Archive for April, 2011

I’ve started work on my Eldar army. Here are some photos of the progress so far on my Farseer. I’m using the Eldrad model as I’ve had him years and never quite found the time to paint him. So far I’m very pleased with the result, especially as red and white are two colours I find intimidating to paint. The Ghosthelm and the robes are finished but the metallic areas and gems on the body need more work.

I’m not sure about the blue cape. I’ll probably change that but first I need to decide what colour to paint it. I might do it black but I’m worried that such a large smooth areas painted in black will look a little flat and dull. Another option would be a different shade of red.

Over the last year or so I have been working on my Death Guard army. This is an ongoing project but those models that are fully painted and based have been added to my gallery page. You can find them here.

I was very excited to hear that today Peter Jackson released a behind-the-scenes promo video for the forthcoming film of The Hobbit documenting the beginning of the filming process. You can read all about it in The Sydney Morning Herald and the video can be found on Youtube.

Of course,the really exciting news for the hobby community is the fact that GW have acquired the license to produce models based on the film. This was announced back in February as detailed  here. Lord of the Rings has always been one of my great loves so I’m really looking forward to delving back into Middle Earth once more in 28mm scale. In the meantime here are some of my LOTR minis.

There seems to be a trend among Games Workshop’s recent releases for nostalgic models. We’ve had Donarian Clawed Fiends, Jokaero Weapon Smiths, the Badab War and the return of the Chaos Dwarfs. I’m glad to see that this has continued with Forge-World’s latest release, the Eldar Corsairs (which can be found here).

Eldar Mercenaries from Rogue Trader

These guys have the wasp wings originally depicted in the Rogue Trader artwork for Eldar Mercenaries as well as retro helmet designs. They also appear to have las-weaponry which is a nice return to the old days when Guardians could be armed with lasguns as well as shuriken catapults. I think these releases not only look great and capture the RT-era feel very well but also help to tie GW’s current background in with Rogue Trader. Over the years newer army books and codices have moved away from the original background somewhat as they have developed the universe but these new releases help to ‘fill in’ the gaps between the earlier books and the newer ones. The blurb for the Corsairs published on the Forge-World website nicely locates them between Craftworld Eldar and Dark Eldar in explaining where they’ve come from and how the Eldar as they were originally described in Rogue Trader relate to what we think of as the Eldar today. No doubt we’ll see lots of corsair armies cropping up in the future. Personally I’m planning on adding some to my fledgling Saim-Hann army, possibly painted up in an old-school colour scheme of grey armour and yellow striped helmets. Watch this space.