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24-09-2006, 18:04
With the release of the new codex I am building a new Eldar army. I am playing the space-elves for 8 years and own an 4000 points army but they aren't painted very well. So I decided to update some of the old miniatures and add a lot of new stuff to form an new army.
I try to give the new army a distinctive theme, one element that spreads through the whole army. I am a huge dragon fan so it is the ovious chaice to built the army around dragons.

I already displayed my jetbikes in this thread (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49314) and now the rest of my army follows. My next additions to the warhost are going be the Dragon-Avatar of Khaine, a Warspider Kill-Team and the farseer Yel'Khainur but this will take some time.

The Warhost of Yel'Khainur of the Craftworld Abyss'thandor:
Farseer Lilith'Amara "Dragoncaller":
Guardian squad "Defenders of Eternity"
Guardian squad "Tears of Blood"

24-09-2006, 18:06
Dire Avenger squad "Hand of Vengeance
Guardian Jetbike squad "Wind of Sorrow"
Shining Spear squad "Dragonspears"
Vyper "Runeviper"

24-09-2006, 18:08
Vyper "Celestial Cobra"
Falcon "Faolchus Heir
Fire Prism "Chariot of Khaine"

24-09-2006, 18:28
I dig em!

I REALLY love that waveserpent.

Crozius Arcanum!
24-09-2006, 18:32
This is absolutly brilliant! Your painting skills are awsome, and your conversions are great. My favorites are the infantry, Shining Spears and the fire prism (superb conversion).

24-09-2006, 18:34
ahhhh!!!! it's awesome! the avengers helmets look a little badly proportioned up close though.

24-09-2006, 19:40
Wooooow... :eek: One of the coolest armies I've seen... definately.

May I ask how you did those skeleton-bases? They're neat:cool:

25-09-2006, 00:45
Thank you for your feedback :)

the avengers helmets look a little badly proportioned up close though.
Even Jes Goodwin can have a bad day :D But I like the old dire avenger more than the new guardian-like ones. They look more like aspect warriors.

May I ask how you did those skeleton-bases?
I took some skulls and the skullplate from the Cities of Death modular building kits and pressed them into green stuff on a flying base to get a negative. When the gs had gotten hard I got a perfect mould for every base in my army.
If I need a new base I simply put some green stuff on a base, layer it with olive oil, press it into the mould and wait till it is hard. Then I cut the edges that it fits the size of the base. Finally I clean the base with an old toothbrush (basecoat doesn't like oily surfaces).
If you have a good plan (and good working times) you can make 9 standardbases from a flyingbase-sized mould per day.

25-09-2006, 00:45
Totally awesome especially the wave serpent and bikes...I dont see anything wrong with the paint job but if want to and can do better then we would all love to see!

25-09-2006, 01:05
Thank you :) I try to push the limits with every project but it is a long way to go.

I wrote a summary of the warhost's background. My English is not good enough for this type of text so I am afraid that this isn't an interesting read. I am not confident with the text. But if sombody wants to to give me a hint where my grammar or spelling is bad and how I can do it better I will be very grateful.

The awakening of Abyss'Thandor

Long before the fall of the Eldar race Thandor'Vaul (which means "Forge of Vaul", "Thousand Forges" or "Shimmering Temple") was one of the core worlds of the empire. The Eldar of Thandor'Vaul were famous for their craftmanship. And among the Eldar gods it was Vaul they worshipped the most. The whole planet was a giant forge, a bright labyrinth of towering spires and shimmering gems – a true paradise for artisans of all kind.
But when Khaine fought against the other Eldar gods, his wrath fell upon the faithfull followers of Vaul on Thandor'Vaul. The flames of the war god engulfed the surface and threatened to destroy the whole world. The Eldar had no other choice than to use their arcane machineries to conjure a gigantic wave that exstinguished the divine flames but flooded the forges and cities too. The Eldar survived the punishment of Khaine but the famous workshops were gone forever. All that was left was a gigantic ocean. Thandor'Vaul became a backwater planet without any relevance for the Eldar realm. But its inhabitants kept their strong faith in Vaul and their hate for Khaine. Nobody knew that Khaine lost one of the scales of his armour deep beneath the ocean and there it slept for millenia.
During the fall the majority of the Eldar managed to escaped on the spaceship that later has become the craftworld Abyss'Thandor, "Sunken Forge", "A Tousand Times Sunken" or "Drownend forever". They used ancient devices, gifts of Vaul himself, to cloak the craftworld and hide from the universe. They tried everything to avoid being punished a second time. Inside the craftworld there was a replica of the shimmering oceans of Thandor'Vaul. The craftworld was known as one of the most beautiful places that endured the fall, a living remembrance of the time before the fall. But the Eldar of Abyss'Thandors were often offended by more warlike craftworlds for their pacifism. They were called cowards, traitors or fools.
That changed in the middle of the 41st Human-Millenium.

Suddenly and totally unpredicted the scale of Khaine under the ocean began to burn and in a cataclysmic eruption the Avatar of Khaine awakened. Normally the Eldar of the craftworlds have to awake the Avatar themselves with great sacrifices, but this time the Avatar woke up on his own. The flames of the Godavatar evaporated the beautiful ocean, damaged a huge part of the craftworld and killed hundreds of Eldars. The Avatar was born in the form of a large serpent-like dragon, the aspect of the great enemy of Vaul. He called the Eldar to war - to end their era of reclusive peace forever.

The governing council of the craftworld was parted. A group of older Eldar warnend the council that Khaine had punished them one time and that this call to war might be another effort to doom their fate. But finally one of the greatest farseers of the council, Yel'Khainur, and his followers managed to enforce their claim that the way of the craftworld has changed and that they had to embrace the war in order to survive in this dark universe.
The craftworld rallied its rather inexperienced troops and was led to war by the mighty Dragon of Khaine. At the beginning the warhosts were carried by a wave of hate, destruction and flaming wrath induced by the presence of the Avatar. They achieved many victories, defended their brethren of the Maiden worlds and destroyed Chaos forces after Chaos force. But in the course of time their fortune dwindled. More and more Eldar died and more and more foes became aware of the presence of the craftworld. Abyss'Thandor was forced to fight for its survival.
It became more and more apparent that Yel'Khainur was obsessed by the idea to create a spell that would be able recreate the aura of fury that surrounds the war god.
Finally the council stopped this madness and banned Yel'Khainur from the craftworld. In the end they were convinced that the path of war would lead them to nothing but destruction and that Yel'Khainur was the originator of this fatal development.
He and his loyal warhost went into exile. Since then they are on a quest for artefacts related to Khaine. Their serach led them to a former Maiden world with a prospering community of Exodites until a Khorne demon horde overran it and transformed it into a demonworld. A place with endless plains of skulls, rivers of blood and bizzare monuments praising the Chaosgod of war. All that is left of the Exodites are their disbanded herds of dragons. Some turned to Chaos but the majority continued the fight against the dark powers. When Yel’Khainur and his followers arrived to examine how it can be that simple animals are able to withstand the chaotic corruption, they were joined by a great dragonflight and merged into a strange army that resembles more an Exodite army than a craftworld warhost.

25-09-2006, 03:03
That changed in the middle of the 41st Human-Millenium.

Thats the only mistake that i saw(its kinda late i might have missed one) But you dont give yourself credit that was a fine read. That is some very interesting fluff and very original.


25-09-2006, 03:08
When I said waveserpent, I meant fire prism. Oops! I love a well execute theme, and this one is exceptionally good.

26-09-2006, 20:56
Thats the only mistake that i saw(its kinda late i might have missed one) But you dont give yourself credit that was a fine read.
Thank you very much :) For the correction and the accolade.

I have finished another squad. Some of you might recognize one of the spiders because I have shown it already in these forums.

Marielthans Killteam on the hunt for traitorous aspectwarriors:
Exarch Dethoriele with additional deathspinner(s):
Aspectwarrior Marielthan, liaison officer of the council of Abyss'Thandor

26-09-2006, 20:58
Aspectwarrior fighting an Inccubus
Aspectwarrior 4
Aspectwarrior 5

26-09-2006, 21:21
Those are very cool. Nice and original.


26-09-2006, 22:39
Love the Spiderman/ Warp spider one. very kool man.

27-09-2006, 10:13
Cheers :)
I was a little bit surprised that nobody else seems to see the link between warspiders and spiderman, so I decided to make a diorama myself. But I converted him in such a way that I can use him still as a playing mini.

27-09-2006, 10:37
Niiice, I reallt like 'em:)

27-09-2006, 15:06
Love those warpspiders.

27-09-2006, 15:11
really good conversions! Although I wondered how a warpspider gets a trophy from a fallen enemy in one piece! I thought after treatment with a deathspinner you could only take home trophies in a jar or a doggy-bag! ;)

27-09-2006, 15:13
I am trully impressed, if I was wearing a hat it would be off to you sir!

27-09-2006, 15:14
You're the one who did the spiderman/warpspider? I loved that conversion, anything that adds a little humour into Warhammer is excellent in my book. Awesome army BTW, more updates on the way hopefully?

27-09-2006, 23:29
Thank you very much again. You all are a huge motivation for me.

Although I wondered how a warpspider gets a trophy from a fallen enemy in one piece!
You are right. A big mistake. I have to make another warpspider with a powerblade or a chainsword to explain this. Maybe a second Exrach with powerblades.

more updates on the way hopefully?
Sure. But it will take some time. I am repairing the Autarch at the moment. After this I am going to work on my Avatar. This is a rather large project.

28-09-2006, 00:04
Consider the dragon bike farseer stolen. I need to make one and have that bit laying around; perfect. Thank you very much :)

28-09-2006, 13:09
Truly impressive. Especially idea and conversions. Need to subscribe this thread!

28-09-2006, 13:19
Hahahaha, Warpsipderman vs. the Green Goblincubi is so nicely done :evilgrin:

It allways made me smile/giggle a little whenever someone painted up warpspiders as Spiderman/men...

self biased
28-09-2006, 15:58
outstanding work. my only criticisim is minor: the sheilds that you use on the fire prisim face only one way, and don't give a symmetrical appearance. otherwise, excellent!

28-09-2006, 18:16
Wonderful work,

where did the ruin pieces for the jetbike bases come from?

28-09-2006, 18:40
You are right. A big mistake. I have to make another warpspider with a powerblade or a chainsword to explain this. Maybe a second Exrach with powerblades.

or, well, you could always add a trophy like the infamous "Dark Eldar in a Jar" which would come handy if you ran out of frag. grenades to ;)
just kidding, the trophy is just fine, you won't have to change it. There are plenty of heads lying around on the battlefield anyway!

28-09-2006, 18:50
This is one of the best themed armies I have ever seen!

Nice job!

28-09-2006, 21:06
*bow* Thank you. You all make me blush.

Consider the dragon bike farseer stolen.
That's great! I am really proud that somebody is using my work as inspiration. :)

It allways made me smile/giggle a little whenever someone painted up warpspiders as Spiderman/men...
Me too. I love little allusions to comic or movie characters. But I am afraid that too much use of it would spoil the dragontheme. So I added the dragon skeleton on the bases of the other Warpspiders to link the squad with the overall theme.

the sheilds that you use on the fire prisim face only one way, and don't give a symmetrical appearance.
Yes, i know. After I had ordered dozens of dark elf shields I recognized that there are only shield with holes on the left side. High Elf shields would have been better.

where did the ruin pieces for the jetbike bases come from?
Long ago I ordered a dungeonbowl set. It consisted of lots of board-panels for the ground and over a dozen plasticdoors to connect them. But I think the doors are from HeroQuest in the first time.

just kidding, the trophy is just fine, you won't have to change it.
No no no! Now i am obliged to make another Warpspider. :P To be honest, I like the idea of a punisher-wielding Warpspider. First he transformed an Inccubus into a blob of slime, then he took his weapon and finally he used it to end the life of another Inccubus. *evil grin*


Yesterday I kitted the broken Shining Spears Exarch together again and gave him a cape to convert him into an Autarch. He is still WIP. I am not fully confident with him. He isn't looking "autarchy" enough. So any advice is welcome, especially what can be done with the helmet to make him look more like a HQ choice.

28-09-2006, 21:23
Now that's one extremely cool and well themed autarch, on bike I guess?

What I miss on that guy is some kind of close combat weapon... Now I dunno what you're able to have in the new eldar codex, but perhaps some kind of executioner - or power blades fitted on his arms - would give him that extra autarchy-feeling you were looking for:)

28-09-2006, 21:53
How about putting some freehand on the shoulder pads and bunny ears?

28-09-2006, 22:38
Use the 3rd edition fire dragon exarch head. would be badass and fit the theme.

28-09-2006, 23:46
Thanks for the input :)
The laserlance is the only meleeweapon he should have. But I ll give him reins when I find appropriate thin wire in the hardware store. I ll give the freehands a try too.

Use the 3rd edition fire dragon exarch head.
I have ordered this Exarch one week ago but I will use it for a second Autarch when the army box arrives - a Firespider or Warpdragon aka an Autarch with jump generator and Fusion gun (and a Crotalid as a pet). I really like this helmet.

10-10-2006, 08:24
Any more updates on this host?

Oh, and BUMP for best themed Eldar craftworld ever!

Holy Crap! Manticores!
10-10-2006, 14:51
The Farseer was excellent in both modeling and painting.

The rest of the army was pretty excellent as well, the vehicles are to drool over.

self biased
10-10-2006, 15:44
make him look more like an HQ choice? aside from riding a dragon? surely you jest.

28-12-2006, 18:25
Due to my studies I had to stop expanding my Army, but I finally was able to paint a Firedragon squad over the Christmas days.


29-12-2006, 06:05
Very very very... very... NICE!!!! I love the paint scheme and the theme is excellent. I wish I could play an army that was that well done.

29-12-2006, 11:12
Wow wow wow wow. Excellent. Brilliant scheme, painting and modelling, especially on that fire prism.

09-01-2007, 12:04
Dude...seriously...this is so awesome I almost wet myself. I simply love the models, the theme, the paintjobs, the conversions, everything. Damn it they're nice!

09-01-2007, 18:13
Damn!!! those are Cool!!!
can I ask how did you make the blood? :)

09-01-2007, 23:18
Thank you very very much :)

can I ask how did you make the blood?
Yes, you can ..... :evilgrin:
Just kidding.

The blood is simple green stuff with a black undercoat and one layer scab red, one scab red - blood red layer and a glossy vanish finish.


Here is the latest (finished) addition to the army: a troupe of harlequines lead by a shadowseer
(I have shown them in the regular hobby forum already)

Rogue 7
10-01-2007, 00:59
Boy, that one flipping around is crazy. These models are fantastic, and from what I can see, the pictures don't do them justice! Would love to see this army up close! Keep up the fantastic work.

10-01-2007, 01:30
Those Harlequines are absolutly fantastic. Very dynamic and well executed. The puppeteer is by far my favorite.

10-01-2007, 10:28
The army is certainly one to be very proud of. Do you game with it?

I especially like the ideas you have had with the flying bases for the jetbikes etc! How have you done this? And with what materials? Especially the falcon which although plastic, stil weighs a bit. What materials have you used that are strong enough to hold it there, what have you done to make the base not flip over and how have you secured it to both pieces? Any advice would be welcome as I have had a similar idea but am unsure how to turn my thoughts in to reality! Once done I can post what i have done lol.

Keep up the great work

Wastegate chatter
10-01-2007, 10:56
What can I say that has not been said already:eek:

Insane amount of effort you are putting in sir.........keep it up:)

10-01-2007, 11:44
@ Rogue 7, no-use4a-name and Wastegate chatter:
Thank you very much. This feedback is a huge motivation for me to continue. :)

@ Vegeta365:

Do you game with it?
Yes ,I do. But it is horrible to transport them. I will attend at the German Grand Tournament this year and maybe the UK torunament next year.

How have you done this?
I made the bases with green stuff imprints of the skull segment of the GW cityfight ruins. The colums are from Hero Quest / Dungeon Bowl. I simply drilled a hole into the column and used 5 mm wire to attach the jetbike.
For the falcon I used the same technique. The weight of the salamander on the base makes the model stable. The wire is more of a problem. The Falcon is a little bit shaky. I would have been better if I had used 1 cm wire for it and I will mend this in the future.
The wire is fixed with with superglue. If the hole is deep enough this isn't a problem. I used additional green stuff for the falcon to make it more stable.

10-01-2007, 13:45
This is truly an awesome army. I see you have used the wood elf wardancers to good effect in your Harlequin conversions.

11-01-2007, 09:55

...wow. Those are the first Harlequins I've ever _liked_. Your posing is amazing. Kudos for not letting the figures limit you at all.

Dear Jeebus, i hope you get a full WD spread for this work.

11-01-2007, 10:07
*jaw hits floor*

11-01-2007, 12:51
Cheers for the input as to how you done the wire.

I am very glad I bumped this as I thought it deserved it, and seeing the number of people who had not seen this army, it was well worth it for two reasons: you get more credit for a well deserved army; others get inspiration to better themselves or ideas to use.

Very well done.