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PostSubject: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Wed Aug 15 2012, 14:44

Finally caved in and decided to get one, fed up of flyers not dying and thought it would be very nice for squads to go to ground on to hold objectives.






I will be doing the upper row of forcefields later and painting all the spikes etc very soon.

All comments and criticisms welcomed!
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Wed Aug 15 2012, 14:55

Ahhhh! Forcefields made from painted plastic sheets! Genius!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Wed Aug 15 2012, 16:22

Oh this is right on! What plastic sheets did you use?

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Wed Aug 15 2012, 21:18

Great idea.

The walls look quite tall. Can you show us a pic with models inside it?
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Wed Aug 15 2012, 23:25

Thanks guys.

The plastic was from a local hobby shop, it was kept in the same display as plasticard.It came in one sheet of A4 size.

I havn't put any models inside it yet, but I agree, the walls are probably a little tall, but I did it for aesthetics, as if they were shorter I think they would have looked too flimsy. I'll just say all my troops have a little transponder in their armour that allows them to move freely through the force field.

I'll get some pictures up with some warriors in in tomorrow. Hoping to have it completed tomorrow aswell. I also made a quad gun but it's not come out Dark Eldar enough for me so may start again on that one.
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Thu Aug 16 2012, 11:30

Very nice idea, I have two concerns however:
- are the force fields and pylons fixed to the terrain piece? (original AEGIS is just the barrier which can be placed anywhere - if this is fixed it makes a really big terrain piece - not sure it it's rule-compliant)
- how does it fit to your overall playing style? I mean - DE are rather quick and mobile, and are not too good in stand&hold fights...

And more questions:
how did you make the hill and ground itself? looks amazing and I'd like to learn about it
what are the pylons made of? flyer stands? cardboard?

tell us more! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Thu Aug 16 2012, 11:52

Yeah it is all fixed to the board, probably wouldn't be allowed in a tournament but I have no plans to go to one in the future. At the local club alot of people have turned them into boards and terrain pieces.

Play style I have started using pathfinders so they will be good in this, also very handy to go to ground last few turns to hold an objective. Last game playing space wolves I could not shift 5 marines with over 40 shots going at them a turn. Also, as mentioned the lack of skyfire is really starting to hurt my army, fed up of storm talons flying around causing me casualties with nothing I can shoot at them, wasting dark lances is really not fu
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The base is PVC foam, built up with bits of metal and computer components and then I layered over them with plaster of Paris. Then covered in sand and broken egg shells. I've added bits of wire and assorted blades and spikes from my bits box also. The actual pylons are also made from the PVC foam which I just drew up a shape and cut out a few of them!
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Thu Aug 16 2012, 11:59

@AngelGrinder wrote:
Play style I have started using pathfinders so they will be good in this, also very handy to go to ground last few turns to hold an objective.
I keep forgetting about allies...

Thanks for the info on materials - I use computer parts too - they're awesome Smile
I'm just a bit afraid about eggshells - won't they deteriorate? You know, Nurgle style is cool, but...


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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Thu Aug 16 2012, 12:07

I've used them to base my actual models aswell, and it's been well over 6months now with no sign of deterioration.

A few more pictures -







Was a bit messy with glue, but I'm not going to repaint all the pylons and the forcefield joins, see what I can do to tidy it up a bit!
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Mon Aug 20 2012, 12:24

Looks very, very nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Mon Aug 20 2012, 19:51

Wow, that looks really sweet! Transparent plastic as force fields, why didn't I think of that? The construction seems solid enough to pretty much replicate Aegis Defense Line dimensions - four short sections, four long sections.

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Mon Aug 20 2012, 22:29

I like it. I might just have to steal said idea. But due to modelling for advantage issues... I would make the sheets the height and size of the actual defense line...

I was also considering deploying the line backwards, to represent the DE rushing over the defenses...
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Mon Aug 20 2012, 23:14

Nicely done! For those of us not looking to do so much modelling, I could see just making segments of forcefields with the pylons attached (4x 2" and 4x 4"). They should be only about 1" high though, so they don't block sight completely.

Right now, I've just been using extra pieces of foam I had already pulled out of my travel case. They happen to be 1x1x2", so that's just about right if there are 12 of them. I think part of the charm of the Aegis is customizing how the walls are laid out for each game.

For playstyle questions, this helps DE go back to the old "sniper squads" of foot Warriors with a DL. They are bit less unassuming (read: more obvious target) within the Aegis, especially with a quad gun, but they also have a 4+ cover save.

If playing friendly or pick-up games, you want to house rule fortifications placed AFTER terrain, or else there will be a big hill in front of your quad gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Tue Aug 21 2012, 20:15

I'm going to try making an Aegis line and stick a squad of Trueborn behind it. 2 will have Dark Lances. 1 will have a splinter rifle and use the Aegis' gun. Might be interesting!
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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Tue Aug 21 2012, 21:52

It's a tiny number of T3 models, even with 4+ cover. I think you're better off with a squad of 10 KWs and a single DL, since it will last longer and is scoring.

Actually, Wracks would fit best here with T4 4++/5++, even though they can't take a lance. Assuming you take a Haemonculus, ofc. You could give em a hexrifle if you want, but not necessary. Four twin-linked S7 shots and an objective point I can depend on is worth a squad of 8 plus the aegis in my eyes.

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PostSubject: Re: Dark Eldar Aegis defence line WIP   Tue Aug 21 2012, 23:21

I intend to make the enemy focus on vehicles and squads that are up in their faces and see how it goes. I don't know that I'm going to run the squad at 3 Trueborn, mind you.
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