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Eldar Corsairs Kill Team

Eldar Corsairs Shadow War: Armageddon Mourning Hawks Coterie

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Ioldanach

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I was able to play some Shadow War: Armageddon recently, a solo game in which I pitted some Black Dragons Space Marines against some Dire Avengers. I had a great deal of fun, so I've decided to build a "proper" "Craftworld Eldar" kill team. My original intent was to use some Rogue Trader era Space Elves with some 2nd edition Eldar, but I found a mother lode of Eldar minis in my garage this afternoon, so I've replaced some of those more characterful Space Elves with other 2nd edition Eldar Guardians (I'll turn those Space Elves into character models and veteran corsairs at a later date).

Rules-wise, this will be a straight up Craftworld Eldar kill team (which means Dire Avengers, with some Guardian Defenders). The models will be painted up in my DIY Eldar Corsairs Coterie colors (along with a larger full WH40K Eldar Corsairs army later, of course).

You can see the army list here (if you're interested in that sort of thing).
 

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The "Dire Avenger Exarch" (Felarch) will be represented by an OOP Farseer model. His rune armor represents the Aspect armor and shimmershield well enough, and I figure a patient explanation that his "Avenger shuriken catapult" is a proxy for some sort of psychic attack (so I guess he's a froggy Void Dreamer Felarch) should do.

The first "Dire Avenger" (Eldar Corsair) will be represented by an OOP Guardian Defender. He's pretty straightforward, and this mini is often used to represent more archaic style Dire Avengers, so no explanation should be needed.

The second "Dire Avenger" (Eldar Corsair) will be represented by another OOP Guardian Defender. This one, too, is pretty straightforward and often used for Dire Avengers by players, so no problem.

And the "Guardian Defender Gunner" (Eldar Corsair Gunner) will be represented by an OOP Eldar Gunner. This one is really straightforward.

Not shown is the OOP grav gun (Scatterlaser).

I've decided to use a dark purple for two reasons. First, I haven't seen a lot of Eldar armies, Craftworld or Corsair, painted purple (yes, I've seen Dark Eldar painted purple, but I'll get over it). Second, going back to the Rogue Trader lore, the Eldar pirates and mercenaries favored dark colors, including purple. Note that I'm not aiming for a necessarily "uniform" appearance. While I'm aiming for a more mercenary type company of Eldar Corsairs (as opposed to the sadistic Eldar Pirates from 1st edition that were turned into the Dark Eldar in 3rd edition), I want them to look more like a crew of individuals. I'll do my best to apply some element of cohesion in terms of the coterie's color, purple, and its rune, but I want it to look more like a gang of pirates and less like His Majesty's Royal Navy.

You can see the (hopefully final) basic color scheme at right. The orange bits on the jump pack vanes are the thorn motif of Biel Tan. I'm not set on the color yet (I've used Trollslayer Orange in this one). The intent is to add some visual break up, introducing a pattern on a relatively flat area. The lore-based reason has to do with the coterie itself, which operates as an ally with Biel Tan, with many of the corsairs, including the Corsair Prince, hailing from Biel Tan. Of course, the Ynnari have screwed that all up, which adds some interesting background elements.

I have something in mind for the "Autarch" special operative (Corsair Prince), but nothing for the Wraithguard/Wraithblade (since the Eldar Corsairs have no ghost warriors within their coteries). Since the "Autarch" comes with Swooping Hawk Wings, though, I'll need to convert up some suitably fancy Corsair jump pack vanes for a conversion. That will take some time, so I'll stick to the initial kill team for now.

Edited by Ioldanach, 30 January 2018 - 10:47 AM.

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Eldar Corsairs: SWA Kill Team List | SWA Kill Team Miniatures WIP | Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules
Craftworld Eldar: (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules) Black Guardians | Howling Banshees | Striking Scorpions
Dark Eldar: (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules) Kabalite Trueborn
Inquisition: Ordos (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules)

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Lovely old models :tu:
Looking forward to seeing them painted, and to reading some battle reports :)

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I've made one change to the lineup. I plan on using the OOP farseer as a Void Dreamer in my (eventual) Eldar Corsairs army, so I've replaced that model with another of the OOP "Guardian" models for my Dire Avengers Exarch:

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He's clearly holding a diresword and shuriken pistol, and there is a shuriken catapult slung on his back. The only thing I'll have to add will be a shimmershield.

These are old lead/pewter models, though, so I need to file down the mold lines before I get to painting.
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Inquisition: Ordos (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules)

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So good to see the old stuff getting some lov'n :tu:


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You gonna add the runes on them or the soulstones?


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Each of the models I'm using for the kill team has a waystone on his chest, with one or two of the models having additional stones. Since this coterie remains somewhat aligned with its craftworld past, each of the corsairs will have at least one stone. Most of the corsairs will have only one stone, though, as they are still Outcast and I want to maintain that visual difference from their craftworld cousins.

One or two of the models will also sport the rune, though there won't be a standardized placement or color. While I want the kill team (and the eventual corsair army) to have some visual coherence, one element I want to promote is the individuality of each member. This is like a street gang, with each member sporting the gang's colors to show their loyalty, but each still dressed differently to show their own personality. Some of the members will have very decorative elements on their armor, while others will be much more plain.

That's the plan, anyways. msn-wink.gif
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Eldar Corsairs: SWA Kill Team List | SWA Kill Team Miniatures WIP | Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules
Craftworld Eldar: (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules) Black Guardians | Howling Banshees | Striking Scorpions
Dark Eldar: (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules) Kabalite Trueborn
Inquisition: Ordos (Homegrown SWA Kill Team Rules)





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