Eldar Shining Spears Conversion
Today it’s the Eldar getting love again. I always wanted to include Shining Spears into my war host, but (much like the normal wind riders) I don’t like the GW version of the Shining Spears much. In my opinion the whole relaxed “Easy-Rider”-Pose contradicts the background of lightning fast riders hitting their foes out of nowhere.
The parts shown above include everything needed for this conversion: a russian jetbike and a shining spears aspect warrior (preferably made of resin). Even though finecast often shows known casting issues, it is really nice for converting, because its very easy to cut and modify. I started with the driver’s seat and the steering device, cutting of a rectangular chunk from the jetbike and replacing it with the aspect control panel. (note that this piece is fundamentally different from the guardian jetbikes. Apparently the aspect warriors master their riding skills to such extend that they only need to hover their hand just above the controls.)
Next step was the assembly of the driver. This one was a bit more tricky and also needed some fixing due to the material (yup, finecast bubbles). The most difficult part was the repositioning of the leg, since the aspect warriors legs are a bit different from a guardian’s mesh armour. But a cut right above the knee and the repositioning of the foot did the trick.
In the front side view of the driver one can see the difference between the aspect armour’s legs (left) and the guardians mesh armour (right). However the driver’s right leg is far more armoured than his left leg, which is probably connected to the aspect’s style of warfare. For better painting, I also separated the driver’s control panel from the jetbike’s body.
The last piece to assemble was the fin (the one usually sitting on top of a pole behind the driver of GW’s version). I decided to place it asymmetrically on the left side of the jetbike. That way the fin could act as a counterweight to the (supposedly) heavy pulse lance of the rider. And here it is: the assempled conversion of a Shining Spear Aspect Warrior.
In case you are interested in how to convert the Russian Jetbikes into Guardian Jetbikes, please visit this link.