|Eldar Starship Crew concepts by Jes Goodwin, published in White Dwarf 119.|
Bonesingers therefore appear to be a combination of bard, priest and engineer. Creator of Eldar technology, link with the dead and an important conduit in terms of cultural continuity. In short, they are interesting characters with more depth than the future-delving Farseers or war-psyker Warlocks.
It made sense that my Eldar Pirate warband should include a Bonesinger, not only for the practicalities of caring for their ship, but also as a moderating factor to the warlike and wild crew.
Rarely does Lriael Spellsister set foot on the surface of any planet, so occupied is she with caring for the Wraithbone core and superstructure of the Shimmersand Hawk. Indeed, few of the Free Company seek her out, for she sings to the dead and wild souls do not wish to be reminded of their own mortality.
I had converted up a Bonesinger model last year, but only now got round to painting her up. The figure is based on the androgynous form of the Eldar Trader from the Rogue Trader Adventurers range.
|Comparison of the converted model with the original trader.|
I removed the original (damaged) head and replaced it with a suitable helmet from a custom Eldar Bonesinger figure. The skirt was sculpted over the legs, while the lute came from a Reaper pack of musical instruments, the strap being made from thin plastic.
Lriael's feline familiar is a plastic elf cat from one of the Mantic sets - just the right size to be added to the base!
I knew I wanted Lriael's dress and fitted jacket combo to follow the same Japanese style that I've used on most of the other members of the warband, and I hadn't done any yellow to date. A quick google search for yellow kimino patters threw up the one below, which I used as the basis for Lriael's design. I think the yellow and dark teal combination is pretty striking.
I think the different patterned fabrics are starting to look pretty eye-catching together: