excellent as well. Super clean, smooth kitbashes and conversions across the board. This is an all out hobby blitzkrieg pulled off with great consistency and great execution.

My favorite units are the Seeker unit, the Cult of Kurnous (fantastic modeling, the poses are fantastic! and paint jobs!) and the mini-Avatar. Fantastic kitbashes here and great paint jobs!

Also the CWE units at the top are fantastic as well, love all the glyphs and designs. Truly top-notch!

As for the Croneworld stuff check out my buddy Ibushi's project log. He's used some ingenious kitbashes to pull of his army. Very nice stuff indeed!

Anyway fantastic work all round Ynnead. Thanks for sharing its truly a sight to behold! Please feel free to share bat-reps, and what ever other projects and other photos you may have taken. I love this stuff its truly unique. Thanks!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on December 23, 2016, 02:37:18 PM
Wowzers! That's a heck of a first project post Ynnead! The volume of work really puts a lot of people (me included) to shame. Impressive commitment to the hobby!

I think that the whole style of the army is really good. It looks like a great, cohesive force, which is really difficult to do when you kit bash a lot of it. As it is, there are common traits throughout the army that make it all reflect and compliment each other.

My personal favourite at the moment are the Ennead Walkers. Those things look absolutely badass. I love that in an army known for it's dextrous movement and agility, you have managed to include a walking unit that fits absolutely perfectly whilst looking incredibly tough. Not an easy feat when using Eldar as a base.

Lovely work, I really look forward to seeing this project as it develops!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 23, 2016, 09:16:09 PM
Thanks a bunch guys! It's always nice to get positive feedback :) especially about the painting which I've never been 100% happy with :S

Yeah the Cult of Kurnous and the Cult of Ynnead are some of my favourite creations :) it's not often that you can picture something in your head, stick it together and it somehow works out exactly as you'd imagined :)

I can just see the cult of Kurnous descending out of a petrified forest onto a squad of hapless Guardsmen, and there is definitely something about an Eldar brick sh*thouse unit that's a really pleasing juxtaposition. I can't think of many other Eldar units that would stride steadily up to a Marine and then punch it square in the face ;)

Oh, it also helps that they're tall. A good head above other Eldar units...

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I'll definitely check out Ibushi's thread :) not many Croneworld armies out there :)

No batreps as yet as I'm still getting back into things really, although it's definitely an omission I want to get sorted soon!

I definitely wouldn't worry about the volume of work! It's taken me long enough to get this far :S just all posting it at once makes it seem like it's quick ;)

Oh, I forgot about the fluff for my Exodite world! It all stemmed from a chap over on Dakka who came up with the idea that the wraithbone-replacement limbs seemed like they could be a way to stop one of Nurgle's plagues...

Selestini Exodites
It was high priests of the temple of Isha that originally called for the exodus of Eldar to the maiden world of Selesti. Their new worlds were built in her honour, and all life upon them flourished.

However, the healthy splendour of these worlds was too much for Papa Nurgle to resist, and he unleashed one of his many gifts upon this world. Only by excising the infected tissue and replacing it with wraithbone could the Selestini hold back the inevitable doom of their world.

Their salvation came in the dreams of their seers. Isha, held captive by Nurgle, had heard her children's plight. She whispered the cure to her daughters, and saved their kingdoms. However, the scars of this event are still evident among the Selestini. To this day, any impurity or imperfection in their bodies is replaced with wraithbone, and great forests of petrified trees lie on barren soil. The gifts of the Lord of Decay reap a heavy toll.


FYI 'Selesti' is the name of an Exodite world that's mentioned in passing in the Iyanden supplement as having an Ork Waaagh averted from attacking them by Sylandri Veilwalker, so I thought I'd expand on that little tidbit of info :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Wyldhunt on December 23, 2016, 11:27:37 PM
Loving these, Ynneadwraith! Their mythology was one of the things that really drew me to Eldar when I first got into 40k. :D
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on December 24, 2016, 04:16:18 AM
Wow, what a way to introduce yourself to the forum!!
Absolutely loving some of these kitbashes, the Cult of Kurnous has to be the one that really jumps out on me, the kits mesh so well that it doesn't look like a Kitbash at all, it flows perfectly!
Loving the concept of the Croneworld army as well, you've obviously put a lot of thought and planning into it, can't wait to see what comes from it!
This is a thread that I think I will be visiting very regularly!  8)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 24, 2016, 07:54:37 AM
Damn I love that new photo! So statuesque! Love that hooded head where'd you get it? Glade Guard?

Great stuff man, so happy your on these project logs. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: dog_of_war on December 24, 2016, 08:20:09 AM
Wow, just wow. Excellent kitbashing and I love that you have not one, but three armies that all work on a central theme. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 24, 2016, 01:32:00 PM
Wow, what a way to introduce yourself to the forum!!
Absolutely loving some of these kitbashes, the Cult of Kurnous has to be the one that really jumps out on me, the kits mesh so well that it doesn't look like a Kitbash at all, it flows perfectly!
Loving the concept of the Croneworld army as well, you've obviously put a lot of thought and planning into it, can't wait to see what comes from it!
This is a thread that I think I will be visiting very regularly!  8)

Thanks man :) it's odd that the Cult of Kurnous looks so flowing because it was a PITA to get the heads to work! On the Wild Riders the neck is part of the torso, so you have to scavenge a neck from somewhere else to fit it to Kabalite torsos (Scourge necks work well as they're slightly elongated). Would probably be easy with GS but I've never got the hang of working with it TBH so I try and keep everything I do plastic...

I really want to get some of the Croneworld stuff going :) perhaps with any Christmas money I get I'll get a box of Witch Elves, some Harlequins and some Daemonette heads and get cracking ;)

Actually, I'd quite like some input into how to make them look Chaosy, but not full-on mutated. I tried a test model with a pair of Daemonette claws but it didn't really get the look I was after. I'm picturing something along the lines of a dancer band made up of beautiful Pleasure Cultists, with lots of flowing ribbons and suchlike. Sort of like Harlequins gone bad.

If anyone knows of a bare-chested male torso that would fit at least half-decently on Harlequin legs I've be very grateful!

Damn I love that new photo! So statuesque! Love that hooded head where'd you get it? Glade Guard?

Great stuff man, so happy your on these project logs. Keep it up!

Thanks dude :) the hooded head is from the slightly newer Wildwood Rangers set. It's odd for a Fantasy kit in that the head had a little nub for a neck, rather than the neck being part of the body, which means it's nice and easy to fit onto Eldar/Dark Eldar torsos :) If you're fitting it to Guardian torsos it just needs a little bit of shaving at the base of the hood at the back so that it sits level :)

Wow, just wow. Excellent kitbashing and I love that you have not one, but three armies that all work on a central theme. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Thanks man! Yeah I have a bit of a problem in that I start projects a lot more frequently than I finish them ;)

Oh, I forgot. I've also got the very beginnings of a Dark Eldar force that's allied with my Craftworlders. Just a set of 5 Kabalites and an Archon at the moment, but they'll definitely be expanded at some point :)

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For my Archon I've never really like the 'just about to be mummified' crossed arms pose, so went for sort of 'drinking in the atmosphere of the battle, reveling in the carnage'.

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Perched upon a spur jutting over the battlefield, he closed his eyes and inhaled deeply. The sharp tang of blood filtered through his jaded olfactory nerves and he drank in the carnage below.

Below him, the belated reinforcements were arriving. Spying the remains of the XIth scattered across the valley, the Commissar bellowed his orders. With a crackle of interference, the cloaked figure tested his pet Haemonculus' latest whimsy.

Booming from the platoon's vox-casters, an alien voice declared in broken Gothic: "I am Khaharkyth the Carrion Lord. Look upon my artworks and despair!"

As the final guttural syllables were echoing in the air, the Archon tipped forwards and dove off the precipice. With a sickening crunch he landed square on the shotgun-brute below, cracking its spine beneath an armoured knee. The Commissar spun around, power sword buzzing into life.

"My soul-trap is hungry, plaything." the vox-casters echoed.

Bracing his sword, the Commissar charged...


Also, I've decided that the little skull attached to his shoulder-pad will be known as 'Wilson' and will be painted as such ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on December 25, 2016, 06:21:24 AM
That Archon looks super sweet bud, great work on that guy. I never was a fan of the crossed arms look...not in an age of dynamic posing. You have done a great job of bringing more animation and life to what was a fairly dull pose.

I'm not particularly familiar with the Dark Eldar sets, but I'm guessing that you didn't do anything to the Cabalites other than build them...and yet they look fantastic. I'm particularly fond of the Squad Leader at the front with the 'Who dares beslubber with me?' pose.

Great work, keep it coming!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 25, 2016, 08:39:14 AM
Fantastic stuff yet again. That Archon is glorious!

Also thanks for the tip on the hooded head. Gotta get some! They'd be perfect for Corsair Ghostwalkers.

Anyway keep up the great work buddy, you are rolling!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 25, 2016, 04:05:46 PM
Thanks man :)

Glad i could be of assistance! ;) can't wait to see what you come up with for ghostwalkers :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 27, 2016, 06:03:05 PM
I'd hoped to have this finished earlier today for some nice light, but washed-out photos will have to do...

..big beastie's done!

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Tried a white background, but no different really. Need better light.

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Had my first go at blood spatter effects as well. Works nicely, although I'd think it'd need a bit more...

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Oh, and took the opportunity for a full army shot (apologies for the potato-cam!). 1402pts!

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Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 28, 2016, 07:12:37 AM
Looking fantastic! Great paint jobs and modelling again. Particularly on the big dino-dude. Love the guy hanging on... great modeling there. I actually like the amount of blood spatter you've got on the big beast (what kind of unit is he supposed to represent btw?)

Just a very cool looking force all round. Very cohesive... keep up the great work bud you are killing it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 28, 2016, 08:59:01 AM
Thanks a lot man :) I am proud of the hanger-on :)

While I was making it I spent a while conflicted as to whether it should be a Talos or a Wraithknight (it's inbetween the two in size), but settled on it being a Talos.

Mainly a philosophical decision after not having played since 5th (what are Apoc units doing in my skirmish game?!) ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on December 28, 2016, 10:50:36 AM
You've really nailed the Exodite aesthetic with these guys.
I agree with Cav on the blood splatter on the big guy, looks just enough!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 28, 2016, 07:24:14 PM
Thanks dude :) I shall leave the blood spatter as is ;)

Latest addition, my 'Boneshaper' counts-as Haemonculus. The fluff is that these are the equivalent of Craftworld Bonesingers, but take a rather more 'active' approach to their art...

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Tried to make him look like a miniature version of the Sylphs (counts-as Grotesques) for a convincing Grotesquerie :)

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Only issue now is that in comparison my Wyrdlord doesn't look quite so 'wyrd'...might have to revisit him (and maybe the War Wyrd too).
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on December 29, 2016, 05:28:28 AM
Superb mini.

If you had told me that he was produced by GW as a kit, I would have believed you. I can't give out higher praise when looking at converted minis. Stunning.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 29, 2016, 07:11:52 AM
Wow great model! Perfect counts-as Bonesinger. His scale would make him fit right in with a unit of Wraithguard. Very cool! The paint job looks good too though its a little shadowy so hard to offer to much input on that. But great stuff man really dig the model!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 29, 2016, 07:41:05 AM
Thankyou Looshkin! That is high praise indeed :)

Thanks a lot too Cavalier :) yeah very pleased how he compares size-wise to my Tree Revenant Grotesques :) this photo is a bit of a sub-par one, even by my standards! Too much overhead lighting. Really must get a proper soft-light setup somehow (although I fear that will expose my painting for what it really is!)

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Didn't take me long to have another stab at a Wyrdlord and I'm much happier :) definitely weirder ;)

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Love the new Sylvaneth range :) loads of great twisted bits to use :)

Oh, and a couple of little fluff background pieces on these guys:

Cult of Lileath and Morai-Heg
The cult of the maiden and the cult of the crone are two halves of the same equation. Like Farseers their acolytes scry the future, attempting to twist the skeins of fate to avert potential catastrophes befalling their worlds. Each acolyte is part of a matched pair: one a maiden, the other a crone. The younger is the dreamer, who in drug-addled dreams receives visions of potential futures. The older is the hag, who uses their wisdom to interpret these visions.

In times of war, their War Wyrd guardians join the warhosts of the exodites, throwing the formidable psychic might of the eldar at their foes.


War Wyrds
The War Wyrds of the Cult of Morai-Heg double as both the Warlocks and Bonesingers of the exodites. Being masters of melding living tissue with wraithbone, they directly fuse their ghosthelms to their head, providing permanent protection from the winds of the warp.

The eldest of these warrior-psykers are the Wyrdlords, formidable psykers and fearsome warriors whose transformation into wraithbone-skinned ???* is near-complete.


*Help! I need a word here but I can't think of it :S something like 'daemon' or 'fiend' but without the chaos connection, or like 'savage' or 'monster' but without the connotation of being mindless.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on December 30, 2016, 07:38:30 AM
Oh wow... another great model. Ibushi has made fantastic use of these dudes as well. Wow what a pose! Love the use of the Harlie spear too! Fantastic stuff....

Also about lighting I use the natural lighting from my window and a normal overhead... I'll take a photo of the rooms I use soon to illustrate. You just need something coming in laterally if you take my meaning.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on December 30, 2016, 08:38:39 AM
Thanks again dude :) yeah I like the Harlie and Dark Eldar stuff a lot. Being on the whole newer than the Craftworld range they've really got a degree of delicacy that I guess wasn't really possible with older casting techniques.

Can't wait for an updated Guardian or Dire Avenger (or...gasp...plastic Aspect Warrior) kits in this style :)

I love Ibushi's warped Dryad Warp Spiders. Very twisted looking things :)

I've definitely found natural light helps a lot, although it's in short supply at this time of year! I'll try setting up some lamps a bit lower down and see if that does a decent approximation :)

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Well, these two were an absolute joy to paint. Not often I say that, given my usual attitude towards painting, but I'm really chuffed with how these turned out :)

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I even had a go at blending again on the Wyrdlord's warpflames. I have utmost respect for people who put the effort in to do that on more of their models. I'm happy with the result, but it took me ages!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--SfPHlLot--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jp7lqp0tog0osvcaufwj.jpg)

Also, I love the idea of the Wyrdlord having this gnarled and twisted body, and a terrifying inhuman head...but humanoid hands. Something really creepy about that if you picture it in your head :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 1, 2017, 07:46:09 AM
Excellent stuff! Love the mix of low and high contrast colors. Very neat interaction between the color choices. Everything has a sort of ghostly, somewhat morbid look where the colors blend but then there will be a bright splash of color. I love it! Cheers man!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 1, 2017, 08:27:05 AM
Yeah, I agree with Cav here. You've used a great, natural colour palette that really suits the models. Terrific work!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 1, 2017, 02:57:48 PM
Thanks guys! I am really proud of how they've turned out, although i'm fairly certain i've just stumbled upon a couple of colours that work and stuck with it! Must be brave and try out something else at some point. Started painting my archon and even he's a variation on the brown and red theme! :S

Saying that, i'm perfectly happy with that being the case :) through the archon i've discovered Warplock Bronze which is quite simply a stunning colour. If i could paint my car with it i would!

Might take a while though...even with a Tank Brush ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 5, 2017, 08:41:03 AM
Well, I started out painting my Archon but soon discovered that my age old pot of Scorched Brown was rock solid! New pot of Rhinox Hide on the way (I think that's a dark brown? All these newfangled colours...), but I needed something to paint.

So, my Craftworlders got a bit of attention. I did a bit of touch-up to my first Autarch (one of my oldest conversions, and still one of my favourite), giving him gold shoulder pads. Not sure I prefer it TBH, but it'll work better with my planned Dire Avengers in craftworld colours.

Oh, and I also did a bit more experimenting with different lighting setups and backgrounds. Not certain what works best...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--iQ1X6Ig---/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qtuplct4zc1jlgj4q2cp.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--FAAk-iGY--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gucqn34r01lnik4al2fh.jpg)

I also painted up my Axe/Banshee Mask/Fusion Gun Autarch. Need to do some more work around the Banshee Mask really so this pic neatly avoids showing that ;) also swapped the head on my Uldanorethi Longrifle Farseer (another old favourite) for the one from the Farseer Jetbike kit and it looks much better :) I love plastic HQs!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--SHgZbM7L--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tqs3paev7nufhsyrd2rd.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--POa6rQuN--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/uzx983n56hbp8kgflt5a.jpg)

This would probably be a good place to shoe-horn in the fluff for my Craftworld :)

Craftworld Angvellaith (contraction of Angau Vehk Agaith, meaning 'Doom of the Split-Faced Ones', referring the mythical victory over one of the ancient enemies of the eldar).

The early days of craftworld Angvellaith were unremarkable. Leaving sometime during the middle of great exodus from the eldar homeworlds, it set off into the void alongside dozens and dozens of other craftworlds. For centuries, while others fell, the keen foresight of its seers and the might of its warhosts protected its citizens from the very worst the galaxy could offer. However, all skiens of fate appeared to converge in tragedy for the Angvai. Despite all their efforts, the rotting plague-ships of the Death Guard descended upon their home. Through valient effort and harrowing sacrifice, they repelled the foetid tide. However, like Iyanden their population was decimated. Listless and broken, they drifted through the void awaiting their death. However, all was not lost. Through the webway, a cry for help echoed out from the exodites of Selestini, who likewise were under assault from the followers of the Plaguefather. Throwing what was left of their warhosts into the fray, they managed to turn the tide against the children of Nurgle. This marked a turning point in the attitude of the Angvai. No longer were they content to fade away into obscurity.

In a great council, their eldest and wisest seers developed a radical plan. Through the susserus of their innumerable dead within the infinity matrix, the unborn god Ynnead had made his presence known, and the eldar of Angvellaith welcomed him. They struck a dark pact with their Commorite cousins, exchanging safe harbour in realspace and the industrial resources of their craftworld for access to the cloning vats of the Haemonculi. Through arcane and eldritch technomancy, they rebuilt their shattered warhosts.

Their Guardian forces are comprised entirely of cloned conscripts, who follow the unique Path of the Warborn. These forces are thrown against their enemies with no heed to their survival. If a Warborn survives their tour of duty, they are gifted a name and inducted into Craftworld society as a true citizen. If they fall in battle, add one more soul to the chorus.


I also tried the new lighting setup with the Khaine's Ravens which worked well I thought!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--PVVDwVr9--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fshnftvpebxkaj6puks0.jpg)

New and improved face on Baroness (now called Yzirienn), using Cavalier's method for painting eyes :) much better!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--IhJ05-T8--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jz6bufmybej9vbvxed5e.jpg)

Also tried to add a little pizazz to the black armour on my Corsairs. It was painted flat black (before I read that it's best to lighten your blacks slightly so you can shade them properly), so I ran a little Administratum Grey on the upward facing edges and hit it with a coat of gloss and I like it much better!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--MdeFcM7e--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/losnp0tzjc7kypwryv0w.jpg)

Here's where the mucking about with lighting comes in. I tried two different places to take photos and I'm torn between which is better. The one above, or this one:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--pVBiBo7c--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tkmrwgkgiesksovchinz.jpg)

I think I like the lighting of the former, but the background colour and woodwormy floor of the latter.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--xIbIOKgC--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/plfki5jzouznnbkmjc3y.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--UUOOSLBi--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dby6t3r4bfuqthrsji6o.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--3TPbllBc--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vfp8nl4uk8c2ebwzyd33.jpg)

Back-to-back comparisons:

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ypzTq7R4--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ke5e4muza65whiuymts3.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--SHgZbM7L--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/tqs3paev7nufhsyrd2rd.jpg)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--GFqz5Isr--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/fqcsahhuup9hqappxlgj.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--PMucduPX--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zseaqimycy77str1qhey.jpg)

Which do you think is best?
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on January 5, 2017, 10:08:41 AM
I agree with you Ynneadwraith the lighting in the photo with the dark background does look good but the woodwormy photo looks marginally better. All your photo's seem to suffer from a lack of contrast and when enlarged they don't appear to be well focused. Are you using daylight to light your pictures? If you are then this is probably part of the problem as something in your lighting set up is causing shadows which is obliterating some of the detail.

Have you seen The Model Photo How To (https://www.warhammer-community.com/2016/11/13/the-model-photo-how-to-photograph-models-for-display/) on Warhamer Community?

Cavalier takes brilliant photo's so hopefuly he will pop by and offer you some advice.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 5, 2017, 10:51:41 AM
Thanks for the link dude :) that should be very helpful.

I think part of the problem (definitely with the woodwormy photos) is lack of light (or lack of diffused light at least). Because it's always dark at the moment when I get home, very few of them are done in natural sunlight of any sort so they're probably not quite bright enough to pick out the differences in the colour. Perhaps a second (better) lamp low down on the woodwormy photos would bring out the colour a little more. Shall do some testing!

As for focus I expect that'll be my potato-phone camera. I've got a little point-and-shoot which is much better, but it's a little worse for wear. Was hoping for one for Christmas but alas it was not to be...
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Irisado on January 5, 2017, 11:15:55 AM
40K Online has its own topic for taking high quality pictures (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=144429.0) too.  It may be of some help.

I really like the colours on those Eldar.  A very regal colour scheme in my opinion, which is very well suited to the arrogance that characterises some elements of Eldar background.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 5, 2017, 11:48:48 AM
Thanks man that's helpful too!

I wonder if some of the focus issues is compression-related. How's this one?

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/qtuplct4zc1jlgj4q2cp.jpg (https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/qtuplct4zc1jlgj4q2cp.jpg)

If that's just as bad I'll just have to shell out for a better camera (although I'll probably have to work on my painting skills accordingly!).

Thanks on the compliments on the scheme :) I wasn't sold on the black part of it when I started but it's definitely grown on me :) personally I see Corsair Princes as the most arrogant of the lot so that fits nicely!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 5, 2017, 01:01:10 PM
Everything is look great Ynneadhwraith! :) Love all the Corsair units and the Scourge unit looks great. The head swaps really work and make them feel unique. Love that my techniques for eyes helped you. Always so stoked when I can help a fellow hobbyist.

About taking the photos I liked the photos on the wooden surface best. I've actually found just a single window with natural light to be sufficient for my photos most of the time. All I use is my iphone so its nothing fancy (well an iphone is pretty fancy but you get my drift). A trick I found is to try using the focus on different colors and it tends to adjust the exposure making it either darker of brighter. For example when I photo my Dark Angels if I focus on the black of their armor the exposure goes through roof and its super washed out and bright. If I focus on the white of my background or a neutral color like brown or grey on my terrain the exposure tends to be just right...

But check out the links provided and I'm sure they'll help.

Anyway bud, keep all the great work its been a treat following you  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on January 5, 2017, 01:02:54 PM
That one is slightly better so you are probably right and that instead of being a focus issue it is more to do with resolution.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 5, 2017, 02:13:11 PM
I have a pretty high-end Canon Eos as well as some stupenny shuffley lenses. I use my iPhone for all the photos that I put on here though, as a good miniatures picture is largely down to the lighting that you have available. Follow the advice in the articles that have been linked and you can't go far wrong.

If you don't mind spending a little money, I bought myself a little fold away light box with internal lighting. Only cost about £17 including p+p and I think that it has improved the quality of my miniature photos. It doesn't have to be all singing and dancing, it just has to improve the light and ideally give you a situation in which there are no dark shadows to ruin the shot.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 5, 2017, 08:39:28 PM
Thanks guys! All really helpful pieces of advice :) I thought the woodworm photos give the closest approximation of their colours in real life. The ones on the black background look much more yellow than they actually do. The best colours can from the balck background while shining a blue LED head-torch at a sheet of paper off to one side, but that's far too much faff for me!

I had no idea light boxes were that cheap Loosh! I'll definitely look at getting one :) would definitely have to pick up my painting game though ;)

Speaking of dark shadows ruining shots...

...had a package arrive today which had the little gribblies in that let me finish this!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--hOWYKSdW--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dfcylrccehe1maehbmbu.jpg)
Thaegr, Huntfather, Flutterkin, Son of Kurnous. Prince of the Selestini of the Godwoods

He's my new counts-as Autarch, with a Power Axe, Fusion Gun (the lance on his back) and a Banshee Mask (the little gribblies swarming around his feet). The fluff for them is similar to my Hounds of Kurnous, where they surround themselves with swarms of psycho-active wraithbone-shelled insects that attack/distract their foes before the Son of Kurnous enters the fray :) as soon as I saw the Flutterfury swarms from the Drycha kit I knew I had to use them for that :)

Speaking of Drycha...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--sJxBEvPZ--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bywxizbkvq0r7yc9bvaw.jpg)

I've now got a counts-as Cronos! Once that's painted I'll have a Dark Artisan!

The most monstrous creations of the Boneshapers, great twisted wraithbone colossi, the Sylphlords are often mistaken for knight-suits by their ill-fated foes. They are, in fact, enormous constructs grown around the tattered body of a mortally wounded exodite.

Their new bodies play host to swarms of psychoactive wraithbone insects, which billow forth on chitinous wings to devour enemy soldiers and form a protective screen around exodite warriors.


Thought the little swarm of bugs would do quite well explaining the Cronos' Spirit Syphon flamer attack and FnP bubble :)

Two newbies together for scale...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--D-TtcGCF--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jzeux5qnawwporzlfwuu.jpg)

...and the beginnings of the Dark Artisan :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CVlw_JHY--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/yxyeighesbea2csdqb5j.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 6, 2017, 07:21:58 AM
Oh damn! That Autarch model is sick! Wow... absolutley love it. Where did you get the bits? That had head/hair is great. Also you gotta give us shot of his back... I want to see that awesome looking fusion gun/spear! It looks great.

Also the big tree man guy looks awesome too. Thats a monstrous sized Dark Artisan formation! It looks great.

Anyway great stuff man you are rolling!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 6, 2017, 09:00:57 AM
Thanks man! Yeah I really like how the Autarch turned out :) I wanted to do something evoking one of my favourite models ever, this kickass Wood Elf Lord:

(https://www.games-workshop.com/resources/catalog/product/600x620/99060204077_LordwithBowNEW01.jpg)

Think I've done ok at that!

The head (and axe) is from the Sylvaneth Tree Revenant kit. It's got the typical fantasy neck-stub-on-the-body, rather than attached to the head, so I brutalised another Scourge head to get a suitable neck :)

The antlers are actually from a Wood Elf Wild Rider stag, clipped off and glued on :) I've got a pic of his back...but it's on my laptop at home :S I'll post it up as soon as I get back :)

Big fan of how the Dark Artisan's turned out :) as far as I can tell, the purpose of the Dark Artisan is to cause your opponent to cr*p his pants when you webway portal directly next to them. Thought that would work quite well with a sodding great dinosaur and a spiky Sylvaneth gribbly ;)

Post Merge: January  6, 2017, 12:49:07 PM
In the future, please use the modify button. Double posting is against the forum rules, and for that reason, the system merged your posts.

Only pic of the rear I've got :) the melta lance is a cut-down Hellion Hellglaive with the tip of a Heat Lance glued on :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--XhzdbYeE--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/dadauq4yosriphm1fhm0.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 6, 2017, 06:52:33 PM
Awesome Autarch Ynnead. The pose is fantastic and the conversion really well done. Another model to be very proud of, well done!

I know it might be a touch labour intensive, but if you could maybe do a step by step guide for one of your amazing miniatures, I'm sure a lot of people would really appreciate seeing your process.

Great work, keep it up!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 6, 2017, 07:58:01 PM
Thanks a bunch dude! That's a great idea too :) wish I'd thought of that before I made this one as he was definitely my most converted dude so far. First time I've done re-positioning of legs!

Next Hunter/Kabalite I do I'll take step-by-step pics :) I'm planning on re-doing my winged Autarch as well so I'll do that too :)

I've got an update too! You can tell when I really like a model as they get painted pronto!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--lgLzn9Cq--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bl0rsf4m36xgx6mbbohj.jpg)

The Catachan platoon hacked its way through the undergrowth, monomolecular machetes carving effortlessly through bough and branch, silently progressing forwards in environs they found most familiar. Death world they called it. Hah! Had they never been to Catachan? Transport a Catachan Devil here and it would clean up the local wildlife in a week!

Even still, the platoon was on guard. One of the Cadian patrols had come this way and were never heard from again. The weapons expert hovered his finger over the hair-trigger on his heavy bolter, and troopers scanned the trees down the barrels of their lasguns. Suddenly, the sarge froze, raising his hand to halt the platoon, his finely honed death-world instincts telling him that something wasn't right.

Suddenly, swarms of chittering insects burst from the trees, engulfing them in a thick fog of tiny wings and bodies. Lasgun shots rang out, but the sarge bellowed that it was no point wasting charges on insects when a flamer would do a much better job. It was at that point that an intense burst of heat exploded the tanks on the back of the flamer. The lasgun fire began in earnest, troopers diligently double-tapping their triggers to eke out every shot possible. However, individually cut off and enveloped by the swarm there was no way to tell which direction they were firing. Muffled grunts rang out as errant shots found the wrong mark.

The methodical thudding of the heavy bolter cleared great swathes of the bugs, its rounds set to detonate after a set distance of travel. It was only when the wretched insects clogged the feed mechanism that the weapons expert saw what their true assailant was. The swarm parted just enough for him to see a great, horned eldar warrior bury its crackling power axe into his sarge's shoulder before the cloud of insects closed in again.

Thaegr sat on a bough, washing the blood from his axe in a babbling stream. Around him, a multitude of buzzing invertebrates were picking the last morsels of flesh from the skeletons of the Mon-Keigh interlopers. 'Death world' they call it. They don't know the meaning of the word.


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ayq-MEkB--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/w7nluqfaiix6rsdhqeha.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--QriGibd5--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/v4iwlafxosvgp8znauje.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--QAB5gAfE--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ynul3vh6dejuxklpr2nv.jpg)
Just realised there's a mold-line I forgot to clip off there!)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CfDKTZDN--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/oznjzi7ybm9efymiqyeq.jpg)

Also took the opportunity to take some more pics of the other exodite HQs I like the best :)

Syaeldren, Threadcutter, Strifeweaver, Daughter of Morai-Heg. Wyrdlord of the Selestini of the Godwoods

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--8Ov7szx7--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/rpk1ttlamyq9cwozjfai.jpg)

Thraoren, Bonebender, Forgebound, Son of Vaul. Boneshaper of the Selestini of the Godwoods

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--TOWNwOM7--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/juwjzj7mcwlwrspzgwbl.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--iE-nwLYA--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qtlmqpzi6akcurunenek.jpg)

And all 3 together :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--sCX4q5E4--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vfusjllurdndfpe0thwk.jpg)

Must admit, I'm having excellent fun with these HQ units :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: dog_of_war on January 6, 2017, 10:57:59 PM
Looking fantastic! I love the dynamic poses you've chosen. And an awesome narrative as well. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 7, 2017, 05:10:51 PM
Thanks a lot man :) if there's one thing that I love more than anything it's the amount of dynamism GW has managed to put into their models. Gone are the 'standing face on, knife in one hand gun in the other' Marines. Makes my job very easy!

Speaking of dynamic kits...

Behold! Khaharkyth and his technicolour skin-cloak!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--A56yL2lM--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/zpwrid8x2ec7uvzokzwd.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--S5i5bnn9--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/w2itgpcapd7ppoqhqnqg.jpg)

Must try and get a pic of him against the black background to try and do the armour justice. Warplock Bronze is such an utterly stunning colour, but these pics don't quite do it justice...

I am pleased with how Wilson turned out though ;)

Also came up with a little fluff for my Kabal :)

The Kabal of the Whipcrown are a relatively young kabal, formed by the former Wych gladiator Khaharkyth. Although their strength is growing rapidly, they are still small fry in relation to the more established kabals of Commorragh. In order to expand their powerbase, and defend themselves from their more predatory rivals they have entered into a pact with the seers of craftworld Angvellaith. In exchange for safe harbour in realspace, support in military endeavours and the foresight of the craftworld's seers, they have provided access to the cloning and resurrection technologies of the Haemonculi. Although each party is wary and distrustful of the other, they have both profited enormously from the deal.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ibushi on January 8, 2017, 01:05:39 PM
Man Ynnead this thread is absolutely sick, love the use of the new sylvaneth kits combined with 40k pointy ears for creepy, dynamic Exodites!

On the photo side, the ones against a black background are crisper, but I really like the ones on the wooden table, it seems to fit really well and enhances the palette you're using IMO. But I am by no means a photography person, just look at my thread and you'll know, gah. One of those things...

Really really liking your updated Autarch model and the most recent Cronos engine, really cool stuff. Also Khaine's Ravens are my other favourites, really brought things together there. Good job on the fluff side too, am enjoying reading your process behind these dynamic models. Next up, any plans for a list or games in the future? Curious to see how all these models will come together on the tabletop.

Cheers
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 8, 2017, 02:57:52 PM
Thanks dude! Yeah I'm really pleased with how the latest Autarch guys has turned out :) so much so that I think I'll have to re-do my other Autarch HQ chap...

I agree with you on the photos front, the wooden floor seems to blend much better with the colour scheme, making a much better bokeh (lookit, I googled a photography word!). Even if the colours aren't as sharp. I'll try setting up another lamp with a similar bulb in it, perhaps more of the same light would make it crisper but still keep the same warm tones...

Glad you like the Khaine's Ravens :) I've got loads more of them coming, but I have a bit of an odd way of painting things. I tend to get bored doing the same bits in the same colour on 10+ models in a row, so I end up painting all the black sections on the Corsairs...then switching over to the bronze sections on the Kabalites...then all the reds on my Exodites, until I get close enough to finish one of them in one sitting. Means I end up spending a week or so with nothing painted at all, then everything gets finished at once!

Reading all your, Cav's and Looshkin's batreps I definitely need to get doing some myself! I don't really have any mates that are into the game at all, or know of any clubs nearby. I'm sure there are quite a few being in the south East of the UK, I've just got to take the plunge and go to one ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 10, 2017, 11:01:37 AM
Well, I've decided that I want to write a small fluff piece for each of my HQs :) I've got ones above for Thaegr the Huntfather, and Khaharkyth the Carrion Lord.

Just thought of one for Syaeldren the Wyrdlord :)

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The brutish Mon-Keigh gene-warrior bellowed a challenge over the din of the battle. The servos of its primitive armour whirred into action as it strode towards the slender eldar witch, activating its crackling power sword. Syaeldren stood motionless, spear in hand, eyes fixed on the astartes. With a single psychic whisper she planted a seed in its mind. A seed that spoke 'wither'.

She watched as it put down its roots in his medulla oblongata, and its tendrils reached up towards his primary motor cortex, trailing inert matter behind it. Strong though the indoctrination of this brute was, she could see it begin to fail. Its sword-arm, held aloft, began to sag. Its mighty stride grew shorter with each footfall. A few feet from Syaeldren the iron warrior stumbled, its legs giving way beneath it. The wraithbone-skinned crone circled the fallen warrior as the psychic root-ball strangled the last few impulses that governed its heartbeat.

This mind war was won, but the battle around raged on. Hefting her spear, she stalked off to seek her next quarry.


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First squad of Kabalites done!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--HOSdpArH--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hiirbxulvwvbkx6l0jpc.jpg)

Tried my hand at a bit more blood spatter using Blood for the Blood God (really realistic blood effect that!). Went for a light effect as I reckon it's something that you could quite easily go overboard with :S

They should go quite nicely with my bone coloured Craftworlders and Exodites, being a similar colour palette but darkened considerably with more metallic thrown in there :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--KQV6ir-0--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/u8ksbxlowweieyvqkhu3.jpg)

Little is known of Khaharkyth's early history, only that he started life as a vat-born slave destined for the arenas. He rose out of obscurity leading a coup within the Wych Cult of the Sicklekin, butchering his captors and leaving a trail of blood all the way out of the arenas. Attracting waifs and strays from all over Commorragh, and leveraging his ties with the new rulers of his former Wych Cult, he founded the Kabal of the Whipcrown.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 11, 2017, 06:57:11 AM
Now thats what I'm talking about! LOVE those Kabalites (the Archon is sweet too)!!! That armor is sick. Love the tan flag with the blood glyph too.... aw man. Perfect colors here and the paint job is sweet too. Great work here bud. Love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 11, 2017, 09:53:55 AM
Thanks man! I am rather pleased with it :) I've just learnt that if you've got a dark enough base metallic, and a weak enough highlight metallic (Runelord Brass over Warplock Bronze) you can be pretty haphazard with your highlighting and it still comes out with a nice added bit of spark to an otherwise flat(ish) colour :) anything that reduces the amount of precision I have to exercise to get a decent finish plays right into my strengths ;)

Oh, and I can thank you for the colour scheme idea :) I remember you pointing out that my previous schemes seem to follow the trend of majority low-contrast colours with a few high-contrast complementary highlights. With that in mind, I thought up the dark brown/bronze with any cloth bits done as different coloured skin to match the Archon :) that knowledge makes it a lot easier for me to come up with colour schemes that I like! Thanks :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 11, 2017, 12:39:28 PM
No wonder I liked it so much. I'm a genius!  ;D ;D ;D lol just kidding. I never would have thought to do it that way. But in all honesty I do love that low contrast look, you took it a completley different direction than I would have imagined, but its brilliant! I really love it. Glad I was of some help man, but this is really original stuff. The low contrast with the really dark ruddy colors is really unique and something I would not have thought of especially given the look of the rest of your army. Great stuff man, truly original stuff :) :) :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 11, 2017, 01:33:33 PM
Thanks again dude :)

Yeah I wanted each of my Eldar factions to look unified as an army on the tabletop, but definitely distinct from one-another, and these guys I think are the first that I've actually managed to achieve that.

My Craftworlders and Exodites are a little similar if I'm honest, differentiated only by the more mismatched colours of the cloth/undersuits. I've really grown attached to the colour scheme of my Corsairs, but I can't help but feel that the black isn't really part of the colour palette of the army as a whole. Still, I've done all the black bits on 39 of them so far so it's not changing! Plus, I do rather like it and the red/gold still fits nicely :)

The Dark Eldar however follow exactly the same colours as the rest (browns of varying shades with a dash of red) but manage to look completely different :)

Next up I suppose is the Harlequins that tie all of these disparate factions together! I've got a lightly kitbashed Shadowseer coming together soon so I'll need some more inspiration for the colours on that! ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: magenb on January 11, 2017, 04:34:45 PM
One of the big questions about Exodites is how would they protect themselves from Slaanesh? The Dark Eldar hide in the webway and have their soul-vampirism thing, but that's uniquely Dark Eldar. The Craftworlders have their Spirit Stones, but given that those are harvested from the Eye of Terror I doubt Exodites would have the military might to gather them themselves. They also have the Path system to keep them on the straight and narrow, but again that's uniquely Craftworld.

No issues, with building your own flavour to your armies, its part of what makes this hobby so great, but if you are interested, the 2nd edition codex is one of the best places to find fluff on exodites and touches very quickly on world stones, which is the way they avoid she who thirsts, the Lexicanum has a good summary.
Exodite - Lexicanum (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Exodite)

There is a little bit of info on them in the 4th edition codex as well.

I see you have started to use the Sylvaneth range to build your Exodites, I saw someone use the Wild Riders helms to good effect and another build the revenants as an exodite version of grotesques. I'm still planning out my exodites so I may be have to pinch some of your idea's ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 11, 2017, 07:53:22 PM
The more exodites the merrier! I'd love to see what sort of flavour you come up with :) I've gone down the Wild Rider helms myself for my Cult of Kurnous. The necks from scourges work quite nicely for mating them with eldar torsos in general. Also, if you clip off the face of the bare Scourge head that works quite nicely with the Wild Rider masks too :)

As for tonight's work...

Used up my last stash of Harlequin legs to finally add some Harlies to the army :)

While I love the Death Jester and Shadowseer sculpts, they're both in finecast most of the time which has no place in my army at all. So, I thought I'd try and make some from plastic :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--6O6rxgoz--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mfregdnbzl8tzou8mwft.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--9PruF-CZ--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lqv3mzjftqeywedcimsd.jpg)

I've also always hated how the legs for the Troupe Master are posed. It doesn't look like a natural part of a stride or leap to me, even with anti-grav belts. So, did a bit of chopping around and re-posing and came up withe this which is a little better :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--iv05siSi--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gyyuhjvz5padj6sqs9uk.jpg)

And finally the Troupe :) not much conversion work here, aside from a re-angling of one of the arms to make 'Mr Come At Me Bro' in the middle, and a head from the Skyweavers kit which worked beautifully on the dudette on the right :)

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And the obligatory fluff piece :)

Masque of the Tone Serpent
The enigmatic harlequins of the Masque of the Tone Serpent travel the twisted webway skeins between the craftworlds, the exodites and the dark city. It was they who guided craftworld Angvellaith towards the exodite world of Selesti, first employed the listening posts of the Khaine's Ravens, and brokered the first meeting between Khaharkyth of the Whipcrown and the seer council of the Angvai. The ultimate purpose for this tripartite Eldar union is unknown to anyone but the servants of the Trickster God.


Oh and almost forgot, I threw together a little test kitbash for some Storm Guardians. Unfortunately I've only got the one Guardian torso left so he's on his own at the moment, but I'll pick up some more as soon as I've got moula again ;) probably just in time for them to release a new Guardian double-box with Defenders and Stormies...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--C-Uf9DCK--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/jw4vqzsykwhgodabunne.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 12, 2017, 06:36:10 AM
Absolutley sick modeling Ynnead. Love all of it 100% The Shadowseer and Death Jester are incredible! I had to do a triple take on both of them... love the conversion of the heat lance/dark lance to shuriken cannon. Brilliant!

Also the Storm Guardian looks SOOOOO good with those harlie weapons! I wish they matched the look of my Scorpions a bit more because I would have used those bits... but I wanted armored arms and hands with their aspect armor and whatnot.

Anyway fantastic stuff man. Really top-notch. Boy are you rolling!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on January 12, 2017, 06:42:06 AM
Loving the Kitbashing!

The Harlequins look great, beautifully posed and that Death Jester looks awesome.

Love the Storm Guardian as well, I've got a massive pile of Harlie spares. Might steal that Idea at some point for my Corsairs!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 12, 2017, 09:24:39 AM
Thanks man :) glad you like them

I'm pleased with how the DJ came out too. The Shuriken Cannon made from a Heat Lance and Avenger Shuricat was a bit of a trial run for a squad of Corsair Balestrikes. Once I've got the majority of my Corsairs painted up I'll see if I can make some more :)

Steal away with the Stormie! That's exactly what happened to me too. I've got a ton of Wych legs (just) because they're brilliant) and a load of Harlie swords left over so it's a bit of a no-brainer :)

Question is...what special weapons to give them? Flamer or Fusion...

I'm leaning towards Flamer given that I've got a ton of A/T with Blasters, Heat Lances, and Fusion Guns elsewhere...
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 14, 2017, 02:12:17 AM
Those Harlequins look great, especially the Death Jester, which I think might be one of the best models on this thread - a difficult task with so much nice work on here.

That Storm Guardian also looks sick. You make all of your minis look full of life with your dynamic posing, and you've managed it again here. Well done.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 15, 2017, 05:10:20 PM
Thanks dude :) I'm glad you like the Death Jester. He's one of my favourites too!

Big fan of my little Stormie too :) I'm really liking the dynamism that the latest GW eldar kits have. Can't wait for them to re-release Guardians (I'm thinking they might soon as a double kit).

That or plastic Aspect Warriors which I would gladly sell bodily organs for ;)

Oh, any ideas for painting a simple scale pattern? I'm thinking that given my Masque is serpent-related, and I wanted to keep the red to a minimum, I'd do one of the legs/boots like scales.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 18, 2017, 05:17:55 AM
"We don't recognise your authority here, Harlequin", the exodite barked, his hand poised over the grip of his splinter pistol, "only a fool trusts a servant of the trickster god". A faint hum kicked in as he flexed the fingers of his blood-red gauntlet.

"I come to speak with Lord Laerimyr of the Selestini, Lightbringer, Son of Asuryan." the alabaster figure entreatied, "War comes to the eldar, the seers of the Angvai have forseen it. The warriors of Selesti must join with our forces lest our kin be slain".

A voice boomed through the tangled vines of the throne-room, psychically amplified within the heads of both visitor and guards. "You dare to demand oaths from us, joker? We remember a time when the laughing one was oathbound to fight. Arrayed by the side of the bloody-handed one, he marched to war. When his time came, he forsook his kin and fled. Where was your god when ours fought and died? Coward God we call him."

"Hear me, Godborn Lord. The cycles of myth are not fixed to repeat, they are broken. Where does it speak of The Great Enemy, child of the Eldar? Where in the cycles does it speak of the ape-kin lording over our domain? This galaxy has staggered off its rightful path. Join with us and help us right this."

The horned lord paused, mulling over the emissary's words. "Your point is well made, Harlequin. Kurnous, our father, fought and died for his kin. When the horns of war are sounded, the hunters of Selesti will stalk by your side".


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First time painting white. Can you tell? ;)

Can't tell if it looks good or god-awful...

Just thought now that a bit of Blood for the Blood God would look good to give the Caress a bit more of depth to the colour. Also, I do plan on doing some scale-patterns on the right leg when I've figured out how to do them convincingly!

Apart from those little bits, what do you think?

Regardless, finally have a representative of the whole eldar quintet :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--hw7rSujG--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/stuvkb5javq2ugfsdc0h.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 18, 2017, 01:56:13 PM
Looking sick man! No, no, I think the white came out excellent! I really, really like it. The whole palette of the model is fantastic and the paint job is really well executed.

Love the rogues gallery at the bottom too man. Such a fantastic collection of models. This is like the Blanchitsu of Eldar. I love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on January 18, 2017, 02:02:29 PM
Man I love that group shot!
Some great conversions and paint jobs but despite them being quite different model wise they really work well together and look the part. Good job!  8)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 18, 2017, 07:31:24 PM
Blanchitsu of Eldar? Now there's a compliment I'll treasure! Thanks dude :)

Thanks too A P :) the idea was to try and make a pan-eldar army that looked at least a little unified on the table-top. Glad to hear that it's worked!

Tried out a couple of little tweaks. Tried a rune in red on the knee-pad but didn't like it. Most of the time I like breaking up the blocks of colour slightly, but it didn't seem to work on this one and made it look a little discordant. Shame because I rather liked it in isolation!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--x0RSw8YR--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/hy65eagiqtfmn8crtqw3.jpg)

Putting a little colour on select bits of the pistol really helped make it look finished rather than just undercoated which I like better :)

Also tried my hand at some fiddly little scales which I think have done the job of breaking up the block of white while keeping the whole desaturated look intact :) definitely a learnign curve to them though...
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 19, 2017, 06:58:33 AM
These guys are looking wicked nice. Love the all white really ghostly... Really a fan of the more stark simplistic look on paint jobs the longer I've been in the hobby. Really nice stuff as always Ynnead. Love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 19, 2017, 03:16:37 PM
Thanks dude :) i had yours in mind when i was coming up with it. Your corsairs tend to be pretty much entirely red with a few choice details picked out in gold and blue. Thought i'd give that a go ;)

Now. Question about the Death Jester.

Do i invert the colours so he's majority red with white accents...

...or do i paint him in the same troupe ghostly colours, and make two more troupes, one grey on black so i've got a light, dark and twilight aspect to it?
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 20, 2017, 06:56:06 AM
I'd actually go with a black theme for the Death Jester. I think it would really help him standout. For the Shadowseer, Death Jester and Solitaire I would do something unique... but thats just me. If I feel it suits the character of the model better I usually break up the paint scheme. Like with my Rangers and counts-as Scorpions... I didn't want my stealthy guys running around in red and gold armor. Its different with the Harlies... they aren't worried about camouflage, but I'd give them colors which would suit their station. Thats just me though.. I'd fascinated to see what direction you go in regardless. Good luck!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 20, 2017, 07:11:04 AM
Yeah I wanted to do something unique for the DJ, but as I'd already painted the Troupe Master in Troupe colours I'd end up with a special DJ (and probably a special Shadowseer) next to an otherwise standard Troupe Master which doesn't seem right to me...

I could change the Troupe Master's coat to red to make him stand out too, but I think I prefer the whited out look.

Hmmm, maybe I should paint up one of my Players in the dark theme and see how I like it. If it's good I'll stick with unified Troupe members. If not, I'll go varied :)

Oh, and I've got a Solitaire planned that's probably way way beyond my painting skills :S if I do a light and dark troupe, I'd want to do a Solitaire starting as dark on his left and then blending through to white on the right. Lord knows how it'll turn out as I've always been terrible at blending!

Oh, and I love your Scorpions and Rangers :) some of my favourite models and paint schemes

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Was rooting through my bitzbox and stumbled upon a last pair of Harlie legs so I made myself the Solitaire I was planning!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--iS5bojvJ--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wmostaxxxqupjdl3yzph.jpg)

If anyone was thinking of making one themselves the left-handed Kiss was made using one of the right-handed arms with the hand clipped off and replaced by one from the Wrack Venom pilot :) thinking about it the Raider kit has some open left hands too :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 21, 2017, 04:34:51 AM
That Solitaire is crazy cool. Nice use of what I'm guessing is Daemonette hair!

You make the conversion work sound so easy. It isn't and you've done it very well.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 21, 2017, 05:48:47 AM
Thanks again dude :) I'd seen the daemonette hair on a Solitaire before and thought that it looked too damn cool for me to pass up! Fits nicely with their fluff too (of which I've got a little piece written, but it's a follow-on from a Corsair bit so I need to paint up some of those first) :)

It's odd with conversion work. Sometimes, stuff just seems to fall into place really nicely (this Solitaire being one of them). It's basically 80% bog-standard Harlequin, with the face clipped off a Daemonette and a Harlequin mask stuck on :)

The little Knight World guy in the other thread was the opposite end of the spectrum. I went through 7 or 8 different arm permutation trying to get one that looked right. Couldn't do it with standard arms so had to take the plunge and start cutting arms in half and hoping I could re-pose them with enough length so they didn't look stubby :S real uphill struggle, but very rewarding when I finally hit the nail on the head :)

The more converting I do, the more things start to fall into the former category rather than the latter. You should see some of my earliest efforts :S there's an exodite Guardian lurking around somewhere that's holding his Shuriken Catapult sideways like some sort of gangsta holding a pistol :S nice to keep things like that around to show you how far you've come :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 22, 2017, 09:06:05 PM
Well, finished my first Croneworld Cultist yesterday :) rather pleased with how she came out, although she definitely fell into the 'uphill struggle' category I mentioned previously...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--i8pNDGCP--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/recinnm4nrjtgljw9hnt.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--teeKkbjl--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/iiojf05glhuor4ffvyrj.jpg)

I've got an idea in my head for her male counterparts, but that will have to wait til I get some more Harlequin legs.

However, that's not even the most exciting thing today! Not sure if everyone's seen yet, but the eldar models for Fall of Cadia have dropped :)

Gathering Storm II – First Look – Warhammer Community (https://www.warhammer-community.com/2017/01/22/gathering-storm-ii-first-look/)

While I normally have very little time for named characters in my armies (and the general blinginess of recent 40k character models), these guys have really grown on me. However, the main thing that was racing through my mind is how utterly perfect the Avatar of Ynnead's base body is for my Croneworld unfettered psyker counts-as Lord of Change.

(https://17890-presscdn-0-51-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/reveal2-391x500.jpg)

Imagine that crossed with this:

(http://img0.reactor.cc/pics/post/full/Warhammer-40000-Wh-%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%86%D0%B0-%D1%84%D1%8D%D0%BD%D0%B4%D0%BE%D0%BC%D1%8B-farseer-1840940.jpeg)

I can feel myself getting very poor very quickly this month...
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 23, 2017, 06:51:39 AM
Sweet looking models as always Ynnead, super dynamic. Yeah I think the new Eldar stuff is gonna fit perfectly in with your army. Mine too! Great stuff Ynnead way to keep pumping em out :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 23, 2017, 07:59:30 AM
Thanks dude you continue to flatter me :)

I can't wait to paint the Avatar of Ynnead in low-contrast bone-white :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for them either ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on January 23, 2017, 11:13:50 AM
If anyone was thinking of making one themselves the left-handed Kiss was made using one of the right-handed arms with the hand clipped off and replaced by one from the Wrack Venom pilot :) thinking about it the Raider kit has some open left hands too :)

Your Solitaire conversion is bloody marvellous. The hair compliments the pose so well that anyone would think that this was a bought model.

I can't believe you have to cut the faces off some models for your conversions that level of work just blows me away.

Daft question but how come you had to use a right handed arm for a left arm. Could you not have cut the hand off of a left arm and got a similar result?
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on January 23, 2017, 11:14:35 AM
Really loving that Solitaire conversion! The posing is great and you've made a really good choice of bits!
Can't wait to see what you do with the new stuff!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 23, 2017, 01:58:56 PM
Thanks guys! Really liked how the Solitaire came out too :) can't take credit for the idea for the hair though as that's something I've shamelessly lifted form someone else (who due to my poor memory will have to remain nameless)

The face-cutting-off thing sounds drastic but it's fairly simple when you're gluing a Harlie mask over the top ;) no need to be particularly finessed about it ;)

Not a daft question at all :) the issue is that in the Harlequin kit all of the special weapons (and swords for that matter) are right-handed. I started off with the idea of cutting off the Kiss from a right arm and gluing it onto a pistol arm that had the pistol clipped off.

However, when I was looking through the Harlie kit for a suitable pistol arm, I stumbled on the Kiss arm that was fully outstretched and thought 'aside from the hand that looks identical to a left arm'.

Also, one of the most helpful things that the guys that make the models do is put little bangles/rings on wrists. That means you can get a nice clean cut, glue another hand on and no-one will be able to see the break where the two disparate bits are stuck together :)

I can't wait to get my hands on the new stuff either! I've had a bit of an idea for 'not-Malys' as well. I'm thinking of hacking away at her skirt so it looks a bit more tattered, and then painting it to be made of flayed skin like the Archon's skin cloak :) might see what I can do to make it look like it's sewn together as well :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ibushi on January 23, 2017, 07:42:11 PM
Cool stuff YW, this thread is getting full of so much character -- I can see those new Ynead models fitting right in and looking BADASS next to your creations, dude it's going to be sick!

The ghostlike Harlequins with creepy red hands are a nice look, definitely the Troupe of the bloody-handed god or something
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 24, 2017, 10:41:02 AM
Thanks man! Yeah I can't wait to get my hands on them :)

Annoyingly, after I'd painted the red hand on the Troupe Master I came up with the idea of doing the red hand not as a glove, but as blood staining from where he's pimp-slapped someone's face in. Sort of like an intense blood-spatter up his arm with it soaking into the palm, and then blood-spatter running down that side of his cloak.

Might see how well that works on the next Harlie actually and if it looks cool I'll do them all like that :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 24, 2017, 05:27:11 PM
I don't know how I missed them, but the painted Harlequins are really beautiful. The painting on them seems a cut above (although it may just be because the lighter palette makes them more photogenic).

I personally think that a red glove looks better than a festival of blood. The clean finish is such a nice counterpoint to the rest of your miniatures, I think that you stay the course with those guys. I think the look is perfect.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 24, 2017, 06:45:58 PM
Thanks dude! Means a lot coming from a man of your talents :)

I'm really pleased with how the Harlies have come out paint-wise. Just a smidge above the Kabalites who were the previous favourites :) I think it's the technique for them of laying down a base colour and then doing a couple of really thin/dry layers of colour to build up the white. Lends itself much more readily to the contours. Something I've only just discovered!

Good old Nuln Oil helps too :) magic stuff that ;)

Glad you prefer the red glove :) much easier to pull off than the bloodied hand judging by my rough testing! ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 26, 2017, 07:49:23 PM
Well, I've got a fluff piece waiting in the wings for my Corsairs but for some reason I've been painting anything but!

Apropos to that, have a Death Jester! The camera really doesn't do justice to him unfortunately. I'm beyond chuffed with how he's turned out :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--if86lk2e--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/pl8u4cpoglnbg1wleu8o.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--mU7e5Mgg--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/i8uuy4iztlp6rkb7vuxt.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--LMqvKARp--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qawkwb9yiv6zlatjbsbx.jpg)

Tried mucking about with lighting again to no avail, but I did somehow manage to produce this which I cannot stop looking at...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Ax-eqTKM--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gxvmljccqmclnssvxisw.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on January 27, 2017, 07:18:28 AM
Wow.. Ynnead.. this is SICK! WOW! I love it man... I absolutley love it. You are a painter (and modeler) after my own heart. So stark, yet so ethereal but vibrant... perfect color choices... dude I'm in love with these minis. This is sick! I cant say it enough... I really, really love these guys man. Wow! Keep it up
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 27, 2017, 09:22:19 AM
Thanks a million dude! It's your minis and painting style I use as inspiration ;)

And thanks for all the positive feedback :) it's comments like this from yourself and others that have really driven me on to keep fiddling about with little plastic aliens ;) wouldn't have got anywhere without the encouragement of everyone here :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on January 27, 2017, 09:50:51 AM
I am lost for words really Ynneadwraith. Actually I have lots of words I just don't know how to put them together to do justice to your fantastic modelling and painting skills.

Black that looks black instead of grey is something I have rarely seen and must be really hard to achieve without obscuring any detail.

Sinister, eerie, threatening, magical, special are just a few of the words that spring to mind but I can't put into a coherent sentence.

One last thing - get a better camera.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 28, 2017, 05:03:46 AM
As much as I love the trooper - and I really love her, I think she's stunning, I'm just not sure about the Death Jester. You obviously have talent; the finish is really clean and precise and the detailing on the thigh is great, but there's just something that doesn't do it for me.

I think that I like the first Harlequin because, while it is a light model, there are many layers to that light. Subtle changes in tone that bring more life to the model. With the Death Jester, I think it's probably too dark for me. There aren't those contrasts or layers, so I don't feel there's nearly as much depth. It may just be the camera and lightning, but that's what I feel.

At the end of the day though, you like the model, the other guys like the model. I think it's painted well, but it's just not for me. All that said, I really look forward to seeing your work, so keep throwing those updates out there!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 28, 2017, 05:43:16 AM
Thanks Alienscar! You flatter me immensely! I'm continually surprised by how well my mucking about appears to turn out! Thankyou! :)

I've found that glosses and semi-glosses like nuln-oil are your friend when it comes to differentiating blacks. Doesn't quite come across on the camera, but it helps make the same colour look different to the eye :)

Oh, and a new camera is absolutely on the wishlist ;)

Thanks for the feedback Loosh :) always value your input :) i'll have a look to see if there's anything i can do to it. The camera has done a pants job picking up the shading on the black, although it is definitely less varied than the harlie (which i am eldlessly surprised how well it's turned out!)

I'll dig out the spotlight photo i've got of him to see if that gives a bit more detail :) shall have to wait til i'm back from Lisbon though!

Definitely value your input though :) i plan on doing a dark troupe with a ghostly death jester, so if there's anything i can do to improve painting blacks i'd love to hear it :)

Also, slightly amused by you saying i have painting talent ;) never thought i'd see the day!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on January 31, 2017, 01:43:14 PM
Also, slightly amused by you saying i have painting talent ;) never thought i'd see the day!

Well, I don't say it lightly. You've produced some great models to be proud of and it seems like every mini you produce just increases the standard a little bit. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: magenb on January 31, 2017, 02:24:48 PM
Not just Tiny diamonds.. White tiny diamonds.. stunning :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on January 31, 2017, 07:24:49 PM
Thanks guys!

I've promised a chap over on The Dark City to post up a pic of my first ever model. I think it's useful to keep your first mini just as a reminder of how far you've come :) I'll post him up here too when I find him :) should be good for a laugh ;)

Got a little update too :)

Prince Morrathillian sat at the helm of the listening-ship. The transparent dome surrounding him and his command crew offered an unparalleled view of the star-specked void, ghostly runes dancing across its surface. One in particular piqued his interest. A distant world-rune began to flicker almost imperceptibly and, to him, embarked upon an errant journey across the star-scape. Signalling his sister-ships through the aether, dozens of heavily cloaked vessels leapt through the open webway portal. He couldn't be sure what had occurred, but one of his listening posts had signaled for aid. What would cause one of his operatives to send such a coded message he couldn't fathom, but something was clearly awry. The Khaine's Ravens may be spies first and foremost, but the blood of the war god still flows through their veins. Whoever dared to encroach on their mission would feel the full force of his fleet.

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--HHICYrB3--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/bhrmbapkqmmvs8psldwy.jpg)

That fluff piece has been written for weeks awaiting a suitable painting milestone to roll it out! Much though I love the paint scheme for the Khaine's Ravens, they're by far the most time consuming of my Eldar to paint...

One of the things I've started on this lot is (steady now) actually highlighting the gold armour. Previously, I've just given it a liberal wash of ancient Flesh Wash and left it be. Not sure whether it comes across at all in these pics, but I've gone back over some of the higher patches with Gehennas Gold which makes for more of a glowing gold colour which I rather liked :) so much so that I've gone over all the rest of the Khaine's Ravens doing the same thing :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 1, 2017, 07:10:04 AM
Looking solid Ynnead! Yeah I like Gehenna Gold too. Super nice color... my favorite golds are Balthasar Gold (ultra good coverage) and the new Retributor Gold... thats the ultimate glowy gold if you are looking for something super easy to work with. The coverage is insane... I'm gonna be using that on vehicles going forward rather than prime them gold.

But these guys look awesome as ever. It is hard to really see the highlights, and I don't higlight my gold myself. I just use a heavy Reikland Flesh wash, then clean it up a bit.

Perhaps give us a close-up on a single guy so we can see. But I think they look really good either way. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2017, 08:43:25 AM
Thanks man :) yeah I've been really impressed by the recent metallics GW has put out. Only one that's a little weak on the coverage I've used is Runelord Brass (but that does make it useful for subtly highlighting golds and bronzes which is useful). I like the sound of Retributor Gold :) shall have to give that a try

TBH if you can't actually see the highlights then I'll count my job as done! I was going for a sort of highlight that you don't really consciously pick up, but just sort of improves the base colour :)

Alas I don't have a decent close-up before and after pic, but I'll pause on my next batch to see if it makes any discernible difference at all! ;)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: murgel on February 1, 2017, 04:28:33 PM
I just read the whole thread.
The conversions and kit-bashes range from inspiring to awesome. and the painting is brilliant as well. Especially the pale coloured Harlequin troupe.
I shall have to borough this scheme for some of my troupes.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 1, 2017, 07:21:42 PM
Thanks man :) I'm glad you like them!

Borrow away :) I'm flattered that you like them enough to give that scheme a try :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 3, 2017, 07:32:59 AM
Morrathillian strode into the antechamber as only a Corsair Prince could, his guards unsheathing their blades purposefully. "You, Harlequin, how dare you encroa…", he began, but something felt…off. Hand instinctively bolting towards the grip of his pistol his gaze flitted around the room, settling on a figure loitering in the shadows, head cocked slightly, staring lidlessly at him. Something about that particular harlequin engendered a primordial unease within him. Compared to the other inhabitants of the room its mind felt familiar, but somehow disconcerting. A symphony of souls, with one haphazard instrument playing off-key.

"That's a Solitaire, isn't it" Morrathillian stated, meeting the fell creature's gaze. He could sense his guards tense as the words left his mouth.

"Correct, my Prince! You are a sharp one," the lead Harlequin acknowledged jovially, "We have need of your services, Friend-of-Ravens. I trust there's no quarrel between us..."

Morrathillian noted that the Solitaire still hadn't blinked. Mind racing, hand still hovering over his pistol, the Corsair Prince calculated his odds...


(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--TvniZTDT--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/lv918gilkrousnbejg5l.jpg)

Been waiting to roll out that fluff piece for a while now! Love the idea of Solitaires being thoroughly disconcerting for other eldar to be around :)

As for the model itself I'm not entirely certain I'm satisfied with it. A moment of indecision on hair-colour had me undercoat it red, and then change my mind and have to go over it with a couple of coats of grey to bring it back :S hence the slightly heavier nuln oil wash to disguise the ruddy grey it ended up like :S sort of ruins the whole 'washed out natural' look I tend to go for...

Still, I suppose it works ok for a Solitaire :) I've got a bit of an image for this one that in normal life it's got this lank grey/white hair that hangs down obscuring its face, but in battle it's borne up by fell energies like a banshee in the wind. Fitting that it looks sort-of backlit if that's the case :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 6, 2017, 10:53:02 AM
I've always thought that it's a good idea to keep your first ever 40k model around, just to show to yourself so you can get some perspective on how far you've come.

Well, rooting around in some boxes the other evening I found him!

Behold, the wonder that is my first ever 40k model!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--rEfBr9Kz--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/vstwqdcqkdrcyzz1ldh7.jpg)

Turns out, being 12, inexperienced, and high as a kite on the solvents you've used to glue him together is neither conducive to good modelling nor good painting. Literally not a clue what my artistic vision for that was. Going out on a limb I'm going to say Abstract Expressionism...

1. Hunched over pose
2. Shoulder pads on the wrong way up
3. Clutching a Bolt Pistol in 2 hands
4. Arms at different heights
5. Random bolter stuck to his thigh
6. Extra layers of paint confer a 2+ save
7. Wilful determination to paint completely outside the lines

At least I had the good grace to know that beakie helmets are cool ;)

By the time I'd got to my first Eldar model I had inched forwards slightly...

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--vlXh8z07--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/oloksqlymkdiohv6wkzq.jpg)

At least I'd learnt to roughly paint between the lines (sort of), and that if you paint the base they look a little better. Still had the standard +1Sv from the sheer thickness of paint on him though...

On the plus side, I did uncover some cool dudes that my catastrophically haphazard younger self hadn't yet got round to ruining. First among which is this kickass R/T era Assassin class Ghost Warrior (and a little chainsaw-wielding buddy as well!).

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ejnzsQ6G--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/mxotycvkygysrm2nsj8q.jpg)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on February 6, 2017, 12:06:07 PM
Paint aside I find your first Space Marine interesting. It would seem that from a very early age you had a penchant for modelling and weren't content just to glue the bits together as instructed which is what I would have done aged twelve.

Edit: should have said weren't
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: magenb on February 6, 2017, 02:44:50 PM
Well the good news is you can strip them back and give it another go :) That's my fall back for when I run out of $$ for new models.

Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Aurics Pride on February 6, 2017, 03:33:21 PM
Love those Ghost warriors models!
I've looked at them on ebay a few times but they sell for so much money now!  :'(
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on February 6, 2017, 04:48:00 PM

1. Hunched over pose
2. Shoulder pads on the wrong way up
3. Clutching a Bolt Pistol in 2 hands
4. Arms at different heights
5. Random bolter stuck to his thigh
6. Extra layers of paint confer a 2+ save
7. Wilful determination to paint completely outside the lines

Lol, if I could find my first models, I believe that based on No.6, they would probably have a 2++. With reroll.

Just remember, art is expression; you certainly expressed yourself, so it is certainly art!

Really though, it's cool seeing your first minis. It's always a nice reminder about how much progress you make, even if it feels like you have so very far to travel to even consider being several levels below Golden Daemon entries. It's a heck of a long journey.

I'm just glad that those first models didn't scar you forever...mine did.

Seriously, I was 10 and I painted a Squat and was incredibly happy with it. I showed it to my Dad and brother and they agreed that it looked more like Santa Claus than anything else. That judgement has resulted in me, whenever my Dad visits, wheeling out whichever project I've just finished to show him, desperate for some praise or validation of my efforts.

I'm 38. I'll let that sink in. I have a well paid job that a lot of people would love to do. I have an amazing wife (amazing because she encourages my hobbying) and an awesome 14 month old son, who is just the coolest thing in my life. I've played sport at a fairly high level and still play sports at a good standard. I've travelled extensively and experienced a lot of things that many people won't ever experience. I'm a pretty good cook. I can do DIY. A very limited portion of society thinks I'm funny. An even smaller portion thinks I'm good looking. I'm leading a pretty good life. A life that I'm proud of.

Yet, for validation and praise, I wheel out a Skaven Doomwheel in order to try to overcome the embarrassment and shame that I felt as a 10 year old. Parents are rather unsavoury chap, what-ho old bean?s.

In short, thank beslubber you kept at it and are now producing amazing minis as a result. That's winning.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 6, 2017, 06:36:04 PM
@Alienscar Yeah I never was one for following instructions! Probably means that you don't quite have the backcatalogue of failed plastic grotesques that I do! You're probably looked half-decent from the get go whereas mine's gently cradling an undersize Bolt Pistol! ;)

@magenb I do need to try that out actually. I've got a load of old metal Aspect Warriors that I vastly prefer to Finecast, but they're painted in aspect colours and I want them to fit in slightly better with the rest of my army. I've heard a lot of good products in the States, but few if any are sold over here in the UK...

@Aurics Pride They're neat aren't they :) yeah I can't believe how much some of the OOP stuff is going for these days. I wanted the torso from that kickass old Slaanesh Champion on that big boob-snake thing but they want £60 for them at least!

@Looshkin Well you can count me among the portion of society that finds you funny! Both warming and witty :)

I do the same thing too :) not so much with 40k, but I dabble a little in welding and metalwork and I can't help but show my parents every time I come up with something, and I'm 26! Built a school in India, but still have to know that my mum likes the little metal doohicky I've just made :S

Odd how people work :)

Reminds me of an excellent Philip Larkin poem which begins:

They beslubber you up your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you up with faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.


Of course, he then goes on to suggest not having children which isn't something I'm much in favour for, but it's a neat poem regardless :)

Oh, congrats on the little Looshkinder btw! I can tell you'll both make much better parents than Larkin had in mind ;)

No need to self-censor, the auto censor does that for you - Iris ;).
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on February 7, 2017, 02:41:31 AM
@Looshkin Well you can count me among the portion of society that finds you funny! Both warming and witty :)

If you find me funny, there's a strong chance you're brain damaged. In which case, you may just find me sexy too  ;)

They beslubber you up your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you up with faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.



Never heard that before, but it is incredibly accurate!

Oh, congrats on the little Looshkinder btw! I can tell you'll both make much better parents than Larkin had in mind ;)
Nah. He's screwed.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 7, 2017, 06:51:13 AM
Legendary! lol... oh man that poor Marine! The artificers are screaming out heresy about those shoulder pads! The Guardian actually looks pretty cool though. The paint is super thick but the colors are awesome! Thats where genius took flight!  ;D ;D ;D

I've got my first miniature downstairs somewhere. I'll have to dig him up. You guys will laugh when you see how little my approach has changed.   ;D
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 7, 2017, 05:44:55 PM
Haha! So's everyone Loosh :) first thing I learnt in my psychology degree is just how messed up people are in general ;)

Yeah I should post it up on Bolter & Chainsword just to see their reaction! I think the shoulder pads would cause their Machine Spirits to rupture!

Glad you like Mr 3+Sv Guardian! I certainly did at the time. Perhaps I should do some of my Corsairs for my spaceport in a more grimdark grubby version of that scheme as a sort of throwback thing :)

Hah I'd love to see your first model :) I think they should add a new requirement for Golden Daemon entries to also have to post a picture of their first ever model, just so you can see that they are human after all ;)

Couple of little updates :) I had my copy of Gangs of Commorragh turn up the other day, so immediately got to producing some Reavers :) I must admit jetbikes have never really done anything for me (despite my love of Saim Hann), but these guys alongside the kickass Harlequin Skyweavers have sold me on them. They're so damn cool! I suppose it's easier for me to suspend my disbelief about jetbikes strafing past and cutting your head off than heading straight towards you guns blazing (presenting the easiest of targets to shoot).

Anyway, here they are :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--KFjocv9Z--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/heo16rr7a2uxt5pd8p9f.jpg)


Kickass blank-faced helmets to denote arena champs (my main reason for buying GoC was to get a decent supply of those!). Also, notice 'Mr Untransportable' on the far left with his agoniser extended at the most inconvenient angle. looks cool though!

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--h_aDZqJ7--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/qfxh3c3307llwrxvu9y7.jpg)

Also thought it would be cool to give one of the champs a trophy rack, them being Wych Cult units after all. That way, if I ever do 6-man blobs with an Arena Champ then I can use that to denote who it is :)

Lastly, with the excess supply of Hellions (bought for the Hellglaives and tattered-clothes torsos which are just made for Exodites), I thought I'd have a stab at making some Modern Synthesist Jetbikes.

Now, if anyone hasn't seen these guys before you're in for a treat! One of the best DEldar conversions I've ever seen, this guy decided that his Haemonculus Coven army should have a twisted techno-biological Haemi version of all the Dark Eldar units in it. For his Reavers, this is what he came up with:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U4F3At4ElCs/ViqRlk6kgGI/AAAAAAAAFBc/DHRaTqqAWug/s400/2015-10-12%2B05.50.29%2B1.jpg)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Obomg24vyjw/Vhnmh46foOI/AAAAAAAAE_M/67S7Ej29_UA/s400/IMG_20151010_205151%257E2.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eI_zCy7kh8M/VhnuC0D7v6I/AAAAAAAAE_M/hpJHBjmkugA/s400/IMG_20151010_205215%257E2.jpg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t3FWSFCu1oM/ViqRls6xEiI/AAAAAAAAFBc/S7tuJt7a68A/s400/2015-10-12%2B05.38.58%2B1.jpg)

Unbelievable!

So, I thought I'd have a go myself with some leftover bits :) now, mine won't be anywhere near as good at all due to my stubborn refusal to use greenstuff, but I quite like the challenge of making something similar entirely out of plastic :)

Here's where I'm up to so far :)

(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--hJbmskK2--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/e9ryg1keitrj467ngr8z.jpg)
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CzPwHwM1--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ayrffsoj5rvyz28bp2tj.jpg)

I also think that if anyone wanted to make some small scale Eldar Void Craft then attaching Hellion Skyboards to the back of various Jetbike canopies would be really really cool!

Oh, and if anyone wanted to see what the Modern Synthesist stuff looks like painted, here's his idea of a Venom!

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lLwXLwVRzQs/WA-R_pqOSvI/AAAAAAAAGrM/LnKWdUfZmEcm6rb9gWwGsUYAXO5olx9VACPcB/s400/IMG_20161017_112237.jpg)

Unbelievable!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: dog_of_war on February 7, 2017, 09:28:02 PM
Wow, that's a simply amazing concept. I can't wait to see how you run with it. That last paint job looks very nurgle meets dark eldar.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 8, 2017, 04:50:15 AM
It really is a phenomenal piece of imagination :) i'd never have though of putting those pieces together, but they fit really nicely :)

Plus, you tend to have a couple of Reaver canopies left over and Hellions aren't exactly the most competitive of units, so it helps you stretch your bits and make a couple more Reavers :)

The paint job is very nurgly :) i think it's actually a codex coven, but with some extra weathering. Coven of the Marred i think :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 8, 2017, 06:44:36 AM
Looking great Ynnead. Reavers are sooooooo good. They are not easy to run, but they are a fantastic unit as DE-Guru Lawrence from TTT has proven time and time again. Very interested to see how you paint them.

Also the Hellion JB's look good too. I think Modern Synthesists stuff is really great. His painting skills are sick too.

Anyway great stuff man can't wait to see how you paint those bikes!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 8, 2017, 08:05:59 AM
Thanks man :) yeah it's reading about Lawrence and Skari's cheeky barsteward tactics using them that's persuaded me to break my jetbike bias :) something about turbo-boosting your Reavers right up to the face of a Rhino so the squad inside physically can't disembark, and then nuking it with Caltrops on your next turn just appeals to the inner sneaky git in me ;)

As for painting them, I'm weighing up either the standard Warplock Bronze for the jetbike itself highlighted with Runelord Brass, or Runelord Brass for all vehicles shaded with Flesh Wash/Warplock.

What do you think?
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 8, 2017, 08:15:00 AM
Oooh... cool scheme. I'd go with Warplock Bronze as the base though. Runelord Brass is gonna be pretty bright... I like Warplock because its dark... the metallic effect is subtle and in certain light it'll play as a normal color with just a glint of metal. I that'll give a really sinister and lethal look to the models. Thats just my preference though!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 8, 2017, 08:35:08 AM
Sold! I was leaning towards that anyway for coverage purposes :)

Warplock Bronze with a healthy dose of blood-spatter along the Bladevanes :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 9, 2017, 08:58:16 AM
Well, the story for Fracture of Biel Tan has finally made it out into the public domain! It's a hell of a read I must say, and has assuaged many concerns I'd had about the direction of the fluff and the general tone of the 40k universe :) link's here if you haven't seen it:

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/717304.page (https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/717304.page)

That does mean that I get to wheel out my Craftworld's reaction to it all, nicely coinciding with some work I've just done on my decade-old Guardians :)

An account of the final days of the Crone Cycle, as written by Farseer Bellatheral of the Angvai
As word filtered through the webway of the fracture of Biel Tan, great swathes of Angvellaith's population were leaving to join the burgeoning Ynnari death cult. However, the seers did not welcome this with open arms. Since the fall they had learnt bitter lessons regarding strangers bearing gifts. Long had they listened to the heartbeat of the Dead God. Of late, worrying glimpses of its consciousness had crept into their vision.

Despite the growing voice among their populace asking the Craftworld to pledge allegiance wholly to the near-born saviour of the Eldar, they preached caution. Emissaries would be sent with words of friendship and alliance to this new faction, but also agents placed among the throng of converts, reporting back to the high seers of Angvellaith.

Unique among the craftworlds the Angvai could stomach these losses, their dark pact with the Commorrites ensuring they could be replaced given time. However, their latest batch of Warborn was yet to arrive. Knowing well the troublesome nature of their cousins, Fueduin, Autarch of the Angvai, would undertake the perilous journey to the Dark City, tasked with uncovering the source of the delay.


Despite initial skepticism, I'm definitely excited about the plot moving forwards :) so many opportunities for cool narratives :)

As for actual models, I've always had the idea in my head that I would just paint my models as well as I could accomplish quickly at any particular point, and then go back and do some touch-up work as and when my painting had improved. First on the list for improvement is the ancient Guardians I'd painted well over a decade ago!

Before and after:
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Just a quick dab of Reikland Fleshshade in the recesses and to shade underneath some of the bumps in the armour, some embellishment on the bases and a quick wash over the cloth elements. Hope it's done the trick!

Also, one thing I do not miss in the slightest is the tendency for the old Skull White spray paint to occasionally produce a really bumpy surface. New stuff is much better. Good riddance!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 10, 2017, 06:42:24 AM
Looking good Ynnead! Always love seeing Eldar in really pale colors... I love the more ghostly look especially for Craftworld models. Great stuff man...

Right there with you as far as the old Skull White, the new paints are amazing. The longer I do this comission painting thing, the more amazed I am at the quality. The yellows are simply crazy... I can't believe how easy it is to paint white and yellow.

Anyway great stuff man. Love it!
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 10, 2017, 07:51:44 AM
Thanks dude :) yeah I can't wait to get my hands on the Triumvirate and apply it to them :) I think it'd work quite nicely!

Oh yeah I remember the old yellows. Had to do about 5 or 6 thin coats just to stop the primer showing through! I think that's why I switched to a white primer as well, just because yellows were impossible! Hats off to the GW/Citadel paints team. I've yet to find a paint in the new paint range that isn't excellent :)
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Post by: Looshkin on February 10, 2017, 09:00:05 AM
Nice, subtle improvements to the guardian Ynnead. I like that you've also moved away from some of the red detailing. While it looked good, I think the 'less is more' approach works better with a pale mini. Lovely work.

Also, I second that with regard to the GW paints. I think there are duff colours in the range still, or at least a bunch of colours that don't respond well to not being used regularly, but by and large they provide tremendous coverage.
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Post by: Aurics Pride on February 10, 2017, 09:37:44 AM
I really like the colour scheme that you've got on that Guardian, there is a real good balance of colours on it and it looks pretty natural!
Keep up the good work!  8)
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 10, 2017, 12:30:04 PM
Thanks guys :) yeah less absolutely is more with paler schemes. Makes the few remaining rich colours really stand out :)

He's also from my 'every bump's a gemstone' phase that i'm sure every eldar painter goes through :S managed to tone that down slightly as well :)
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 16, 2017, 05:09:26 PM
Commorragh Burns, 999.M41
Curious, Khaharkyth mused as he wrenched his sword from the burning corpse of a daemon. He hadn't felt this exhilarated, this invigorated, this
alive in centuries. Not since his early days in the arena. "I think it's the element of risk," the tinny voice of Wilson added from his hindbrain. "When was the last time death had a semblance of permanence to it?". Khaharkyth paused for a second, nodding sagely. The insight was well made.

"Welcome to Commorragh!" he bellowed jovially, turning to face the yawning chasm above, "I know a very nice place just around the corner. If you can make it there before I hack your legs off you can have one of my playthings."

Dysjunctions are
fun, he thought as Commorragh burned around him. We should have these more often.

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Finished 5 more Kabs :) the picture doesn't show it at all, but if you look closely IRL they're covered in blood spatter.

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Oh, and writing about Khaharkyth is fun :) I imagine him to be a cross between Brick Top from Snatch, Jack Sparrow when he's stuck in Davey Jones' Locker, and Hannibal Lector. Not necessarily all mashed together. More like each personality takes its turn :)
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Post by: Looshkin on February 16, 2017, 06:06:45 PM
As ever Ynnead, cool poses and sweet paint jobs to match.

How did you do the blood work? Painted on, or toothbrush flicking or something else?
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 16, 2017, 06:13:27 PM
Thanks man :)

The blood spatter was done with a laden brush of Blood for the Blood God and then blowing sharply through the empty case of a byro at it :) gives a nice little spray of small blobs with the occasional streak :)
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Post by: Cavalier on February 17, 2017, 06:50:49 AM
I love it man. Just love this color scheme to death...It makes the models actually scary. Like all the wicked angles and curves are somewhat hidden by the darkness of the colors. Its that whole what you don't see, scares you most type thing. Its a great artists trick to draw the eye closer... I just love it man.

I've got a ton of Kabalites sitting around someday I may paint a unit like this and be like this is my boy Ynneadwraiths mercenaries rolling with the Lions of Asuryan... lol with your permission of course.

Anyway great stuff man I love it
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 17, 2017, 08:30:49 AM
Thanks man I'm glad you like them! It's a dead simple scheme to do. Because the Warplock Bronze is so dark, and the Runelord Brass highlights have so little coverage that you can be pretty brutal/haphazard with them and it looks good because of it!

Love the idea of a bunch of these guys operating as mercs for the Lions ;) fits very nicely with my image of them being a relatively new Kabal, and a little desperate to gain power so acting as mercenaries is perfect :)

Might have to do the same thing and make an emissary from the Lions and retinue :)
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Post by: Aurics Pride on February 17, 2017, 10:59:23 AM
Really loving the colour scheme for those guys! So dark and brooding, the posing is perfect too. Fits the colour scheme lovely!
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 17, 2017, 11:47:07 AM
Thanks man! Glad you like them :)

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An account of the final days of the Crone Cycle, as written by Farseer Bellatheral of the Angvai - Part 2
It was the 7th day of the Serpent subcycle when they came. Draped in rags and sporting the blank face of the dead, the prophets of the Dead God filtered through the webway portal. Miracles, they brought with them. Those gifted among them they called 'reborn' walked among the Ghost Halls. Amidst a gathering crowd, they placed a hand upon the psychoplastic bulk of a Wraith before them. The touch of the revenant's palm caused a startling change in the Wraith's demenour. Suddenly it appeared to take a juddering, desperate breath. As if it had just surfaced from icy waters. Where its fellows moved languidly through the arches and boughs of the ghost hall, this awakened Wraith stared intensely at its hands, digits moving as it tested its perception. As the revenant passed on by, the onlookers saw the awareness ebb away. The movements of its fingers that had not seconds ago appeared fundamentally alive slowed as its arms dropped listlessly to its sides. Whatsmore, the eldar could feel the change. The bright spark that had flared into light at the touch of the prophet was fading to a whispering flicker oncemore.

The Angvai seers were cautious of these pilgrims. Manifold are the strands of fate, and only a very few offer any form of salvation. Through the windswept paths of the future they cast their gaze, alien intellects interpreting the actions of a thousand chess pieces on a board that extends for centuries. Methodically, they altered variables and watched them ripple through the weave of fate. Much change this new development had wrought. It would take years to chart these new seas. Years, as many paths suggested, the Angvai might not have.


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Yeah :) Ynnari are awesome. If you think about it, the events of the Fracture of Biel Tan happen in only a small section of the galaxy, meaning that for the majority of Eldar the Ynnari are a pretty mysterious movement.

So, I came up with the idea that they started sending prophets and preachers through the webway to spread the word of the coming of Ynnead, like a religious cult.

As for the model itself, I wanted to try and bring a bit of a ragged look to an Eldar model, which isn't something I've really seen before, Eldar of all sorts usually being pretty clean and elegant. An Eldar Death Cult seemed like the perfect opportunity to try that out :) oh, and I managed to work in quite a few little bits from the AoS Vampire Counts as a little nod to the sort-of-necromancy the Ynnari are doing :) the stave is the base of a Grave Guard Standard, and the ragged cloak is two parts of a Wraith from the Corpse Cart stuck together :)

I've got more ideas to come with the Ynnari :) as soon as bits arrive I'll have a go at some Dire Avengers too :)
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Post by: Aurics Pride on February 17, 2017, 07:07:13 PM
Ynnead, your kitbashing really is superb!
I am loving this model, great choice of parts and great posing again!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on February 17, 2017, 11:28:55 PM
That tattered cloak is a genius idea and looks brilliant. You plainly look at bits of a model in  a different way to most people. Any chance of a picture showing the back of the model? I also really like reading your fluff pieces. One thing I am not so fond of is the models feet. For me they some how don't look like Eldar feet. Not quite elegant enough I think.
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Looshkin on February 18, 2017, 03:03:58 AM
At first I thought that this was your styling of an Outcast. I guess he kind of is, in a way.

I'll echo what AP and Alienscar have already said. He's a tremendous mini, with really imaginative use of parts. The cloak is done expertly. Depending on how you paint it up, it could look brilliant as a cloak of souls shifting around him.

The one thing I'm less sure about, the same as Alienscar, are the feet. I get that you have gone for a prophet type of look, but I think the bare feet go a little bit too far. I guess they are Wrack legs, which fit the styling brilliantly, but I'd just prefer to see some Ranger boots of him. Something like that. Although I guess that would up the difficulty quotient massively.

Anyway, tremendous work!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 18, 2017, 05:52:06 AM
Thanks guys :) yeah I'm really pleased with how he turned out, and there's loads of potential for other Ynnari'd units too.

I'm glad you like the fluff pieces Alienscar :) I really enjoy putting them together. It must be brilliant fun coming up with a Codex, and building up a background for a whole race using just these little snippets of info dotted around the book. I've always thought that was a really clever way of doing it :)

As for looking at bits in a different way I have no idea :S I was going to do a bit of a step-by-step on this one, but when the bits arrived I was so excited I didn't remember until I was halfway through :S

What I do is I sort of have a picture in my head of what I want the guy to vaguely look like. Some sort of tattered cloak, a blank helmet (always associated them with both psykers and wraith units), some sort of staff, mix of Craftworld and Dark Eldar bits, and not particularly dynamic (perhaps standing bolt upright like the Archon, or walking forwards).

From there I look for bits and pieces that best fit. I bought a load of little bits of ragged cloaks from the Vampire Counts range with the intention of making a cloak, but one of them ended up being the lower half of an arm so I decided he'd look cool with a ragged cloak draped over his arm. The Wrack legs are pretty much the only option there is for Eldar legs that aren't running or splayed wide, but it's lucky that they fit the idea of a prophet dressed in rags perfectly :)

I also try and keep the torso as an Eldar bit. I've tried branching out into Fantasy Elf stuff, but the whole 'broad shoulder pads, skinny waist and armour 6-pack' is so iconically Eldar that I've personally never liked anything I've come up with that doesn't have one. As it's an HQ (Farseer/Spiritseer), a Dire Avenger torso is a little step up from a Guardian one so that fit nicely. I did find that the shoulder pads looked a bit much, but the Vampire Counts bits had two halves of a hood that matched their curve nicely.

As for arms, I originally wanted him to be walking forwards, staff in hand, with his other hand open wide with its palm facing towards us. Psychologically, showing your palms to someone is a specifically non-threatening gesture (people do it to say hi, to calm someone down who's angry, or to show submission. We think it's a display that shows you have no weapons in your hands so you're not a threat). I used it on my Solitaire to try and make a bit of cognitive dissonance between the non-threatening gesture and the fact that it's a quasi-daemonic Eldar killing machine ;) it's also a pose that's frequently used to depict religious icons, especially Jesus, so I thought it would be fitting for a prophet.

I had the perfect arm for it (the Wrack pilot arm from a Venom), but unfortunately when I clipped the hand off to rotate it, it pinged off into the ether! A little bummed, I sifted through my bits from the Wrack kit for something similar and came across this arm which I thought was better! Pointing a little off to the side is always a kickass pose, especially if it's a little languid, and the hand had a cool skeletal look to it :) so, in that went and done!

Ah, actually, a few little tips that have helped me with posing. I stick the legs onto the base first, and then get the body glued together but don't glue it in place yet. Then I get an array of cool arms that I could use, as well as the head I've chosen, and lay them out around it. Then, I physically enact the pose which the arms/legs are doing, and take note of what angle my body and head is at in relation to my legs. Then, I copy that for the model :) it helps get your poses looking natural. Oh, and the head goes on last :)

Sorry for the wall of text! But thought you might find it useful :)

As for the feet, I do think you're right but it's a bit of a bugger to change now! I don't think it comes across, but I pictured it less as bare feet and more as boots that are designed to look skeletal. They're painted in the same bone colour as the armour plates, rather than the pale skin (probably doesn't show) of the Wrack arm.

Here's some pictures of the cloak :) I didn't include them because they weren't particularly flattering :S the first one's picked out the seam between the two halves of cloak I stuck together which I swear is invisible to the naked eye (was really proud of that fact!), and has some little bubbles from the light Ushabti Bone wash I did which I noticed and subsequently corrected...

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Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 18, 2017, 07:13:12 AM
Absolutely sick! Wow... my vote for you to be best modeler has been rewarded immediateley! Wow sooooo awesome Ynnead. Really, really love this guy. So ethereal and deathly... I love it man.

How do you plan on finishing his paint job? I can't wait to see it finished. Super nice work as always Ynnead... truly next level. Killing it bro
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 18, 2017, 10:02:59 AM
Thanks dude! You flatter me :)

Here was me thinking his paint was finished! ;) tbh i wasn't really certain where else to go with the paint. I wanted it to stay ghostly and ethereal, with very sparse ornamentation. I couldn't actually think what else i could do the wouldn't detract from that.

Perhaps a little XV88 in the folds of the cloak to give it a little more depth...

Any ideas?

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Added one little touch to the prophet dude, a little Harlequin mask clipped to his belt a la Visarch :)

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I've got a little bit of headcanon that Harlequins gift a mask to people deemed to be friends and allies of the harlies :)

It also completes the whole 'melding of all eldar factions' aesthetic that Ynnari have going on :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Cavalier on February 20, 2017, 07:30:08 AM
Oh sorry bud! Didn't realize you were done!

I just thought some extra Pallid Wych dry brush highlights on the cloak and perhaps the face plate to finish him up and take the weathered but ethereal effect over the top.

But correct me if I'm wrong... because I'm pouring over the pics now... because the lighting may be washing out the highlights... because in one pic where the sleeve is facing the right (with really good light on it) I see exactly the kind of highlighting I'm suggesting. I know in pics my highlights always get lost  :'( :'( :'(

The most important thing is you've got the model in hand, so dont push the paint job if its gonna take it in a direction that you dont want. I've done that at other people prompting and ruined it. Either way it looks great man, I love the conversion, paint job and paint scheme. Extra drybrushing may wash the model out to much... that was just my thought though. Anyway bud keep it up I love it!
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 20, 2017, 07:49:26 AM
Haha no worries :) I'm always open to suggestions, so anything you can add is welcome :)

I was thinking Pallid Wych Flesh myself actually, so glad to hear I might be onto something ;)

I'll give it a go on the cloak and the visor and see what it looks like. It's such a simple scheme so it won't be a pain at all to re-do if it doesn't look quite right, and they're both low-detail areas so an extra thin layer of paint or two won't be obscuring any detail :)
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Post by: Cavalier on February 20, 2017, 10:49:53 AM
Sweet! Would have felt terrible if I offended in anyway. I've got a picture of a WIP progress Chaos Space Marine painted in the same scheme as you guy with a Pallid Wych drybrush and I think it'll convey my idea better than words. I'll snap a photo later today and show it you, hopefully it'll help!
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 20, 2017, 11:17:41 AM
Oh yeah no worries at all :)

If you've got an example that would be really helpful! :)
Title: Re: Eldar, Exodites, Corsairs and Croneworlders!
Post by: Alienscar on February 21, 2017, 01:44:44 PM
Here's some pictures of the cloak :) I didn't include them because they weren't particularly flattering

Thanks for the extra pictures they really help me understand how the cloak really looks. I am not one for visualising something so the pictures help me a great deal.

Sorry for the wall of text! But thought you might find it useful :)

Wow thanks for all the information. Not only helpful but insightful as well. Reading about your thought processes is fascinating stuff Ynneadwraith.

I don't think it comes across, but I pictured it less as bare feet and more as boots that are designed to look skeletal.

That does come across Ynneadwraith as when I first saw your conversion I thought you had used the feet from a Legion of the Damned model. I decided that you wouldn't have used an Imperial aesthetic on an Eldar model so therefore they must be bare feet.

Talking of being helpful have you seen THIS (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=230067.0) 
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Post by: Ynneadwraith on February 21, 2017, 07:52:27 PM
No worries :) glad you found it interesting :)

I hadn't spotted that! Cool :) I'll have a look through and make some nominations. Flattered that my name appears there once or twice! :)

As for this week's distraction I've been making up some Eldar Void Craft from various bits and pieces I've got lying around :) always been a fan of space combat and general space-ship stuff since games like Freespace and Homeworld :)

So, here's the fleet so far :)

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The largest ship is the Angvai Cruiser 'The Stars of Ancient Times Shine on Eldanesh (alt. Ageless Starlight, alt. The Grave Shines Brightest)' with its massive dorsal lance.

The second largest is the Angvai Frigate 'The Oaths of Old Remain Unbroken (alt. Oathkeeper, alt. Bound to Ancient Cycles)'. Smaller dorsal lance, and two secondary lances.

The last two are Khaine's Ravens Cloaked Listening Ships (modified from Dark Eldar Corvettes), 'The Shadows Linger in Twilight (alt. Fading Sunlight, alt. Hides-in-Shade)' and 'The Sword is the Bane of Brothers (alt. Fratricide Eternal, alt. Bonds of Kinship)'.

No relation whatsoever to game rules at all, but fun worldbuilding anyway :) got some cool names for a Corsair capital ship and a Craftworld Dreadnaught as well when I get bits to make them :)