|I thought they looked alien and really cool|
|These are the first 40K mini's I paintedI went with Yellow for the major color, offset by light blue on my original efforts.|
|That color scheme on the left really appealed to me as "alien" so...|
|... That became my standard color scheme and it still gets looks today because it doesn't match up with anything in the recent books about Eldar.|
As the universe developed more, it turned out that the Eldar were a doomed race. Unlike most fantasy universes where the Elves are fading or slowly dwindling, the Eldar are pretty much faded. They had a huge space empire that turned inward and went decadent - so much so that it eventually birthed the fourth power of chaos, Slaanesh the Lord of Pleasure, and caused their former empire to implode and rip a hole into the chaos dimension so that it now overlaps our universe in that part of the galaxy and is know as the Eye of Terror. The former Eldar worlds may still exist there, as may the former citizens - time moves differently in the chaos warp - but it's not a place anyone wants to go. Now that's a way to collapse a civilization! No fading into nothing or going quietly - nope, they got so bad their space exploded! And it was their own fault! The only Eldar left now are some of the ones who lived on distant frontier colony worlds and some who were out on great trading ships outside the home worlds. Those ships have morphed into giant city-ships called craftworlds and are the main type of Eldar represented in the game. Each has its own color scheme and heraldry and preferences which makes for a variety of brightly colored armies.
|From early in the Eldar development came the Harlequins...|
|... then I saw what they could do in the game and went out and got a box|
I don't have a specific named character here to talk about. Many many Eldar troopers and leaders lived and died in the summers and weekends of 1988 and 1989, which is about the time I got interested in Space Marines and the Eldar gradually fell to 2nd place and eventually 3rd. I finally traded most of my Eldar force to a buddy who played them constantly, in return for his Orks. I kept a few though, and that's what you see in the pictures. I am very slowly working on rebuilding an Eldar force for the current version of the game but it's a slow process and I have no pictures worth sharing yet.
That said, 40K does use a 1-10 scale for statistics, much like Icons...hmmm
The Avatar of Khaine for Icons:
Prowess: 10 (Unearthly) His weapon skill in 40K is a 10 out of 10 so it seemed appropriate here
Coordination: 9 (Monstrous)
Strength: 8 (Amazing) Strength 8 in 40K
Intellect: 10 (Unearthly) 1st edition 40K actually had an intelligence stat and he had a 10
Awareness: 10 (Excellent) He's initiative 10 in 40K which is used to detect things when some kind of stat roll is called for
Willpower: 10 (Unearthly) Leadership 10 in 40K, plus he's a WAR GOD INCARNATE!
Origin: Unearthly (+2 to two stats)
Specialties: Occult (Master)
Strike - 10 (Unearthly) - The Suin Daelae (The Doom that Wails), a sword or spear that is part of him.
Life Support - 10 (Unearthly) - He is not really alive in the normal sense and is a god-fragment besides
Invulnerability - 7 (Incredible) - Iron-bodied godling
Immunity to Heat
"Relentless Hunter of Chaos" - particularly Slaaneshi beasts and followers
"Patron of the Eldar" - he is the last surviving member of the Eldar pantheon and will not act against them or their interests.
"Incarnation of the wear god of a nearly extinct race from the far future" - I'm sure you'll think of something
"Body of molten metal" - the avatar radiates enough heat to kill people touching him unprotected, so he's not a big fan of clothes, vegetation, or enclosed buildings. He also would leave tracks in asphalt.
This is most likely an opponent for a team of heroes. Those numbers are based on the 1st & 2nd edition of the game and they are high. He is way overpowered to be a character outside of a cosmic level game where he's teaming up with Thor and the Silver Surfer. Possible scenarios include some kind of accident where an Eldar ship ends up back on earth 38,000 years in the past, or the heroes end up in another dimension or get sent way forward in time, possibly to recover some artifact*. There's really not a power gimmick to beating him, it would be more about convincing him to leave, help, or to go fight those chaos guys over thataway through that nice dimensional gateway.
*The Eldar apparently left "artifacts" of various types all over the galaxy, and many wars start when foolish short-memoried humans build a colony on top of some ancient Eldar gateway. The Eldar sense it and come in to investigate, the humans get scared and call in the Space Marines or the Imperial Guard, then some chaos cult opens the gate and lets a bunch of demons in and the Orks hear about the party and decide to join in. This isn't unusual in the 40k universe - it happens all the time.