5 Golden Demon Winning Eldar Miniatures

The Eldar are back!

After weeks of silence with only a rare few whispers on the next Codex-release for Warhammer 40K, news finally broke: The Craftworld Eldar arrive with a shiny new 6th Edition Codex and new miniatures, including the massive (allegedly Baneblade-priced) Wraithknight.

That said, Craftworld Eldar are not getting a complete make-over like their Dark Cousins. Most old Eldar miniatures stay in place.

However, there are without doubt some truly amazing miniatures in Games Workshop’s current Eldar range. More than most Warhammer 40K factions,  Eldar have and continue to attract the pro and competition painters.

Time, therefore, to browse one of my favourite sites – the Golden Daemon Winner archives – and highlight some of the glorious Eldar-Miniatures found there.

There’s also a truly ancient piece of Golden Daemon history at the very end, so make sure you read the whole piece!


#1 – Italy 2010 – Eldar Wraitlord by Julien Casses

Warhammer 40K Golden Demon Eldar Wraithlord

Eldar Wraithlord by Julien Casses

The Wraithlord clearly is one of those miniatures that painters really adore. I could’ve written this entire post with only Wraithlords from Golden Demon competition.

This Wraithlord by Julien Casses took 1st place in the Warhammer 40.000 Monster category at the 2010 Golden Demon in Italy.


#2 – USA 2009 – Wave Serpent by Yurii Chinenov

Warhammer 40K Eldar Waveserpent Pro Painted

Eldar Waveserpent by Yurii Chinenov

If Wraithlords are one staple of pro-painters, the Eldar Falcon and Wave Serpent are the others.

This one – winner in the Warhammer 40K vehicle category in Baltimore in 2009 – is clearly the work of a madman! I don’t even want to think about the work that went into painting all those patterns and designs.


#3 – Germany 2008 – Dire Avengers by Borja Garcia de Diego

Warhammer 40K Pro-Painted Dire Avengers

Dire Avengers by Borja Garcia de Diego

A rather grim (though fitting) take on the classic Dire Avengers, which took first place in the Warhammer 40.000 Squad category at Germany’s 2008 Games Day.


#4 – UK 2010 – Wraithlord by Jay Simpson

Warhammer 40K Eldar Wraithlord

Eldar Wraithlord by Jay Simpson

Another Wraithlord. There’re just too many of those out there!

I really love this one by Jay Simpson, which took 1st place in the category of Warhammer 40.000 Monster in the UK in 2010. A rather unusual scheme for the Eldar, with the patina rotting away to reveal the (Wraith)bone below. Truly a magnificent miniature!


#5 – Spain 2008 – Eldar Harlequin by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul

Warhammer 40K Eldar Harlequin Miniature

Eldar Harlequin by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul

Last but not least, there is Jérémie Bonamant Teboul – winner of this year’s Crystal Brush – who worked his dark powers on this miniature, which seems to have passed as a Harlequin, to take the 1st place in the Warhammer 40.000 Single Miniature category in Barcelona in 2008.

I have no words!


#6 – UK 1988 – Harlequin Vignette by Paul Bensen

Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader Harlequin Monstrous Creature

Harlequin Vignette by Paul Bensen

And as we’re talking Harlequin, here’s a truly old-school entry.

This one isn’t technically a Golden Demon winner. It “only” took 2nd place in the “40K Vignette” Category in the UK in the year of 1988! I wonder if Mr. Bensen is still around painting.

This one is about as old-school as it gets!


#7 – Your Thoughts and Comments!

Which one of those Eldar miniatures is your favourite?

Are there any award-winning Eldar I should have included in your opinion?

Leave a comment!

Z.

All pictures taken from http://demonwinner.free.fr/
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  • SeekingOne

    Great pics! Choices showing some good taste.

    Personally, I feel the first and the last minis (the blue-violer Wraithlord by Julien Casses and the dark harlequin) to be most stunningly impressive. The harlequin in particular is outstanding – I can only second your precise note of the author having worked some dark powers over this mini. Really, it just seems to breathe with some kind of twilight life and energy of its own.

    Many thanks for the post!

    • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

      Glad you like it.

      Of course, limiting myself to only Golden Demon winners limits it immensely. There’s good stuff in the Silver and Bronze rankings (most of which could’ve just as easily won gold at another day, with different judges, I would guess).

      And I’d try to keep it a bit varied. As noted, I could’ve done the whole thing with Wraithlords only. Those guys really seem to draw the painters in.

      The Wave Serpent from the US was also included simply for the mad work that must’ve gone in to it. There’re legions of airbrushed Serpents out there that might be a bit more pleasing to look at perhaps (IMO), but this one clearly is the work of a madman.

  • Orion

    Am I the only one who thinks number 4 looks suspiciously like a blue tiger shark?