Lifetime Eldar

Hello loyal BTP fan.  What follows is an individual "pitch" I made a while back for the Lifetime of Awesome Eldar army.  Naturally, if you are interested in being my patron, we can adjust the details.

Our Highest Level
At BTP we offer six levels of painting from Level 2 (L2) to Level 7 (L7).  The highest is display quality.

The List
I have first created a 5000 point list.  I can modify or expand this based on your personal preferences and what kind of games you play (e.g., Apocalypse).

1x Farseer on jetbike
2x Spirit Seers (need to use the Iyanden list here)
10x Fire Dragons (in Wave Serpent)
27x Jetbikes
10x Wraithguard (in two Wave Serpents)
20x Swooping Hawks
12x Shadow Spectres (including the Phoenix Lord and an Exarch)
3x War Walkers
2x Wraithknights
1x Revenant Titan
If you play open games like Apocalypse, then that might call for some adjustment in the list i.e. adding more cool things.  I would for example drop the Hawks to twelve total and adding a Warp Hunter from Forge World.
All costs here are comprehensive.  It includes the models, assembly, conversions, magnetization, and painting.

The Project of a Lifetime
Six years ago I thought to myself if I were to die soon, what would be my final army, my pièce de résistance  that is the best thing I could think of.  For this I would do all the things already described but also create a series of Eldar vanes, fluted, repeating and Geiger-esque arrays (sweeping off the backs of vehicles and walkers) that are made from clear resin so parts of the vehicles are translucent like glass, as if fading into existence.  This is something that I have never seen before in this context.  This fades out from the regular painting in a smooth fashion from solid to clear.  Adding in LED lights interiorly would further make this a head turner.
I have included several pics that are a good baseline for what I am thinking, except brighter with a better contrast.

I would want a broad budget of at least $58,000 to do this project.  Naturally, I would expand the army list, adding the coolest and most inspirational items from the Eldar range.  A Phantom Titan is a must here.  I would take a personal interest in the army, give you direct communication with artists and myself and also pull my top artists to work on it and nothing else.

Notes and Conversions
1) The army would look really awesome on specialty bases.  I have attached a few pics of a certain type that might work very nicely.
2) Vehicles should have a full suite of magnetized weapon options.
3) I have played a very similar army list and taken on some tough customers and had a blast with such a maneuverable list.
4) All wave serpents are quoted as a Fire Prism kit with the Wave Serpent weapons in the two slots.  This variant looks extremely handsome with a turret rather than the skimpy wave serpent top-mount.
5) I have included a budget in each case for conversion work, modifications, and extras (such as Forge World upgrades and specialty bases).

Other Versions
There are less expensive versions of this army.  Each one may tone down on the custom parts, LEDs, magnetization and painting level.

I would need a budget of $29,000.  The lion's share of this is for the incredible detail of painting.  I have attached a few guide pictures here, just some things that I have encountered as top Eldar painting.
The total budget needed for the army is $12,000.  Notably less.
Just by comparison, the same project done at the higher of our two base levels (L4) would be $7,000.  Here are some L4 Eldar
Turnaround time will be six months.

If you would like to proceed, I would very much like to go forward on the basis of you giving me a budget then letting me run with creative license (given up front your personal preferences).

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working on something fun, creative and notable for the field of miniatures painting.


Here are some pics!   These are not BTP's work by the way.

BTP Studio Tau Army (in red)

This army is likely to get out of hand fast.  I have a few prototypes done and a vid with the first simple practice models rolling off the line.  This army will be just topping 5000 points by the time it is done.

I've got a special deal going:

OK, here's the deal guys.  There's only one spot for this.  If you set up a NEW Tau project of 2500 pts or more by June 13th, then our little team (me, Mike D., Katie and Amberlee*) will paint your army right away and at the same time as the BTP studio Tau.  You will also get to interact with us via Skype, phone or whatever medium works to join in on our little fun painting sessions.  Turnaround should be 2-3 weeks**.  Contact with the subject line Red Tau.  Oh, and that's the other part: you get your color scheme the same as what we're working on.

Also, we'll be making a Forge World order right away so you can get some of that sweet action.

Cost is likely to be as follows $800-1000 for materials (you can get your own models), $1100-1300 for painting, $500-700 for assembly (you can send your models already assembled).

Upgrades are available such as magnetization.

*Plus stand-ins as needed
**From the time ALL the materials arrive in the studio.  Times may vary up or down but not by much.

Here's the list

2x Ethereals
1x Battle suit Commander (based on Farsight with mod to arm)

1x Battle suit Commander (based on XV84 suit from Forge World)
1x Cadre Fireblade

11x Battlesuits (I'm going to make them out of the stock kits at first for the first run but later get them XV89s from Forge World) with of course a suite of magnetized weapons

48x Fire Warriors
20x Kroot Warriors
6x Devilfish (you read that right)
6x Stealth Team
2x Riptide
16x Pathfinders
9x Piranhas
1x Razorshark (going to magnetize this one to also be a Barracuda)
6x Broadsides
2x Hammerheads
4x Remoras
1x R'Varna Battlesuit
 So, that's a lot of fun stuff.  May add some deluxe stuff later.

BTP Necron Army

Now with Seventh Edition and Maelstrom of War missions, you need a mobile army and/or good board control.  You have to get to and hold an objective at any given point, blowing an opposing unit off if need be.

Most people are unlikely to go Unbound completely and the likely more accepted army type is going to be Battle Forged.  With that in mind, it's time to get a BTP studio Necron army up and running again.

Transports for Troops now become super-scoring for a Battle Forged list which is an enormous advantage when paired with the survivability of Necron transports

Here's the list of models needed.
Nemesor Zandrekh (magnetized to represent also Overlord on Command Barge, can also stand in for an awesome looking Overlord)
Orikan the Diviner (can also stand in for a cool Cryptek)
2x Catacomb Command Barge (the Lord magnetized so that he can go on foot as a Lord in a Royal Court)
5x Crypteks (converted from P
2x Triarch Stalker
5x Deathmarks
10x Necron Warriors
2x Ghost Arks (magnetized to be Doomsday Arks as well, no passengers)
20x Immortals
3x Night Scythe (two are magnetized to be Doom Scythes as well)
12x Canoptek Wraiths

Found this great post on the Necron Catacomb Command Barge in 7th Edition.  This plays into exactly what I was saying at the top.  The beauty is that the way I am constructing this army, it can magnetize into either this OR an Annihilation Barge, which will allow for a traditional setup FOC or to make some kind of sick madness with four Lords on Command Barges.

They have become immensely better defensively, but what made them amazing in 5th was their offensive capabilities. Couldn't be locked in combat, 24" movement and practically guaranteed to kill 1 vehicle each turn for 180 points.

afaik, Its offensive capabilities (with the possible exception of anakyr's mind in machine (which was disabled last FAQ) ) are exactly the same as 6th, where it was solid, but you could never move far enough to sweep stuff and getting tar-pitted was a huge problem. Its defensive capabilities however...

Any shooting less than strength 6 you allocate to the chariot and take no damage. Anything higher 7-9 you allocate to the rider and make armour/invuln saves against, so it can't get blown up from a single shot. CCB now has WS 4 in combat and AV13, so power fists will struggle to destroy it. And the best part would probably you can issue and accept challenges, meaning its is far less vulnerable to tarpitting. Basically you have an AV13, 5 W/HP fast skimmer/walker for an 80 point upgrade on your lord.

I'd say its role has changed. Now the CCB is a way of turning a normal lord into a faster moving destroyerlord, effective at hunting enemy special characters within squads, since the Lord+CCB counts as a single model and the remaining squad members have no other models to attack. The way to go is probably deck out a lord with WS, MSS, 2+, 3++ & Tesseract Labyrinth and while acting as a fire soak, hunt the biggest/baddest/most costly single model character/MC/vehicle the enemy has. These will definately be strong again.

Biggest down side is the base for the CCB is so large that denying RP with a consolidation move will be so easy...


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