Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Dark Eldar List

After going through lots of blogs and doing some research to make sure I understand the army properly, I've come up with a full 2000 point list ready for conversion. The force is going to be an Ulthwé rapid response unit, utilizing Dark Eldar rules. I won't bore you with the specifics on all the counts-as right now, but rest assured a lot of conversion is going into the force to make it work with the DE ruleset. I have done the modeling for my blaster warriors, sybarites, and haemonculi. I'll get some pictures up after they've been primed.

For now, I'd like to get some feedback on the list itself and see if there are any major improvements that can be made to it. It's very lean and likes to sit back and let the guns do the work, just the way Black Guardians would want it done. Here's how it looks right now:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Emerging from the darkness... and Embracing it!

Yeah, I know it's been a while since I've posted anything up here. I kinda felt like everything I had to say was being said better by other people for a while, and I don't like re-posting my material across different places (I do a lot of posting on the DA Forums at Bolter & Chainsword). I've decided to start updating things here a little more often. Not a lot, as I've still got a ton of other things going on, but I do have a new 40K project that could use a log of sorts.

So yesterday I was talking with Chumbalaya and some others over at 3++ Is the New Black, and got to thinking about how to make my old Eldar as Dark Eldar idea work. The problem we discovered back then was that the vehicles were the biggest problem for opponents to deal with. I don't like the Raider and Ravager, and most people have a hard time seeing the Wave Serpent properly filling that role.

What I've decided to try out is making a convertible Wave Serpent. The idea is to cut out the top of the wave serpent around the turret mount and make something similar to how you change between a rhino and a razorback. With that piece off, I can make room for a platform and some other things to make the wave serpent feel more like a skiff.

This will require heavy modification to the internal structure of the Wave Serpent, and I spent a good bit of time last night doing the initial prep work on a single Wave Serpent. I now have the ability to convert it between looking like a normal WS and having an open space in the rear. The next step is to figure out how I want to make the platform area and figure out what other details will work.

I definitely want to keep a mostly Eldar look. The army is being painted up as Ulthwé, so grabbing too many spiky bits and DE weapons will take the army out of theme. I'm going to be building all my units from Guardians, Dire Avengers, and Seer Councils. The idea rules-wise are that Power from Pain and Combat Drugs are really psychic powers. Haemunculi and Wracks will be Wraithguard-like units. I think it will work out pretty well and it gives me a chance to regularly use something other than my massive Space Marine collection.

I really am tired of waiting for the Eldar update, and I think this conversion will let me get the best of both worlds and avoid the flak from the gaming community. I'll get some pictures up by tomorrow to show off how I'm dealing with the conversion. I was pretty tired when I started last night and didn't think about doing pictures at that time.

As always, I'm open to feedback.


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