Old flame, new army — the start of my new Epic Eldar army

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Featured image - Epic Eldar Guardian formation

Photos of the first batch of units I’m painting for my new Epic Eldar army.

Back in the mists of time (the late 1980s and early 1990s), I played more 2nd edition Epic than any other game. At that time, I built and painted a fair amount of Eldar models to form my main army and I really enjoyed the games I played with them.

I’ve long since parted with those models, but I still had a soft spot for Epic Eldar — and the models only got better with releases during the 3rd and 4th editions of Epic.

So when I got into Epic Armageddon in 2016, Eldar were once again the main faction that I wanted to build and play with. However, I haven’t gotten far with them yet for two main reasons:

  • So that my friends and I could get straight into some games without a sea of bare plastic and metal miniatures, I first bought the cores of two ready-painted armies that happened to be on eBay at the time (Space Marines and Imperial Guard). Then, as I had a head-start with these armies, it seemed sensible to expand them as a priority — a short-cut to two sizeable painted armies, each with a good range of formations to choose from to keep games interesting.
  • It took me a while (and a fair amount of cash) to track down the Eldar models that I wanted. Original Games Workshop Eldar models are rarer than models for some of the other factions, especially if you want the later designs. Plus the Eldar have a unique aesthetic that is hard to ‘proxy’ with models from other manufacturers.

I’ve made some good progress on the above, so I thought it was about time I made a start on the Eldar.

It took me a while to decide on a colour scheme — I wanted something original and striking, yet also quite quick to paint to a respectable ‘table-top standard’. Here’s what I came up with.

I’ve got a lot of other things to do, so it’ll be some time before I have a large army of (painted) Eldar. But I’m pleased with how they look so far.