Sunday, April 18, 2010

Codename: Fire

I'm oncall today and currently on my 2-hour break. By right, this was supposed to be the time when I take a quick nap before continuing work till 8am tomorrow. But I chose not to do otherwise, I'm just too hyped up and I must update this blog ASAP.

Lately, my gaming club (Legio Malaysia) had a sudden surge of WFB and BFG games. My Asrai kindred joined the WFB campaign of course, but BFG was the one that got me overexcited. I got attracted to the game since it reminded me of another fantastic game I played before (AirWar). However, the look of the Imperial/Chaos/Astartes warships doesn't appeal to me much. They looked...dull. In the past few months, my innerself has been wanting to do a xenos army so, why not start one now? Tau & Tyranids were my first fleet choices. But later I can't find the rules for Tau anywhere, while the Tyranids are quite difficult to play with (although the window for crazy awesome conversions were wide open). So I turned to the other xenos, and the look of the Eldar warships really caught me in awe. Thus, begins the planning for Project 'Fire'.

Why 'Fire'? For quite some time, I have a burning desire to paint something very bright  yet not look out of place. My red-jerseyed Wood Elf Blood Bowl team, the Drakwald Vanguards, was a start but I still think that they aren't bright enough. I wanted a group of miniatures that looked smoking hot and burning when they're displayed on the table. So, 'Fire' it is then.

Orders are placed, and my warships finally arrived last Friday. The level of excitement was over the top and I began assembling them as soon as I opened the shipment box. Despite the awesome looking warships, the level of quality wasn't that high though. The mould lines were quite prominent, and the one thing that was causing me huge amounts of problems was the hole where the stand was supposed to insert to. They came in various shapes and sizes; oval-shaped holes, small round holes, shallow perfectly sized holes. I found the solution for my escorts though, but the same can't be said for my cruisers as I had re-drill holes on them one-by-one.

Come Saturday midnight, after long hours of vigorous filing-drilling-gluing, these are the only ships that I could manage. Roughly about 1000pts strong. Note: they still need some fine worksmanship to do, as the gaps aren't that kind for the eyes to look at.

And I still have these ships left to assemble.

And another picture, just to show you guys the size comparisons of the ships (battleship, cruiser, escort) in my fleet.

Fluffwise, these ships are a part of my own custom Craftworld (I'm still looking for a nice Elven name) which serves Cegorach as their main deity. They are led by Farseer Shaeraesol (which means Weatherlight in English), and this particular fleet is going to be led by an Eldar individual named Dresden Vaedarys. So, what does this mean? Finally, now I have the opportunity to call that certain 40K Saim-Hann and Alaitoc players monkeighs instead of the other way around. HAHAHAHAHA!

What's my colour scheme going to be? Well, the codename for this project is Fire. Do the math bro. I really hope I would be able to at least give them a basecoat before the next incoming Hobby Night. Standby for more updates on my current project. By Tuesday there will be one, that's a promise.


  1. Well done bro. Nice to see that you ships have finally 'arrived' from the warp. Just shows that you are still a newbie eldar guardian who just passed training to put on his helmet. Not wise enough yet to call you elders Saim-Hann and Alaitoc mon-keighs hehehehe.

    Please get those ships painted ASAP so that we can have a game next hobby night:) Get the airbrush working on overdrive!! How many points can you field?

    Congrats bro :)

  2. If the elders are playing with Lunar, Dominator, and Retribution class cruisers, newbie or not, they're still monkeighs anyway.

    Working overdrive would not be a problem, time is. Remember, my working hours are unlike yours. By calculation, most probably I could only manage a basecoat by Friday. Crossing my fingers though.

  3. Nice post dude. Get that fleet together and painted pronto! You're needed for the campaign...

  4. good to see the fleet finally seeing progress. you can actually start the campaign with your fleet basecoated - the campaign rules actually anticipated this event. However, the ships are considered entering battle before fleet trials are complete, and will suffer a critical hit everytime a '1' is rolled for special orders. Besides, I'm sure you'd want your ships to look good :)

  5. Eldar and critical hits aren't meant for each other. In that case, most probably I won't use special orders (although I need those ordnance reloading).