A word to the wise

"Ask not the Eldar a question, for they will give you three answers, all of which are true and terrifying to know." - Inquisitor Czevak Turns out, the answers are; "Oh, just a few days", "Our friends will be here shortly" and "We have quite the appetite".

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Warp Spider Phoenix Lord - Update #3

Mariano has been hard at work, developing the "spider" limbs. Now we're starting to see the more menacing details appearing with two of the four armatures, with power blades fixed, akin to scything/grappling talons for mobility and offensive capabilities. Coupled with its Phoenix Lord spinnerette rifle, I'd hate to be the designated target this thing goes after.

Now, on to the goodies!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Warp Spider Phoenix Lord WIP - Update #2

Mariano, not 30 minutes ago has improved my Monday ten fold with these recent WIP photos :)

With the integrated "Warp Jump Generator" now part of the suit, the first shoulder guard pieces down and head formed, small pincers (not shown) will goon after the next baking phase.

The holes in the back and side of the torso will be where the scything talon style armatures will lock in, adding quad power blades into the mix.

One of the scything power blades to be hooked into the integrated Warp Jump Generator.

Note, the weapons are still WIP, now that the general shape has been formed.

Stay tuned for the next update! Weapons and shoulder plates to be added soon.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Video Update: The "unboxed" so far...

Again, please excuse the lighting - the macro of a camera phone is probably the worst thing to use for something like this. More lighting to go in the top and bottom to "fill" the case, not just the shelves. If you want the high resolution images of what is here on the shelves, check the rest of the site as all the individual goodies are here (including the ones not unboxed yet!). Enjoy!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Commissioned Sculpt - Warp Spider Phoenix Lord WIP

When a miniature doesn't exist that you know is needed to make an already comprehensive Warhost that little more complete, what do you do? Put the feelers out for the best sculptors you can get your hands on and see what happens.

Well, something did happen, or I should say... is happening. Meet the WIP Warp Spider Phoenix Lord Mariano Pagotti is working on.

After a number of concept art pieces were submitted to Mariano, an agreement was made to see how badarse the elusive model could be manifested to life. Afterall, no one likes anything done by halves in this hobby.

So, with the cat out of the bag... or spider in this case, stay tuned for updates as this little ball of hurt grows into one of the missing pieces so wished for over the years.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Lights, Camera...

Phase two complete... well almost. Lights have been added to the display case as the boxes are unpacked onto the shelves, which are filling up very quickly. Somehow, believe it or not the case will hold around 2400 miniatures - War Machines included. At the moment, there are roughly 1600 painted miniatures, with about 800 left (80% of those off to Titan Miniatures, with the remainder to my existing commissioned artists - the awesome bunch they are!).

I'll admit, the first time I flicked the lights on, it was in "disco" mode, which, had I been epileptic... I'd have been in serious trouble. Perfect if you like to break out the glow sticks and party hard though, which I've been told the Eldar do a little too well *cough*Slannesh*cough*.

One more strip along the top to get light down through the shelves and all will be ready for the glass doors - then the Titans can go up. For those of you shouting "why not now?!", if any of you have had little people in the house, you will know pretty things demand touching, and while mine is pretty good all said and told... I'd rather not play the role of hostage negotiator with one of a kind Titans ;)

And as a bonus round, I had a dig through all my old Armorcast stuff on the weekend - this is a small portion of it, however I thought it may be worthy of a photo (note, half the Phantom and its addon kit is at a mates place). Yes that kit at the front is the ultra rare Bright Stallion Knight prototype.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Dras'Volharr - Permanent House Guests

*Updated! 20/03/2017

So I got sick of all the whining about "I can't see the TV", "Hey, Sputnik, got your head out of the way!", "Have you got any more snacks, or what?", deciding to build a display case in the living room... one where the aforementioned outbursts from the Dras'Volharr Craftworlders would be put to rest.

Somehow, in buying the house, I got lucky... and by lucky, I mean a double brick wall recess designed to hold over 100k of Eldar miniatures... seriously, its as if the space was destined for it. Guessing one of the Farseer's picked up on this upon inspection.

After 12 months, searching high and low for a builder to do the job, furniture stores who may have had a solution etc - I gave up and started looking into how I could do the job myself. Two months later, multiple trips to IKEA, Bunnings, Jaycar and making a few connections in China... all the parts are ready (or in transit).

*Many holes were drilled this day...

A wall space of 3.6m wide, 2.45 high and 55cm deep has been turned into an 8.1m2 display area. Each plexiglass shelf sporting its own LED strip lighting, wardrobe style glass lockable doors and storage space below and above for the full Warhost to be seen, oooh'ed and ahhhh'd over while playing Dawn of War 3 on the UHD TV (well... that's my nice little dream come April 27th).

*Note, the 4mm difference is now levelled... much grumpiness went into it

For a while now I've had people asking to see the full lot out on display and I've never had the space to do so... not to mention the time involved in unpacking so many miniatures - This is the kind of thing I'd like to limit in my lifetime. On the upside, it will give me back my fourth bedroom as a spare room, meaning if I've been naughty in buying the latest miniature for the Eldar collection I don't have to sleep on the couch haha (actually, I've never had this problem, bar the odd eye rolling moment).

*A Vampire Raider and Wraithknight for scale - Good times.

Ideally, I would like to have this all sorted out in the next month. With any luck, it will be ready before I kick off the next set of commissions with Titan Miniatures, so they have a space to return to once finished other than the back spare room!

And let's not forget Helge and the upcoming work for the battlescape... he has certainly not been forgotten in all of this ;)

Update: The shelves are now being populated!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Build it and they will come - A new unique sculpt

When you've got the bulk of prototype and unreleased miniatures in a collection, sometimes the next step is to start commissioning your own unique pieces to fill in the gaps.

Thanks to a friend of mine, I've been put in touch with a very talented individual who has taken on the job to do just that! A Mr Mariano Pagotti. Below is an example of his work with the Eldar's primary enemy;

So what is this gap filling piece you ask? Well, for now that's a bit of a secret - although as a hint, its a piece many Eldar players have wondered about for a good long while now. Let's just say it will have a nice little bit of back history in the Dras'Volharr tome once drafted.

On a side note, the display case is coming along nicely - having given up on the cabinet making industry, I decided to build it myself, for a total of 8.1 m2 of surface area over five shelves. The perks of building such a monster yourself is you can phase it in to suit a budget.

Very much looking forward to seeing the Warhost displayed on plexiglass LED lit shelving with the future intent of Mr.Helge's battle scape acting as a backdrop in due course.

Stay tuned, concept details to come over the next fortnight for this unique addition ;)

Monday, 30 January 2017

A New Contender - Titan Miniatures

After a lengthy hiatus (admittedly due to buying a house etc), this year's budget has been completed. So what does that mean for the Warhost? Let's just say a few things, probably the biggest though is a LONG discussed (last touched base over a year ago) proposal for the next major batch of miniatures to be painted, this time mostly armour and Rogue Trader miniatures.

Who or which studio is taking on this two year tenure of goodness? Arawn from Titan Miniatures.

A good deal of you have probably seen his work on Facebook pages over the years, however the lad is also a pretty keen 40k player (ranking 2nd in the Australian Independent Tournament Circuit!). A weapon with the brush and on the field ;)

I've taken the liberty of showcasing a little of Arawn's work below, followed by a list of goodies to be started in July this year (2017);

And the list? As follows;

9x Wraithknights (four of the FW variety)
20x Wraithlords (12 new, 6 old, 2 Spirit Walkers)
100+ Rogue Trader Harlequins
230+ Rogue Trader Guardians (including Jetbikes and some very old characters)
40+ New style Harlequins
30x 3rd Party Warp Spiders
30x 3rd Party Swooping Hawks
20x Armorcast Wave Serpents

...and to top it all off...

MK1 & 2 FW Scorpions & Cobra Super Heavy Tanks
3x FW Lynx Super Heavy Tanks
plus a bunch of new style Wraithguard (more than likely)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Birds of Prey - 3rd Party Swooping Hawks

What a way to end 2016, a year that has been rough as heshin underwear for most people. My good mate from Russia has been at it again, this time with our skyward, grenade pooping magpies of death... the Swooping Hawks.

Now, many of you will know the previous works of Mr.Sergey, the Warp Spiders and howling Banshee Autarch. His Warp Spiders are one of the most sought after items and highest ranking post on this blog... just wait until I get them painted (yes, yes... I'm getting there... display case, then more paint). So, without further ado... the new Angry Birds!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Maugan Ra and Taldeer (DoW Farseer)

A couple of goodies graced my inbox today, it seems Mr.Vincent has definitely been tinkering away on a couple of the HQ models recently and definitely surprised me with these two new additions to the Warhost. As always, they're gorgeous...

For those of you unfamiliar with the Farseer, it is a fan made customer Dawn of War Taldeer... who got a makeover in the recent screen shots from DoW3, as a frickin Wraithknight incarnate - Yes, that's right... Taldeer, a Farseer as a Wraithknight. And you thought Eldrad was a dick. Prepare your anus monkey men.

As for Mr.Ra, well.. I think he will look smug flanked by 50 of his Aspect Kin. Good times ahead!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Eldar Sketchbook - Review Time!

So thanks to the generosity of my best mate, who snagged this at the local GW Bunker B'day celebrations whilst I was out of town, I've been lucky enough to spend the last 24 hours pouring over the book and all its tastiness.

What are we looking at? Basically a collection of Jes Goodwin's sketches dating back almost two decades. I will say up front though, if you have kept up with White Dwarf and the various Eldar books over the years, 99% of the contents have been seen - There is very little in the way of new goodies, or material that hasn't been released already. In a nutshell, it's a nice compendium of Jes' works, and probably not all of them at that.

Each page is littered with multiple angles of anything from the Fire Prism to Aspects to even the Forgeworld Nightwing Interceptor. The book itself would make a fantastic coffee table book, although given its limited edition nature, probably not the kind of collectable you want in the line of coffee stains or being worn down like a Woman's Day magazine at the local Doctors office. Definitely not at $83AUD a pop!

What could have made this feel a bit more special and limited edition like? Perhaps consolidating original artworks from the likes of MG and Co (I still drool at these artworks and would kill for some of his originals), or perhaps sketches of ideas yet to be produced (or abandoned)... Never fear though, these glorious relics of the Eldar are still floating around the Internet (and kindly provided below).

And an old MG favorite...