Farseer Eldrad Ulthran

Way back when my brother and I first got into Warhammer 40k, Dad picked up some Eldar as his army to encourage us (I was into Dark Angels and my brother, Space Orks.) This was the be the leader of his force, the mighty Farseer Eldrad Ulthran. Here he is in the 1999 Games Workshop catalog:

This mini was painted at the time, but never finished. It then spent the next 20 years bouncing around between houses and really had the crap kicked out of it. The sword arm snapped off at one point and the paint was pretty much gone.

I decided to repaint it a few years ago for my Dad’s birthday. I stripped the remaining paint and reattached the arm (at a weird angle since it was so damaged). I went with the black and bone lore-accurate colour scheme of the Ulthw’e Craftword. I built a little display base out of cork and sand, primed it all in black, and painted it up.

Dad had him as an ornament stuck to the dashboard in my parent’s RV. Pewter models tend to chip, and he’s already showing some damage from handling and falls, so I knew I better get some pictures before he was too banged up.

I remember being pretty pumped with how the purple cloak turned out.

I added some free-hand runes to the sash, including a little nod Blue Oyster Cult, one of my Dad and my shared favourite bands. I was very pleased with the way the lighting effect in the red gemstones came out.

The base was really simple cork affair, so I added a little skull for fun and texture. The half-buried Alaitoc Eldar corpse is a nod to my Dad’s original blue and yellow colour scheme.

It’s been a few years since I painted this mini and I might do a few things differently if I were painting him now, but overall I’m still quite happy. It’s a classic model, a fun paint, and it’s rich with hobby memories – a great project all ’round!

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