Eldar Themed Army Ideas
Shrine of the
that the bulk of most Eldar armies are Guardians (ordinary civilians who
take up arms during wartime) and Aspect Warriors (elite fighters who specialize
in certain combat styles). Codex:
us that Aspect Warriors are affiliated with a particular shrine within
their Craftworld. Craftworlds have their armies, but wouldn't it make sense
for each Aspect Shrine to have its own small army--say, about the size
of a detachment?
Shrine army would be a dedicated fighting force that supported its Aspect
Warriors and Exarchs on the battlefield, complementing their strengths
and mitigating their weaknesses. If an Aspect Shrine was located on a planet
instead of in the safety of a Craftworld, its army could also guard the
Shrine and defend it against attackers.
As an example,
I've created such an army for the Shrine of the Black Scorpion, organized,
of course, around Striking Scorpions. Note that this army faithfully follows
the rules in Codex:
you can use it anywhere, anytime. You could also easily use some other
Aspect Warriors instead of Striking Scorpions. Perhaps a "Shrine of the
Blue Phoenix," affiliated with Dire Avengers? A "Shrine of the Red Wyrm"
with Fire Dragons? I think you get the idea.
You could also
do something similar using the rules for the Biel-Tan Swordwind Army from
Craftworld Eldar. However, when creating new army ideas, I prefer
to use the base or "vanilla" codex (in this case, Codex: Eldar)
rather than a sub-codex (want to know why?).
of the Black Scorpion was found within Craftworld Tezcatlipoca (destroyed)
and is now based on the seventh planet of the Veda
system along with the Screaming
Jaguars. There may well be other Shrines
of the Black Scorpion on additional Craftworlds; certainly the Eldar are
unwilling to say.
In his time
spent learning about the Shrine, Fighting Tiger Librarian Persah Aggarwal
witnessed several battles of unbelievable ferocity between The Black Scorpions
and the Kabal of
the Ozone Scorpions, with neither side taking prisoners or allowing
defeated foes to escape. He theorized that there was some ancient connection
between the two groups, but in the centuries since Aggarwal's death, no
Scorpions from either side have supplied answers, even (in the case of
captured Dark Eldar) under ritual torture.
Scorpions within the Shrine's army are dedicated to the ideals of striking
first, striking hard, and standing firm against the enemy. The supporting
units serve the Striking Scorpions in a number of capacities but all are
willing to die for the good of the Shrine.
army should be led by Karandras; however, if points or your opponent don't
allow the Shadow Hunter (he is a special character after all) you can use
a Farseer, imagining that he is a senior priest of the Shrine. The Shrine
army would never include Warlocks or the Avatar.
Scorpions, of course! They would probably be led by Exarchs and, if you
want, ride in Wave Serpents.
Storm Squads (no Warlocks). The codex says that these squads "are formed
from Eldar who were once warriors from one of the close combat Aspect Shrines
such as the Striking Scorpions": what could be more appropriate than that?
Guardians would be used to supplement the Aspect Warriors' numbers and
to distract and weaken the opposing army as the Striking Scorpions attack.
Jetbike (no Warlocks) and Vyper Squadrons. These vehicles would scout ahead
of the Shrine army and provide covering fire as the Storm Squads and Striking
Scorpions close in on the enemy.
and Wraithlords. Falcons, of course, can transport small Aspect Warrior
squads in addition to providing covering fire. Wraithlords can be imagined
to be heroic Striking Scorpion Exarchs who fell in battle and continue
to fight for the Shrine.
Modeling and Painting
be painted in the same color scheme to emphasize that they are all from
the same Shrine. As befitting their name, units from this army should wear
lots of Chaos Black ("What? Striking Scorpions not wearing green? Heresy!"
Hey--don't be afraid to try new ideas).
This is definitely
an assault army. Move across the board as fast as possible and get into
hand-to-hand combat before the enemy's firepower whittles your force down.
Once you get the Striking Scorpions and Wraithlords into close combat,
you should be able to win most battles.
Scorpion Mini-Army: Example
of a 1000-point force
Kabal of the Ozone Scorpions
Eldar Themed Army Ideas
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