Assembling Avengers

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Quite the crowd, looks to be fun. 🙂 The two fellows on the right are part of the six troops that I painted twenty years ago and they will serve as color guides for all of the new recruits. With the exception of the bright red knee-pads which remind me of Judge Dredd style body armor. :/

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They’re a little dusty, too long in storage. I also found I had no blue paint anymore, my blue ink from the Citadel Paints Expert set that I purchased in 1988 is still good though. Since I’m painting up all of these Avengers I’ll also work on their legendary commander;

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I have to look up his name but he’s some kind of super-shooty legend that I started to paint and then set aside for some reason. His time has come at last. Here is some lovely concept art showing the Avengers in action;

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I think I prefer the white helmet look that shows up so much in their artistic depictions, makes for a nice contrast with their dark blue armor.

Banshees & Procrastination

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Finally! Only took me twenty years after I purchased these models to complete them. I kept getting distracted while trying to focus on this project and ended up finishing a number of other projects at the same time. Some snakes to accompany my Lizardman horde;

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Another Space Ork Warlord from about eighteen years ago, he was still in the package;

Some of the other Eldar support troops also elbowed their way through the queue; here is a first release Harlequin Death Jester and Maugan-Ra the legendary hero of the Dark Reapers. Basically these are two guys who are really good at shooting big guns.

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Next up is the Dire Avenger crew, there’s a lot of them but I don’t think I’ll have the same mental block problems that I had with the Banshees.

Banshee Progress + Avengers

A nice small palette I said, which became eight colors somehow. I’m using Privateer Arcane Blue for the main body, with Privateer Pig Iron for some metallic bits high on the back and the mouth part of the mask, and my favorite Privateer paint: Brass Balls for weapons, gems, studs and mask bits.

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Citadel colors are: Abaddon black for the face, Mephiston Red for the helmets sashes, and some gems, Mournfang Brown (warm) for the holster and strap, Doombull Brown (dark) for the hair nbase and Balor Brown for the hair highlights. They’re coming along. 🙂

The next big Eldar unit that will be worked on will be the Dire Avengers; the Eldar masters of the galaxy’s most feared rifle; the Shuriken Catapult. I have Avengers from three different sculpting periods; solid metal, metal heads on plastic bodies, and fully plastic. The current ones on the market are fully plastic and assemble the same way as GW’s plastic Guardians, but with a few specialty bits. The original metal bodies look smaller next to the newer plastic bodies. Those transitional models (metal heads and sashes on plastic bodies) are a bit difficult to assemble as you can’t attach pewter to plastic with plastic model glue, you need to use super-glue for that. The new plastics can be assembled entirely with plastic model glue, which is ultimately less messy. I found that trying to attach the metal sashes last was very difficult, but it does help balance the metal head. It’s much easier to build those (if you ever come across any) from the ground up. Build the legs, attach to the base, then add the metal sash. Then do everything else.

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For awhile GW was producing metal bodies for their figures and then an assortment of plastic arms and weapons, glueing them together with superglue wasn’t great. I still have two Eldar with no arms who were lurking at the bottom of my Eldar box, I’m not sure what to do with them yet. I still have piles of weapons to give to these guys so maybe they’ll become Corsairs.

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Wraithguard – Final

Five (metal) Eldar Wraithguards with BFG’s and the Warlock that I painted previously to keep them shooting in the right direction;

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The Eldrazi Scions are also done, although my son tells me that the paint scheme I used for the Scions would be fine for the Endless One, but Scions as depicted in the game art have a lot more color variety. Ah well, at least they all match.

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I’m still working on the Eldar Howling Banshee troops and an old gaming friend of mine said I was wrong and that the one time he used them they performed great….then he thought about it and remembered they had gone up against a unit of Gretchin, and had emerged triumphant! Of course they did, they were fighting Gretchin. :/ After they’re painted up I’ll have to try fielding them and see if they can do anything other than sing off-key.

Magic the TTG

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My son is a big fan of the Magic:The Gathering card game, we’ve played Heroscape, an out of production Milton Bradley boardgame, for years. Now there is a table top game version of Magic using the Heroscape rules with the Planeswalkers casting spells from decks and accompanied by summoned creatures. It’s mostly compatible with the older Heroscape rules so you can combine the games for more fun. The new Magic-scape games come with plastic minis; Planeswalkers that are pre-painted, and summoned creatures that are cast in plastic in the same color as the mana needed to summon them. The latest set also contains the world-devouring Eldrazi, cast in blue. There is a lot of great art available for these creatures so I’ve started painting the Eldrazi creatures I have.

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I primed the Scions (the little critters) black, brushed a blue grey, hit the center carapace section with blue ink, scumbled and dry-brushed the whole thing with a light grey, dipped, sprayed, and decorated the base. The big guy is “The Endless One”, enormously powerful and produces Scions as he slithers across the board towards your defending Planeswalkers. I’m hoping to start work on the big piece after I finish the Howling Banshee project.

Wraithguards, Banshees, and a tank.

The Wraithguard have their basic paint jobs completed; simple colors of red, black and gold that I think will look good when shaded.

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After they receive their dip-n-spray treatments I’ll come back and paint infinity symbols on their helmets. I also finished up the Falcon grav-tank, it just needed the black-lining between armor panels, gold highlights, and a canopy. Didn’t take long, not sure what brain-fart on my part 16 years ago caused me to stow this without finishing it.

Eldar Howling Banshee Aspect Warriors, easily the most hyped and worst unit in the Eldar army. I bought these ladies probably eighteen years ago, used them in two games with disastrous consequences, then put them in storage and forgot about them. I looked them up in the new version of the 40K rules, still stinkers with limited potential. I’ll paint them anyways as the purpose of all this is finishing off old projects. They’ve got a start for a color scheme and I plan to keep their color palette small like I did for the Wraithguards.

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