So far, GW is four for four recently using one prolific artist’s work to base their new minis on. With a blurry datasheet and model spotted online recently, we know now the number may be up to five! So let’s quickly recap the old artwork then compare it to the spotted Eldar Avatar of Khaine model. We can also compare the rumored rules to the new datasheet and see just how correct it was.
We’ve included the art below, but if you want to see all four of the old examples and comparisons to previous Mark Gibbons artwork you can read our click here to read our previous post.
What The New Plastic Eldar Avatar Was Thought To Look Like
Here’s Mark Gibbons’s artwork for the Avatar and honestly it’s pretty awesome. Since GW has been loving to put minis on the base (like primaris lieutenants) this makes even more sense. There have been rumors floating around for a while now about a new Eldar Avatar miniature, and while we like the old one, we would love for it to look more like the picture above.
New Eldar Avatar Model Teasers
These rumors (and composite image above) come from Aeldari Warhammer 40k Discord, which you can sign up for here.
When you look at these two pictures side by side, it really looks like this could easily be the model. The blood effects on the old one are, shall we say, old. When compared to his artwork, the Rumor Engine looks so much more like his piece.
Speaking of a reveal, here is what may be the star of the Games Workshop New Years Day 2022 Preview, the New Eldar Avatar looks absolutely stunning!
A Bloody Handed fist for the Bloody Handed Avatar of Khaine? Check!
This next image appeared after the Howling Death and looks to have the top blade of that weapon to the left of the frame. However, it doesn’t appear to match up with the current art of the Avatar, and may just be a red herring…
RUMORS: New Eldar Avatar Rules & Stat Line Are Hot so Far!
As seen in the Christmas Leaks on discord, these new rules rumors for the Eldar Avatar are definitely exciting to read.
Keeping the 4++ is nice plus the halving of damage and other Eldar rules will let him stay alive longer. Then, getting two types of attacks will make it more versatile, overall. Plus, d6+2 damage is nothing to overlook! He can kill tanks and other big guys super easily with 14 S and 7 attacks!
Again, his points will be depending on the rest of the rules in the book, so hard to judge that but he is expensive.
With the artwork and teaser looked at, we had a pretty good idea it would be similar. With rumored rules, we also had an idea of how hed function, but now let’s check out the actual spotted model and datasheet!
New Avatar of Khaine Datasheet & Model Spotted
Originally seen on Reddit, this blurry datasheet features the model and the full rules page! So let’s dive in and see what we can get from it.
Obviously, the new model is pictured on this datasheet but keep reading for more on that…
Starting out with the model image in the top left, we can match up all the teaser video screen caps to more or less confirm this as legit! The fire/armor image looks like it was his knee, with everything else being pretty obvious.
As for matching the artwork, it also looks pretty dang close, making the fifth model match up to old-school MG art! The only real difference is a slight posture change with his arms being slightly canted, instead of parallel. The glowing fire effect was also reimagined to the burning on his knees.
We cant see the base, but we might be able to expect some sort of (tactical)corpse, we’ll just have to wait and see, but the track record supports that conclusion!
If you aren’t familiar with the old rules, We’ve also got that for you right here:
For an extra 70 points (rumored to be 270 from above), he sees upgrades across his entire statline, with everything getting better (except the WS and BS which were already at 2+)
His ranged attack gets a huge power boost and gains a very similar effect to Mortarion’s pistol getting a “shoot over” effect damaging models to passes over. Which thanks to the upgraded stats of the attack, make it much, much better overall.
As for melee, he gets a two-profile option for focused and multi-target attacks. The focused hit has a base of 7 attacks at 14S, -5 AP, and averages 5 damage, making it ridiculously strong. While the sweep has 14 attacks at 7S, -2 AP, 2 damage, making for an easy space marine squad wiper with each wound removing a full model.
His old 5+ invulnerable save has been upgraded to a 4+, but now ALSO reduces damage by half! His auras were also slightly changed, now “moral tests” just ignore modifiers instead of auto-passing, which is fine. While his re-roll charge aura was reduced to 6″ range. Both auras of course also only affect CORE units, as with every other updated factions’ auras. He also gained an explosion on 6s when destroyed which is fine, and on the theme for the violent departure of the Avatar.
Lastly, there is a new downside, which restricts him to not being able to take a Warlord Trait or Relic, which seems completely fair seeing as this guy just got upgraded all the way up to a mini-Mortarion for a fraction of the cost!
New Plastic 40k Eldar Avatar Model Spotted
Glorgious (misspelled on purpose), this new model looks like GW replicated the 80s with today’s technology and it is stunning! First up we have the silhouette that was shared on social media that supports the Datasheet model image, that was cleaned up with photoshop by a Reddit user:
Next up spotted on Reddit and promptly removed, these are what appear to images from the LVO 2022 preview:
So it looks like the Avatar will not only have a helmeted head but also a bare one that has some serious Night Elves vibes. Also, note the axe version of the Wailing Doom as well as a sword.
And of course, GW could not be outdone as the leaks spread out across the internet of this highly anticipated miniature:
Some of you may have noticed that the gigantic new Avatar of Khaine has woken from his slumber a little early. Who knew that a rage-fuelled construct of molten metal could be so feisty?
This incandescent entity has so far only been glimpsed by crummy cameras that were not meant to contain his godlike glory, but thankfully the photo wizards at Warhammer Community have been able to capture him at his blazing best.
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Do you think the Eldar Avatar be the new all-star Eldar model?
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