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Games Workshop’s New Eldar Models Are Justice For Space Elves

A collection of Warhammer 40,000 Aeldari models, placed on a diorama of alien structures.

Craftworlds are ready to fight back.
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If there’s one thing that gets Games Workshop moving, it’s the shiny new lines of model kits for its war hammer tabletop games that keep fans oohing, ahhing and throw a lot of money on little plastic warriors. But their latest releases will do justice to one of Warhammer 40,000the most overlooked factions.

As the pandemic has plunged us all back into chase old hobbies for comfort, a special joy I have been able over the last few years to return to my teenage love of tabletop wargaming, and war hammer specifically. But my return to Games Workshop Miniature Skirmishes so far has been largely forced to Age of Sigmarthe last iteration of its whimsical settinginstead of the far and ridiculously dark future worlds of Warhammer 40,000the framework that first pushed me into the hobby as a kid two decades ago.

The reason was above all a bit futile. My interest in 40K was seldom in the bulky armored brutes of the Space Marines or their chaotic foils, or monstrous alien factions like the Space Tyranids or the Space Ork mobs. My first and eternal love in the world of 40K were the Eldar: futuristic, melancholy, and incredibly dramatic/asshole elves who traveled the galaxy aboard massive “craftworld” ships, carrying the remnants of their empire after a cataclysm of their own ruin doomed them millennia into the past.

They are, like most species of war hammerthe grim world, comically awfulbut they’re as cool as hell… except the vast majority of their models are the same ones Games Workshop was selling when I was still playing the game as a 13 year old space elf – nerd magnet. Warhammer 40,000 has gone through several iterations over the years since I first left it, and many of its factions have had plenty of more dynamic and beautiful models to go along with those changes, leaving the Eldar behind in the process. It’s not like they were wrong-there is always a charm for them. They are simply old and unable to take advantage of the advancements Games Workshop has made in sculpting and design over the years since their release.

This is finally about to change. After months of teasing, at the Las Vegas Open tournament taking place this weekend, Games Workshop has lifted the lid on a series of new model upgrades for the Eldar, now named Aeldari all these years later. , because you really need something more copyright-specific. after trying and bully the world thinking you have “Space Marines”. While there aren’t any entirely new units on display, the updated models represent modifications of kits Games Workshop has been selling for years at this point. Some of the models revealed as part of this wave update models that were new when I last played 40K like a teenager. One of the biggest, the flamboyant, demonic guy known as Avatar of Khaine, is an update on a sculpture the company started selling in 1993apart from an expensive alternative first sold in 2006:

The original Khaine Avatar, the 2006 update and the next 2022 release.

The original Khaine Avatar, the 2006 update and the next 2022 release.
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It’s quite the overhaul. And what I love about a lot of these new designs is that on the surface they’re not radical updates to older kits, aesthetically. They still have all those old design marks, and more often than not, they’re still inspired by the classic war hammer concept art from legendary artists like Jes Goodwin, faithfully translating them into a small miniature scale. That’s what I loved about the Eldar when I was a kid, out of my idea of ​​what they could look their best, rendered in modern techniques so they can be dynamically posed and customized with more granular options. Finally, the Aeldari can be as spectacular and cool on the table as they have been in war hammerthe vast tradition.

The updates are enough to warm my heart as a lifelong fan of these ethereal, aloof, and sometimes very evil pointy-eared jerks. Sadly, they’re also enough for me to feverishly anticipate them and the release of their new rules – Games Workshop has been silent on exactly when that might be – so that, decades later, I can return to the table with the army that made me fall in love with this experience in the first place.

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