Eldar Themed Army Ideas
and army list by David Sharp
Themed Army Idea is, in my opinion, another excellent example of how you
can create a very distinctive force--without needing special rules--simply
by questioning an established tenet of the 40K background. In this case,
Sharp questioned the supposition that the Eldar are a dying race. Perhaps,
he wondered, every Craftworld is slowly dying out (as years of 40K "fluff"
has told us)--every Craftworld, that is, but one. What if one Craftworld
is NOT dying out? What if one Craftworld is actually gaining in numbers
and strength? What would an army from such a Craftworld be like?
me his army idea and I suggested a number of elements to support this theme
of rebirth and regeneration. Here is a new hope for the Eldar, a Craftworld
strong enough to face the Imperium and other aliens head on and defeat
Mor-Seth was recently discovered by a Fighting Company of Black Templars,
led by Castellan Jeremiah Brok, en route to Armageddon. Dropping out of
the Warp near the Imperial planet Taranis to pick up needed supplies for
the Black Templars already on Armageddon, Brok and his Marines found Craftworld
Mor-Seth moving away from Taranis, now a radioactive cinder devoid of life.
Vowing to avenge
the millions who had died on Taranis, Brok led an assault on the Craftworld
but was surprised to find a huge and formidable counterforce waiting. The
Eldar easily slew many Marines before the defeated Templars retreated.
Brok was revolted to learn that all of the Eldar who had disgraced his
Marines were female.
Bound by his
oath, Brok began a war of attrition, thinking that the typical Eldar lack
of numbers would undo the aliens, but found again and again that such was
not the case for the Mor-Seth. All that Brok could learn from interrogating
a captured Ranger was that the Mor-Seth have a "Dark Secret of the Great
Mother" which was the key to their massive population, but Brok and his
entire Fighting Company were wiped out before they could learn that secret.
and their women warriors live on, as strong as ever. Not content to slip
away into the darkness of uncharted space--as would other Craftworlds--they
have struck again and again at the Black Templars. Perhaps they are taking
vengeance for the sisters killed by Brok and his men. Perhaps they are
finishing the destruction of that Chapter. Perhaps they are merely moving
one step closer to their ultimate goal: the eradication of the human race.
are the future. The Imperium, the Orks, even the other Eldar cannot stop
the Mor-Seth from achieving what the Great Mother demands.
is led by the Great Mother, an Avatar in female form, but she is only roused
in times of great need. Normally Queen Alvidron or Queen Lathira, Farseers
both, lead the Mor-Seth, though other Queens reside on the craftworld.
often accompanied into battle by 5 Striking Scorpions, all male, and they
fly into battle aboard her customized Falcon. Lathira, the most powerful
Queen (and the only one who knows the Dark Secret of the Great Mother),
is always accompanied by her bodyguard of male Warlocks. These bodyguards--the
Scorpions and the Warlocks--for these two Queens are the only male Mor-Seth
ever seen by enemy forces. All
other troops are female.
only two Aspect Shrines, and perhaps this is related to the Dark Secret.
The only Aspect Warriors a Mor-Seth force can take are Warp Spiders and
As per Codex:
Eldar, though Dire Avengers may not be taken and Guardians may
not be led by Warlocks. A Mor-Seth force must take at least two Guardian
Squads (Storm or Defender), preferably of large size.
As per Codex:
Eldar, though Shining Spears and Swooping Hawks may not be taken.
Guardian Jetbike Squads may not be led by Warlocks.
As per Codex:
Eldar, though Dark Reapers may not be taken and Support Weapon
Batteries may not be led by Warlocks.
Modeling and Painting
is Chaos Black (to reflect the Dark Secret) and various shades of blue
to show their belief in the rebirth of the Eldar reign. Since everything
used by the Craftworld is new, you should use a clean painting style with
clear cut lines and a nice shiny varnish. Feel free to use as many insect
designs (perhaps variations of the decorative runes found on the Warp Spiders
and Striking Scorpions shown in Codex: Eldar) on figures,
especially the Aspect Warriors, Queens, and Warlocks.
The name Mor-Seth
means "New Hope," and their battle host is known as the Crushing Web. With
an enormous population and huge factories supplying almost limitless quantities
of weapons, vehicles, and wargear, the Mor-Seth are very aggressive. Their
heavily-armored Warp Spiders and Striking Scorpions lead fast, hard-hitting
strikes against the enemy as waves of Guardians advance to mop up survivors.
In particular, the Mor-Seth seize every opportunity to engage the Black
Templars and related Space Marine Chapters.
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