Oh My Sweet Eldar, Time to Upgrade!

Oh shiny new toys, how you have captivated me! Reecius here from Frontline Gaming to gush about my favorite army: Eldar!

I love my Katy Perry Eldar, as I affectionately refer to them due to their very Eldarific color scheme. The interwebz have dubbed them the Mighty, Mighty Footdar, however, and either name suits me just fine.

They have served me well these years and have proven to be a super fun army to collect, paint and play (although for the sake of full disclosure, my friend Tyson Koch did help my finish painting them for a tournament). I love the fluff, the play style, and the aesthetic of the models. So, upon seeing these seXXy new models and reading the rumored rules, I am even more excited to add to my army!

You’ll always be my favorite, Revenant. Don’t worry about that new toy!
That Wraithknight is something else, isn’t it? Looking at the pictures it may actually rival my Revenant in size! Our rep told us it was twice as big as a Tau Riptide, which is straight cray as that is a rather large model. The pics from White Dwarf do seem to indicate that it is a big old beast though, and I can’t wait to see these on the tabletop as they will be real eye catchers.
The rules sound great too, although so far we aren’t certain about the stats. Looking at it’s weapon load outs though, it looks very versatile as an assault beast or ranged weapons platform. Magnets will probably be a staple when assembling these to get access to all the fun options. If big daddy is a Monstrous Creature that will be fantastic. MCs this edition get so many benefits. Not taking fearless saves is huge, I can’t tell you how many times my Wraithlords have died of fright seeing all their little Guardian buddies get cut down in 5th ed. Also, the ease with which MCs get cover saves really helps to mitigate these models’ immense size, although it looks like he can get an invul save too, which really offsets that.
The Flyers also look really nice and I am very excited to add one to my army. The rules sound like it seriously packs a punch and if the rumors of Vector Dancer are also true, this is going to be a deadly air asset. If you’ve ever seen a Vulture in action, you will now how useful Vector Dancer can be. However, as these flyers will in all likelihood be Eldar tough (read: not tough at all) neutralizing those AA assets on the ground will be a priority.
The Wraithguard/Wraithblades are what I am actually most excited for. I have held off on buying Wraithguard forever because I assumed we’d eventually see them in plastic. The models are so much more dynamic than the previous models and I am very excited to get my greedy little mits on a unit of them! As we understand it, they will either be troops outright, or with a Spirit Seer.
The rules we’ve been hearing about of infantry being able to move, shoot, and then move again also sound AWESOME! As a long time Footdar player, that will make a huge, huge difference in board positioning and setting up firing lanes and ambushes. I think this is the rule that makes my happiest to read about and I hoep it is true. Fleet becoming universal for everyone apart from Wraith units is also long overdue and will help the army to feel like it plays closer to it’s fluff. It always amused me when a Terminator in a Shrike SM list could fleet and a Strikign Scorpion could not!
Keeping the well known Eldar psychic powers is also a big plus in my mind. It seems like we will not only be getting the old favorites, but a host of new powers as well. The rumors indicate that some powers, or all of them, will also have dual effects, either buffing your own units or being able to be cast on enemy units for a negative effect. If true, that is a great idea on GW’s part as it allows for so much more choice for the player, which creates tactical depth.
Cheaper vehicles, cleaned up rules for Aspect Warriors, special challenge rules for Exarchs? Sign me up!
These new toys and rumored rules have really captured my imagination and I am super excited to add to my army. What are the rest of you most excited for with the upcoming Eldar release?

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11 Responses to “Oh My Sweet Eldar, Time to Upgrade!”

  1. jmanj123 May 22, 2013 7:54 am
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    I am also very interested in seeing how all of the rules in the new codex play out. I feel like the current 6th dexes are a bit hit and miss, so I have concerns that Eldar will be a miss, as they have been since 2nd edition. While I don’t normally gripe about prices from GW since I spend a metric shit ton of money on gaming stuff on a regular basis, I am not going to lie, these price points are ridiculous. I know you are in the business of selling gaming stuff, so feel free to delete this comment, but $115.00 for the Wraithgiant or w/e its called is stupid. I mean its not even a real titan or anything. Also, whats with the double codex, err ‘supplement’ coming out at the same time as the Eldar codex, at the same price? This seems to be a ploy to raise the price of the codex by double, but instead of selling a ‘thick’ codex for $100.00, they are selling 2 separate ones for $50.00 each, probably with the same pictures.

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 22, 2013 9:21 am
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      Hey no worries man, we sell at a discount because we agree the prices are bananas.

      I hope this is a good book because I love playing Eldar. They have such good synergy, great fluff, cool models. I really enjoy them a great deal. Phil wrote Chaos which is a very powerful book but so one dimensional and really left me feeling let down. Here’s to hoping this will be a success!

  2. jy2
    jy2 May 22, 2013 9:13 am
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    You can do it!!!

    Don’t know if this is legal, but it’ll be cool to see an army with 2 wraithseers, 30 wraithguards, 3 wraithgiants and 3 wraithlords. Then ally in 6 necron wraiths!

    Probably totally illegal, but that would be a true wraithstar wraithbomb wraithdar army. 😀

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 22, 2013 9:15 am
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      That would be nice of the living dead, for sure!

  3. Sean Ireland May 22, 2013 9:55 am
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    Looks like the wraith knight is 8ish inches tall (unless that is a new base, and not a 120). Not really twice the size of a riptide but still big. Even at that size it had better have some epic rules or it could be a tough sell. It’s also strange to see GW come out with a series of bigger and bigger walkers. I wonder what’s next.

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 22, 2013 10:52 am
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      We were told it is 9″ tall. And hopefully this means we may see a Warhound perhaps?

      • David Key May 22, 2013 3:09 pm
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        Yeah… but how long is its… ahem… “Wraithcannon?” I hear 6&1/2 is average.

        • Reecius
          Reecius May 22, 2013 4:10 pm
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          6.5 only if it’s folded in half! haha =P

  4. The voice May 22, 2013 4:26 pm
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    Having got a bit of a scoop – i can see scatter lazers and shurikcannons making a big appearance.

    scatters fire first an then allow other weapon systems to be come twin linked if they hit – shuri weapons now rend anything thats not a vehicle…. wraithlord weapon swaps in 5,4,3,2,1……

    • Reecius
      Reecius May 22, 2013 4:36 pm
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      Good thing I magnetized all of mine! w00t!

  5. The voice May 22, 2013 4:28 pm
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    It really is making my wraith army that ive always wanted a bigger possibility – psyked for this book because of that if nothing else