Eldar Rumors: Eldrad & Friends Latest

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Eldrad’s new 40K mini was spotted yesterday, but he won’t be alone. Here’s the latest:

Yesterday we saw one of the sprues for an upcoming Eldrad Ulthran – and I have to say – It’s About Time!

That got everyone wondering exactly what the mini meant, when it would be released and what it’s context would be.

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Tongues have been wagging and this is what BoLS has been told by insiders:

  • Eldrad is coming late this year 2016
  • He will be accompanied by at least 2 other existing Eldar characters who will be receiving all new fancy plastic minis.
  • One of the new minis will be …. wait for it… the Eldar Avatar.
  • The others are unknown. It is not known if these are a standalone release, or part of an accompanying book of some type.
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Burning Marines to cinders since 1994

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~So get ready Craftworld Fans, your ancient minis from 2nd Edition’s day’s are numbered.

 

 

  • Voltron

    As much as I still love the old Phoenix Lord models, I’ve been wishing for new sculpts since 4th edition. A new Karandras with dynamic posing could look great. A new Autarch on jetbike would be amazing too.

    • Randy Randalman

      Hopefully they can start pumping a lot of the old characters out quick, now that they’ve proven they can make them look better in plastic than even the metal ones. Ulrik was great, so I’m excited to see the Eldar ones, the old Chaos ones, Dante and Azrael, Ragnar, etc…

      • amaximus167

        I just wish they would have had an option for him to be wearing that awesome helmet without having to cut it out of the hand…

    • Sam Nolton

      GW should take advantage of the release to do a whole “Aspect Warriors” kit- letting you build any aspect in plastic and they’re respective exarchs and phoenix lords.

      • Dan T

        There might be a few too many aspects for one box though. They’d need like 6 types of torsos, heads, and weapons. Seems too much?

        • Sam Nolton

          Nah, the armor is pretty similar for each aspect- just make them all plastic with one type of armor, an even mix of male and female torsos (howling banshees CAN be male occasionally)- just make a few extra bits to swap out like shoulder pads or accessories to differentiate them. Then different helmets for each aspect and the appropriate weapons.

          • Dan T

            Hmm I suppose. The reapers are bulkier though, and the scorpions have a really cool unique design IMO and Id rather not lose that. Just have them in plastic!

          • Sam Nolton

            Definitely true! I just know GW’s….kinda lazy on that route. If they can force something to be a dual-kit or make every option for a unit type, they’ll do it, rather than make unique stuff.

      • JJ

        Actually they would have to divide up the boxes based on heavy/normal aspect armor.

        I would think we would see:

        1.Howling Banshees/Swooping hawk box

        2. Dark Reaper/ Striking scorpion/Fire Dragon box

        3. Warp spiders (IDK how you would combine these with another aspect unless it was the new crystal aspect from forgeworld)

        But that is all speculation based on the armor types and the current models.

        • Ever since Eldar have had unique armours for each aspect. I don’t see how you’d combine reapers with anything else. Scorpions and Dragons come quite close and yet they are still quite different in many regards. I’ll believe it when I see it.
          If GW has the chance to churn out a new unit in combination with an old one – or two new ones at once with nearly the same sprues, they’ll do it. I don’t think the current trend is to combine two already existing units into one box. That happened quite rarely.

    • Benedict Charles Costa II

      I’d be happy with a plastic Karandras that has his helmet toned down a bit. In the illustrations it looks majestic, in the mini it looks… yeah. Jain Zar could use a better one too for sure.

  • Djbz

    I wonder if this new plastic Avatar will be ridiculously oversized like the Bloodthirster

    • Damistar

      Probably similar in size to the FW ones, so about 6″ tall and $130.

      • pokemastercube .

        sorta what i was thinking, the FW body is a good height to give the impression of it towering over normal sized people, so something around that height would be what should be done

    • Spacefrisian

      Or its the Avatar look alike from the dark elves cauldron of blood. Wich i actualy use now as the Eldar Avatar.

    • Aezeal

      Sure would look odd if their major monster was mini compared the blood thirster.

      • Darth Bumbles

        Well, it sort of stands to reason, as Bloodthirsters are distinct, unique beings, while the Avatar is a fractured part of a god.

        • Aezeal

          Not sure why the avatar should be smaller because of this.

          • Darth Bumbles

            Even then, ignoring the whole “God versus daemon” but, the avatar is powered by the belief of a few million Eldar, but Bloodthirsters by the ongoing slaughter and hatred of billions.

    • Dan T

      The bloodthirster isnt that big though? I expected it to be bigger given the price tag.

  • ZeeLobby

    I’m calling it. Not only will miniatures drop, but they’ll drop with some additionally crazy rules and formations.

    • JJ

      So the sky is blue and water is wet?

      • ZeeLobby

        Well if anything is true, it’s that GW doesn’t release a model anymore without rules, formations, detachments and mini games. All good things as long as your faction is the one getting releases. Plenty of other companies update models without those things, but for GW it’s become the norm.

    • Joka

      *Angrily stare in orkish*

  • Lord Elpus

    I have the gw. Avatar and the FW one with spear..I’m not buying another……awww who am I kidding!! Of course I will! Hope it’s Goodwin has done the updated sculpts,his Eldar are the best miniatures g.w produced for a long time imo.. The Phoenix Lords are lovely as are the warlocks.. Be good to see what they will do…

    • ZeeLobby

      Are there any recent sculpts that we know are Goodwin’s? I mean we know he’s still the head of GW sculpting, but I wonder how much he still gets involved in individual sculpts.

      • Lord Elpus

        He did a lot if not all of the new Dark Eldar stuff! Gived some idea of what we might expect from him… if of course he is doing them…

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, the new Dark Eldar line is super sexy (I own most of it). If only they could release plastic to replace the failcast, and then reintroduce some of the awesome characters they removed because of IP. Sigh… Still, I have hope for your goody-two-shoes models!

          • Dan T

            So much of the eldar/deldar range is in failcast. So frustrating! Id own at least one of each Aspect by now if they were in plastic.

          • JJ

            I would love a Nuadhu Fireheart model!

      • Bayne MacGregor

        Apparently he did the Skitarii and Cult Mechanicus.

        • ZeeLobby

          I could see that as well. There’s a lot of throwbacks to his older artwork which make them amazing.

    • Pyrrhus of Epirus

      also have both, its a shame they are Lords of War because compared to a Wraithknight they are a joke and ive only gotten to field them in Apoc games.

  • malmotube

    I’ve had a metal Eldrad for at least 15 years now and to this day he’s still a favourite of mine. But i’m thinking it might.. MIGHT be time for an upgrade.
    I have a forgeworld Avatar so no worries there, but it’d be great to see him remodeled to as i’ve never been a fan the GW sculpt.

    • Dan T

      How long had that model been around for before you bought it?

      • Djbz

        That model was released at least as early as 1994 as he was in the 2nd Edition codex; Eldar which was released then

  • Dan T

    Sweet! Always wanted an Avatar, but I try to avoid finecast where ever possible.

    Edit: wait, did that say, minis from 2nd edition?! Holy crap!

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Yep, some of those and the bulk of sisters are all from second ed. aka pre 98!

  • While the FW Avatars are great, I’d still kill for an Avatar which is actually exactly as that awesome picture. Pose, proportions (that includes *thin* blades on the elbows, fine sword details and a thin “crown”), blowing wind.

  • Chet Atkinson

    Yeah the Avatar is in need of an overhaul – bigger for a start and with a bit more kick-ass-ness than the FW version

  • Admiral Raptor

    Bah! Those models are fine. They’ve been the same since I started playing 20 years ago, and If they we’re good enough for 1996 then they should be good enough for 2016! Dang GW, always replacing classic sculpts with ugly CAD nonsense! At least we’ll always have the Ork Warbuggy.

    In all seriousness I love the current Eldrad and Avatar (Despite the fact he’s tiny). I love most of the models that were designed in the 90s, but that’s because of my huge and powerful nostalgia goggles that I wear at all times.

    • euansmith

      There is that nice looking Khaine from the Cauldron of Blood. I don’t know if he is tall enough, but he looks pretty huge.

      • Admiral Raptor

        I’ve seen a couple good conversions using him as an Avatar. I think his height is pretty appropriate.

        • GiftoftheMagi

          I’ve done one myself. The arms were hell because the model split them in two, so you have some flex issues…but I got it to work eventually.

  • Arthfael

    Yeaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christmas!!!
    Ahem, sorry…

  • am1t

    Well it’s a start … about time GW.
    Now we need:
    1) Updated plastic/Aspect warriors
    2) Updated plastic/Phoenix Lords … the mono-pose was nice for the time but it’s 2016!

    • kloosterboer

      They’ll still be mono pose. Just plastic mono pose.

      But, I’m excited, nonetheless!

      • Brian Griffith

        Of course, plastic monopose is much easier to convert/repose.

  • Realspace Raider

    We all need Asdrubael Vect to open the Khaine’s Gate … You all know it will happen … soon.
    SW, Th.Sons, Prospero, signs & patterns, The Changeling, Tzeentch… Caliban… Lionel Messi Jonhson? plastic Russ? Lady Malys & Harlequins, plastic Eldrad, Asrubael Vect, …Khaine’s Gate… Slaanesh… plastic Daemons Primarchs… You see it now?
    1 – Eldrad, 2 – Avatar, 3 – Vect

    • Djbz

      But he’s trying to make sure it stays closed….

      • Realspace Raider

        Yes, but if your read carefully, while Malys investigates on Vect’s actions, she doesn’t really know what is hiding under Commorragh. And when she attempts to spy on that, it creates agitation among the “beings” underneath. Even if Vect wants to keep it close, and “incident” may occur.The only way to close the gate, is to call for Eldrad’s help, because he knows the job.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    I will be the obligitory sisters’ person and politely ask for these portents an omens to lead to a newrange. lol, as the vast range of standard sisters is still also secon ed! le sigh

  • deris87

    I’d love to see an updated stat line for the Avatar. It’s just a crime that the one per Craftworld Avatar–who requires a living Eldar sacrifice to awaken–is not at all impressive compared to a Wraithknight. Making him a GC with a nice boost in stats and it’d be fitting.

    • It would further limit the choices in a Combined Arms Detachment though. Chose between an Avatar and something other big… while the Avatar should basically be in *any* Craftworld army by definition. Always. He’s the core of war, the Craftworld’s manifested anger.

      • deris87

        I’m not sure how buffing his statline would be anymore limiting than it is now. You already have to choose between the Avatar and a Wraithknight, and while the Avatar isn’t bad for it’s points, it’d be nice if his stats were more reflective of his LoW status and fluff. Also Eldar are actually pretty stingy about awakening the Avatar with the whole having to kill one of their dying race to do it.

  • Anggul

    Here’s hoping for plastic warp spiders, swooping hawks and shining spears some time soon!

    I’m not too fussed about the other aspects getting new kits, they look great and modern already.

  • GiftoftheMagi

    Getting a new Eldrad and Avatar model is awesome, especially with the quality of the plastics range of late. As for the other mini…the rumor says CHARACTER, not units or squad. So I don’t think it will be new Spiders or Spears (which is too bad, we really need new ones).

    My money is on a new Phoenix Lord box kit, with some kind of option to make one of a few different types of Lord. Either that or they will crap-out and redo Yriel.

    • TenDM

      I think you’re right with Yriel, although I’m hoping for a plastic Spiritseer/Farseer/Warlock kit.
      I’m guessing they’ll wait do each of the Phoenix Lords until they’re do the corresponding Aspect Warriors. Ie, release plastic Fire Dragons and Fuegan at the same time. It’d be nice but I can’t picture them releasing six Phoenix Lords as one box set or releasing that many individual kits at once.