This part of the showcase covers all the aspect warriors in the army. In most cases there is a gentle nod to the blue or yellow of the main Iyanden force where it made sense to do so. So just a quick refresh of the total shot then onto the Aspects.
The core of most Eldar forces has always been Dire Avengers. Usually in Wave Serpents for objective capturing. They originally were chosen over Guardians due to the extra Bladestorm shot and the crucial BS4 stat line. Now though, Guardians with Shuriken weapons are lethal up close, and Avengers can get buffed to BS5. Still a first draft pick though for me.
Fire Dragons and Fuegan:
Dragons have always been the go to anti armour unit. Often seen in Falcon to get close, as only a unit of 6 was ever needed to kill a big horrible tank. To me they were akin to a chess move where you sacrifice a rook for a queen…as typically once a tank died, the Dragons were often next. Fuegan has lead my army a few times when I went without psykers. He is pretty damn hard!
Striking Scorpions and Karandras:
Karandras now has an initiative 8 Power Fist with a bucket of attacks. Thats one if not the most powerful melee weapon int he game now for an infantry model.
Often a key choice for facing anyone in Power Armour. I struggled to get the most out of mine as they come at a high points costs
Purchased mainly for completeness. However I understand in the new rules they are pretty handy to have around once again.
Back when I first started the army these guys were the Terminator killers. OK they lacked a high volume of attacks, but the lances were very good at terminator killing.
I love the spiders. Ok I don’t like the models, but these guys have featured in nearly all my games with the Eldar. The high volume of S6 weapons really can make a mess of light armour or tough enemy models.
Marmite unit again, although new rules makes them more chance to get drafted to a game. Most players struggled to get them into combat before, so were often never seen in games.
Very pretty, pain in the backside to paint models.
That concludes the Aspect Warrior element of the army. Hope you enjoyed that, feedback in comments below.
Part 3 to come soon 🙂
The thing about my collection is that it does mean I can field just about anything in (and not in) the Codex. There are a couple of things – all the new things basically) not in it. But they will be one day.
As to what works and what doesn't as a new Eldar player, difficult for me to answer. I think I have only played one game with them under the latest Codex. In my experience of watching and playing other players though there are very different approaches.
There are some very clever combos that basically make most of your army invisible. This favours fast bike armies where you can generate 2/3+ cover saves on them, steal all the objective points and voila.
There are Wraith heavy lists where portals are used to gate in a unit of Wraithguard with D cannons to rinse your opponents army in a single turn taking the core from it.
There are Big Wraith Heavy armies using 2 or 3 WraithKnights, coupled with a couple of skimmers loaded with Dire Avengers.
Then there are skimmer based list loaded with aspects in Falcons and Serpents out manoeuvring their opponents.
Finally, there is the flavour forces. Made up entirely of models you just like and want to paint.
The key to Eldar is synergy. This is really key in this kind of fragile army. Most weapons can kill an Eldar dude pretty quick. But with the right buffs and de-buffs deployed at the right time on the right units, they can be unstoppable and earn their reputation as a bit of a cheesy army. Personally I hate that phrase, but haters gonna hate.
If you are just starting out on your Eldar journey, there are some core purchases IMO. 10 Dire Avengers, a Wave Serpent, and a Farseer. These will probably see battle in every game you play in most army combos.
Thanks a ton!
Excellent work here. Been following the progress to date and enjoying immensely. Always good to get a group photo. Nice.
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My friends and I are getting back into 40,000 due to age of sigmar just not being what we are into 🙁 but I'm probably going with Eldar and Thanks fort this likke insight/ showcasing of these miniature. Do you have a guide anywhere about the different warriors and how to use them well? Or suggestion on a good guide out there thank you in advance!