Dark Riders

Dark Elves, Warhammer Fantasy

Dark Riders

I have recently added some light cavalry to the force for some mobility and firepower on the flanks.  I prefer lighter cavalry for the Dark Elves as it fits with my vision of their ambush oriented hit and run style tactics.

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Dark Riders

The models are from Marauder miniatures, except for what I assume is a drow from the D&D range – he is a cool sculpt anyway.

Leading them we have a Lv 10. Witch-Helm riding a Cold One.

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The force is shaping up nicely now.  A couple of more units and it will be a rounded out fighting force.

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Next we need to add some of the infamous Dark Elf Repeating Crossbows to this lot….until next time.

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Dark Elf Death Dealer on Doomsteed

Dark Elves, Warhammer Fantasy

Leading the Dark Elves to war we have this chap, a “Death Dealer”, a medium strength hero.

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He is made from a Cold One Rider Champion, sculpted by Aly Morrison.  I have stuck him on an Empire horse body with metal Chaos Steed head.

With the same black, red, steel, gold scheme of the Dark Elf Warriors the army is going to look very tight on the table.

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I am not using any highlights on the black, rather I am using a gloss acrylic on the black armour bits, a matt varnish on the horse.

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The skin and red elements are shaded and highlighted as normal and the steel/gold elements are edge highlighted. The hair is just brightly painted and washed with crimson.

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It’s important for this to be a quick effective paint job that I can repeat to get the army done quickly and also look pretty neat on the table.

Dark Elf Warriors Unit

Dark Elves, Fantasy, Warhammer Fantasy

Dark Elves!  Gotta love em.  Gotta love em so much I have decided to paint an army of them during this year.

Warhammer Armies 3e Entry for Dark Elf Warriors.

It is intended as a Dragon Rampant force with an eye to use in Warhammer related games.  Dragon Rampant units tend to be 12 models strong.  I have 20 of these guys which I would need for Warhammer, so I went with painting all of them at once, otherwise I would probably never come back to them.

Plastic Dark Elves Designed by Aly Morrison

I got some old plastic Dark Elf warriors from a buddy recently and couldn’t resist using them for the core of this force.  They are actually Aly Morrison sculpts.  They are chunky nuggets of fun.  I expect that this miniature is a Talisman prototype that somehow made it into production as the regiment in the box set above.

 

I ditched the stock shields immediately in favor of the classic Marauder miniatures shield – probably sculpted by Aly to increase the Alyness of this product to 11.  The rounded shape balances out the outrageously pointy shoulder pads.

 

20 Dark Elf Warriors

The colours are very restricted for me.  Just Black, silver, gold, red, with a few other colours for hair here and there.  This will keep the army looking tight, as I intend to mix in a fair mix of Dark Elf models, or other Elf models that I can shoehorn in there convincingly.

Tray has 3 extra spaces for characters and afford handling during play.

They get a movement tray, which is handy for storage and generally keeping them together both on my shelf defending against my many cats and during massed combat games.

The hex bases I love for these types of projects as they allow you to lock the bases in formation and still look good when standing alone in skirmish games.

The little leaves are from birch tree seeds.  They are lovely things to work with.  I have enhanced the colours simply by using red, green and brown washes on top of them.