“Research”

What I did:

  • 3 hours of researching, reading and writing.
  • Careful handwriting and grammar check.
  • Try not to mix up ‘Clar Karond’ with Korand Kar’.
  • Find anything relating to Clar Karond.
  • Try not to use any wiki sites at all, need proper sources.
  • Finding all the family tree members of the Helbane dynasty, as well as hero’s of Clar Karond.

You could say I’ve been busy today!

-Bjorn

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Druchii chapter IV: The saga ends

I went hunting for more ancient items today at my local carboot sale, which is probably a blessing since it’s really hard to find Warhammer army books and codex’s (maybe found now and again rarely anywhere else). Luckily, I found the guy who I got my Black Templars Codex and 4th ed Dark Elves book, he had a few books left but not many like last time.

I decided to get this army book to finish off my complete collection of Dark Elves army books.This edition was the Dark Elves second appearance in Warhammer fantasy battles, this time in 6th edition of the franchise.

This book would be the first of two editions written by Gav Thorpe, a man who knows more about the Elves/Aelves than most mortals of mankind. Also written alongside Space James McQuirk and Tuomas Pirinen, that’s more writers than its previous edition, which was written by Jervis Johnson.

The 4th edition of the Druchii was a starting point to set up the background of the faction, which Jervis Johnson crafted what would become one of Warhammer Fantasy’s most evil and soulless army in the world. However, by 6th edition, the four writers expanded the faction with new lore and extra bits from both a Druchii perspective and human/slave experience.

As well as new lore and rules, some parts were removed/ added from units, lore, characters and so on. Below is a few examples of the changes that happen in 6th edition.

  • Monsters including Giant Scorpions, Gigantic Spiders, Griffon, Hippogriff, Wyvern, swarms we’re now not included in the option section for army lists.
  • Malekith would have a new model which he rode on his fearsome black dragon, which meant he lost his chariot option in 6th edition.
  • Morathi can now be mounted on her Dark Pegasus.
  • Dark Elves City Guard we’re not an option anymore in 6th and following editions.
  • Lore on characters were shorten, including The Beastlord Rakarth of Karond Kar, who had more information in 4th edition, as well as his dragons death in the battle of Finuval Plain.
  • Crone Hellebron The Hag Queen would not be an option to play in 6th edition, although she does make a return in 7th edition.
  • Mallus Darkblade would make his first appearance in an army book as a playable character taking both Lord and hero option slots (and a badass artwork showing him and his Cold one mount!)

Comparing 4th edition to 6th edition, the visual tone and content had shifted from the ‘evil fantasy elves’ from 4th ed, to become a far more darker tone. Even the front cover is stark contrast to its previous edition, depicting a cold harsh lands of Naggaroth with the immorally twisted Witch king front and centre.

But this transition wouldn’t be the last, as the Dark Elves have changed drastically for two more editions. 7th ed would carry on the darker tones with Gav Thorpe at the writing helm, with a more chronologically organised history of the Druchii. He would also introduce back Crone Hellebron the Hag Queen into the game as well as a new hero, Lokihir Fellheart, a Corsair captain of the Tower of the blessed Dread who sets sail with his Black Ark fleet to plunder for treasure.

7th edition would also delve into the political side of the Dark Elves, how they a new Dreadlord is voted (or backstabbed his master) into power, how the Helbane family had become a powerful dynasty thanks to Anethra Helbane and how Malekith’s court runs (a lot of foolish Elven lords die of course).

Then in its final edition for the old world, 8th edition would end with its established roots firmly in place. This time written by Matt Ward, unlike its previous editions, He went down the mythological route of fleshing our the Druchii gods. Whilst they were mentioned in previous editions, Matt would show who the pantheon gods were, and how vital they were in Druchii culture.

In fact, he would wove together his other two Elven books (High Elves and Wood Elves) into a connected source of all Elven factions. In my honest opinion, this was actually one of Matt Wards best works in terms of lore writing. He took what the established lore was in previous editions and created the final chapter that would be the end of Dark Elves as we know them.

With these four books in hand, I have found all that I needed to have a comprehensive guide to the Druchii (excluding rule books, supplements and extras from White Dwarf).

So why am I going on about the Dark Elves army book editions exactly? Like my previous post on 4th edition, I’m fascinated about the evolution of the Dark Elves lore and background. Whilst every army book is nearly the same with lore, there are however parts that don’t get carried forward. These books have their own story to tell, and the models that feature in each book.

To me it’s like gathering source material on history/literature , learning what there is to know from the story and what was added and taken away. They may not be worth anything like old comic books and memorabilia, but they do have value to me personally.

With that, I think that will be all for this post today. I’ve enjoyed writhing this post and what this edition was like, it’s worth reading if you ever find a copy on sale.

If I’ve missed anything or you have your own memories about Warhammer, share your thoughts below in the comment section!

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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

Cold one Knights

Finally got my first unit of Cold one Knights painted, I’m proud to have painted them completely after nearly a decade of neglect! Not my finest painted unit, but it has a good table top standard of being painted with effort.

Now I have two more units of Cold one Knights, a unit of Spearmen and 10x Black Corsairs to paint for my total unit of 30x. There’s still a lot to do before I can say I’m nearly at the end of this near decade old project, my first ever project I started.

My next unit for this project will be painting the 10x spare Black Ark Corsairs, as I can get them going once I can find at least ten more circle bases.

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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

Fleetmaster Tallinia the Blood Witch of the Sea

I had some spare unused Black Ark Corsairs (which would have been added to my current unit to 40 models, but I got too keen on kitbashing some years ago) and decided to kitbash one as my Fleetmaster. Since the current plastic kit is not on shelves and online only, I took this as an opportunity to create my own.

I wanted my Fleetmaster to have hints of a past life as Witch Elf Who is now an outcast of her cult, and became something more as a fearsome and ill tempered pirate. These hints include her dyed white hair having blood dye on the right, and her face having many ritual scars from her Cult days.

To make the model look more unique and female, I used a spare head from the Sisters of Silence kit which has some of the best female head sculpts by GW. For the chest I used a spare shoulder plate from a Kharadron Overlords set, which I glued onto the model as if the armour was master crafted (not by Dwarfs). Finally, I used a spare Dark Eldar part to the left hand side of the model as I liked the sleek design of the weapon and armour.

And that’s nearly it for my Pirate side of my Dark Elves army, only ten more Black Ark Corsairs to add to my current unit before I’m done with the pirates.

Should I do use a pirate pun for my last pirate Elves post?

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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

The Black Arks set sail

Finally, another unit from my Dark Elves collection is painted and ready to use for games using the Warhammer Legends rules. The Black Ark Corsairs were my first ever model kit starting out for Warhammer Fantasy Battles many years ago. Now, after some additional models were added, then neglected for years and now finally rebased and painted.

So far I’ve painted twenty Corsairs and ten left still to paint, although twenty is a healthy unit size to play. The last ten may be added if I can find another ten spare circle bases for rebasing.

I’m honestly amazed at the effort I’m making now to get this 9 year project done, there’s not much left to do apart from 20x Spearmen and 15x Cold one Knights. So far I got five Cold one Knights rebased, but I need ten more bases for the rest if I can find any. I’m hoping my local GW store still has the multi base pack in stock.

My next step is to paint my first unit of Cold one Knights, which I’ve rebased and undercoated in black acrylic. They should be done by the end of the week or two depending on wether I’m confident enough with the paint scheme for the unit. On the side I’ll slowly get the Spearmen painted so my motivation isn’t too bogged down.

Very soon I’ll be showing the Fleetmaster herself, Tallinia the Blood witch of the Sea. I had loads of fun kitbashing and painting this model, hopefully I can get her done by tomorrow.

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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

Get the Druchii ready!

Having obtained a copy of Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves on Sunday, it reignited my soul with the bitterness and cold blooded hatred of the High Elves. So much so, I was able to paint my first troop unit of Dark Elves crossbowmen (the old plastic kit before the current iteration called Darkshards).

It took me nine years to finally paint this unit. I feel ashamed and proud of this achievement.

Mostly shame…

I tried to do a good 10×2 regiment unit photograph, but the focus was bad. This was my best attempt.

This is a big deal for me, as I’m gradually getting closer to finishing this collection. Nine years, that’s a long time, I’m glad to have finally got the Repeater Crossbowmen done.

But there’s no excuse now, as there are two more troop unit including a unit of 20 Spearmen and 20+ Black Ark Corsairs. After the Spearmen are done, that’ll be the minimal req for my Dark Elves to be a playable painted army (I’m using the Warhammer Legends Dark Elves PDF rules, as it’s the latest update to the army). Spearmen are ready to go, however the Black Ark Corsairs haven’t been debased on circle bases yet.

Finally to finish my army, I have one final unit consisting of 15 Cold one Knights that need rebasing and some serious work on the models. I ain’t showing you what they look like yet, it’s ‘THAT’ bad.

Speaking of Dark Elves, I’ve found this book today at a charity shop, it was either this or the ToF Sigmar books. I went for Elfslayer as I’ve never read a Gotrek and Felix book before, and it has Dark Elves too!

Smashing cover! Where can I get that sea monster?

Honestly, the first twenty pages was a fun read that I honestly got me hooked to read more. Sadly I can’t read this yet as I have to finish the third and final book in The Founding Arc of Gaunts Ghosts. I’ll do a post at some point sharing my thoughts on the omnibus.

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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