Bird of Omen Dark and Foul

One of the many gradually growing armies in my collection are the Dark Elves for Warhammer 3rd Edition. I have the majority of the infantry finished (I am aiming for a modest 1500 points), but was still lacking leadership.

I decided on the Champion from Mengil Manhide’s Regiment of Renown as a level 15 Death Dealer, since I always liked the bird of prey he is carrying.

Dark Elves advancing out of a a forest
You don’t have to be superstitious to know that this owl brings bad tidings

To provide contrast to the largely black troopers in the army and in keeping with my overall colour scheme, I chose the Naggarothi Snowy Owl as the general’s hunting bird.

Dark Elf with sword and shield, carrying a white owl on one hand
Oh really, your name is Ean Hawklord?
Back view of Dark Elf with cloak of human skin and owl with outstretched wings
Terror is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of the Dark Elf raiders

I also replaced the leader of one of my crossbow units, since ironically he had been one of the few Dark Elf figures without a crossbow on him. Now a suitably armed warrior has taken over his duties.

Two ranks of Dark Elves aiming crossbows
Fire at my command!

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21 thoughts on “Bird of Omen Dark and Foul”

    1. German 1st Edition is 4th Edition, this is Warhammer Armies hardback era. Points values have been going down ever since, I’ll have about 70 models in this force when it is finished (and that includes a Jabberwock for 200 points). For comparison, my 3rd Edition 1500 points Undead consist of 79 models, while my 1000 points 8th Edition Vampire Counts are 104.

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  1. Great work on these, lovely stuff. I toyed with the idea of a Dark Elf Frostgrave warband and have collect most of what I needed. I’ll paint it one day…

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  2. Until recently, those Dark Elf sculpts were the only WHFB miniatures that I painted to anything like an army level. The rate very highly on my nostalg-o-meter. Its great to see them painted so nicely.

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    1. Thank you! I am chipping away at them, next up are some cavalry. And then I have to decide on a final unit – either Witch Elves or Shades.

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    1. Cheers, compared to many other armies, progress hasn’t been too bad on these guys. Maybe another cold and bleak winter season might be enough to even finish them.

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