I hope this post will be one part exercise for me in fluff writing/gathering and also one part a call to the wider Dark Eldar community for any input you are willing to share. With that said here's the basic idea I am chasing down:
Take the Dark Eldar, particularly Haemonculi, and their love for "flesh-sculpting' experiments, add in some captured/collected/forcibly dissected Tyranids, and you've got some potentially awesome looking models, at least in my opinion. And so, I want to share with you some of my background thoughts on creating a new army:The Coven of the Devouring Maw.
(Note: I shamelessly adopted this name, source provided below)
I know Dark Eldar are going to be a great army project for me for the following reasons:
- Bad guys are "better" than good guys
- Converting models is fun
- The ability to be a dual purpose army, both fluffy and competitive, is nice
- They offer a completely different play style than my typical MEQ armies from the past
- Again, no more MEQ!
So with a check mark by each of these items I have been fumbling through the Dark Eldar codex for a few weeks now, and I found the entries on page 18 & 19 starting with "The War of Dark Revelations" that talk about how Urien Rakarth saved the Tau from the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Kraken with a price tag of a "cultural exchange" (a delegations of 77 Tau from each caste with 7 Ethereals also demanded). Long story, short (read the whole thing now if you haven't) **Spolier** Rakarth ends up killing everyone like a boss, turning the Tau into Wracks and Grotesques, and pillaging the whole planet.
While blue fish-men communists don't seem like the best experimental play-things to me, these entries got me thinking about the other haemonculi that would have been floating around the battlefield, watching the Tyranid eat broadsides and kabalites alike, who were probably thinking "I gotta get me one of those boneswords and those toxin sacs will look delightful attached to my liquifier."
These entries led me on a search of the internet, and resulted in this link, the source and namesake of this project:The Enshrouded and The Devouring Maw
(just google it, since as a new member I can't post external links!)
Basically, they are a coven of haemonculi that have been messing around with Tyranids as a way to lessen the hold of Slaanesh over the Dark Eldar race, plus corner the niche market of exotic pets that will most definitely kill you and turn you into a genestealer, because you kept a genestealer on a leash with a shock collar and thought it would listen to you.
So there you have all my thoughts up to this point on this project! I mean look at this fan art of a Grotesque, how can you not want to try and model this kind of a themed army:
So now, I'd like to ask a few questions of all you saavy Dark City members and Dark Eldar fans:
- Is there other fluff out there that I should look at for notable DE/Tyranid clashes
- Have you seen/can you share any past projects along this same vein of modelling (DE + Tyranid)?
- General criticism/comments on the concept as a whole?
- Can you think of a better name than "The Coven of The Devouring Maw" for this army? I'm only 80% sold on it, but its way better than"The Coven of I Like Boneswords and Toxin Sacs"
I'm going to be slowly building this idea up further as time goes and should hopefully have my own hobby log started in a few months. I really want to nail down some fluff and take my time with the army build before I start going wild with tons of units and covernting 15 things at once. Thanks for any help you can provide!