Tuesday, June 21, 2016

40k Dark Eldar - Kabalite Warriors painting begins

There's an escalation league starting at the newly-opened GW store in Boulder and despite my general reservations about whether my schedule will allow me to participate in the long run, I figured it would be a fun way to motivate to work on the Dark Eldar. The league isn't "painted only" which is a discouraging factor for me, but I understand the shop's desire not to exclude anyone while they establish a player base. That said, I'm going to try and do a personal challenge of not fielding anything that isn't painted - the first round is 250 points, which when following a CAD doesn't mean many models. In my case, it'll be the Archon (already painted) and two 5-man Warrior squads. The downside is the 10-man squad I've built doesn't quite break down into two legal 5-man squads (no Dark Lance unless there's 10 warriors in the squad), but I figure most folks shouldn't have a problem with me saying "Okay, so this Dark Lance is just a splinter rifle for this first set of games, cool?"

Of course, since I'm a bit of a masochist I figured I'd paint up the unit's planned Raider transport at the same time, this one is rather boring and unadorned (as I feel befits the low-caste Warriors) but I have several others in increasing levels of bling planned!

We had a brief respite from the punishing heat yesterday and I managed to lay in the purples and the very initial color for the yellow cloth on the warriors in the relative cool of the evening. I realized when editing the photo however that I apparently neglected to add the hairpiece on one of the helmets. Argh! Nevertheless, so far so good - supposed to be another relatively cool day tomorrow so hopefully I can knock out a few more colors after work...

In other news, my good friend Adeptus Michael (aka Captain Maxissimo Erasmus Domocletian Heronomius Carscallen in our ongoing Rogue Trader campaign) has started up a new blog called The Glory Days of the Underhive in order to share and document his Necromunda and other 40k goodness. As an old tabletop adversary of his before he moved to Italy, I can say I am really looking forward to seeing his fever-maddened creations come together again (albeit from the other side of the planet)! Definitely worth checking out!


  1. Guess I won't be the only DE player in Boulder this summer. Looking forward to seeing your stuff in person.

  2. Coming together nicely dude. The purples are working very well :)

  3. Well done with sticking with painted only figures. Hopefully you will help inspire other people to do likewise at the store.

    The highlights on the purple are just stunning. Bravo. Looking forward to seeing this coming together.

    How many projects do you have on the go now?

  4. Love a purple Dark Eldar army! I really like the contrast between the purple and the yellow cloth too, should be pretty striking on the table when they're done.

    Thanks also for the blog recommendation, I'll check it out (so looking forward to the re-release of Necromunda, hoping to be able to generate some club interest in it)

  5. @Unknown: Likewise!

    @NafNaf: Thanks! It's a fun color to work with!

    @Rory Priest: Here's hoping! Figured I'd try to lead by example, though there are already some phenomenally talented painters showing their work at the shop - does bode well! At the moment there's only two projects, the KSons and the Dark Eldar. Or four, if you consider the Spireguard and the Harlequins as separate projects. Okay, five, there's an Ad-Mech force too. ...And more Genestealer Cultists. A little Battlefleet Gothic, but that hardly counts, right? :D

    @Nick Thrower: Thanks very much! Michael is always good for a crazy conversion and an amusing anecdote!

    @Da Masta Cheef: I appreciate it! Plenty more work to be done!

    Cheers, everyone!