I've been slowly getting to some of the units I've had kicking around that I really wanted to finish and get out of the way. In this case it's one of the most beautiful units in the game... Mandrakes. These models were originally made in metal, and they did not fare well in the transition to finecast, predominantly because their feet are such a thin and frail connection to the base, so they consistently break at the feet. In addition some of the weapons are extremely thin and removing thicker flash can break them.
With 8th allowing Keyword Aeldari and no real reason to build to a deeper keyword right now it's opened up the units I can take. In addition the rules for Mandrakes are quite sexy. Having them painted means my Ulthwe force can benefit from a thematic game wherein the warp is being abused and Mandrakes can represent an Aeldari style lesser daemon that isn't affiliated with Slaanesh. In their 5th edition book they were daemons.
In the hands of a better painter I think the unit would look absolutely gorgeous, but for my own skill level I was very happy with them and feel like they captured the feel I wanted them to have.
One thing you'll note is that similar to my Ulthwe Craftworld units no two models are exactly the same. For this squad I made sure their weapons were more varied, and I used a piece from a Venom to make sure the Night Fiend is properly recognisable in the squad.
The GW Technical blood has felt very appropriate for the Dark Eldar units, but none moreso than the Mandrakes, who I wanted to be if not bathed in it then definitely as stained as a butcher's apron. As for the bases, I made sure all of them had tufts of dying grass to thematically represent plants dying in their proximity (similar to what I did with Ynnead).