[9-4-17] Willmark's Dark Elf Army Blog- Project Rebirth


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Hi Willmark,

As it happens I was just reading your posting about the dark elf war altar yesterday and wondering if I should do some threadromancy and ask you if you have completed that altar. I´m involved in a joint effort to create a dark elf army for a friend of mine and now as I´ve done what I originally promised to paint for that project I´m looking for the next thing to do. I´ve started a repeating bolt thrower but at the same time I´m really concidering doing a war altar myself too.

So if you got your altar done I would really like to see what it became.

-VK
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Post Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:03 pm

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Greetings VK. I should incorporate that into this thread. Will do later.

Right now it is complete and undercoated but I have not started painting it yet. Something perhaps for the new year.
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:03 pm

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Update
Two units are underway
One is the crossbowmen who I'm angling to get to 20. They are actually fun to paint. I was able to modify one into a standard bearer as noted. As far as the paint job. Can't say I thought it up but the excellent mini paint jobs here were too good to pass up: https://thelostandthedamned.wordpress.c ... true/feed/

So while not exactly as is I've added a few minor changes like the crossbows, in all this should be fun so blatant mimicking? You bet! This also works as my unit of 10 Cold One Knights should fit in well. The cold ones themselves are fairly well done so they only need to be touched up. The riders will be stripped of paint and redone. The color scheme is green and yellow on the knights so green and purple here to with touches of black? We'll see.

Crossbowmen underway:
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Second is Mengil Manhide's Dark Elves. Rather then "waste" them as Shadows I'm thinking of getting 9 more and they can be my second unit of 20 warriors filling out the compulsory choices. In the past I had used 20 plastic ones from the 4th/5th edition ranges...
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:14 pm

Re: [12-30-16] Willmark's Dark Elf Army Blog- Project Rebirt

Update
As noted here is my Dark Elf War Altar from a different thread. This is the original post and all updates will go from here.

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To the best of my knowledge I haven't seen one on the web and as we all know, GW didn't create one back in the day... So...

Now I'm working on my Nippon Army over at Dogs of War Online and of course I'm looking through the Warhammer Armies book and Dark Elves are the only ones who can utilize Nippon. This of course leads me to digging out my entire Dark Elf army with its crappy circa 1991 paint job :cry: A few nights later I've stripped a ton of paint and am sorting and arranging models. So not only am I creating a Nippon army, but now I'm apparently working on a Dark Elf one (again) as well.

Then I get to the Witch Elves. I have 14 citadel ones & 8 Marauder ones. Now, normally I like/love Marauder minis, but not the Witch Elves, thus they get set aside. I'm not telling anyone here that the 3rd edition witch elves don't have a lot of dynamic poses and only one with her hands above shoulder level, making it tough to haul a war altar. This puts a crimp in my plans for a war altar now doesn't it? So what to do? Conversion time! As you see, not only did the witch elf model in particular that I used work for the altar but for a standard bearer too. I went with the same model because as you can see in the pics the left arm works perfectly to drill through and use a rod for the altar poles. The right arms I had to cut off and reposition and glue with some gray/green stuff coming later.

Some further thoughts: I debated going with a 40mm base in the vein of what I did with my chaos dwarf general over at CDO, but it didn't really work; too big and a tad too long. I even had another extra base for a dwarf Throne of Power, but that didn't work either. In the end I had to start creating it from scratch. Right now its pretty basic. Still not sure what I'm going to put on the top. I also remembered some old regimental bases for the bearers, but alas no round insert parts. While doing this I did noticed that three 20 mm bases in a line (20 mm by 60 mm) would work perfectly and allow it to fit into the regiment of Witch Elves.

Next up is a movement base for the unit and as you can also see I need two more Witch Elves with the human flesh from Mengil Manhide's regiment for the additional altar guard and two more 3rd edition Witch Elves and I'll have a regiment of 20.

Enough talk here are the photos:

Here is where I started at as the basis of the conversion.
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Snap to ladies!
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Lining up
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Lift on three!
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Front View
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The regiment WIP (once again? 25+ years later???)
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Post Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:07 pm

Re: [12-30-16] Willmark's Dark Elf Army Blog- Project Rebirt

Lovely work, glad to see someone is getting some dark elves painted, because I'm not
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Post Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:54 am

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100th post! Woot.

Many thanks Ardyer.

All- there seems to be a lot of interest being generated in my war altar, never would have guessed that. So with that in mind here is one WIP photo. Not anywhere near done, but you can see the progress on them while I'm working on my first crossbowmen unit too.

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As you can see I've added some washers to the base of Morrslieb, it was tottering around quite a bit and it dawned on me: duh Willmark, it just needs a bit of weight.
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Post Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:25 pm

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Nice progress on the altar. No danger of me overtaking you. I'm looking forward to seeing the regiment with the altar in its middle, it'll be something quite special!
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Post Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:59 am

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Update
Still working on both the crossbow unit and the war altar. As it is the crossbowmen are a bit more complete with the first 10 nearly the finish line. Naggaroth is the Land of Chill so it makes sense to paint their bases with snow similar to what I'm doing with my revamped 5th edition chaos force.

Anyways, here they are, I have a line on four more plastic crossbowmen to round out the unit.

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3rd edition dark elf crossbowmen? There are not that many out there on the web so thanks to Subedai for the inspiration again.
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Post Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:35 am

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Update
Still a WIP but the last four crossbowmen arrived by mail couldn't prime them as the super glue was drying. The other 16 are now complete as is the standard bearer. I'll get some photos of that shortly.

Of note is the fact when placed in two ranks the back rank will poke the front ranks with their crossbows. Simple matter to shift the back rank back on their bases by cutting the plastic slotta tabs.

The reason for a rank of twenty is I have another unit of 10. In battle the unit of twenty will be placed on a hill when possible and support the unit of 10 as they advance. Plus in bigger games I can deploy the unit of 20 as two, 10 man units.

Anyways, here they are as they stand now:
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Post Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:56 pm

[1-29-17] Willmark's Dark Elf Army Blog- Project Rebirth

Update
I've been a busy Dark Lord working on lots of stuff (Chaos Army and hobgoblin units for my Chaos Dwarfs), some wood elf stuff, Dwarfs, etc. With that said I was able to finish off my first unit of my refurbished Dark Elf army. No points for guessing, yes my first unit of crossbowmen. 20 strong; the unit is to march forward and secure ground. My other unit is primed and comprised of 10. The idea in battle is advance one unit then the other to allow one unit to fire while the other is marching, or to place the unit of 10 as far forward to fire and march the unit of 20.

Still not done with the banner but I have yet to figure out what I want to add and after I took these pictures I finished touching up the leader's face.

As you can see the army will have snow covered ground for the bases and movement trays, fitting as they sweep from the icy north of Naggaroth.

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