Eldar Shroud Runners – Ski-Doos, but in Space

Anybody remember the Distracted Boyfriend meme? I feel bad admitting it, but that’s basically how I pivoted from my Shining Spears to the new hotness that is Shroud Runners. I wanted to immortalize a character from a running campaign with XenonMage in miniature form, and while I’d done so with my Shining Spears it felt like the Shroud Runner was a much better fit for the character. It also doesn’t hurt that while Eldar have had a lot of new re-releases, Shroud Runners are still the first new kit and new profile that they’ve had added to their lineup in a long time. (Not counting new Corsairs, of course.)

Pictured: Vyishnar, a character from my running campaign with XenonMage, and his fancy lads.

And that, friends, is the story of how I broke my almost year-long embargo on buying new GW models. It’s bittersweet, because I still don’t feel great about some of GW’s previous business decisions, especially some allegations that came up regarding employee wages, but…at the same time, I love my space elves. And if watching copious amounts of South Park through the years has taught me anything, it’s that you won’t cheer for your team, you probably shouldn’t be in the stadium. Go Broncos. So, when a Chaos player was looking for somebody to split the new box set, I pulled the trigger.

Pictured: The new Raptor jetbikes, scatter lasers and all, from the undersides.

I never thought that I’d have jetbikes as a mainstay in any army, but there’s a special irony in that I’ve now committed to what basically looks like a space ski-doo. I remember being a passenger on a ski-doo in the trails out near Deer Lake in the dead of winter with copious amounts of snow about as being one of the most terrifying experiences of my life, but…also, the more I look back on it, the most exhilarating. I felt very alive, even though we did roll the damned thing trying to get out onto the trail. I have to give credit where due to XenonMage’s brother – if he wasn’t such a solid driver I might not be around to tell the tale.

Pictured: All my Ski-Doos – I mean, jetbikes.

This felt like a return to form for me. Just painting stock models, on stock bases, working with what I had, and not relying on gimmicks or LEDs to make my models stand apart. Now, one gimmick that I did run with was applying a light coat of “shifter” paints, instead of glitter, to give the Ranger cloaks a bit of a shimmer to mimic the idea of their adaptive Shroud Runner Cloaks. In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out, and I plan to make these as much a staple of my army as Guardians and Howling Banshees.

8 thoughts on “Eldar Shroud Runners – Ski-Doos, but in Space

    1. mick says:

      Thanks! and sorry for the delayed response. IRL foolery. But yeah, I love that Shroud Runners are legitimately something we haven’t seen before and it makes me excited for the future of the faction.

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      1. mick says:

        Thanks! I tried some test models and what I found worked best was watering it down a bunch and applying it over gloss varnish. It’s definitely something that’s good to experiment with though.

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  1. Matt says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Eldar jetbikes since back in the early 40K days, and these look really good! The simple black scheme works well and the colour-shift paint on their cloaks is a genius idea.

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