Monday, July 29, 2013

Eldar Wraithlord Conversion: In Progress

I disassembled my old-school metal wraithlord ("Eldar dreadnought" at the time of it's original production) a few weeks ago with the intention of giving it a makeover, and finally this weekend I got to spend a little time on it.  Not a lot, as you can see, but it's coming along.

I was thinking that I'd have to cut it up and pin it back together to get any kind of posing out of him.  I'm sure you've seen plenty of these models, basically standing straight-legged and almost straight-armed--not a very dynamic look.  In fact, looks like they all failed their Wraith Sight rolls (which don't apply anymore, btw).  But, fortunately, cutting him up turned out to be unnecessary.  The slightest bend applied to the lead legs gave him enough flex to suit my needs without being obviously disfigured to the casual observer.  (His other leg is attached to a base--not pictured.)

His arms and armament are the second major modification I'm working on.  What do you suppose this is going to be...?

And finally his "back pack" or "rear weapons manifold" or whatever you want to call it.  That will be my biggest challenge and I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to pull it off yet.  It probably won't be anything miraculous but I want it to be more than what he came out with originally.  I'm playing with Dark Eldar vehicle and reaver bits to see what I can do.

I'd like to think I'll paint him up once everything is done and then blog the finished product (I don't plan to repaint what i have, just the new parts and slight makeover), but we'll see how things work out... (Unfortunately, as time becomes more and more of a valuable commodity, this hobby gets less and less of its share.)

Happy hobbying!


  1. Nice! Looking forward to seeing this come together - perhaps the raider prow bit with the more egregious spikes shaved off as the engine, and the jetbike fairing wrapped around it as the rear armor?

    Always love seeing old models brought back to life!

  2. It looks like you're off to a good start! I have one of these models as well and I'm also planning to update it when I get back to Eldar. I also have the newer plastic kit so I plan to set the old one up to use the newer weapon mounts.

    I'll keep an eye on this project for any ideas I can loot ;)

  3. Thanks guys. I'm not sure I'll have any loot-worthy ideas for you but... I guess I'll let you be the judge of that.