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

Dark Allies

Not much painting progress has been made lately, but at least my efforts stayed focussed on my Dark Elves for Warhammer 3rd Edition. Since the start of the year I’ve added a couple of warriors from Mengil Manhide’s company to my growing regiment.

Warhammer Mengil Manhide's Dark Elf Warriors for Oldhammer - front

The merciless soldiers of Naggaroth advance

The shield designs add some variety to the repetitive cast, and at some point I might replace a few of these guys with alternative models as I pick them up. The casts are not good quality and still have misaligned parts despite some filing and cutting, the original mould for these models was clearly run to the bitter end.

I’ve also added some additional highlighting to the skin cloaks this time and am going back over the previously finished miniatures.

Warhammer Mengil Manhide's Dark Elf Warriors for Oldhammer - back

Dark Elf warriors garbed in skins of their slain enemies

As a distraction from the Dark Elves I did allow myself to revive the Undead for Oldhammer as well. One regiment of unarmored Skeletons is finally finished, with the addition of these newly raised warriors of bone. The two forces can well fight skirmishes against each other now or strike an uneasy alliance against a mightier foe.

Warhammer Undead Skeletons with Standard Bearer for Oldhammer

Skeletons rising under the black banner of death

Dark Elves Rank and File

One of the rules I associate with Warhammer 3rd Edition is the rank bonus for units four models wide, hence that is how I am planning on structuring my armies. It also helps to keep units smaller, saving me both time and money collecting!

As my latest incremental target I finished the second rank of warriors. One more and they will start to look like a proper regiment.

A warband of Citadel Dark Elves for Warhammer 3rd Edition

A raiding party of Dark Elves

The crossbowmen might have to wait a bit longer for further reinforcements – either until I have a block of 4×4 warriors or when I run out of ideas for shield emblems, whichever comes first.

Two Citadel Dark Elf warriors with shields for Warhammer 3rd Edition

Dark Elf warriors fighting with sword and shield