All this talk of blood got me thinking about an oddly situated handful of models that I painted a few years back, at a time when I was just starting to work out the aforementioned blood recipe. It’s been a while since I had a glance, and I'm pleased to have salvaged them from the warp. But of course, it wasn’t simply the generous servings of viscera that brought them to mind.
Much like your good self, I’ve been absolutely saturated these last several days with news of the looming Dark Eldar release.
I’ll confess; I have mixed feelings. Most of the models are simply incredible: dark, menacing, creepy, evil, fantastic –precisely the qualities that first brought me to these troubled and brooding beauties. How truly horrible they are. I couldn’t resist painting them between other project and, as with the Orks from last week, I used these otherwise miscellaneous models as an excuse to imagine a few new (to me anyway) techniques and/or recipes.
You might note the metal, for example, as something a bit different from what you’ve seen here in the past. This was an attempt at a purplish-bronze that never quite made it to the big leagues. No worries. These models were painted "for the love," and were never intended to see the light of day.
Now as then, however, I’ve not managed to muster quite enough interest in the entire range to succumb to the Dark Eldar vice. The pirate ship has little purchase on my bookshelf. You see, I love what I like (Reavers!), but remain relatively meh about these other critical aspects of the release thus far. The models are brilliant, to be sure - just not all of them for me.
To be candid, I’m relieved. Had the new range of models been too overwhelmingly glorious, I would almost inevitably have forced myself to slap together yet another army with which I’ve really no business meddling. So I’m grateful in a way that I’ll not be building a n entirely new army from scratch just yet (DH cough cough).
Will I be building a Special Operations: Killzone Team or two from these menacing Dark Eldar fiends? Why... yes. Yes, I will. Thank you for asking (Reavers!). Killzone has become the perfect excuse to indulge my compulsions on a scale that remains both manageable and engaging. Thank you, Big Jim.