Howling Banshees

I’ve always been rather fond of the Eldar, or Asuryani as they’re now know, but their ancient models have always kept me fairly uninterested to actually paint any. Of course I was thrilled to see the Banshees and Jain Zar receive a gorgeously updated kit, and as I absolutely love groups of warrior women, especially in 40k, where there really aren’t that many women around. I knew I had to pick up a squad a paint some for myself.

I went for a scheme somewhere between the traditional look of the Banshees and something a bit inspired by the Dawn of War 3 cinematic. A bone white armour, black undersuit, and bright red mane. I also wanted the power swords to be distinct from any I’d done before, so I went with something that might fit into a fantasy setting, like the glass weapons found in Skyrim.

The poses and sense of movement on each of the models is fantastic, and really helps give them a sense of agility and speed, perfect for the daughters of Morai-Heg. I’m very impressed with this updating of these fearsome warrior women, and I really hope GW continues to release the other Aspect Warriors in plastic, especially the Striking Scorpions, one of which was actually the first 40k model and miniature I ever owned.

A neat little addition to the kit is a small statue of Morai-heg. Much like the statue of Asurmen found in the Dire Avenger kit, it makes a perfect objective marker and adds a nice bit of flavour. I really hope to see more of these whenever the other Aspect Warriors are released.

They look quite impressive with their Phoenix Lord, and I’m very tempted to add another unit to my collection, but for now that will have to wait. Maybe some day!

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