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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 1 (Revised 08/2008) by Patrick Eibel
Well, it has been awhile since I’ve updated any lists, and I have fallen behind a bit.  With a new edition of the game coming out, I figured it was time to get cracking.  To make up for a lack of updates, I give you a total of six Eldar lists from which to choose: the first two (general Eldar and Craftworld Alaitoc) are here in Part 1, the next two (Biel-Tan and Iyanden) will be in Part 2, and the last two (Sam-Hainn and Ulthwe) will be in Part 3. And away we go…

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.

General Eldar: What To Buy

  • One Farseer: $12.00/£7
  • One Harlequin box set: $30.00/£18
  • One Harlequin Shadowseer: $10.00/£6
  • One Harlequin w/ kiss: $7.00/£7
  • Two Eldar Guardian box sets w/ weapon platforms: $60.00/£36
  • Two Eldar Guardian box sets w/ 5 Guardians: $16.00/£5
  • One Dire Avenger box set: $30.00/£18
  • One Dark Reaper box set: $30.00/£20
Total: $195.00/£122

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.

I would get the Farseer with the spear because I did not upgrade his witchblade to a shining spear, and I want to represent the model as close as I can. You are welcome to choose another one as you see fit. I listed the one Harlequin with a kiss individually, but the GW US Website shows a pack of 2 for $12.00 (the UK site has it listed individually, no worries).  If you cannot get the one trouper alone, you may have to shell out the additional $5 and have an extra figure.

1000-point list

  • Farseer w/ Runes of Warding, Spirit Stones, Guide, Doom (135 points)
  • Harlequin Troupe. Troupe Master w/ power sword; Shadowseer w/ kiss; two Harlequins w/ fusion blasters; three Harlequins w/ kisses; one Harlequin w/ close combat weapon and shuriken pistol  (254 points)
  • Guardian Squad Aleph. Twelve Guardians, including brightlance platform (126 points)
  • Guardian Squad Lambeth. As above (126 points)
  • Dire Avengers. Nine Avengers +  Exarch w/ second catapult and Bladestorm (152 points)
  • Dark Reapers. Four  4 Reapers + Exarch w/ reaper launcher and Fast Shot (207 points)
Total: 1000 points

Tactics
The Farseer, Guardians, Dire Avengers and Dark Reapers form a firing corps, with all of the units within the range of the Farseer’s Guide ability.  The Harlequins act as a counterassault unit if the enemy moves too close.  To claim objectives, the Dire Avengers will probably be the best bet, as the Harlequins are just too expensive risk at holding anything (claiming an objective on the last turn is fine though).  The Guardians will be on tank duty with their brightlances, so the Guide will usually be cast on them.  This army is pretty straightforward, but does put all of the eggs in one basket, so to speak, so it could have problems being overwhelmed or outgunned (a couple of Leman Russ tanks would certainly spoil the day).


A general Eldar list can expect to have plenty of Dire Avengers and Guardians
 


Craftworld Alaitoc: What To Buy

  • One Karandras: $15.00/£8
  • Two Striking Scorpion box sets: $60/£18
  • Two Striking Scorpion blister packs: $20/£12
  • Two Ranger box sets: $50/£15
  • Three War Walkers: $90/£54
Total: $235.00/£107

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.

There was a box that included three War Walkers together, which if you can still find may save a little money.  The Scorpion blisters are listed on the GW website, but I am not sure how available they are in stores.

1000-point list

  • Karandras  (215 points)
  • Striking Scorpion Squad "Shadow". Seven Striking Scorpions + Exarch w/ biting blade, Stalker, and Shadowstrike (170 points)
  • Striking Scorpion Squad "Stalker". As above
  • Five Rangers (95 points)
  • Five Rangers (95 points)
  • Three War Walkers, each w/ missile launcher, brightlance, spirit stones (85 points each)
Total: 1000 points

Tactics
In the old Codex: Craftworld Eldar, Alaitoc was the army of Rangers and dirty tricks (they had their own table for wacky things that could happen from the Rangers disrupting the enemy army.)  This army relies on infiltration to get closer to your opponent.  All of the units, other than the War Walkers, will be able to infiltrate.  The War Walkers get a Scout move, which allows them a free move before the start of the game.  Use the War Walkers to target enemy tanks, as the brightlance/missile launcher combo will give you two chances per Walker. By using the Scout move and Infiltrate, you should be able to maneuver to target your opponent’s most vulnerable area.  Attach Karandras to one of the Scorpion Squads and they will get Stealth and become Fearless.

Next time, I present lists of Biel-Tan and Iyanden! See you then.


Rangers: If you're going to play Alaitoc, you're gonna need lots of these guys

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



Related Pages
Introduction to the series
Other lists in this series

Posted August  2008. Used with permission.
 

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