Welcome back to another post of AoS faction collections, a series dedicating to both the ongoing narrative and progression of my faction collections. Today, I’ll be presenting my Exile Aelves (or Dark Elves) that I’ve been painting for the past few weeks.


Rather than posting each unit a week, I thought it would be more sensible to post a reflective post on my current progress. For those of you who have been following my blog for a long time now, will know about my on and off rants and failed post series to revitalise my Dark Elves army. 

Anyone new to my blog site, I’ll sum up my main points why this faction in particular has been difficult to work on.

  1. Lore wise, it’s difficult to fully grasp the Exile Aelves, as the lore from Warhammer Fantasy to Age of Sigmar has dramatically changed. For example, it’s uncertain if Malerion (or Malekith for old-hammer) retains the same opinions and personality as he was during the World-that-was.
  2. Since the lore from Warhammer fantasy is now out of current cannon, making a lore-friendly army will be more difficult (as of publishing this post, the factions of the Exile Aelves have so far Not received Battletomes). So making a faction under the banner of Ghrond or Naggroth are not likely to be an option.
  3. Painting an army can be difficult if the concept behind the army is lacking in established lore, and guidelines on what that armies role is in AoS. Without inspiration and motivation, the project will quickly fall apart in failure.
  4. Finally, my thoughts on the Exile Aelves being part of the Order alliance are not too positive. For their old lore defines them as selfish, cold hearted and malicious elves, who are spiritually corrupted rather than physically. However, since they’re now an Order faction, I’m worried that their lore will be a lot less cruel than their original background.

Now that your all up to date on my situation with the faction, you’ll be wondering why I’m doing a post on the faction?

Well, it all comes down to the fact that I won’t be around forever if I leave this army in the storage room, I’d rather pass away with a fully painted army than waste it. As well as my desire to return this faction on to the table top to once again be used for wargaming. 

It’s sad that this army has not been used for a long time now, I hope this revitalised project will finally get the collection back to being playable.

With the over exposition done, here’s a collection of photos of my current Exile Aelves that I’ve painted. Enjoy!

Next time, going back to the Stormcast Eternals with three units of Liberators. Equipped with hammers and shields, they’re both the defence and wrath of Sigmars immortal warriors.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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