Saturday, 14 March 2015
Army Showcase: Craftworld Ulthwé
After tidying the house a few weeks ago, I decided to get my Eldar army out of the case and just take a visual audit of what I have painted to try and give me an idea of where I want to go with it in the future, Whilst doing this, I took a few photos too, which I would like to share with you.
When Ilic was revealed, I was so excited about the prospect of a Ranger character. Sadly, he hasn't lived up to my lofty expectations due to the sniper rule on his gun and my personal misfortune when it comes to 50/50 odds. When the Eldar codex is updated, I would like to see his points cost reduced to around 100 points to make him more enticing, but that may not be for a while yet. Despite this, I am a big fan of the model and will always look for an excuse to use him in bigger games.
I have Banshees. Banshees are terrible. But because of this, I want to make them work. I think I have used them in one game, where they were shot by Deep Striking Deathwing, failed their leadership test and ran off the table. A smaller squad of Wraithblades are more survivable and do more damage, and with the advent of the updated Harlequins they may be gathering dust for a bit longer. It's a shame, I don't like to see models reduced to obsolescence because of unfavorable rules.
The Fire Dragons are a recent addition, and I actually have a full squad of 10 (only half painted at the moment). In the fluff, I find them to be the most hilarious of the Aspect Warriors, all of the other shrines dedicate themselves to mastering combat of various kinds and utilising interesting weapons. Fire Dragons are given a Meltagun and told to run at the nearest tank. Luckily for them they do it very well. In an Apocalypse game they were one dice roll off taking a Baneblade down in one turn, and they are very good at holding the back line when Deathwing Terminators deepstrike into your back lines.
I have two Wraithknights, one with the standard Wraithcannon loadout, and the Ghostglaive one, which I decided to have a bit of fun with. I initially wanted the blades to be wrist mounted (think Pacific Rim) but in the end went with the reverse grip. Using a Wraithknight in close combat is not really that good I've found, he's more of a tarpit than a killing machine, but that may be down to my dice rolling. I do favour the wraithcannons more (despite them having a 50% hit ratio), combined with the quick movement, you can really take out enemy armour just by looking at it with this guy. I would like to eventually get one armed with a Suncannon to round out the options and also satisfy the conditions for the Dreamwalker formation.
The Wraithlord is the sad casualty of the introduction of the Wraithknight. This one is set up for the 5th Edition Codex with what was then twin-linked Scatter lasers, because if this, it's not that ideal in the current era. I would like to get another few Wraithlords with more appropriate equipment because I do still like them. They are still tough and only half the price of a Wraithknight, and those points can be spent elsewhere.
The Nightspinner has only been used in one game, I think it suffered from new model syndrome. It was a joy to paint and I hope to use it in a game again. Unfortunately, it lives in the Heavy Support section, where a lot of the best options for the army live. I only rank it above the Falcon, not because it's bad, but because everything else is better. Which brings me to my personal choice for best unit in Heavy Support and best unit in the book, The Fire Prism. I painted this tank in a weekend, and frankly, it shows. But it is so good in the game I keep on using it. It is so versatile that it can be used to cover most weaknesses your army has. In the future, I will replace this guy and increase their number to five for Apocalypse insanity.
Finally, the Hemlock. At first I hated this, then 7th Edition came, it got Psychic Shriek and I love it. With it just having Terrify, it didn't really live up to the background as depicted in the codex, but with Psychic Shriek, I think that it finally does. Why it never came with that in the first place boggles my mind. I tried to base the colour scheme off the artwork in the Codex, which is why I stained the cockpit blue and also gave it a blue wash which does give it a strange effect in certain lights.
That wraps up my army at the moment, I have more units waiting in the wings, along with Harlequins and the Dark Brethren, which should keep me busy until they drop some more Eldar goodies in the future.
Thanks for reading, I know it's been a long one.