|Kruellagh the Vile - Des Hanley|
Ever since their introduction in the 3rd Edition of Warhammer 40,000, the Dark Eldar have always peaked my interest. Portrayed as deeply depraved and sadistic raiders, traveling the void praying upon the unwary, the Dark Eldar have always been a force that demanded attention. Some of the original imagery done by Des Hanley and Wayne England is superb and still sticks with me today. The image of Kruellagh the Vile slaughtering that Imperial guardsman with her Soul Flayer is particularly memorable.
|Haemonculus - Wayne England|
Needless to say, when the Dark Eldar were finally revisited in the Fall of 2010, I eagerly set out to start an army of the Dark Lords of Commorragh. Fortunately, the army received royal treatment, with nearly every unit and model being designed and sculpted by Games Workshop’s master modeller Jes Goodwin. This attention resulted in the most consistent and uniform range of miniatures Games Workshop has released for a Warhammer 40,000 army. Each of the plastic kits were designed and planned so well that nearly every piece from one set is interchangeable with the others (and many of the Dark Elf plastics too!). This interchangeability even spills over into many of the the new character models (the Archon with Husk Blade and Soul Trap for instance), presenting a wealth of conversion possibilities.
This post will mark the first of many detailing my progress assembling a Dark Eldar army. For this first installment, I want to talk about my initial efforts in tackling the Dark Eldar Headquarters section. The Headquarters section for me is typically one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of building an army. The Dark Eldar codex is filled with interesting and effective Headquarter options, making choosing an initial model tricky. Eventually I opted for an Archon wielding a Husk Blade and a Soul Trap (eager to try one of the codex’s new options over the trusty old agonizer...).
As a bit of a homage to the older Dark Eldar range, I decided to use the old Kruellagh the Vile model as a base for the conversion. If any of you remember the model, you will probably recall that both her hands and feet looked awful.
|Kruellagh the Vile - horrible hands, feet, name...|
|Off with her legs!|
|The new Dark Eldar components even fit well with the old models!|
|And now to build the rest of the army...|
- Harlon Nayl