Sunday, December 12, 2010

Inside Look: Dark Eldar Raider

Hello Everyone. After looking through some of the past articles, I remembered a spot I did looking into the new plastic Daemon Prince model. Having enjoyed opening and constructing some of the new Dark Eldar models, I thought this would be a good chance to give everyone a look into the new models. The most notable being the Raider, I figure it's a good place to start.

So right off the bat when opening the new kit, it looks daunting. There are a lot... and I mean A LOT of little bits for this thing. This was a scary moment for me, but I must say that GW really stepped it up on the instruction booklet. It was a very simple process to follow step by step, and before I knew it, my raiders were assembled and ready for action.

The body of this agile beast is pretty sturdy, and I'm sure it could handle a few oops moments. The extra gubbin's on the other hand are far less durable. The trophy racks, the blades, and the thin chains that dangle from the sides and bottom are very fragile. I can easily see these bits breaking within the first couple trips outside the homestead without an exorbitant amount of padding... and even then the padding may break them off!

The detail is unparalleled in a vehicle. Most, if not all the options for the raider are present (and the ones that aren't can be found in the Ravager Kit). Every inch of this new model is eye candy, and as I said when looking at the Sanguinary Guard models... GW has really stepped up the detail. Of these new details, the addition of the sail was interesting. At first I was not a fan, but looking at the model itself, I must say it does provide a nice look to the new design. And between the Raider and the Ravager, there are plenty of sails to chose from.

The biggest upgrade to me was nothing on the model itself. The new ball-joint flying bases are brilliant! No more snapping problems, and it allows these floating barges to have more angled and varied looks to them. I hope these become the new main stream for skimmers GW produces in the future.

I must say this model is a great new piece to the dark armies of Commorragh. I myself was shocked at the amount of love I find myself having for these little guys, and I mean little (they're tiny!).



  1. I'll have to take a look at the new flying stand if you don't mind?

    Makes me wonder if they are going to redo other eldar kits to update standards?

  2. Unfortunately, I think they will. That means I'll be stuck with "old models." The pegs are horrible, but if you magnetize the model to the base it's better than a ball joint.