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Guest Commentary: A Thousand Points of Light
Eldar, Part 1 <> Part 2 <> Part 3
Introduction <> Suggested army lists for new players

A Thousand Points of Light: Eldar, Part 3 (Revised 04/2009)  by Patrick Eibel
Here are two more Eldar lists (Sam-Hainn and Ulthwe) for your consideration; if you haven't already, check out the other lists for Eldar in Parts 1 and 2.

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 Sam-Hainn: What To Buy

  • One Autarch on Jetbike: $25.00/£15
  • Twelve Eldar Jetbikes: $180.00/£72
  • Three Shrieker Jetbikes: $48.00/£24
  • Two Eldar Vypers: $60.00/£30
  • One Shining Spears box set: $35.00/£20
  • One Fire Prism: $45.00/£30
Total: $393.00/£191

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.

If you look online, you may be able to get the Eldar Windrider Host, which came out with Apocalypse: it included nine Jetbikes, an Autarch, and two Vypers. The box regularly sold for $125 (already a considerable savings!), and you may find even better deals depending on the website. Even without a discount, getting the Windrider Host at $125 would make the total $271 – a savings of $122. 

1000-point list

  • Autarch  w/ Jetbike, Banshee mask, laser lance, fusion gun (133 points)
  • Five Jetbikes.  One w/ shuriken cannon (120 points)
  • Five Jetbikes.  One w/ shuriken cannon (120 points)
  • Five Jetbikes.  One w/ shuriken cannon (120 points)
  • Shining Spears Squad.  Two Shining Spears + Exarch w/ Skilled Rider and Withdraw (152 points)
  • Vyper  w/ bright lance and holofield (110 points)
  • Vyper  w/ scatter laser (95 points)
  • Fire Prism  w/ holofield (150 points)
Total: 1000 points

Tactics
This list is all about speed.  Unfortunately, it is not about resilience, as all of your units are pretty small.  Use your superior mobility to stifle enemy heavy weaponry, and try to maximize the firepower of the Jetbikes and scatter laser Vyper.  The brightlance Vyper and the Fire Prism will be on tank duty, hence they are equipped with holofields to help them survive.  The Autarch and Shining Spears should form a strike force to assault enemy units that can be taken out with a good swift hit – you do not want to get into prolonged close combat.  Remember to use the catapults on the Shining Spears’ Jetbikes before you assault. 


Not Sam-Hainn, but still incredibly cool: Matthew Vile's beautifully painted Jetbikes attack Fighting Tigers
 


Craftworld Ulthwe: What To Buy

  • One Eldrad Ulthuan: $20.00/£12
  • Two Warlocks: $18/£10
  • Three Storm Guardian box sets: $90/£45
  • One Fire Dragons box set: $30/£18
  • One Fire Dragon Aspect Warrior: $10/£6
  • One Swooping Hawks box set: $30/£18
  • One Dark Reaper box set: $30/£20
Total: $228.00/£129

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 three boxes of Storm Guardians will be used to make two squads. I am assuming there is an extra sword and pistol arm for each of the special weapon carriers, as you will need the two special weapon Guardians from the third box to be regular Storm Guardians.

1000-point list

  • Eldrad  (210 points)
  • Six Fire Dragons + Exarch w/ fire pike (132 points) 
  • Storm Guardian Squad Aleph. Twelve Guardians, including two flamers, plus Warlock w/ Enhance (143 points)
  • Guardian Squad Lambeth.  Twelve Guardians, including two flamers, plus Warlock w/ Enhance (143 points)
  • Five Swooping Hawks + Exarch w/ hawk's talon, Skyleap and Intercept (168 points)
  • Four Dark Reapers + Exarch w/ reaper launcher and Fast Shot (207 points)
Total: 1003 points

Tactics
Eldrad stays with the Dark Reapers to Guide their shooting and use his psychic powers (particularly Mind War and Doom).  The Storm Guardians are your assault unit (Enhance will raise their Weapon Skill and Initiative, giving them pretty good stats for not a lot of points).  The Fire Dragons are a surgical strike unit to seek out hard targets like tanks and Terminators, although without a transport, you will have to be careful with deploying and moving them.  The Swooping Hawks can also tank hunt with their haywire grenades, or drop bombs to thin out units that the Guardians will charge.  Their mobility will really be an asset in a relatively static army.


Whether old-school or new models, Dark Reapers spell death for anyone--especially Marines!

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

Related Pages
Introduction to the series
Other lists in this series

Posted April 2009. Used with permission.
 

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