I spent many years in the military, and due to that, I tend to collect numerous sides of any genre in which I game. Battlefleet Gothic was no exception. When Games Workshop released the game in the early 2000s, I started with a Chaos fleet and then branched out. The fleet shown here is approximately seven years old.
I liked the smooth, clean lines of the Eldar vessels but have never played a game with them. I played a couple of games against them (small ones) and hated fighting them as they were slippery as an eel with their move and fire rules. I got the impression that the rules for them were unfinished and developed to get them out the door to sell the miniatures, but they are still nice looking.
I chose the paint scheme based on the colors Dr Faust selected for his Eldar project. The pages here walk you through the creation and painting of an entire Eldar army and are worth perusing when you have the time. I particularly liked the initial article on planning a 40K force; the same principles apply to a Battlefleet Gothic Fleet.
I left most of the the vessels shiny as this fit the view I had of the Eldar as uber-maintenance freaks. After all, if your civilization is dying, you need to keep everything in working order as long as you can.
What has surprised me is how long the larger ship types have remained secured to their bases despite the single point of contact. The Chaos ships (pictures coming in a few days) that are metal required my adding another wire to hold up the weight of the miniature. Maybe the Eldar have discovered lightweight metals that can stand abuse… or maybe they have just remained in the case a lot longer than the Chaos fleet. Make sure you check out the images of the Battlefleet Gothic C’Topher Craftworld fleet…