Post-Chapter Approved: My Iyanden Challenge List

Hey guys its Cavalier, commission painter for Frontline Gaming and co-host of Splintermind the Dark Eldar Podcast, here today to discuss how Chapter Approved 2018 has changed one of the lists I’ve challenged myself with this edition: my Iyanden list! For more great list ideas and tactics, articles, check out the Tactics Corner.

So I’ve been torturing my opponents for most of the edition with an Alaitoc + Flayed Skull combination (lately sprinkling in Soaring Spite Harlequins) and have had amazing success with it. From time to time I’ve mixed things up and used my Iyanden themed army and had great success with it as well. However Chapter Approved has dramatically changed what I can bring to that list, especially with changes to Forge World offerings, specifically the Warp Hunter.

Now let me stress… this is a THEMED list. This is not the list I’d play if my life depended on it, but this list does have elements that you can break apart and sprinkle into more competitive lists. That being said this is something I’ve experimented with for a long time now since getting to playtest the Vigilus book and found it to be very good. So lets dive in!

Iyanden Wraith Host Battalion (2000pts)

Points Savings:

So to begin with my list has saved around 350pts after Chapter Approved. That is insane! Granted a lot of that comes from the Warp Hunters and Wraithknight, but those are great tools that Eldar finally have access to once again. This is great because those are units I spent a lot of money, time and effort to paint considering their showcase status in my collection.


What I love about this list is that its a total change-up to the typical damage denial approach Eldar feature. This is a list where almost every unit is taking advantage of the Iyanden Craftworld Trait, their special relic, their special Stratagem, the Wraith Host specialist detachment and the stratagems available therein, for details on the Wraith Host, check out my article I wrote last week which you can read: here. Its a list that uses units that fights at close range making Iyanden a very solid choice for this type of list whether it be the Guardians who benefit from morale control, the Wraithblades who are kicking out 45 attacks hitting on 2’s (Enhance) re-rolling all hits when using Guided Wraithsight against a Spirit Marked unit (which the Wraithknight can benefit from as well), while the Warp Hunters can either hang back or charge in as well and go flame mode.

This is a list that has a good anti-infantry from the Guardians, Wave Serpents and Wraithblades. The Wraithknight, Warp Hunters and Wraithguard can all function to deal with Knights and tanks and you got enough psychic support to help get the job done.



So whether your an Iyanden player looking to take advantage of all the new stuff from Vigilus and Chapter Approved, or maybe just an old Eldar veteran looking for a fun list that offers more of a challenge than your stock standard Alaitoc or Ynnari build, give this list like this a chance in your next game. It can hit extremely hard and take a punch as well! If you are interested in more Aeldari discussion check out our podcast: Splintermind for exclusive Drukharii and all things Aeldari news and discussion. If you are interested in following my painting exploits check me out on Instagram! Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


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About Cavalier

Commission Painter for Frontline Gaming + Co-Host of the Splintermind: The Dark Eldar Podcast

7 Responses to “Post-Chapter Approved: My Iyanden Challenge List”

  1. Victor December 21, 2018 1:11 am #

    Two questions

    1-Do you webway the Guardians of this list?

    2-Do you play in a ruin-heavy environment? With your wraithknight having no shooting, your opponents can just ignore it by setting their troops in ruins, which the wraithknight cannot assault

    • Cavalier December 21, 2018 4:03 am #

      Hey bud. Oh yeah Webway for days with the Guardians. Also no my boards are not ruin heavy. Typically I’ll have a few on either side of the board, but I play on a lot of wilderness style boards with big pieces of LOS blocking terrain (often big enough hide an entire knight) so the Warp Hunters are really handy.

      Also my Wraithknight is not typically going after infantry (although he can), my Guardians, Wraithblades,Wraithguard and Wave Serpents go after infantry, while the Wraithknight and Warp Hunter goes after armor.

      The disruption factor is huge too, especially for gunline armies. It takes a lot of pressure off everything else. Especially with a 5++, a potential 4++ and 5+ Feel No Pain

      • abusepuppy December 21, 2018 8:56 am #

        The Wraithknight cannot get a 4++ in this list unless you are spending for two separate Wraith Host detachments- the Wraithknight must be included in a separate detachment (a Superheavy Auxiliary, not the Battalion as you have it listed) and thus won’t benefit from the Spirit Shield stratagem unless you’re paying the extra CP to give both detachments the keyword, which is getting rather pricey.

        • Reecius December 21, 2018 10:52 am #

          Yeah, the WK has to be in a Super Heavy Aux detachment or you could go with a Supreme Command detachment and go with an Elite, the HQs and the WK.

          The target for the invul save, IMO, should be the Wraithguard, but YMMV. I find that if you have decent terrain (especially on our style terrain) getting a cover save for a WK is easy to do.

  2. Mystyc December 21, 2018 10:35 am #

    I think you might be overcharging yourself on the Wraithblades. They haven’t gone up in price to my knowledge, so they should be 175. The Warp Hunters should also be 177, thanks to their 175 base peice +2 from Twin Shuriken Catapults.

    Otherwise, it looks fun!

    • Mystyc December 21, 2018 10:49 am #

      And are the wave serpents for the Wraiths? I’d actually really like a little more detail into your general gameplan for this list. You mentioned that you use Webway Assault on the Guardians, but what about the characters? And how do you manage with only 4 CP after Wraith Host (-1) and Webway Strike (-3). Just less focus on Stratagems?

      Also who’s the Warlord? Do you just go with the spiritseer for the reroll charges? Or Yriel for the Path of Command and extra Deny?

  3. Jeremy Haugen December 21, 2018 12:30 pm #

    Dang… those are pretty models! There is a reason that you are a commission painter… and I write about Blood Bowl!

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