Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yo ho, yo ho, a Corsair's life for me...

It's been too cold to primer anything recently, so I broke out the bits and started fiddling around with some Eldar. The fluff for Craftworld Alaitoc suggests they work closely with the various Eldar corsair fleets, and I thought rather than building another squad of Guardians, I'd try my hand at making a squad of Corsairs as a proxy unit instead. I had a number of leftover Shuriken Pistols, so I settled on making them into a squad of proxy Storm Guardians.

I utilized the capes and arms from the Dark Elf Black Ark Corsairs, as I wanted them to look fairly pirate-y without going full blown Dark Eldar. Getting the capes to fit took a bit of cutting and trimming, but they ended up working fairly well.

The unit is armed with Shuriken Pistols and Close Combat weapons, and two of the Corsairs are carrying fusion guns. The banner will have no effect in-game, I just thought it would be a nice-looking addition to the unit. Building them as Storm Guardians also means I'll have two weapons platforms, which I'll build out with a different weapons to provide flexibility for the vanilla Guardian squad when it comes to army list design.


  1. Too cold to primer? The opposite problem of where I live. Have you looked into using gesso? It might make your winter painting projects much more plausible.

  2. Interesting - I'd never heard of Gesso before, had to look it up. The weather here is usually capricious in the wintertime, for every day of cold and snow, we get another day of mid-70's and sunshine so usually if I'm patient I can get stuff spray-primered at least once a week. I'll definitely have to tuck your suggestion away for those times where I need to get something painted, can't wait for a break in the weather and don't mind hand-painting the primer step.

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. I've gotten to the point where I don't spray prime at all. It's really nice to be able to touch up my primer by hand too. Even better, I can do my primering no matter the hour. For a great article, check out: