of the Jungle
Armies of the
Jungle: Warhost Lotus Storm of Impossible Contemplation by
In the From
Idea To Reality series, we chronicled the process of creating an
army from scratch. In this series, we will showcase the finished results
of our labors – the completed armies (as much as any 40K army can ever
be considered “completed”). By detailing how the army was collected, how
the background and color schemes were developed, and how the army is used
on the battlefield, we hope that this series will provide inspiration for
those interested in collecting similar armies.
Some of Pat's gorgeous Howling
Banshees (love the metallic blue!) attack Necrons in a Hazy
Shade of Winter
Back in the dark days of 2nd Edition,
Kenton and I were fumbling around with our Marines and Orks and frequently
found ourselves on the losing end of games. An army we never were able
to beat was the combined Eldar forces of our friend Reese and my wife (and
no, I was not just letting her win). Today, their tactics might be described
as “Mathhammer,” but they had devised a highly effective force by maximizing
the number and efficiency of troops they brought.
In 2nd Edition, one had
to shoot the closest enemies, and Guardians made great "screens" for more
As the years went past, both armies
were eventually shelved and I bought Reese’s Eldar to merge with my wife’s
force. Since 5th Edition and the new codex were released, the army has
been used occasionally with varying success. With a dearth of vehicles,
there was no real choice but to field a “Footdar” force, with the expected
reliability. Recently, I was able to allocate some Christmas cash to the
Eldar, and I added two Wave Serpents and a Falcon to the one Wave Serpent
I already had. I look forward to trying out the new toys in a campaign
sometime in the near future.
Old and new army units.
The Wraithlord's been around since Bill Clinton was in office; the Falcon
is more recent
Collecting the Lotus Storm
Most of the army was collected back
in the early 1990’s, but new figures have been added to represent new wargear
or vehicles. Unless noted, all models are 2nd Edition figures.
though the Eldar Codex predates the special character madness, Eldrad still
is pretty good.
Back in the salad days, Reese and my wife used to field a stripped down
Farseer they called “Joey.” This figure pays homage to that idea
using a limited edition Bonesinger.
Avatar of Khaine.
One of my favorite HQ choices
I picked up the Yriel figure because he seemed kind of cool. I have
yet to use him.
All of the Phoenix
Lords. They look cool, but most are too expensive to actually
use. I do have a list based on Karandras I want to try though.
Two squads of 10 each, with each squad including an Exarch
Two squads of 10 each, with each squad led by an Exarch with a firepike
One squad of 10, with Warlock
Two squads of 10, each led by an Exarch. One Exarch is a newer model
with an executioner, the other is the classic with the axe weapon.
One squad of 10, with various weapons, half of them with Harlequin kisses
Two squads of 10 each, each led by an Exarch. One Exarch is the classic
with sword and catapult, and the other has been converted to have two catapults.
Two squads of 10 each
Two squads of 10 each
Back in the 2nd Edition days, these guys were the backbone of the army.
I have six squads of 14 each, with each squad including a heavy weapon
Reese converted a squad of 5 with cool lance weapons, but recently I have
been thinking of making them a Seer Council
Two squads of 8 each, each led by an Exarch with two deathspitters
Two squads of 10 each, each led by an Exarch
I added 3 Vypers with scatter lasers for some fast moving guns
Support Weapon Battery
of 3 D-Cannons. Still haven’t tried these yet
Another staple of the 2nd Edition-era army. There are three units
of 5, but I converted an Exarch to have a missile launcher for some anti-tank
Two War Walkers
with brightlance and missile launcher
Falcon with pulse
laser and missile launcher
I now have three: one with twin shuriken cannon, one with twin scatter
laser, and the last with twin brightlance
The Avatar, with his old-school,
Contrary to the dying race fluff
that surrounds most Eldar back stories, I have always viewed this warhost
as a more aggressive fighting force. In the universe of the Jungle,
the Warhost is first mentioned at the Battle of Two Fangs on Bray. They
have shown up occasionally as a band of skirmishers. Kenton came up with
the name writing one of the stories
for the Jungle, and I came up with the Eldar translation (Lote
Arma en’Callanta) by co-opting words from The Silmarillion
– the official gamer guide for anything Elvish.
Striking Scorpions. All
of them are 2nd Edition-era pewter models
Modeling and Painting
The color scheme for the army has
uses the vast array of metallic paints that Citadel at one time made. This
makes it difficult to paint the army now, as half of the colors have been
discontinued. Roughly, the breakdown goes like this:
Scorpions: Brass/Burnished Gold
Banshees: Blue/Shining Gold
Fire Dragons: Beaten Copper
Dire Avengers: Metallic Green/
Rangers: Black/Metallic Purple
Warp Spiders: Boltgun Metal
Swooping Hawks: Metallic Blue
Reapers: Boltgun Metal/Blue
Most everything else: Amethyst
Dire Avengers. What visually
ties the army together is that it's all painted in metallics
Using the Army
I have tied fielding the army without
vehicles, attaching Warlocks to the Guardian squads, and using the Avatar
to make everyone Fearless, but I have only had limited success.
I have been adding more vehicles over time to add a little more variety
to the lists I can generate, so I look forward to trying out some new tactics.
Warp Spiders in Boltgun
Rangers in black and metallic
of the Jungle
Posted February 2011