|Rogue Trader Era Eldar - Tony Hough|
The Polysmith built an Eldar Gladiator a little while back that captures some of the alien weirdness of the Eldar that was present in the old Rogue Trader imagery. Its elongated limbs really help to illustrate that it is not just a human with an oversized helmet, but a truly alien creature. Ever since seeing that model, we have wanted to try our hands at creating a model in the same spirit, but were not sure where to start. When the Ossiarch Bonereapers were released for Age of Sigmar, it occurred to us that they would be a great, albeit unconventional, basis for such an Eldar conversion. The bone warriors would allow for us to create armor that looked organic and ossified, as if made from wraithbone.
|Nameless Aeldari gladiator - The Polysmith|
|Eldar warrior sculpted in zbrush - The Polysmith|
When the army was released, we purchased the basic infantry unit, the Mortek Guard, and started to consider how to use them to build an Eldar warrior. As we thought about this, we realized how infrequently people convert Eldar for Inq28 projects. This lack of Eldar in Inq28, and Xenos races in general, seemed like a huge missed opportunity. We decided that this would be an excellent time to challenge the community as a whole to build some Eldar models, and use the Ossiarch Bonereapers to do it! And thus, the Bonereaper's Challenge was born. We would love it if you all took part in it!
+ Bonereaper Challenge +
The rules are for the challenge are simple: build an Eldar model that is partially based on one of the new Ossiarch Bonereaper models (they have a whole army’s worth of models to choose from!). We encourage anyone participating to be as creative and otherworldly as possible. There is no need to stick with the anatomy established by Games Workshop with their Eldar model ranges.
Feel free to post pictures of your creations on any social media platform with the tag: #bonereaperchallenge. You are welcome to email pictures to our blog email address (email@example.com) so that we can feature them on Between the Bolter and Me, showing Games Workshop that Eldar need more love and that their models could better reflect some of the classic and modern artwork. We do not have a fixed deadline for the challenge, knowing that people are busy with all sorts of other things. Just to name a few, Iron Sleet has an Invitational going on, people are preparing for LarsonicMiniatures Ondroma event, while others are building models for Ana's Sunhold event.
Adam’s work-in-progress Eldar
|Both the torso and legs of the model were lengthened to accentuate the lithe and alien nature of the Eldar pirate.|
|The Eldar warrior is about the height of a Primaris Space Marine, but much more slender.|
- Adam, Eric, and Greg Wier