Thursday, 23 May 2013
Combat Card Thursdays - Eldar Wave Serpent
With the Eldar Codex out in a few weeks time I felt it appropriate that I jump on the bandwagon for the second part of this series.
The Eldar Wave Serpent has a long history that as far as I know, actually began in epic scale. The model above is the first representation of the now famously tough troop transport. I for one would love to see a 40k scale model of this design, because I have always loved the huge prow, sleek lines, and massive wave turret.
I feel it is a shame that the Wave Serpent that most gamers know and love is but a pale reflection of the original concept. The whole reason it is called a Wave Serpent is because of the shield and 'wave' it can produce with that shield. While the shielding is represented in game, the wave is not. There is a piece of art in one of the 3rd edition rulebooks, by John Blanche if I remember correctly, showing a battle scene in which several wave serpents are combining their shields and overrunning the foe. I can't seem to find it on the internet, despite searching for the last hour, but just imagine if this was possible in 40k. I don't hold out any hopes for this to change in the coming codex, but I do maintain that it would be very cool rule if done correctly.
I feel the paint job on the above mini is worthy of note. The Alaitoc sword and wave symbol are impressively painted by hand on a small scale, and the colours really suit the mini, unlike the bright yellow Leviathan last week!