I got my 40k miniature going this week and happily have some progress to show off. As the title suggests, Drazhar is a Dark Eldar or Drukhari (insert GW copyright joke here) and they are a faction I’ve always wanted to paint. Lelith Hesperax was the Dark Eldar model that I was most interested but she was resin and recently discontinued, only to be getting a new model which I’m not quite as keen on. Truthfully, many Dark Eldar models are a bit old and that is where Drazhar came in. While I remember not liking the base on the mini when it came out last year for some reason, I decided it didn’t bother me too much anymore and that I should still give this mini a go. Unfortunately, I had some modeling gaffes while putting him together. I accidently broke off the tassels on one of the swords and have no idea where it went so I removed those. An expert and meticulously planned conversion, you might say! I also cut off a small piece on the end of the swords by accident but I don’t think anybody will really notice those once it is painted up. This model is definitely fragile (and I’m glad to not be painting it for gaming!) so I’ll be hoping I can finish it without causing anymore damage.
One of the reasons I wanted to paint this miniature was to try out a color scheme I toyed around with on the Primaris Lieutenant a while back. I envisioned a kind of gothic red to underscore how evil the Dark Eldar are. This model isn’t the best to work on that scheme as the armor plates are too small so instead I’ve gone in the direction of a high contrast and bright red scheme that really pops. Red has proven to be pretty forgiving thus far and thankfully it isn’t too hard to glaze over the dark brownish/black color so it has been fun working on the armor for the most part. As you can see, I bounced around and have a bunch of half-finished parts on the armor and the base.
Fortunately, the back of the base is very nearly done and that gives you somewhat of an idea of what the front will look like. I really want to make this look like it is on a cruel alien planet (which is kind of what the stonework already look like so why not, play it up?) so I hope that the purple vines and extra skulls help bring to life the cruelty of the Dark Eldar who are not only slavers but also nearly immortal so long as they inflict pain on others from what I understand. Pretty dark stuff!
While I don’t necessarily have any business doing so, I have been eyeing other projects for 2021 as well. The new Warhammer Quest Cursed City board game is absolutely right up my alley with two cool models being teased, including the one below. The Vampire Counts were one of my favorite Warhammer Fantasy factions and I had a decent amount of models poorly painted for that army before I gave up on Warhammer. If Cursed City is solo-friendly, I will probably be a player as I kind of regret not getting Blackstone Fortress while all of the expansions were available. It all works out though because this setting is almost definitely going to be more my speed than 40k generally is!
I’ve also been contemplating acquiring the model below for quite a while and I feel like I’ve finally worked out how I can paint it to make it look nice. I was always a bit intimidated by how to paint the ghosts but I think I can handle them now. So I might just pick the Coven Throne up finally as it is a pretty old miniature and I’m sure GW isn’t going to keep making it forever. Yes, it will be an extremely epic and time-consuming miniature but I think it will be one I’d gladly keep in a display case for many years once it is done. I’ve still got that gothic red paint scheme I want to play around with too…