I started this Eldar ramp-up late last year after puttering around with it two years ago. This time I stuck to it, focusing heavily on the Eldar in acquisition, painting, and playing this year. I'm not quite finished with them yet but I have a pretty solid set of pieces to use.
Acquired (and mostly painted!):
- The "Ghost Host" - the wraith host formation of spiritseer, wraithknight, wraithlord, and wraithguard x3. That's 1000+ points and the core of my army in any sizable game.
- The Reaper Host - an aspect host of 3 squads of dark reapers. The rear-area line-holders of the army. It's pricey to take all 3 squads at full strength so I adjust to either smaller squads or fewer squads depending on the situation.
- The Big Guns - Area denial at its finest, this is a Vaul's wrath battery of 3 d-cannons. This is surprisingly inexpensive for what it can do, and at toughness 7 it's a tough unit, especially in cover. Thinking about putting the spiritseer or the fasrseer in it next time because of this.
- "Swords and Swoops" - A mix of scorpions, swooping hawks, and fire dragons in an aspect host. Depending on what I need for the next fight this gives me a lot of flexibility.
- "Shuriken Storm" - 3 squads of dire avengers in wave serpents. This is still in development as I only have 2 serpents but it looks interesting so far. I also want to buff up to the full 30 avengers (I have 25 now) to get maximum firepower. That's 700-800 points alone so it may not get fielded all the time but it should be a fun option. It's either a shrine or an aspect host depending on how many I take.
Reserves: a falcon, multiple wraithlords, a wraithguard squad, rangers, a war walker squadron, couple of farseers, and a vyper squadron. Some are painted, some are not. Most of these would end up as part of a CAD using some of the dire avengers as a core instead of the larger DA shrine.
Expansion: Not much! I could use a few more wave serpents. I might pick up a flyer to provide some air cover. I might pick up a couple more falcons as I am fascinated by the idea of deep-striking tanks full of troops. A second wraithknight is likely at some point - more as an option than as part of a plan to field two of the things.
Ruled Out: This will never be a jet bike army. The closest I will get to that is the vyper squadron and anyone playing them in the last few years knows that vypers are not exactly feared on the tabletop.
|I've painted a lot of yellow already ...|
Undecided: I have around 40 guardians, support weapons, and some warlocks. I am not sure if I want to make them part of the force and go full guardian host + add-ons. It is a potent force to have but I am not sure I am ever going to want to take a bunch of guardians over the units I have already completed. I used to think of them as essential to any "real" eldar army but I've loosened up on that in recent years.
They are also entirely unpainted so it's going to be a fair amount of work to get them ready. I do still have some inclination to make the old alien eldar into a fieldable force so I might go that direction. None of this is really a priority though. TBD in 2017 is what I would call it for now.
Next week: Think it's time for some pictures!