Tabletop Gallery “Old-school Eldar”

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“We don’t need no stinking Aspect Warriors!” 

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  • neshta

    There is a certain appeal to these old-school models!

    • Dr.Clock

      I flippin’ LOVE the old Eldar sculpts.

      In the later 90s and 2000s, 40k’s design moved away from its roots in 2000 AD and other Brit/Euro weirdness.

      It’s hard to peg exactly the content of this change, but I think it had something to do with the shift into modular plastics, and expansion of the company necessitating both a standardization of design so that more sculptors could work on stuff, and a simplifying of core lines to focus more on the ‘two core’ settings.

      Further, I feel like there was a move away from thinking of 40k as ‘fantasy’ to thinking of it as ‘science fiction’. Basically the technology and references changed as popular culture produced ‘late modern’ sci-fi and cyberpunk… so we lost things like actual chainmail on guardians, and in general the ‘tech’ took on a more ‘Aliens’ and less ‘Flash Gordon’ aspect.

      Anyway – old Guardians and Pirates are still my jam these days.

      • marsultor

        For me that moment was the new plastic Falcon model – it looked like a modern-day aircraft (as even the designers themselves commented in WD).

        • Dr.Clock

          Maybe… though at the time I was just way stoked to see one at long last outside of the pretty terrible Epic designs for the falcon.

          If they had done a vehicle like the Epic Wave Serpent though? Probably better.

          The falcon is super iconic though. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like the Eldar… the line is top notch as it is, but the old sculpts have something special.

    • Hedwerx

      I must be old because I wouldn’t call 70% of those guardians and grav platforms old-school.

  • marsultor

    Eldar could easily dominate most games back in those days (how things have come full circle, I hear). The Guardian with the shiruken catapult was, point for point, the best troop in the game. That thing could shred through power armor pretty easily.

    • Shinnentai

      Yups: -2 save mod meant power armoured marines were saving on a 5+. That said, Guardians had BS3 so at 12-24 inches they’d only be hitting the marines in hard-cover on a ‘6’. Cover was important back then.

      • marsultor

        Yeah, I miss the added benefit of cover. I’m not sure why newer versions don’t let you have both. It doesn’t take that much longer to roll 5+’s on unsaved armor saves. Even marines would be rewarded for sticking to cover instead of wading out into fire.