Hey guys Cavalier here, co-host of Splintermind the Dark Eldar podcast and commission painter for Frontline Gaming. Sharing how I’ve continued finding roles for my Corsair units and models after their demise as a standalone army.
So continuing on from last week’s article I’m continuing to explore counts-as options to keep your Corsairs realspace raiding.The following units also find easy corollaries with the Drukhari and Craftworld codices, with kitbash options that are likewise in a fairly good place on the tabletop currently.
One of the unholy nightmare units of 7th ed. Corsair bikes were one of the filthiest units in the game at the time. Outflanking with these guys and then getting to move after overwatch was brutal! Nonetheless adding Corsair bikes to your army is still very easy. Wind Riders are a natural fit for this role. While you cannot add cool options like Dark Lances or Splinter cannons to them, the scatter laser and shuriken cannon good to great weapons. The Wind Rider host which has been gaining some traction lately makes this particularly intriguing with almost any flavor of Craftworld trait. Its an easy kitbash too. Whether its with using actual Corsair heads like mine, or Reaver, Hellion head swaps this is a great classic Corsair unit (going all the way back to 2nd ed) that can make a dramatic visual, and play style impression with your renegade Eldar.
One of my favorite units from a thematic standpoint, the Ghostwalker Band were stealthy forward operatives who worked in conjunction with Eldar Rangers as covert commandos. They could be equipped as infiltrating close-combat squad, or as a ranged commando squad with sniper rifles and even Drukhari blasters. While that kind of versatility is no longer possible they do have easy corollaries with current units from the Aeldari codices.
This is a unit I took particular pains to kitbash and convert, ultimately making 2 units of 10 with close-combat weapons and pistols and also purchasing 15 Eldar Rangers to really go all out. Luckily this easily transfered into starting an Alaitoc themed force in 8th edition in which they became Alaitoc Rangers and Striking Scorpions both of which really suit the unit from a war gear and play style perspective.
One of the most imaginative units dreamed up for the 7th ed. book, Malevolents were Eldar Corsairs who were drifting too far down the path of carnage and excess. Without the psychic safety-net of the Asuryani path system, nor the dark methodology of the Drukharii they were slowly becoming tainted by Slaanesh, almost like an Aeldari Death Company.
For thematic reasons I never went down the route of Malevolents but I gotta admit I’m pretty tempted now because Namartii Thralls would make great stand-ins for them and using the Mandrakes rules-set would instantly bring them to life.
Lastly the Voidstorm Squads were dedicated Corsair close-combat units. They could take a number of combat options across both the Drukhari and Asuryani codices and could be equipped with or without Skyreaver Jetpacks. Sadly there is really no real way to pull off Skyreaver variant, but the foot based units are very easily brought back to the table as either Wyches or Storm Guardians. Personally I prefer Wyches as the wargear options speak more to that exotic Corsair vibe but either would totally work.
Again for the bonus round there are number of options still available through Xenos Index 1 from Forgeworld The Warp Hunter, Hornets, Lynx, Phoenix, Nightwing and Wasp are all supported in the current game. For my money the only two options worth bothering with are the Warp Hunter and the Hornet but the rest are there if you are interested.
Also units such as the Vyper, Fire Prism and Falcon were also available to Corsairs and obviously still alive and kicking (well at least the Prism) in the current Craftworld codex. Also the Crimson Hunter (and Exarch) are merely Aspect warriors who use the Nightshade interceptor, a mass produced Eldar vehicle that you could easily justify including in your force.
So hopefully if you are an Eldar Corsair player, or just someone interested in running a Corsair themed army, all hope is not lost. I wont lie its taken me almost 2 years to reverse engineer my Corsair force into a lean, mean fighting force again. So if you fall into either camp hopefully this unit guide will jump start you and give you some ideas.
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