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A Thousand Points of Light: Eldar, Part 2 (Revised 11/2008) by Patrick Eibel
Here are two more Eldar lists (Biel-Tan and Iyanden) for your consideration; if you haven't already, check out the "general" and Alaitoc lists in the first installment. Sam-Hainn and Ulthwe lists are in Part 3

Remember, these lists--like all the others in this series--are meant for brand new players or for players looking to start a new army. These lists are not meant to be "killer" lists for winning tournaments or trouncing people at the local gaming shop. Rather, they are foundations that players can build upon as they desire.

Craftworld Biel-Tan: What To Buy

  • One Avatar: $25.00/£15
  • Two Dire Avenger boxs set: $60.00/£36
  • Two Howling Banshees blisters: $20.00/£12
  • One Howling Banshees box set: $30.00/£18
  • One Fire Dragons box set: $30.00/£18
  • One Wave Serpent: $40.00/£25
  • One Falcon: $40.00/£25
Total: $245.00/£149

All prices are from the Games Workshop website  as of July 2008 and may vary. Prices do not include taxes and are meant only as a guide.

You may have difficulty finding blisters of two Howling Banshees.  At worst, you could always order them directly from the GW Online Store.


Dire Avengers are the core of any Biel-Tan army

1000-point list

  • Avatar  (155 points)
  • Howling Banshees.  Eight Banshees, Exarch w/ mirrorswords (166 points)
  • Wave Serpent for Banshees, w/ twin-linked shuriken cannon (100 points)
  • Fire Dragons.  Five Dragons, Exarch w/ fire pike (116 points)
  • Falcon  for Fire Dragons, w/ shuriken cannon and holo-field (155 points)
  • Dire Avengers. Nine Avengers +  Exarch w/ second catapult and Bladestorm (152 points)
  • Dire Avengers. Nine Avengers +  Exarch w/ second catapult and Bladestorm (152 points)
Total: 996 points

Tactics
The Biel-Tan list has three distinct elements: 1) the Avatar and Avengers, which form a Fearless group of catapult firing, 2) the Wave Serpent with Howling Banshees for assault punch, and 3) the Falcon with the Fire Dragons for tank hunting or character killing.  These elements will need to work together so that neither of them will be overcome while operating on its own.  As a last resort, the Avatar is a real beast if it ever gets to close combat, so he and the Avengers should always be steadily advancing toward the enemy (unless you are fighting Tyranids or any other army you wouldnít want to get close to, of course).  The Dire Avengers will provide a sick amount of firepower with a potential 62 shots on a round that they use Bladestorm.  They will be able to soften up enemy units for the Banshees, who, with a Strength of 3, might otherwise struggle against larger units.


You'll also need Fire Dragons and Howling Banshees for your Biel-Tan
 


Craftworld Iyanden: What To Buy

  • One Yriel: $25.00/£17
  • One Farseer w/ Warlock Bodyguard: $30/£18
  • Five Wraithguard: $75/£40
  • Two Eldar Guardian box sets w/ weapon platforms: $60/£36
  • Two Eldar Guardian box sets w/ five Guardians: $16/£10
  • Two Wraithlords: $80/£50
Total: $286.00/£171

All prices are from the Games Workshop website  as of July 2008 and may vary. Prices do not include taxes and are meant only as a guide.

The five Wraithguards are listed as individual blisters because that is what is currently available from GW. 

1000-point list

  • Yriel  (155 points)
  • Farseer  w/ Runes of Warding and Guide (90 points)
  • Five Wraithguard  (175 points), plus  Spiritsinger  w/ Conceal (46 points)
  • Guardian Squad Aleph. Twelve Guardians, including scatter laser (111points), plus Warlock w/ Embolden (30 points)
  • Guardian Squad Lambeth. Twelve Guardians, including shuriken cannon (101points), plus Warlock w/ Embolden (30 points)
  • Two Wraithlords  w/ bright lances (130 points each)
Total: 998 points

Tactics
I will not lie: the Iyandan list will be tricky to use.  You have a lot of points allocated to six figures (the Wraithguard), and you need to make them count.  Fortunately, they are tough and the Spiritsinger will help them stay alive by using Conceal.  The Guardian Squads are there to provide cheap bodies and for cover fire where needed.  I would have liked to give both Guardian Squads scatterlasers (love four shots per round), but was trying to save points.  The Wraithguard will be tasked with tank hunting and character killing, and should stay close to Farseer or Warlocks to overcome wraithsight.  The Farseer stays near the Guardian Squads to cast Guide and maximize their shooting.  There are no real close combat options in this list (the Wraithguard, Wraithlords, Yriel and the Farseer are your best bets), so the army should hang back and shoot and only assault as a last resort.  If you do get overrun, donít forget Yrielís Eye of Wrath power, which could possibly kill an entire squad of just about anything.

Next time, I present lists for Sam-Hainn and Ulthwe! 


Yriel is more than just a pretty face
Photo copyright 2008, Games Workshop

Eldar, Part 1 <> Part 2 <> Part 3


Related Pages
Introduction to the series
Other lists in this series

Posted November 2008. Used with permission.
 

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