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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Sword & Sorcery

I haven’t worked on my Oldhammer Dark Elf army since the start of the year, so it was time for an update. Rather than committing myself to another unit, I finished two of the three character models that I have in the list – an Assassin and a Sorcerer.

Dark Elf miniatures inside the model of a gothic ruin

Cold steel and dark magic are a fearsome combination

I kept the paint jobs simple and dark as usual, with the only divergence from the standard colours being some bronze on the Sorcerer and a verdigris wash on his magical amulet. I particularly like the stances of these two that fit their professions very well.

Dark Elf Sorcerer in black clothes with silver skull cap, holding an amulet and pointing forward

Death-hood – level 15 Sorcerer

Dark Elf Assassin crouching with a scimitar and dagger

Goredirker – level 10 Assassin

Back view of the Dark Elves, showing equipment like rope, crossbow, daggers and vials

With their targets eliminated, the deadly duo turn away to choose new victims

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Evil Crossbowmen of the Dark Citadel

I didn’t make much progress with my Oldhammer armies last year, so it is time to revisit some half finished forces and regiments. My Dark Elves for example needed a second unit of ten crossbowmen, all of which had been assembled and prepared when I first worked on the project.

Leading the freshly painted regiment is the Evil Dark Elf Captain from the 1985 Citadel Miniatures BC2 Monsters Starter Set (Stuff of Legends to the rescue again in identifying the sculpt). I like the style of his armour and equipment, only the sword looks more like an orcish cleaver than an elven blade. I’ll work that into his backstory somehow.

Miniature figure of a Dark Elf with black, purple, green and silver armour and clothing

Citadel Miniatures Evil Dark Elf Captain

Most of the troopers are from the Marauder Miniatures 1988 MM70 Dark Elves range.

Three figures of Dark Elves carrying crossbows

Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows

Three figures of Dark Elves carrying repeating crossbows with magazines

Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows

In proportions and style they fit well with the Citadel Fantasy Regiments Dark Elves – in fact better than most of Citadel’s own metal range, so I have added three to the ranks.

Three Dark Elf miniatures carrying crossbows

Citadel Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows

Regiment of ten Dark Elves in two ranks armed with crossbows

Regiment of Dark Elf crossbowmen

Repeating Bolt Thrower

Since I am finishing bolt throwers, here’s another one for my Oldhammer Dark Elves. I’m using the Warhammer Armies entry, so painted up just two of the four crew that come with the model. Once I have a second machine, this can then be operated by the other two.

A black bolt thrower with silver ornaments operated by two Dark Elves

Dark Elf Repeater Bolt Thrower in the field

Front view of two Dark Elves in black, green and purple clothing with silver helmets

Bolt thrower crew

Rear view of the Dark Elf crewmen

Bolt thrower crew – bonus view

View of the bolt thrower with its operating mechanism and the bolt magazine on top

The repeater bolt thrower is an elegant piece of Dark Elf engineering

Lance and Crossbows

The first detachment of crossbowmen for my Oldhammer Dark Elves is finished. It’s a combination of five metal and five plastic figures from Citadel. For the second detachment I am mixing the plastics with metal Marauder sculpts.

A 10-strong detachment of Dark Elves with crossbows

A detachment of crossbowmen advances

I also completed the first of my Doomdrakes, five Dark Elf knights on Cold Ones. For the mount I went with a classic green scheme which also ties it into the army colours. The rider uses the uniform purple, black and iron with green accents. For this unit I want to use the more unusually shaped old shields. I painted this up very basic and will decorate it later once the rest of the unit is finished (probably with some runes in white).

Right side view of a Dark Elf rider on Cold One with shield and lance

A Doomdrake lowers her lance for the charge

I converted the rider and equipped her with a lance taken from the classic plastic skeleton horsemen. I think the long, slim lance tip fits the Dark Elven style very well.

Left side view of a Dark Elf rider on Cold One with shield and lance

Enemies will get skewered by a lance or mauled by a giant lizard

Murderous Kin

The core regiment of Dark Elf Warriors I started last year has been languishing close to completion for a while as I got distracted by the call of the necromancer. Now I’ve finally managed to paint the last three remaining figures to make a band of twenty.

Regiment of Warhammer Dark Elf Warriors for Oldhammer

There are a couple of elements I’ll go back to later on in the project before I can call it finished. There are some shields that don’t have emblems yet. I might rethink the design of the shields altogether and mix in more of the typical Dark Elf shapes that I used for two of the latest additions. I also kept their shield bosses, the one on the right came with the small demonic face that I didn’t want to lose.

Three Warhammer Dark Elf Warriors for Oldhammer

I still want to find a replacement for the missing banner top as well. I’m waiting for the right flash of inspiration, which will probably come once I start delving a bit into the army’s backstory.

Front rank Warhammer Dark Elf Warriors for Oldhammer