It is 2010, and i am in possession of Codex: Dark Eldar. Phil Kelly's reimagining of the most triangular army in 40K got me on the hook. In particular, i fell for a special character named Duke Sliscus. He hit all the right notes for me; an underpowered character with rules that provided a boost to the rest of the army. There wasn't a model for this character, and never would be. I set about making my own version out of the metal Archon model:
(The man himself. Inspiration for the army)
I hate this model. At the time i thought i was clever to combine parts from the Dark Elf Black Ark Corsairs. The armor was even more eye searing than my standard orange, as this was my test model for the army. The orange was tamed by being framed by the blue cloak. But, i knew it was too loud, even for me.
Another part of the old rules for Sliscus was that he gave out more potent poison to a unit of the army. I wanted this unit of Kabalites to stand out from the rest of the army, so i used the sea dragon cloacks from the same Black Ark Corsais (now found in the AoS Anvilgard collection).
Again, at the time i thought i was clever. These were harder conversion than i would have wanted, as i had no tools other than an Exacto knife. The color scheme "worked", and this was the most progress i had made on a unit in this army prior to The Good, The Bad, The Aeldari.
These are what I am currently working on.
There are 6 more of these devils who will make future appearances.
Here's what is going on with "Sliscus"
His armor had been coated with the same Hot Orange as the rest of the army. He will still stand out from the rest. I am ok with that. "Sliscus" is being converted into a Legends Archon. The option to take a Blaster on an Archon is something i have cherished ever since 5th edition. No matter what happens with the upcoming Codex release, i will have this guy ready if updated options are not as good.
Speaking of uncertainty, i've noticed a real run on Blasters on the secondary market. I anticipate a shortage of these weapons after the Codex drops. In the meantime i've been experimenting with Blue Stuff molds. I've found the one part of the Blaster that is hard to capture is the detail on the fluted barrel. So, i tried making a Green Stuff Blaster and chopped off a spare Blaster barrel from the Reaver Jetbike sprue.
It is a little bit bigger than the barrel of the Kabalite Blaster. But, i think it will work if i absolutely have to make it work. Working with Green Stuff details like the piping on the underside of the gun is hard with just an Exacto.
Edited by Snazzy, 06 December 2020 - 04:16 AM.