40K - Aeldari

The Eldar were my force real force for Warhammer 40K. 40K figures weren't easy to get in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in the late 80s but I managed to put together a small force of them. Probably only a few squads worth of metal guardians - but they saw a lot of action back in the day. I sold them all for $40 and have regretted the decision ever since. Thank goodness I hung on to my harlequins.

(Sure, I had that very first box of plastic marines - where did they ever end up!? - But that was mostly because they were the first 40K figures to show up and at $20 for 30 dudes - it was a pretty sweet deal - the eldar were the first force I had a few units of, that I'd put some thought into  and a cohesive paint  scheme)

Over the intervening decades I have reacquired a number of the same miniatures - plus a fair few newer ones. Now I have enough amassed to field and entire "Brigade" Detachment of Assuryani (Craftworld Eldar) - If I ever manage to get them all painted.

More recently Amanda bought a force of Drukhari for me to paint for her to play with.


Assuryani

 A War Host of Assuryani from the Biel-Tim fleet - an offshoot of the Biel-Tan craft world.




The fieldable force, so far; a "Battalion" detachment with a Farseer, two Warlocks, ten Dire Avengers, ten Rangers, ten Warp Spiders and three Wraithlords. Not pictures are the Autarch and four Dark Reapers.

Headquarters



Asuryani HQ options - An Autarch and her Farseer and Warlock councillors.



Autarch Xidrilliel of the Biel-Tim fleet. She doesn't often show up to lead a Battle Host, but when she does it is a mission of vital importance.



This Warhost of the Biel-Tim is usually lead into battle by Eldar Seers and Warlocks.



Farseer Thymiltelyir



Warlocks Adrellewi and Bro'wyn

More pictures of the Farseer and Warlocks can be found here:

The Farseer's Council


Troops



Almost a squad of Guardians (I finished them up for the Shadow War: Armageddon campaign I ran in February of 2018) I just need to finish up a weapon platform and crew to finish off the first squad. I should have three of these. The uniforms for all my guardians will be (mostly grey armour) with (mostly) Purple helmets - but the helmets might include some patterning or different coloured stripes to differentiate the squads from one another.



One squad of Dire Avengers. I did the plumage/crests differently to more easily identify who was who in Shadow War: Armageddon. I'm not sure how I'm going to do the other two squad differently...? A different contrasting colour on the crests...? I have two more squads like this to finish up.



Second squad of Dire Avengers.

I currently have ten more Dire Avengers to paint up for a third, larger, squad. At some point it might be nice to pick up another ten to field three full squads of ten.




First Squad of Rangers.



Rather than some sort of terrestrial coloured camouflage I went with something far more alien. The smocks are reversible (on a few you can see an alternate reddish/warm colour camouflage pattern peaking through)

More pics of them here: Aeldari Rangers



Second Squad of Rangers



Camouflage cape details. More pictures of this squad can be found here:

MORE Aeldari Rangers

I have one more squad of Rangers to paint up.





Elites



Howling Banshees - a mix of old and not-quite-so-old Banshee models. I still have an Exarch to paint of this squad. It would be nice to track down three more for a full squad of ten, at some point.

I also have Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions to paint up for MORE elites...


Fast Attack




One squad of ten Warp Spiders

I have another ten Warp Spiders to paint up for a second unit.

I also have Swooping Hawks for Fast Attack options.


Heavy Support




Three Wraithlords.

I have a third I just need to finish up.



Dark Reapers.

At some point I would like to add to this squad. I could have up to ten in the unit...

Still To Do...

I have enough prepped and primed Eldar that I could field an entire "Brgade" detachment of them once they're all painted. When it is complete the force will look a little like this:

Headquarters
2x Farseer @ 6 = 12 PL
5x Warlocks (Individuals or in a Conclave) 9-10 PL
1x Baharroth 6 PL
1x Fuegan 8 PL

Troops
3x Guardian Squads (10)  @5 = 15 PL
3x Ranger Squads (5) @ 3  = 9 PL
2x Dire Avenger Squads (5) @ 3 = 6PL
1x Dire Avenger Squad (10) @ 6 = 6 PL

Elites
2x Striking Scorpion Squads (5) @ 4 = 8PL
1x Howling Banshee Squads (5)  3PL
1x Fire Dragon Squads (5) 6 PL

Fast Attack
2x Warp Spider Squads (10) @9 = 18PL
1x Swooping Hawks (5) 3 PL

Heavy
3x Wraith Lords @8 = 24 PL
1x Dark Reaper Squads (3) 4 PL

That's about 125 miniature adding up to 138 Power Level (should be just over 2500 points)

There are a couple units, listed above, that I have and extra figure or two that I could add in if constructing a force with points (or not counting anything - power level OR points). With Power Level you get troops in batches of set numbers and if you have less than the full number - for example a unit of 5 Howling Banshees is 3 Power Level, you can add up to five additional Banshees for +3 Power Level... so a unit of 10 Howling Banshees is 6 Power Level. However, a unit of 6 Howling Banshees is ALSO 6 Power Level...

I also have an old Armorcast Revenant Titan and a Tempest Heavy Grav Tank. Not sure what to field The Tempest as - as there are no longer any tanks like the Tempst in production. There is the Scorpion Heavy grab tank... which has a twin Pulsar cannon which looks a bit like the old tempest... The Scorpion is a Lord of War and armorcast model is a lot smaller, though. If I were to field those I guess they'd have to go in separate Auxiliary Super Heavy Detachments... Unless I got a second Tempest or second Revenant - then they could be fielded together in a regular Super Heavy Detachment!


EPIC Eldar!

I also have a load of Epic Eldar for when the Biel-Tim gets into some really big engagements...



I was originally planning to use these with Future War Commander. Each stand representing a platoon of infantry or vehicles. So this would represent about company sized detachments of Fire Dragons and Striking Scorpions - with their own organic Falcon AIFVs... Some additional Falcons - with no infantry to carry about just yet. a couple platoon-sized groups of jet bikes - likely recognizance elements. And some Warpsiders and allied Harlequins.



A large company-sized force of Striking Scorpions.



Dedicated transport for he above Striking Scorpion aspect warriors - Falcon Grav "tanks". Despite being referred to as "tanks", they do have the capacity to transport infantry, so I think of them more as AIFVs.



A Headquarters Element for the above Striking Scorpions.



Dedicated Transport and HQ element for some Fire Dragon aspect Warriors.




Three Warpsider aspect warrior elements with an HQ Element.



Still To Do...

I have loads and loads of Guardians and Falcon grav tanks to do - as well as a few more aspect warriors and other stuff. I also have THREE Eldar Phantom Titans and two smaller Revenant Scout Titans (though they are not the same style as my larger 28mm Armourcast Revenant Scout Titan).



Harlequins

These are some of the oldest minitures I own with their original paint jobs.



The Original force. I painted these over 20 years ago. Not bad for teenage Tim.



Leading the Troupe is the Troupe Master - armed with a Shuriken Pistol, Power Sword, and Prismatic Grenades. He also has a Flip Belt and a Holo-suit (are are all the Harelquins in this force). Power Level 4 - HQ



Next is the Shadowseer - a powerful psyker - This fellow is supposed to be armed with a Shrunken Pistol, Halucinogen Grenade Launcher, and... a Miststave....? Well... we'll just PRETEND he is! Power Level 7 - HQ



The Solitaire stalks the battlefield alone with his Harlequin's Kiss and Harlequin's Caress... (the figure is actually carrying a Kiss and a Neuro Disruptor... but that apparently isn't allowed with the rules anymore, so we'll just call it a Harlequin's Caress...). Power Level 5 - Elite


Three Death Jesters provide some heavier firepower for the Troupe. These are three separate Character models that rove around the battlefield laying down pain. They are armed with Shrieker Cannons. Power Level 3 per model (9 total) - Elites



Finally the Troupe. Most are armed with a Shrunken Pistol and a Harlequin's Blade. One has a Fusion Pistol and a Harlequin's Kiss, another is sporting a power fist - which aren't allowed anymore so I called it a Harlequin's Embrace as it was close to the power fists stats... Power Level 6 - Troop.

Currently this force could be fielded as a Vanguard Detachment. If I added two more Troupes I could field it as a "Battalion" detachment and get a few more Command Points!

I doubt they will ever be a serious force unto themselves. I could see them showing up as a detachment allied to some other Aeldari. I guess if it were a small game (1000 points or less) I could field them on their own - or certainly they could be fielded as a Kill Team


Still To Do...

I have recently acquired a handful of more harlequins of the same vintage - two more Death Jesters and another Troupe of eight players. The trick will be to match the paint jobs of the older minis... One more player and I could split them up into three Troupes of five...


Drukhari 

The Dark Eldar of the city within the web ways.

In spring of 2018 I saw a complete force of Drukhari posted for a price I just couldn't walk away from and picked them up to put together a force that Amanda could play. So far, I have only managed to finish up a Kill Team worth of them.



Kill Team of the Crimson Wave Wych Cult.

to read more about the Kill Team check out this post:

Drukhari Kill Team


Still To Do...



I figure I have enough to do a Wych Cult "Battlalion" detachment, a Kabal Patrol Detachment, and another Wych Cult "Outrider" Detachment - with a combined Power Level of 97 - probably just shy of 2000 points. It will look a little like this:

Wych Cult "Battalion" Detachment 

Headquarters
2x Succubus @4 = 8 PL

Troops
5x Wyches (10) @4 = 20 PL

Fast Attack
1x Hellions (10) = 7 PL
2x Reavers (6) @6 = 12 PL


Kabal Patrol Detachment

Headquarters
1x Archon = 4 PL

Troops
2x Kabalites (10) @4 = 8 PL

Fast Attack
1x Scourges (5) = 5 PL


Wych Kult Outrider Detachment

Headquarters
1x Succubus = 4 PL

Trasport
1x Venom = 4 PL

Fast Attack
2x Hellions (10) @7 = 14 PL
1x Reavers (9) = 10 PL

The only thing I don't currently have is the Venom transport for the Succubus in the Outrider Detachment. I'm in no rush to pick it up, however, When I get the Battalion detachment done and start thinking about painting MORE Hellions and Reavers... then I'll worry about tracking down a Venom!

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