More dreadfleet

 The weather has been rather horrible recently, so while this has helped painting progress :), it doesn't do wonders for lighting on pictures.
Nonetheless, I figured it's time for some more dreadfleet updates.

Finished the Kraken:




And started work on the shadewraith:



The black (blue?) kraken

Started on the Kraken, which in my case will be a blue black kraken, go figure.
Anyways I like blue better on it, and figure it makes sense, as when it submerges it would be less visible in blue ;)

Here's some WIP shots:
(not yet glued together for ease of painting)






Battlefoam 1520 XL Eldar loadout

I recently bought a battlefoam bag for my own birthday, and have to say I'm very pleased with what I received.

Having looked online for any pictures of how eldar fit in to it, and being unable to find any such pictures, I figured I'd do a little review, and show some pictures myself.

Warning: all models are work in progress, or not even at that stage yet :P

 To start out, I set a goal for what I wanted to have army wise, when I'm "done" with my eldar collection.
I managed to come up with about 8k worth of points (including weapon options on most) that would actually fit in this bag.

After figuring out which models I would need to fit, I started by selecting some standard trays:

1 x (Eldar) 12 Eldar Jetbike 18 Troop Foam Tray


1 x (Eldar) 30 Fire Dragon Foam Tray
1 x (Eldar) 25 Warp Spiders 11 Swooping Hawks Foam Tray
1 x (Eldar) Eldar Troop Foam Tray (BF-1) (1 inch)

Then I  modified the loadout of the "Eldar Named Character Troop Foam Tray", by asking to have the spaces for the 9 dire avengers at the bottom replaced with:
1 more Autarch with Power Sword space, 2 warlock with witchblade spaces, and 5 more warlock with singing spear spaces.

In addition I designed 3 trays myself with their tray creator:




After a few emails to discuss the details of what I wanted (mostly with regards to the named character tray), the bag arrived this last month.



It's made from canvas, with a rigid interior to protect the trays, so even when empty it stays in shape perfectly.
There's a zipper on the front, in which you can fit codexes and templates and such:


Then on each side there's a bigger bag, that will fit things like the BRB:



The handle bar will extend, similar to suitcases, and it has 2 wheels on the back so it can roll.
In addition the back has 2 bags, for which I am yet to find any use.. they're a bit too narrow and deep to put anything in it, that I can think of so far:


The bag opens on the front, so you can either take out the trays while it's standing up, or just lay it on its back and then take them out.
It fits about 22 inches of foam, and each tray comes with a bottom made out of stronger foam, so they're quite sturdy.


Now as I am magnetizing everything, I only need space for wave serpents without turrets (although they do fit even with turrets). As such, the custom tray I ordered will fit 2 wave serpents on top of each other, with a spacer inbetween (that was supplied as I asked for it). It is 4.5 inches thick so it will fit both, as well as my forgeworld avatar (sword version) in the 4 inch circle in the middle.
I also added a box on the side of the jetbike shapes, to fit the turrets:

4 serpents, up to 14 jetbikes.
I asked for some spacers for the jetbikes as well, and received the entire cutouts for each one, so I can make as many as I want really.
Jetbike cutout for spacers


Top wave serpent
Serpent spacer
Bottom serpent
Turret storage.

The second custom tray, I designed for 6 war walkers, 3 wraithlords, storage for any weapon options (both for the walkers/wraithlords, and the serpents) and another space for the avatar/anything else large.
This one is 5 inches deep, fitting the avatar with ease.
I also added a large rectangle for storage of any kind, and some smaller ones to hold weapons again.
Walker/wraithlord tray.
Warwalker in its slot.
Wraithlord in its slot.
The last custom tray is for fire prisms, and some more jetbikes, plus some more storage boxes, for the nightspinner weapons, and other things.
It's only 2.5 inches deep, so no spacers for this one.
Fire prism tray.
Fire prism in its slot, note the space in the front for the prism crystal, and the space in the back for the antenna.
The named character tray with my modications. (sorry I don't have any phoenix lords yet, and haven't done much work on any warlocks/farseers at this time:
Named char/warlock tray.

Warlock slot, he fits quite nicely.
Farseer, sorry no head/right arm, but should show how it fits.

Bone singer fits in one of the 3 standard slots.

As for standard trays, excuse the lack of heads/arms on the guardians and dire avengers. I'm just using them to show the size.

12 Eldar Jetbike 18 Troop Foam Tray
This one is 2 inches deep, so models can stand in the slots, quite handy with swords and pistols sticking out otherwise.
The dire avenger autarch fits on his back in the bigger slots.
Jetbike, and DA Exarch with banner.
Models can stand in these slots.
30 Fire Dragon Foam Tray. This will hold banshees/fire dragons/dire avengers.
1.5 inch deep.
Dire avengers will fit quite well in these it seems.
25 Warp Spiders 11 Swooping Hawks Foam Tray
1.5 inch deep. This will hold my spiders/swoops/dark reapers.

 And the last tray, is a standard Eldar Troop Foam Tray of 1 Inch.
In this one models will not be able to stand up, but lying down you can still fit quite a bit.





All in all I'm quite happy with the case. It takes some wiggling to get all the trays in, but once they're in it's rock solid, and I do love the storage for the codexes and BRB.

Back to work!

Well... after being on  vacation for a while, and then having my dad pass away, it's been a long time without any updates. Both due to lack of time at first, and then lack of feeling like doing anything creative for a while after the cremation.

However, life will now be returning to this blog, and with a new name! "Kaela Shelwe" Or song of blood in the Eldar language.


Our group has started our painting nights again, and inbetween I'll be painting and building things myself.

On the menu for the near future: FINALLY finishing the skimmers, finishing the wraithlord, finishing a warwalker, review of my battlefoam 1520XL bag that has arrived, terrain/structure builds and much much more.

No pictures today, but expect plenty coming up in the next days.

Lava bases

Well I took a break from painting to play some world of tanks, and to finally get to making a mold of the 60mm lava base I made with green stuff.
Thankfully it was a great success.

A single air bubble, and a tiny bit of rubber that stuck to the original, both of which don't really matter much.

All in all I'm extremely happy with how this turned out:

Original base from green stuff, and a lava rock from the drive way
The mold shorty after de-molding (cleaned up the edges since then)





 I don't currently have measuring cups small enough to mix the resin to cast just a single base like this, and they're actually quite difficult to find in Iceland it appears, so I'll be making molds of the 40mm and 25mm bases before the first casting in the future.

Update: After suddenly finding some mini-measuring cups, there is now a result!

Nearly there

Continuing work on the skimmers.
All the bone plating is finished, it just needs the lines around them filled in.
Tomorrow it's time for the gems, and then the top hulls will all be finished.
After that just the bottom halves, and weapons/turrets to do.


Just a quick phone camera shot.

Fire prism / Nightspinner

Blocked out the main colors, and started on the lines, which will need some tidying up. Really shouldn't paint while tired to avoid mistakes.


2 Prism/Spinner hulls






Close up of the top hull half