Dark Elf (WHFB 3rd Edition) - Collectors Guide
The purpose of this page is to collect images of all the extant Dark Elf figures in the history of Citadel Miniatures in rough chronological order by release date. In their earliest incarnations, Citadel Dark Elf miniatures owe a lot to traditional Dungeons & Dragons Drow- They are frequently painted with blue skin in early Citadel catalogue material and there is a higher percentage of female models in the Dark Elf line than any other, reflecting the matriarchal nature of Drow society.
- 1 Slottabased C09 Dark Elves
- 2 C09 Command Models
- 3 Slottabased C21 Dark Elf Cold One Riders
- 4 Dark Elf Beastmaster & Cold One Beast Pack
- 5 C22 Dark Elf Bolt Thrower
- 6 RR11 Slottabased Mengil Manhide's Manflayers
- 7 TA5 Dark Elf War Eagle
- 8 C13 Dark Elf Hero On Dragon Horse
- 9 Bob Naismith Cold One Chariot
- 10 Dark Elf Temple Dog Rider
- 11 Warhammer Fantasy Regiments Dark Elf
Slottabased C09 Dark Elves
Citadel Dark Elf figures enter the slottabase era with the line of models sculpted by Bob Naismith for use with 3rd edition Warhammer. In accord with Citadel's general move towards creating a line of figures that you could build an army with rather than a loose conglomeration of figures largely intended for use with fantasy roleplaying games, the slottabased line of C09 Dark Elf figures is more regimented and standardized. There are Trooper models with Command options (Champion, Leader, Standard Bearer & Musician), as well as a complete line of Cavalry, Infantry, War Machines and some character models on monstrous mounts. Witch Elves become a distinct troop type in this era. The Crossbow has become the only available missile weapon. In accordance with the rules of 3rd edition Warhammer, Troops may be upgraded to Elite status, and may be given variant weapons, but there are no specialized Infantry units in the model range, apart from Witch Elves (so no Corsairs, Executioners or Black Guard). Some models in this range (notably the Sorceress "Azireth Darkforce" and the Witch Elf "Death Maiden") were sculpted with variant heads, indicating that they may have been intended for the Citadel ADD range. The figure known as "Aldethar Brain-splitter" appeared with the rest of the range in the 1988 Citadel Catalogue and in various Mail Order Flyers and White Dwarf catalogue pages, but was inexplicably dropped from the range prior to the publication of the 1991 Citadel catalogue Volume 2.
C09 Command Models
Slottabased C21 Dark Elf Cold One Riders
This line (also sculpted by Bob Naismith) comprises 7 individually-named Cold One Riders riding slottabased 2-piece metal Cold Ones. The C13 mounted Dark Elf Hero/General figure was also later included as part of this range (without his Dragon Horse mount) as a Cold One Rider. These same Rider figures were also sold blistered with single-piece metal Elven Steeds (the same Elven Steeds that were sold with High/Wood Elves). The cavalry figures "Dazibow" and "Orribul" are mounted versions of the infantry figures "Death Maiden" and "Legion Leader". The same C21 Cold Ones were also used for the WHFB 3rd edition Lizardmen army.
Dark Elf Beastmaster & Cold One Beast Pack
While the original Dark Elf Beastmaster figure is shown with two Pack Cold Ones in the Citadel 1991 Catalogue Volume 2 (actually the Cold Ones from the Bob Naismith Cold One Chariot), the figure was sold with a selection of Chaos Hounds when blistered. The same Chaos Hounds were also sold blistered with a Chaos Warrior, Skaven or Chaos Dwarf handler in Citadel "Realm of Chaos" packaging.
Chaos Hound 2
C22 Dark Elf Bolt Thrower
This set was originally sold blistered with a complete 4-man crew as part of the Citadel C22 "Machineries of Destruction" line. It was later re-packaged in Green Citadel blisters with a 3-man crew (including a random selection of one of the two Loader figures).
Repackaged Green Blister
RR11 Slottabased Mengil Manhide's Manflayers
The first slottabased version of Mengil Manhide's Manflayers includes a Command group of four: Mengil, Ean Hawkbane (called Hawklord in some material) as unit Champion, and a male Standard Bearer & Musician. There are two different Trooper models, one male & one female. Originally, the slottabased Manflayers were sold in the same boxed format as the preslotta versions (with one command figure + 8 Troopers), but they were later sold as a complete unit of 12, featuring all 4 Command models and 4 each of both Troopers, packaged in a hard-shelled see-through plastic box. Command models were also sold unidentified in two-man blister packs as "Dark Elf Heroes" or "Dark Elf Command" on into the early days of 4th edition Warhammer.
4th Edition Repackage
4th Edition Repackage
TA5 Dark Elf War Eagle
The "Arcane Monstrosities" range includes a single Dark Elf figure mounted on a Giant War Eagle. The rider & mount were sculpted by Tony Ackland. The Dark Elf Rider figure bears little resemblance to other contemporary Dark Elf figures, and is frequently mistaken for a Wood Elf. The figure was sold packaged in a plain cardboard box with the cover sheet shrinkwrapped to the top of it.
C13 Dark Elf Hero On Dragon Horse
This figure was originally sold with both foot and mounted versions packaged together in a single blister pack. the foot & mounted versions were later split up and integrated into the regular Bob Naismith Dark Elf range for the Citadel 1991 Catalogue, Volume 2. The Dragon Horse mount vanished from the range and was only ever available in the original blister package.
Bob Naismith Cold One Chariot
This model was only briefly available through Citadel Mail Order and is very rare. The Mail Order Flyer through which it was sold depicts two variant crews. The second set of crew is far more rare, and may never have been actually released. At the point in time when it was sold, there were no specific rules to accompany the Cold One Chariot.
Dark Elf Temple Dog Rider
The Temple Dog was a monstrous mount available to several different armies during 3rd edition Warhammer. The Temple Dog was sold blistered with one of three variant Riders, either a Samurai, a Hobgoblin, or a Dark Elf. The Dark Elf rider was sculpted by Aly Morrison, presaging the Marauder line of Dark Elf figures. The figure requires the separate plastic right hand/lance bit that was also used for the Jes Goodwin generic Elf cavalry line (shown in the photo).
Warhammer Fantasy Regiments Dark Elf
When Citadel began producing plastic figures, they created a multi-purpose sprue with a Dark Elf, a Wood Elf, a Dwarf, an Orc, a Goblin and a Skaven. All of these figures came with 2 variant heads and some had variant weapons as well. They were intended for use with metal Command groups to build units quickly or to bulk out existing metal units. The Dark Elf figure comes with both helmeted & bare heads, and Wood Elf Heads from the same sprue will also fit on the Dark Elf body (particularly the Wood Elf head with a topknot).