Dark Elves

My Dark Elves Army Pledge

I have been building my collection of Dark Elves the past couple of months and have managed to accrue…

A Sorceress on Pegasus
An Assassin
48 Warriors
15 Witch Elves with full command
6 Harpies

Still plenty of miniatures to purchase.  I am definitely going to include a dragon in the army for a centre piece.
So onto The Pledge.  This army is a painting and basing project to see how far I can push my army painting skills.  I want to paint this army to the highest quality I possibly can.  So I have come up with the following rules, which I have promised myself I will not break.

Study painting and basing tutorials on the net.
Understand and study the colour wheel.
No time constraints or dead lines.
No visible mold lines or joins.
Wash all miniatures prior to priming.
Check for mold lines after priming.
Prime with Skull White.
Water down the paint.
Never paint straight out of the pot.
Use alternatives paints, Vallejo or Cote d’Arms and Windsor and Newton for inks.
Only include miniatures in the army I would like to paint.
If I spot something to tidy up, change or still to do write it down so don’t forget.

I have my Warriors and Ogres for gaming and tournaments and will not be expanding these in the near future.  I want to concentrate on this Dark Elve painting project.  Not even a new Ogre Kingdoms book and miniatures will take me away from this project.  I would like to field this Dark Elve army at a tournament near the end of the year (may be as a small force), but I will not break one of the rules and rush the project for a tournament.  So this blog could turn into a Dark Elves painting project blog for the remainder of this year and possibly into next year.

I am going to start with the Sorceress on Pegasus which is the Morathi on Dark Pegasus miniature.  Then probably move onto the Assassin, Harpies and Witch Elves.

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My Next Army – Dark Elves

Over the past months I have been considering which army to collect and paint next.  My initial thoughts were either Vampire Counts, Wood Elves or a Khorne Daemon army.

I purchased the Dark Elves army book on the day of release back in 2008.  The army was going to be for my son, who wanted at the time to get back into Warhammer Fantasy.  But he lost interest shortly afterwards.

In November this year at the Immortal War tournament I won a box of Dark Elves Warriors for best painted army.  So my fate was sealed, with my Dark Elves army book and a box of Dark Elves Warriors it was going to be Dark Elves.

This army project will be purely a painting and basing miniatures project.  Although the Dark Elves are considered to be one of the best armies at the moment, the army list build will be based around the miniatures I would most like to paint not which units are better on the battlefield.

I will be collecting all the miniatures I want to paint first, then when I have all the miniatures only then will I commence building and painting.  I am not expecting to start building and painting until around April next year.  The Warriors of Chaos project will probably take me until March to complete anyway.

My target is to have a fully painted Dark Elves army by November next years for the Immortal War tournament, leaving me around eight months to complete.