Sunday, 14 July 2013

Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter progress 6

Work continues on the Hemlock! With the yellow sections completed I moved on the black / blue ones. The first order of business was to mask all the painted area to protect them. It took me almost two hours to apply the masking tape, following the many curves of the Hemlock hull.

With the masking tape in place, I proceeded to apply thin layer after thin layer of Vallejo Model Color German Grey

When the German Grey was dry I proceeded to paint the blue areas following the same progression I used on my Wraithknight

Finally, after the blue paint was dry, I unpacked the model!

There are a few spot in witch the masking failed to protect the yellow areas but nothing major.

Next up: highlighting black!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter progress 5

Yellow complete! Here is the Hemlock after the final highlight steps ...

.. and after I washed it with the midtone yellow to unify all the blendings

Next up: black (kinda)!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter progress 4

Hi guys,
I made some progress on the Hemlock yesterday and tonight. After masking the already painted sections I covered the model in white primer.

Tonight I started on the yellow section of the hull. I'm using the same recipe I used on my Wraithknight so the first layer was a mix of Vallejo Model Air Ochre and Wood.

Then it was time for Golden Yellow. Here is a "before and after" kind of picture of the two yellow layers:

With the second layer complete it was time to clean the airbrush before calling it for tonight

Tomorrow I should be able to complete the last two highlight steps of my yellow recipe.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter progress 3

Work continues on the Hemlock Wraithfighter. For the last stage of assembly I primed the tail section, the cockpit interior, the cockpit itself and the tail engine thingy. When the primer was dry I applied the first layer of yellow. When that was dry, I glued all the bits together and then left the model alone until the glue was fully cured

The next step was to attach the engine pods fins and fill the gaps with greystuff

After that, I did the same for the main dorsal fin

When the greystuff was fully dry, I sanded it and then washed the model again. The Hemlock is currently drying, waiting for the final primer coat.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Eldar Hemlock Wraithfighter progress 2

Hi guys, a quick update on the Hemlock Wraithfighter

All the bits are mould-line free, gap filled, greenstuffed and pinned! And now it's time for a bubble bath ;)

As you can see I'm keeping him in pieces as I'm going to paint it in stages like I did for the Wraithknight

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

First game with the new Eldar

Last night I played my first game with the new Eldar codex, a 1500 points game against Space Marines

My list was the following:

- Spiritseer
- 5x Wraithblades
- Wave Serpent, Scatter Laser, Shurinken Cannon, Spirit Stones, Holofields

- 5x Dire Avangers
- Falcon, Scatter Laser, Spirit Stones, Holofields

- 5x Dire Avangers
- Wave Serpent, Scatter Laser, Shurinken Cannon, Spirit Stones, Holofields

- 5x Rangers

- 8x Warp Spiders (in reserves)

- Fire Prism, Spirit Stones, Holofields

- Wraithknight, Suncannon

The mission was Purge the Alien with Dawn of War deployment. My opponent got first turn and played with two tactical squads (one in a ruin and one in a Rhino), Vulkan and 5 SS/TH Terminators in a Land Raider, a Master of the Forge, a Thunder Fire cannon and a Dreadnought (the one with AV13). He basically castled up in two ruins after he boosted their cover saves to 3+ with his Techmarine and Master of the Forge.

I deployed my Rangers in a ruin in the middle of my deployment area, the two Serpents behind a ruin on their left and the Falcon, Prism and Knight behind a ruin on the right. I failed to steal initiative.

In the first turn nothing major happened, he took a hull point from my Prism and one of the Serpent by glancing them. I took a wound from the Thunderfire cannon and the Master of the Forge and glanced his Dreadnought

He hid is Master of the Forge inside the ruin and then killed four of my Ranges with the Thunderfire in his second turn but the lone survivor passed his morale check. Also he put a glance on my Falcon but nothing else. Jink + Holofields is really really good! I focused on the Rhino and the Thunderfire while blasting the other tactical squad with the Serpent Shield from one of my transport killing a single Marine.

The real turning point of the game happened in turn three: he run the Rhino away and popped smokes and then fired the Cannon and the Dreadnought flamers against my Wraightknight but he could not wound him. He charged the Knight with the Dread but with I5 I went first and managed to put two pens on it and the AP2 bonus got me and explosion result.

My Spiders came in from reserves and I deep striked them near his Rhino. The Falcon finally exploded the Rhino and he rolled a 1" radius for the explosion blast. One of his marines died in the explosion and I finished the squad by firing at it first with the Wraightknight and then with the Spiders. I also moved my two Serpents flat-out toward the other ruins, planning to shoot everything at then in the next turn and then assault the survivors with the Wraithblades

We stopped the game there because he conceded at that point. His Land Raider was in my deployment zone and the whole of my force (except the lone Ranger) was in his so the final result was 5 to 1 victory points for me.

My impressions from this first game:

- Target Lock is awesome, don't leave home without a Scatter Laser
- Holofields are worth every penny (and they are cheaper now)
- The Suncannon is very good
- I never fired the Shuriken Cannons so maybe I could drop them
- The Falcon is not nearly as bad as we read on various forum
- The Lance shoot from the Prism look good on paper but you could not count on it at 100%

I'm basing this on a single game and my opponent played very defensively but.. so far Eldar looks good :)