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    Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    --- About the Motivation ---
    A nice forum-companion has suggested me to make a blog about my army, as I had shown some heavy work-in-progress pictures in the general Eldar-vehicle-topic and seems they created interest.

    --- About the Pictures ---
    So I opened up this topic and I gotta say that I'm not only going to show my recent works and work-in-progress-projects (of which I have about 2 dozen), but first I wanna start with old pictures from like 1996, so don't be too rude with me about the painting quality of these old minis

    --- About the Craftworld ---
    When I started with the hobby, that was back in 2nd Edition and I still prefer many of the old miniatures a lot, so you might find some minis from 1987 in here... The painting scheme is heavily inspired by Biel-Tan and actually in the past I did paint Biel-Tan. Now I changed the rune of the Craftworld and combined it with the one from Ynnead to create a splinter-fleet from Biel-Tan, a child-Craftworld: Ynn'eal-Tan, the rise of Ynnead.
    I adopted a bit more white areas to be added to the overall dark green of Biel-Tan and increased the contrast of the green to get a transition from dark green to bright and saturated green which might resemble fresh grass and plants.
    About the Aspect-Warriors I have to say that unlike many modern Craftworld-painting-schemes, I prefer to stick to the classical approach that each Shrine and Aspect uses its own colours which all follow a more or less common pattern among that Aspect.


    --- Latest pictures ---






    --- Links ---
    To make it easier for ya to find all the pictures, here come a few links:
    Classic Farseer
    Classic Warlock
    Classic Rangers
    Classic Dark Reapers
    Classic Wraithlord
    Vyper Jetbike
    Farseer WIP
    Classic Fire Dragon
    Classic Fire Dragon Exarch
    Classic Fire Dragon Squad WIP
    Classic Dire Avenger Exarch
    Classic Dire Avenger Squad
    Wave Serpent WIP
    Hornets WIP
    Revenant Titan WIP 1
    Revenant Titan WIP 2
    Nightwing
    Classic Harlequins WIP
    Scorpion WIP
    Pheonix Bomber WIP
    01-05-2012: Phantom Titan WIP
    01-05-2012: Dark Reaper WIP
    28-05-2012: Phantom Titan WIP built
    18-08-2012: Falcon undersides
    02-09-2012: Warp Spider
    30-09-2012: Revenant Titan Leg
    14-10-2012: Fire Dragon Squad
    27-10-2012: "the large thing"
    05-12-2012: "the even lager thing"
    11-12-2012: more of Marie-Sue, the Phantom Titan
    12-12-2012: Phantom Titan face
    16-12-2012: Phantom Titan head freehands
    22-12-2012: Phantom Titan inner shoulders
    04-01-2013: Phantom Titan head freehands finished
    10-01-2013: Phantom Titan upper body
    12-01-2013: Wraithseer in rust
    26-01-2013: Phantom Titan lower leg
    26-01-2013: Phantom Titan shoulder rune
    10-02-2013: Phantom Titan shoulder
    12-02-2013: Phantom Titan shoulder 2
    17-02-2013: Phantom Titan shoulders
    09-05-2013: Swooping Hawk concept
    12-05-2013: Phantom Titan feet parts
    15-05-2013: Phantom Titan leg rune #2
    29-05-2013: Lynx base coats
    30-05-2013: Hornets base coats
    01-07-2013: Finished Farseer
    01-07-2013: Revenant armour plates
    08-02-2014: Phantom Titan legs
    16-05-2014: Phantom Titan torso
    07-07-2014: Phantom Titan parts overview
    19-08-2014: Dark Reaper
    19-08-2014: Dark Reaper squad
    19-08-2014: Dark Reaper Exarch
    19-08-2014: Shrieker Jetbike

    --- The Pictures ---

    First I will start off with probably the first 2 Eldar miniatures I ever owned. Painted somewhat back in 1996 I guess, my Farseer:


    Pretty soon after that, I assume somewhere around 1996-1997, my Warlock:


    From somewhere around 1998, my Scouts:


    Probably 2000, my Dark Reapers:


    Comments & criticism always welcome, but flames may keep out please
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Somewhere around 2002 or 2003, my Wraithlord:


    Although already finished in ~1998, but reworked a few years ago, my Vyper:


    And one of the many WIP-pictures I have, a more modern Farseer:


    More pictures will follow, although I got far more WIP on my desk than finished minis or squads, but I'll show all of them in steps.
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Hurray! Great paintjobs, and I do love those classic Eldar, I still have a heap myself. Can't wait to see more.
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    WOOT, new logs! But, the first part of the name: Ynn'eal remindsmeofthe awakening Ynnead So, did you try to combine bieltan with death? If so, I would enjoy seeing something deathy?

    But your paintinf is seriously crisp!!! I am envious
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Yea, as I said. Biel-Tan the rise/rebirth of the old days. Ynnead is the God of the Dead. The theme of Ynnead and the Swordwind and pattern of Biel-Tan are my absolute favorites while on the other hand I totally dislike the symbol of Biel-Tan. So... why not combine it? Ynn'eal Tan The runes are a mixture too (look left and check my forum-avatar).
    What exactly you mean by "would enjoy seeing something deathy"?

    Thanks for your compliments though.
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Nice improvements from the older work to the more recent.

    Looking forward to see more progress!
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendarion View Post
    Yea, as I said. Biel-Tan the rise/rebirth of the old days. Ynnead is the God of the Dead. The theme of Ynnead and the Swordwind and pattern of Biel-Tan are my absolute favorites while on the other hand I totally dislike the symbol of Biel-Tan. So... why not combine it? Ynn'eal Tan The runes are a mixture too (look left and check my forum-avatar).
    What exactly you mean by "would enjoy seeing something deathy"?

    Thanks for your compliments though.
    I mean, they look so bright, something like a biel tan sylvranos looks better becauseit is darker and looks more

    http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_...30551_10lg.jpg

    hope it works


    if not

    http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/co...e=true&start=2

    I suggest using GW washes in order to accomplish that effect
    Last edited by Kresterz; 05-02-2011 at 21:17.
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    The codex creep is killing all armies...

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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Gonna make some pictures of my Fire Dragons, they aren't that bright. But the bright green/white pattern will stay that way. First I love it that way and second it fits the twisted idea of the Craftworld that Ynnead will be the saviour who will bring back the Eldar to former glory, slay Slaanesh and allow Eldar-souls to be reborn (also the ones within soul-stones could get set free again to get reborn). So they think every death will bring them closer to their goal. Sounds a bit suicidal, but it's the deep anchored reason why they have the "Path of Renewal" and why they are so aggressive:
    All for a bright future... so they hope

    PS:
    Washes are good, shading is better. So I'm not washing miniatures any more. Either wet blending or laying with juices. I have passed the times of washing.
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Here's a Fire Dragon, finished last year:


    The Exarch is currently getting another base and the rest of the squad (WIP) will be posted along with the Exarch when the base is completed.

    Comments welcome again
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    This army is stunning, I hope you're able to keep the quality as high with all the little guys!
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    That (and the fact that I work on two dozen of minis at the same time) is exactly what makes my army (or the painted part of it) grow so slowly
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Great stuff. The paint jobs fit the eldar very nicely! I like the not quite GW colours on the aspect warriors you've painted. Not a big fan of the standard colour schemes to be honest. It's good to see the old minis getting such love!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendarion View Post
    That (and the fact that I work on two dozen of minis at the same time) is exactly what makes my army (or the painted part of it) grow so slowly
    Too true. I too suffer from the unpainted part of an army growing faster than the painted part!

    Hope to be seeing more updates soon.

    Cheers!
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    I like your freehand design's on the Vyper (and your Grav tanks shown in other topics) a lot. Very clean and crisp.

    When looking at your Farseer i noticed you don't undercoat your models? is there a reason for that or am i mistaking?
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    I don't undercoat all models, but most. The reason for not having undercoated the farseer is basically that my primer had been empty and I didn't have a new one at hand, but I felt like painting it


    So...
    I have reworked the base of the Exarch, but right now I realised I forgot to paint the basic base-edge black. Doesn't matter for now I think

    Fire Dragon Exarch (2003-2004):


    Here's the rest of the Fire Dragon squad, but still heavy in progress:
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    Nice dragons! those tiny fire effects on those shouldar pads are really cool
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Dire Avenger Exarch (2003)
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    I like the shading done on the helmet and sword Very vibrant!!!
    Vanilla, BA, DA, BT, SW, GK, SoB...How many stupid factions are there???

    The codex creep is killing all armies...

    Please excuse my random spacing errors, my spacebar is messed up and sometimes does not respond when i press it.
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    The exarch matches very well with your signature Hendarion.
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    Re: Craftworld Ynn'eal Tan

    Hehe, yea. Those bright colours over all a classic (or my) Eldar army are the reason for that signature.
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    These are beautiful. In fact, these are the best painted eldar I have ever seen. That includes golden demon winners. These models have something lacking in others I have seen. I can't put my finger on it but they are truly lovely.
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