Another Drukhari catch-up!

Hey everybody!

Following on from my last major Dark Eldar update, I thought it would be good to take a look at the rest of those units that I’ve been painting up for the tabletop. That last update only covered the miniatures that I’d been painting specifically for my 1000-point Oath challenge at my local store, so I thought it would be nice to collect together all of the other Dark Eldar miniatures that I’ve managed to finish painting this year. There are actually more than I’d thought…

The Ravager is a model that I had looked forward to getting my hands on, but proved a bit more tricky to get finished than I’d initially expected. However, the finished article looks, to me, great, so I’m really pleased! Disintegrator cannons are perhaps not the best choice of load-out in-game, and I have since built up a second Ravager with dark lances, but I’m very pleased by the look of the model, all the same. Style over substance, every time!

This was actually the first Venom that I’d built back in January, but had somehow just left it while painting the others. Of course, the other two were needed for my original Oath list, as I was using one for the Wracks and another for the Archon and Court, so having a third with Wyches in just seemed a bit of a waste while focusing on the core of the army. It’s finished, however, along with a Succubus, who was an absolute beast in close combat the first time I used her! I think she’d work better with different weapons to those with which she’s modeled, but there’s no denying how incredible that pose is, after all!

I think I mentioned it before, but 8th Edition really hampered my build when it came to the Trueborn, as they could no longer take haywire blasters. I therefore set to work giving the original squad dark lances, and have now added two blasters to the line-up, given how Blasterborn seems to be the new way to go with this unit. I’ve not yet managed to try them, but my next game will likely see them jumping out of a Venom…

Again, 8th Edition caused some problems when I had one Kabalite Warrior wielding a heat lance – now no longer legal for the unit. I find it quite odd to think that my original plans for the army involved a massive core of Kabalite Warriors and associated vehicles, with only small add-ons from the Wych Cults and Covens units. Now, however, I have more Covens units than anything, and only just the three squads of Warriors! I think I’m going to work on building and painting more during next year, as I’d like to see just what a legion of Warriors can bring to a game…

Finally for the July update, I painted up some “Mandrakes”! Of course, these are the Sylvaneth Tree-Revenants that look so cool. I’m no fan of finecast, so had no desire to get myself some actual Mandrake models. Instead, I’ve got these guys, and I think they go really well with the aesthetic of Dark Eldar. The bark bodies are painted along roughly the same lines as the Kabalite armour, meaning that they slip into the overall army quite well. The hair has been shaded blue, which also helps to integrate them, though their weapons have a weird purple glow, which I think goes quite well overall!

Of course, I then moved house in August, and painting opportunities were few and far between as I got settled in and all the rest of it. However, I’ve still managed to get some more units fully painted:

I love Wracks! A lot of DE players will tell you they’re no good in this edition, but I  really enjoy fielding my Covens units with these guys running around. My current tally of them is now at 20, along with a Raider and Venom specific to them, and they just look awesome! Notably, this is the first time I’ve actually used the Blood for the Blood God paint on any miniatures, and I think it really helps add to the slaughterhouse feel of these miniatures.

I really enjoy the fact that Dark Eldar kits have these bits that can be interchanged and whatnot to create a very distinctive army. Having the vehicles crewed by the specific type of unit – be it Kabalite, Wych or Wrack – is something I think is very important, and I love the fact that this model came together so well in the end. Definitely one of my favourites of the whole force, I have to say!

Five more Wracks, which I just absolutely love! I think these are possibly the only kit I’ve built that I enjoy building and painting the regular troops…

Finally, I’ve finished a third regular Raider for the Kabalite Warriors that I have now, but more importantly, I’ve finally gotten round to painting the conversion of my actual kabal’s Archon, Aestra Khromys! I built her in July, before I moved house, so I’m really pleased to finally have her done!

So…

This is something that I was a bit wary of, but I knew I’d messed up with Kabalite Warriors along the way because of building Trueborn and the Archon, so wanted to check exactly what I have.

As it turns out, I have 2,395 points of Dark Eldar fully painted right now, which actually blows my mind right now!

Of course, this doesn’t take account of the amount of stuff I have unpainted/partially painted…

Drukhari catch-up!

Hey everybody!
Well, it’s been quite the slog at times, but I’m pleased to announce that, this week, I’ve not only finished my initial Dark Eldar Oath project from back in February, but I’ve also started to add more miniatures to the ranks! Well, kinda…

Back in February, my local Games Workshop started a painting project where we all picked a new army for the new year (we were a little late getting it all sorted), and we had six months to paint up a 1000-point list. Of course, 7th Edition was still a thing, and I’d already started to build and paint Dark Eldar, so I went along with making up a list there. You can read all about my initial efforts with the dark kin here.

Over the course of the last few months, then, I’ve been trying to get paint on this thousand-point list, though was initially pretty stumped by the vehicles. I mean, I’m fine with painting infantry, and even the odd monster, but vehicles seem to just get me every time. I had the same issue with the Necron stuff, and the only thing I’ve managed to complete for the Space Marine stuff is that Alpha Legion Rhino, which isn’t my finest work! So having a pretty mechanised army was a bit of a stumbling block, I have to say!

However, I think I’ve managed to pull it all back quite well, and this weekend got the list finished! It wasn’t my original 1000-point list, as 8th Edition had kinda messed with that to the point where I wouldn’t be able to fit everything in. One Raider was cut out, and the Trueborn had to be re-done with their weapons options, but I’m finally at the point where the army is done!

I’m actually really happy with it, in the end. Sure, the faces are always going to cause me grief – but this is tabletop standard, I’m not trying to win any awards with them! I just want a fully-painted force, done to the best of my ability.

Costed precisely how each model is built, I’ve worked this out to be 1010 points, or 53 power, in the new edition. But that includes stuff like the power sword on the Dracon, which I’m not sure I actually want to use in the game. The first game, incidentally, is lined up for tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to come back with some thoughts on how they play in the not-too-distant future!

I’ve also been finishing off a few other models for the Dark Eldar, which had been built for the original list. Initially, both Kabalite Warrior squads were in Raiders, but the increased points on vehicles has meant that I can only take one now. That said, a Raider is the same points cost as my current Kabalite Trueborn build, so I could always swap them out.

I still have a Ravager and a Venom that have been partially finished for a while now, so I hope to get those models completed soon enough! In the meantime, though, I’ve been working on a third squad of Warriors, and also getting round to painting the Reaver Jetbikes! Exciting times ahead, I must say!!

Preparing for 8th Edition

Hey everybody!
I’ve got my first game(s) of 8th Edition Warhammer 40k scheduled for tomorrow, and have been thinking a lot about list-building and the like in advance of this. I’m taking Necrons, and my opponent will be fielding Orks, so I have no idea what to expect there beyond a massive green tide. My Necrons list is primarily Immortals and Lychguard – the Immortals now fielded as groups of 10 to help with the Reanimation Protocols changes. It’s very basic, especially seeing as how Lychguard are such a points-sink now that taking even five of the buggers can mean you’ve got very little room for anything else! I’m also including three Wraiths, though I’m still weighing up whether I want to bring them or another squad of Immortals… Despite the new edition stuff, I still feel that Necrons are the faction I feel most at home with, and so I’m excited to see how they work and stuff!

I’ve also been thinking about Dark Eldar, or Drukhari as they’re now known, and trying to come up with a decent list to finally get the kabal to the tabletop. I’ve played with Necrons before so, despite the rules changes, I think I’m still most comfortable with them. Trying to develop a Drukhari list, I initially thought about just adapting my current list that I’d been building towards since the new year, but which had been written for 7th Edition. I’ve come up with the following, anyway, and don’t really know how good it would be (especially with me at the helm!) but I really want to try these folks out soon!

Drukhari list v1

So this list is my first attempt at creating an army specifically for 8th. Dark Lances seem to be the thing here, with Strength 8 and AP -4, putting out D6 shots to boot, I suppose it’s clear to see why. The blaster is a shorter-range version of this, so I’ve kept them wherever they can go, as well. It’s a very shooty army, of course, which is kinda what I’d been expecting from the Drukhari when I first started looking into them.

I did have some spare points that I didn’t want to turn into just more of the same, so have devoted them to some Arena-folk, a squad of Wyches and a trio of Reavers. Aside from hopefully prompting me to finally start painting the jetbikes that have been built and primed since new year, this is very much an experimental list and I’d like to change it up every so often, playing around with this 200-point slot by adding in maybe some Scourges or some Hellions as time moves on, and I can get more games in. I don’t yet want to go heavily changing it up for Coven units, but I have got quite a few painted now, so I could well end up slipping some Wracks in here before long…

The basic idea is to have pretty much everything flying around the table shooting stuff up. The Wyches are the only unit not in a vehicle, simply because I can’t fit another one in, but I’m thinking I should be able to clear away enough threats to get them into close combat with the amount of shots I’ll be firing from everything else each turn. I’m considering shrinking the squad to five, and giving them a Venom, however; while it is cool to have the special weapons in my Kabalite squads, the splinter weapons are definitely easier to keep track of, as they always wound on a 4+, so there’s less “What’s your toughness, again?” questions to ask!

But I definitely want to try out this list as it stands, before making any further amendments!

So how does this fare with what I’ve got built and painted to date?

I’ve got the Warriors and the Wyches done, and one squad of Trueborn isn’t far off – I’d painted them with haywire blasters, as that was the thing for 7th of course, but have got two built up with dark lances, so just need to get them finished. And then five more built and painted… The vehicles are always my major bugbear, however! I’ve got to pull my finger out on that front, and try to get them finished for the 1000-point Oath army that I’ve previously talked about, as well!

I think there’s going to be a lot of work taking place over the next few days with these guys, anyway!!

How’s everybody else faring with 8th so far? Hopefully you’ve been getting a lot of exciting games in! I keep hearing really positive things about all of the changes, anyway, so I’m really excited to get my miniatures onto the tabletop and into battle!