Less than 16 days to WargamesCon…

Less than 16 days to WargamesCon and despite my best efforts I still feel that I’m a bit behind.

Right now I have 7 wave serpents bodies on the table about a third to half way completed (I hate painting white!). All that is left on the tank bodies, is the chainmail for the metal bits, washing the metal bits, jeweling and cleaning up. I’ve still yet to reassemble and prime the turrets and shuriken cannons.

What I have painted in Biel-Tan style

Note: I do have a ton of Guardians & 6 Vypers in an old paint scheme.
Also Note: This is not the list that I’m taking, this is all that I have painted.

  • 15 Fire Dragons
  • 3 Fire Dragon Exarchs
  • 40 Dire Avengers
  • 1 Dire Avenger Exarch
  • 6 War Walkers
  • 3 Fire Prisms
  • 12 Eldar Jetbikes
  • 10 Howling Banshees
  • 1 Howling Banshee Exarch
  • 1 Jain Zar
  • 1 Converted Eldrad

WOW – 93 models!?!? I didn’t think I had that many painted already

To be painted

  • 7 Wave Serpents (on the table now!)
  • 12-13 Striking Scorpions (depending if I want to add Kanandras to that squad as I did Jain Zar). The banshees took me 3 nights, I’d expect about the same for these.
  • 3 Fire Prisms (2 of which I have all the parts for, still waiting on Brent for the remainder parts — no rush I have other things to paint this week and maybe next week 😉 ). It took me only 2-3 nights to paint my first 3… should be about the same for these.
  • 6 Objective Markers (low priority, but I’d still like to get them done). This should only take me 1-2 nights — if that.

That’s an estimated 8 nights of painting – not including my Wave Serpents that are on the table now (another 3-4 days for them).

If I complete my goal (it’s still looking good), I’ll have 116 (+6 objective) models painted in Biel-Tan fashion – a strong mix of infantry and vehicles. I can’t wait to take a picture that army on the table!

There’s a good chance I’ll be done with the Wave Serpents by Thursday evening (maybe Friday evening). I’m really wanting to have the bodies of the vehicles done tonight or mostly done tonight and then dedicate all Wednesday or Thursday evening to the 7 turrets and weapons (Shuriken Cannons, tops and bottom).

However, I honestly only need 4 Wave Serpents now, (if I’m taking a Sunstorm Apocolypse formation and I get the last 3 Fire Prisms assembled and painted) but I’ve already got the other 3 as done as the others so I’d rather spend the extra time and knock them out while I’m “In The Zone.”

For most folks this would seem like a lot (and it is!), but although the pressure’s on my 8pm-11pm times have been quite dedicated to finishing these out.

At this point I have well nearly 3000 points of Biel-Tan eldar painted, but it’s not quite what I planned. As soon as these serpents are painted, I’ll be well over that mark.

Possible painting projects if I have time

IF (wow that’s a big if!) I get done in time I’ve got a few more Dire Avengers Exarchs and a couple of Autarchs to paint up just in case I want to change my list up while I’m down there.

Looking to the Future

Although the Eldar codex is ‘meta weak’ and terribly over costed compared to most of the other codeces, the army is my first Wargaming love, and still my favorite model series of all time. It’s true that the Falcon design is older than some wargamers (1997), but it holds its age very well against the current models.

What will I paint next? I’m not sure. It will probably depend on what 6th edition has in store for the Eldar. I’ve planned on getting a gaggle of Vypers ready for painting (I think I have 4 on the Sprue and 6 which can be stripped and painted). I’ve also got a whole bunch of Aspect Warrior squads that could be painted (3-4 full squads of each aspect if I recall).

I’ve intentionally not touched Guardians as much as possible due to all the white I have to paint. I’ll get over that trepidation once I’m not so much in a crunch for painting and I can take a bit more time to help them look a bit better. The white that I have on my War Walkers is terrible, I’m not ashamed to admit it, but they’re painted and they look fine “on the table.”

I’m done with Jetbikes (unless I convert an Autarch on one, which that idea has been floating around in my mind) until new ones are released. My conversion is simple yet effective and I’ll bet it’ll blend well with the new ones when they’re released.

I’ve been tempted to purchase a big Forgeworld model as a reward  to myself for all the work that’s gone into this army. I’m torn between a Revenant Titan and/or a Cobra class Super Heavy. It’ll probably be August before I do such a thing though.

As usual you can keep up with my progress by clicking here the post will become non-sticky as soon as Wargamescon has started.

Something I forgot: Objective Markers (WargamesCon preperation).

Ok I completely forgot about finishing my Objective Markers until last night. Right now they’re on 30mm bases and they should be on 40mm bases (both in most current tournaments and according to rumor for the next edition, despite the fact the Assault on Black Reach markers are 30mm bases).

This’ll give me a bit more room to put my “Eldar Beacon Antennas” and perhaps a little mini-MINI-diorama or maybe fallen space marines being shot at/cut or an Eldar casualty.

This is very far down on my list of todo, but still up there before I go. Since the beacons are already completed (yet on another sized base), a third of the work is done already — now it’s just a matter of painting up and getting ideas for 6 objective dioramas.

You can see one of the beacons (one of the front antennas from the Falcon Sprue that I had extra of thanks to the Wave Serpent Kits) in the photo below:

And although I’ve been updating it lately, check out the stickied post Preparing for WargamesCon’s Campaign Track as I’ve been updating it much more often than I’ve been posting new posts – so you’ve probably not seen the updates on the RSS feeds.

3 Fire Prisms WIP (Part 1)

Banshees are done except Jain Zar and their aspect decal (and sealant) so I started on my Fire Prisms today as I didn’t think I wanted to paint 10 tanks in a row (putting the scorpions aside for now).

Good progress, but lots of cleanup and details

I plan on decaling the Banshees tonight to have them completely finished.

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Howling Banshees (part 1, test model)

Just a slow start of 12 models (yes, I’m throwing Jain Zar in the line since she was there and based – although she’s not visible in the background 😉 )

It’s still a work in progress as I still need to wash the Powerblades blue and wash the base one last time (as well as aspect decals, jewels and sealing).

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Preparing for WargamesCon’s Campaign Track (updated 6/5a)

I’m going to WarGamesCon, and taking a ‘fluffy’ 3000 point force fully painted in 33 days is going to be quite a challenge, however I am quite far along. Most of what I have to paint are tanks, which I have all the drivers and gunners already painted (luckily I did those two years ago)! 83 models for 3000 points. I wish it could be a higher model count, but I’ve always preferred mounted Eldar armies. I might change some things around to include some Dark Reapers, they are Biel-Tan, for Khaine’s sake.

My Current Focus (updated 6/5)

 4  7 (I decided to go ahead and do them all in one fell swoop) Wave Serpents with Shuriken Cannons on top and bottom.

My More-Than-Likely Next Focus

10 Striking Scorpions + 2 Exarchs, although if the 4 wave serpents get completed quickly and I’m not burnt out I may finish off the remaining 3

My model list and progression

19 Dire Avengers completely painted and ready for war!

1 Eldrad Ulthran (converted) – completely painted and ready for war!

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15 Fire Dragons completely painted and ready for war!

8 Guardian Jetbike Squadroncompletely painted and ready for war!

4 Guardian Jetbike Squadron – Shuriken Cannoncompletely painted and ready for war!

Note that the above picture is from my work in progress – I haven’t taken a pic of all 12 together.

6 War Walkers – Scatter Laser; Scatter LaserAssembled and on on the painting table! completely painted and ready for war!

War Walkers

1 Howling Banshee Exarch – ExecutionerAssembled and on on the painting table! completely painted and ready for war!
9 (+1) Howling BansheesAssembled and on on the painting table! completely painted and ready for war!
Jain Zar (not in any list I’m taking up, but here because she was thrown into the flurry of painting)completely painted and ready for war!

Howling Banshees

3 Fire Prismsneeded to be stripped, reassembled and paintedAssembled and on on the painting table! Very near completion completely painted and ready for war!!

Fire Prisms

Remaining Models and Units

Note: these are a far cry from all that I own (although it’s a majority of my Falcon Chassis — all but 5 if I recall), just all I’m taking to Wargamescon

1 Striking Scorpion Exarch – Scorpion ClawAssembled and on on the painting table!
1 Striking Scorpion Exarch – Biting Blade (not in the 3000 point list, but in my team tournament list if I get to play — see below)Assembled and on on the painting table!
10 Striking ScorpionsAssembled and on on the painting table!

7 Wave Serpents – Shuriken Cannon; TL Shuriken Cannonsneeded to be stripped, reassembled and painted Assembled and on on the painting table! – missing 2 underside shuriken cannons – may have to do some bitz buying or try a couple of conversion ideas 🙂

3 More Fire Prisms – A trade out with Brent has procured me 3 more metal Fire Prism bits (I have disassembled Falcons I can put them on, this will give me a 6 strong Sunstorm Formation).

The Unfortunate News

My Team Tournament’s partner’s in-laws house burned down, so he’ll be taking his time off to help them rebuild. I truly feel more sorry for their loss than the loss of my partner. So Gauthic may be UStreaming Friday night events; I’ll put some thought on it. Perhaps one of the locals will step up and join the Biel-Tan warhost, either way I plan on having Fun Friday night 🙂

Edit 5/21: Status Update – completed walkers last night, Banshees are on the table!
Edit 5/26: Status Update – completed Banshees last night, Scorpions are on the table!
Edit 5/28: Status Update – Put scorpions on the side to work on a 3 fire prisms to keep from having to work on 10 tanks in a row.
Edit 5/30: Status Update – Updated Fire Prisms
Edit 5/31a: Status Update – Completed Fire Prisms, added other models painted but not in initial list, updated Wave Serpent status

Edit 5/31b: Picture Update – Added pics of completed Banshees, Walkers and Fire Prisms

Edit 6/5a: Update of current focus from 4 wave serpents to all 7, added 3 more fire prisms to the ‘todo list’.

An experiment – eldar jetbikes

I had created an early prototype last year (or was it the year before?)… Now I’m nearing completion of the (surprisingly easy!) conversion.

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The only thing it lacks is SOMETHING just behind the rider. It’s got to be something from the old 3rd edition Dark Eldar jetbikes or the current (but still 2nd edition eldar jetbikes).

I’m thinking a wavy flag like the current eldar jetbikes.

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