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6 Inch Move – Dark Eldar Exposed

Time to whip out the Alice Cooper picture again! The last post where I explained my undying love for the charming torturers and murderesses of the Dark Eldar was meant to go into more detail about the new Codex, however, as I managed to ramble on (pointlessly it could be argued by some) for a thousand words I figured that you, dear reader, would rather read two 1 thousand words posts that one 2 thousand word post. Hence you get to enjoy another screenful of waffle this week!

After having savoured reading through the Codex from cover to cover and then having to wait three nights before finally getting the time to sit down and hammer out an army list I have come up with the 1500pts that I like. There is a decidedly Wych-y theme to it as well as the army is packed full of Combat Drugs and close combat nastiness. It should also be incredibly fast and tear through your deployment zone in turn two! Just the kind of alpha strike offensive that appeals to my gaming sensibilities.

So, let us journey together through the labyrinthine passageways of the Webway to explore the dark realm of Comorragh just like every other 40k blog did weeks ago!

The new Codex is substantially larger than the old one and fleshes out the background of the Truekin to give you a better view of the horrifying existence that the Dark Eldar revel in. I’m not going to spoil too much of it in case you fancy a read yourself but the main thrust is that in order to stave off the perverted predations of their debauched nemesis Slaanesh they must inflict suffering upon others as they literally feed on that pain. This rejuvenates the Dark Eldar, so whereas the Craftworld cousins die and capture their souls in the Soulstones they wear the Dark Eldar get the equivalent of a Big Mac and fries from kicking you in the nuts. They don’t die unless killed and therefore constantly gorge themselves on a gourmet of death and bloodletting. Your average Dark Eldar was around at the time the Eldar fell from grace and are more than happy carrying on in the same fashion that birthed their doom.

This background manifests itself in the special rules for the army. As units are wiped out the unit that did the reaping qualifies for a token that grants one of the Universal Special Rules to that unit, their starter for ten is Feel No Pain, followed on by Furious Charge and then Fearless. While you are bound to lose some guys throughout a game by turn 5 or 6 your dudes are so high on their exploits they are much tougher than they were at the beginning. Some units can even start with a pain token, yes they are Toughness 3 Eldar but don’t let that fool you once they have a few kills under their belt. While looking at special rules it should also be noted that a big feature of basic Dark Eldar weaponry is that it is poisoned.

The Splinter Rifle is now a Rapid Fire weapon with Poisoned (4+) and AP5 – sure it’s not exactly MEQ shredding but against anything that is Toughness 4 or higher these guns are fantastic. Coupled with a BS of 4 your warriors are putting an average of two wounds on a Carnifex at 24″ range. While the Shuriken Catapults of the Craftworld Eldar are pretty good the Splinter Rifles effectiveness scales the tougher the opponent is. Include a Splinter Cannon in there for the extra shots and you have a formidable firebase to work with that has the potential to decimate units at range while the rest of your force manuevers into position.

While your Kabalite warrior is the same as before the rest of the list has been expanded, some units have been renamed while new ones have appeared and it is now possible to theme your list depending on what you want to take. Archons are still there although there is no Dracon option anymore, likewise Archites are now referred to as Succubi and Wyches are a Troops choice from the start irrelevant of HQ taken. There is a lot of choice in the Elites arena and Incubi are not just a retinue for your Archon anymore but are a distinct unit capable of doing a lot of damage and with their 3+ save are among the toughest units in the army list. With Wyches now being a Troops choice you have greater variety in how you fill those slots, although I’d still consider that Wyches are best in combat so you’re not going to want them sitting at the back of the board defending your deployment zone objectives! But, with their move from Elites, you are then freed in what else you can take. The Fast Attack selection provide access to the awesome Reaver Jetbikes who can get where you want them, when you want them thanks to a 36″ turbo-boost potential and they can also pack Heat Lances, an 18″ Lance, Melta weapon that people are not going to find funny when their tanks pop at the beginning of the second turn. Hellions are back and are much better (in my opinion) than before and provide another combat option to support the Wyches. Heavy Support is rounded out by the usual customers and expanded with some new toys such as the Cronos engine which can kill stuff off and then pass pain tokens to allied units in range!

Webway portals are still in the armoury, they are cheaper than their previous incarnation but can only be taken by Archons and can no longer accommodate vehicles. An army mounted on Raiders can easily be brought to bear and is one of the options I think we’ll be seeing a lot of with options like Retrofire Jets allowing them to Deep Strike and Flickerfields giving them a 5++ save.

Armour saves are predominantly 5+ or 6+ so you’re going to have to use cover effectively if you want your Dark Eldar to survive on their trek across the table and Raiders are still open-topped AV10. However, if you can get your troops where you want them you will lay down a lot of hurt. The strategy for Dark Eldar is all about applying pressure on one area of the battlefield, stretch your line out too thin and you are likely to be beaten, but consolidate your force and you can cripple that area before moving on to someone else. If a battle is dictated to you I don’t think the DE are going to cope well, they need to be the ones setting the pace and a war of attrition will not go their way unless they are already gorged on pain tokens.

I’m slowly collecting the parts of my force to get them ready for an inaugural game, I imagine it’d be against Gribblin with one of his armies (Eldar on Eldar could be a fun battle).

Dark Eldar – They Love Alice Cooper’s Signature Hit

Things may seem a little quiet here recently, what with the only post being Servitob’s pining for his now departed vehicular sweetheart over the past few days, however, I’d like to justify that silence by blaming it on my one year old Nephew! A weekend visit and within 24 hours four fully grown adults were laid low with a virulent disease that wouldn’t go amiss being ejaculated from one of Gribblin’s much-loved Tyranid phallus cannons.

I spent Sunday night lying perfectly still convincing my stomach that the rotation of the Earth was not enough movement for it to consider vomiting forth the Roast Beef dinner I’d consumed earlier. Needless to say Monday was spent considering what I wanted to leave my loved ones when I was finished off by whatever it was I’d contracted and Tuesday was spent in a much more chipper mood but still wondering if I’d need to make a run for the porcelain throne.

Now things are virtually back to normal and my chambers within the floating citadel have been fumigated to prevent re-infection. I’m still owed about and day and a half’s worth of sleep from somewhere.

Obviously that’s not what I want to post about though, however, your display of concern regarding my malady is appreciated Internets.

In the not too distant past I posted regarding the fact I felt the need to cast off the long-clasped shackles of the Sherriff, partially for my own sanity as well as for that of my collection. I have been dutifully selling off bits and pieces via on-line tat bazaar eBay and am happy to report that I have only lost 10 Lootas to the ether of the postage system and my Ork Warboss (painted) was man-handled by a silverback somewhere between the Post Office and its destination, arriving in more pieces than when the model was originally bought. My Space Wolves have all gone to a better home too. There is still a large amount of Orks to get rid of, 40 Boyz, assorted vehicles (2 Trukks, some Bikes a Battlewagon and a Stompa no less) with a few characters thrown in. Once these are re-homed I’ll have a massive reduction in my model real estate.

As one of our more astute commenters also noted “we’ll see how long this lasts” and it may turn out that never were truer words spoken. The gamer is a creature of habit, his hobby is not a normal one. He does not concern himself with mediocrity nor restraint, he is characterised by an unhealthy obsession with his charges, spending more than anyone rightly should on acquiring, assembling and leaving stuffed on a shelf, little men (and scantily clad girlies) in their hundreds if not thousands. Due to its market prevalence on the high street the entrance-way to this haven of miniature megalomania the Sherriff’s own Games Workshop is like breeding ground for the gaming nerds of tomorrow. It’s certainly how I was introduced into the hobby and I dread to think of the thousands of pounds I’ve pumped into those places as I’ve grown up (or not if you think playing with toy soldiers is childish).

This preoccupation with miniatures is something not easily understood by the non-gaming public and for me personally Games Workshop is like a metaphorical crack-pipe and, 40k especially, a lethal combination of home-cooked methamphetamine! I enjoy their games a lot, despite the well publicised flaws and other games being available. Games Workshop stuff is readily available and there are plenty of opponents you can find. This is tempered partly by the fact that I may be a little bit sad which would certainly explain the “woe is me, I need to sell all my loot, I have too much ARGGGHHHHH” philosophy that was prevalent before daylight savings kicked in. Another fact is that eBay is literally chock full of stuff for sale from Warhammer and 40k, it’s a buyers market and therefore not ideal conditions for making a lot of money out of your punters. I don’t just want to get rid of stuff without getting what I feel is fair return for things.

The final nail in the coffin is, of course, the arrival of the Dark Eldar. Others may not understand the fact that after waiting twelve long years for this incarnation of them I have waited long and hard in order to throw cash at a company not known for its customer relations. However, look at the fanbois waiting for their next sniff of Steve Jobs’ table scraps, they might only have to wait 12 months for the next “must-have” fashion accessory iDevice and the behaviour is almost the same, just without the social acceptance that comes from having an overpriced Apple device crammed into a sweaty pocket.

This is my hobby after all and therefore I should be able to enjoy it. Spending time with chums and gaming is a simple pleasure and with the arrival of the nipper on the horizon having something I can do to wind down and have some time to myself may become even more of a reprieve. We may not currently be playing a lot of 40k or Fantasy, but if I can store them all appropriately why not keep stuff around so I have the better options for what to play when people are willing? I certainly wouldn’t mind playing some more 40k, even if War of the Ring is a really good game, sometimes we’ll need a break and I’d like to keep my options open. Especially with eBay being so crammed, now may not be the time.

I still think what I was doing was right at the time I made the decision, unexpected bills have been coming in and therefore not wasting money buying a load of models has done us well. Crikey, with all these swinging moods you might think I had breasts or something…

GW and the Dark Eldar in Non Male-Pubescant Female Stereotype Model Shocker

Ironically I posted a similar topic almost a year to the day. Today I am actually going to be using some pictures to back things up and the topic is slightly different. After placing my pre-order for virtually every item on the current Dark Eldar advance orders page of the GW site I thought I’d talk about one of the ones I didn’t pre-order. I placed orders for the things I reckon I’ll be using straight off the bat, but this one I might pick up later.

Now, I happen to think that this is one of the best female models ever produced! I mentioned it a little in my post on the Dark Eldar being shown off at Games Day but wanted to expand on that. I love the Sherriff’s new aesthetic with flowing models loaded with movement rather than boring, static pieces. Lelith Hesperax is a special character and hence my decision not to pick this up as a must have straight away. Chances are I’ll get it at some point, especially if I go with a heavy Wych theme as I could use her as a generic Archite but not sure how the rules for the update are going to be yet.

What I love about this model, other than the dynamism is that it looks female. Wychs are gladiators without peer, the pinnacle of that concept and are therefore lithe and muscular. I have to praise GW for doing the concept justice rather than falling into aged stereotypes, let’s look at an example of that shall we?

Yup, large breasted, wafer thin waists with an aversion for clothing of any kind. Games Workshop aren’t the only ones to follow this trend though;

Collette Du Bois (I happen to own this model *coughs*) does own a bordello though so you can’t really blame her dress, it does fit with her theme. However, again we have a buxom wench and then there are the below;

Now, I’m not going to go through every set of models ever made, nor every faction for every game, but suffice to say there are a fistful of models that do nothing but portray the schoolboyish image of stylised women meeting the typical fantastical idea of the female form. While I’m not advocating that we end up with 300lb gorillas for models of our sweet gender opposites it would be nice if there was some natural variety rather than stick thin boobarellas. Let’s try to make gaming a hobby that can be looked upon as respectable rather than the province of giggling school boys who think boobies is a dirty word best spelt on inverted calculators.

The Sherriff Reveals – New Dark Eldar

There are few things that can make a grown-man cry. There are even fewer things than can reduce our local bubbling cauldron of masculinity that is Servitob! He’s waiting for me to finish my War of the Ring painting and so far has had to endure a Malifaux expansion and a new version of Warhammer as distractions from my goal.

However, the handy chap at the top left of this post may possibly break the proverbial camel’s back (not that I perceive any of my close, personal friends as land-based beasts of burden). You see, I have had a long affinity with Warhammer 40,000, it was the first boxed miniatures game I bought (2nd edition) and the Space Crusade I was playing with family for years beforehand was based in the same universe. This affinity has not really diminished over the years, I had the 3rd and 4th ed rulebooks even during the drought when I had no one to play against. At the start of 3rd edition a new army was created for the release (around the time that the Catholic church was formed, it seems that long), this army are the Dark Eldar!

These guys are the malignant kin of the regular Eldar who have been a staple of the 40k universe since its inception. They also have the dubious honour of the longest non-updated Codex out of any army and this is all about to change. I have been looking forward to this day for the past ten or so years, the original models have not aged well and the Dark Eldar have always been one of my favourite forces. Finally the Sherrif has heard the long-suffering cries of nerds every where and they are finally receiving a new book and new models this coming November. Expect to see a deluge of every model I can part with hitting eBay over the next few weeks! I need cash to buy every last drop of the new Dark Eldar when they launch.

The new models are nothing short of breathtaking, above is the new version of Lelith Hesperax, one of the special characters and is probably the finest female sculpt that GW have ever produced. The whole range that is currently doing the rounds on the Internet shows pretty much everything we will be getting come release day. Because I have waited so long for these models the excitement to have them is building already and that is why I expect Servitob to break down and cry, I am fickle enough without having the one army I have waited most of my adult life for to come hurtling through the webway as I am trying to finish my War of the Ring stuff.

I guess that just means that I will have to complete my War of the Ring painting during October then. Time to pull my finger out and get my Easterling cohorts done before the end of the week if I can manage it. Definitely no time for playing Mass Effect 2 or grinding some levels in WoW! There are evil men that need painting in order to make way for the next batch of stuff my wife will decry as rubbish.

Clearly she doesn’t understand, I mean, have you seen these models? They are amazing (in my opinion anyway) and will certainly be among ones that I look forward to getting. We haven’t played much 40k in recent months, in November I expect that to change, Gribblin, fire up those geno-vats, you need to spawn some alien nasties for me to have my wicked way with!