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.
Citadel Miniatures Evil Dark Elf Captain
Most of the troopers are from the Marauder Miniatures 1988 MM70 Dark Elves range.
Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows
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.
Citadel Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows
Regiment of Dark Elf crossbowmen
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.
Dark Elf Repeater Bolt Thrower in the field
Bolt thrower crew
Bolt thrower crew – bonus view
The repeater bolt thrower is an elegant piece of Dark Elf engineering
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 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).
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.
Enemies will get skewered by a lance or mauled by a giant lizard
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skeletons rising under the black banner of death
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 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.
Dark Elf warriors fighting with sword and shield