Sunday, March 28, 2010

Eldar seer council on bikes

No "hobbying" this weekend. Yup. I am more disappointed than any of you. My plan is to make a step by step guide on how I paint Imperial Fists using a sergeant. First tutorial type posting. I am also planning on trying to make a little "white box" to use when taking photos. Just a cardboard thing I plan on making white somehow.

What I have done is thinking. I do a lot of that stuff:) I have been thinking about making a jetbike seer council. I am far behind on my Eldar and don't expect to have anything playable for quite some time, so I am will just paint models up now and then and not care about lists or anything like that. Maybe I can have a little cache of Eldar for when any future codex hits :)

I have looked around the internet as much as I can to find any good ways to convert farseers and warlocks for jetbikes. I've found some cool looking examples out there, but I haven't found anything that really spoke to me, that really said "that is what you want, that is what is going to be *your* council!" Here's a few really nice examples I've found:

Don't get me wrong, they are awesome, but they don't get me what I want. So what do I want?

* Jetbikes. Don't really plan much here. Maybe a flag or so. Maybe minor GW to make them stand out a bit.
* Farseer. I want a traditionally looking farseer, but I want her to fit on the bike. So robes and runes etc. Should look like it could be an official model. Either a nifty helmet or get an elf head from somewhere.
* Warlocks. Same theme here, but not as elaborate as the farseer.

So what could I do? Weapons seems like I can find in WHFB, but the huge problem is the robes. I can't find any good robed characters I could use that would fit. I don't want leather clothes and a cape/mantel. My thinking is trying to make them with green stuff, and then add some cool details either from other kits or green stuff. Problem is that I am a total noob with the stuff :( Anything I could kit bash would definitely be preferred. I would start with one of the standard riders or a shining spear.

I will put a magnet on the seat of the jetbikes so I can switch out drivers. Just have to solve the handle problem. Either that or remove the handles totally :) And now it strikes me that I could start with any model with good weapons, add the legs from a jetbiker, and have the robes cover the ugly seams. Hmm.

Going with an Alaitoc theme I want to base the bikes in a foundation blue (which I haven't decided) and then try to "stipple" it using an airbrush. Using a few different blue colors and one grey (black might make it look too camo). Paint up the underside in yellow/white, the seat in some other color, use the blue wash in a few places and a thinned out light blue on the edges. Tape off the front for some nice yellow patterns. Freehand/decals might be in it as well.

This is going to be more of a long term project, as the rest of my Eldar, but sometimes it is important to get out of painting the same stuff, and sometimes one has to try new stuff.

Any ideas is *more* than welcome at this point. But before that I have 12 marines and 3 vehicles to finish :)


  1. Thanks for the mention.

    One place you might check out is

    He used some Fantasy Dragon Rider bits to make the cloak for the Farseer.

  2. That's a pretty nifty conversion for sure. Well worth looking into. I bet that in the end I'll end up lifting ideas from all over the place:)

    And the mention is worthy for sure. I like your council, wouldn't have linked to it otherwise:)

  3. I like all of those, but they're not quite what I want either. I've seen a bunch of converted DE Jetbikes mixed with DA sprues...but that's not quite right either.

    I recommend waiting, rumour mill tells me there will be several plastic Eldar sprues in the summer, so, hard as it is, I'd suggest putting even planning off until you see those. :)

  4. The problem isn't waiting but get going and doing stuff:) I am pretty happy with the jetbikes the way they are, what I need is the farseer and warlocks. I like the metal models they have, just wish they were plastic and could be put on jetbikes:)

    Already have the jetbikes btw.

  5. I've always wanted to collect an all jetbike army but it would too expensive. I'm just a student and 1 jetbike is 15 bucks. so just 10 jetbikes would be $150! Flekkzo, If funds aren't a problem, go for it! Also check out black matt's old jetbike army, he auctioned off at a battle for salvation tourney. They are sick! He used dark elf bits for witchblades and singing spears.

  6. I already own the bikes, so they are not a financial problem. Plus I mainly want to paint them to be a fun project rather than for playing. I just think it will be a long term project and I really want them to look the part:)

  7. Kind of random, but what does Flekkzo mean or were did it come from?

  8. I wanted a new nick and went with Flexo. Then we I started to play warhammer online for a while I changed it into Flekkzo suit my Black Orc better. That's it:)

  9. Here's one I did a while back.. kinda rough, but basically just modded the helmet of an existing rider.

  10. @Dave With the new ultra-nice Dark Eldar Reavers out I wonder if it wouldn't be nicer to convert a Reaver to act as a Farseer jetbike.

    Nice freehand btw. Damn Eldar has to be artists and not just spray a coat of paint and be done with it :)