This week we have had quite a bit of Eldar rumor bits, and it is the one codex this year that I am dying to get a hold of. You can expect that when this one comes out, I will be going over it with a lot of attention to the details.


During the week I report the news and rumors of our hobby, and this is my opportunity to go into exactly what it is I am doing, or thinking. Presence of Faeit is my weekly editorial.

Eldar
I am sitting on about 7-8 thousand points of Eldar. Eldar are the one army that I have always wanted to play a lot of, and I am drooling (when no one is looking) at the prospects of the new codex. I already have a decent amount of new models. The Eldar are by far one of the best looking armies over the lifetime of the game, but new models are encroaching on this one area that the Eldar once dominated.

Once Valhalla is over, and done, I am just chomping at the bit to get new information on this codex, as well as to see the new models and options we will soon be fielding for the summer.

Dark Eldar
My Dark Eldar are really needing an update. Even though the codex is not really that old, it feels out of date, and left behind.

Please fix Mandrakes, the Dias of Destruction, Court of the Archon, the Decapitator, a second blaster option for large squads of warriors (perhaps a blaster per 10 models alongside dark lance and splinter cannon). Also please give trueborn the option to upgrade to ghostplate armour please. They get all the other expensive wargear options, but are missing this one.

Pain tokens...... make their feel no pain a 4+

Imperial Guard
Please please Games Workshop, lets get sentinels back into the game. They are one of my favorite models, and at the moment, no one uses them, because the rules just simply do not allow for it. My armoured sentinels really want to be on the tabletop.

My current weapons load out. Two sets of 3 armoured sentinels with autocannons and a hunter killer missile. It gives 3 initial shots when they first strike, and of course at a great range.

Leman Russ's? What is up with them being a heavy tank now. I have not yet delved into the 6th edition rules on them, but am I reading this right, that the russ being able to move and shoot its ordinance weapon is no longer available while firing other weapons? I have two Leman Russ Demolishers with plasma cannon side sponsons that really need to be fielded.

Dark Age
Sometimes there is so little time, its hard to play all the games that you want to. I really like Dark Age, and I am not getting in many games at the moment. I know they are the verge now of a new core rules release, and that most rules for their miniatures are all available, so I imagine I will be doing more on this game in the near future.

Some of the things I really like about the game. I love the fast gameplay mechanics. The action really gets fast and furious, and with a wide array of actions, this skirmish game is a nice alternative to my standard 40k play. Not to mention that the games are relatively fast. 45 minutes to an hour and a half when looking up all the rules.

Here are some cool things about getting into the game.
Rules are on PDF format on their website
Faction rules and unit rules are also online. Rulebooks required to play=0
The models are created in the style of artist Brom, and are modeled after a lot of his artwork. (love it)
The game is as brutal as is the game world.

So of course, while 40k takes up a lot of my time, expect to hear more about Dark Age in the near future.

Asdrubael Vect
Pics of my Vect conversion. Most of you have seen it, but here are some artwork that I was thinking of when I created the model.






41 Comments:

  1. the lemans can shoot there sponsons and cannon if they move but they snap fire the sponsons if use the cannon which well its pointless not to.

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    1. and you can't snap fire a plasma cannon

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    2. erm .. what's the trouble with the Lemans? They never ever fire snap shots ...

      "They are always treated as having remained stationary", so they can fire all weapons.

      Ordnance weapons on vehicles have no draw backs any more (you are stuck in 5th edition thinking ^^) But they kept the positive highest out of 2 D6 for armour pen. BRB p. 51.

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    3. Erm... Pg 71 "unlike other units, vehicles cand move and fire with ordnance weapons. However, a vehicle that fires an ordnance weapon can only make snap shots with its other weapons that turn." Ya sorry naftka is right

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    4. thanks Morfiel for pointing that out, but a Leman Russ does not "move" even when it moves when determining which weapons it can fire: "For the purposes of determining which weapons a Heavy
      vehicle can fire (and at what BallisticSkill),Heavyvehicles are
      always treated as having remained Stationary."

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    5. I just repeated the entire rule sorry the point is that it just specify's the they fire others at snap shots if they fire the ordnince weapon it dosnt specify whether or not you move so if you fire a russ's battle cannon or other ordnince weapons you will fire only snap shots with the other weapons

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    6. In the newer 6th edition FAQs, it says to replace the Lumbering Behemoth rule in the codex with them just being a heavy tank. Thus, they can't move and fire both ordnance and secondary weapons at full ballistic skill, and when moving, have to choose whether or not to fire template or blast secondary weapons, or their main ordnance. This bummed me out a lot when I heard it, because I also thought that the codex rule took precedence.

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    7. @Morfiel
      thanks mate, my bad, I misread that part .. I'm sad now :( So Valkyries with their ordnance missiles still suck ..

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    8. Np it really sucks for us gaurd players it took me a while to understand it aswell

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    9. Sucks for my monolith too ;_; . Have to snap fire the flux arcs if I go with the Particle Whip which is stupid. GW should fix this.

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  2. Dark eldar needing an update? Imperial guard? What about the other armies left out in the cold. Can you really say imperial guard need over sisters? Sure some things are kind of broken in the book, but when you compare ssome broken things in a book to entire books that are in need of work, you won't get any sympathy from me.

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    1. There is a reason IG are in desperate need of an update. The codex is great with its hammer units (Vets, Vendettas, Demolishers, etc, but it has piss poor internal balance. The units that are good are great, the units that are not so great just plain suck.

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    2. ....and armies such as Dark Eldar, Guard and even Wolves could be updated without too much work, basically a 5.5 ed codex!

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    3. so a book that is internally balanced but does well (I do play IG) should be updated first with another codex that is both internally and externally out of balanced such as SOB (I play them too)

      I understand everyone wants theirs done now. but some of us can stand to wait

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    4. You are forgetting that this post is a personal one from natfka about what HE is doing/thinking. The reason he is talking about dark eldar and guard in this post is because they are armies he collects and regularly plays.

      It's got nothing to do with the general state of affairs

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    5. Imperial Guard: awesome and cheap tanks, and crapy and overpriced (in points) infantry.

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  3. DE and IG shouldn't get love before Black Templar Sisters, Tyranids, or even Codex: Space Marine...
    Hell I don't think even Eldar should be getting love before Black Templar and the Sisters but we have to have a Xenos codex next before the next Imperial one!

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    1. You are aware this is an unprecedented string of 3 xenos codexes in a row. Daemons, Tau, and Eldar. Honestly, nobody can possibly know what is going to happen with GW, everything we have based all knowledge on has been thrown out the window. Codexes released every other month, no longer imperial then xenos then imperial. The only thing we have been told is every codex will be up to date in the next three years. Its not about who gets love, its about making money. Sisters havent gotten a book yet because they have no plastic for them yet. Simple enough. There is no way they would make what they should off a good sisters book if all they have is metal models.

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    2. when speaking to my local GW manager he said to me this weekend that the aim is to have all 40k Codexes done within a year and a half...

      just food for thought

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  4. I would be really happy with simple rules update Codex's. Keep the fluff/models the same, just update their rules to get them into the current edition. People would still buy a fully updated Codex a year later I'm sure.

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  5. I would agree with Dark Eldar. When they came out there were probably my all time fave codex. Just felt like all their rules reflected the fluff. They really havent aged well though with the new rules and have some serious issues that need fixing before they can even be passable. Their flyers are all over the place and NEED vector dancer. Plus the Razorwing needs to become like it names suggests...A FIGHTER and the bomber needs to adopt more of an anti infantry role. Along with the issues you mention the DEs transports are just too expensive (almost double the cost of a rhino and only AV 10, open topped). They just have all the hallmarks of a Phil Kelly Xenos book. Great options, just too conservative across the board when it comes to pricing (really...a Scourge is the same points as a Reaver Jetbike?)

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  6. You are all forgotten that this is GW we are dealing with. There are reasons the Codex have settled the way they have. GW fallows a pattern of; buff unit and sell a bunch of their models, later nerf unit and buff a different one so said models are now outdated and new much be purchased. The Leman Russ, Rhinos, Carnifex, Monolith, Obliterators, Flamers/Screamers, Immolator... all perfect examples of this.

    Notice how much better artillery and ordnance got in 6th edition, since few people bought the models in 5th?

    Imperial Guard were very strong in 5th edition and in the opening of 6th, selling many models especially Leman Russ tanks. Now they have fallen back behind newer codex like Necrons, Tau and most likely Eldar.... it's time to sell more models again.

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    1. spelling errors, rather tired at the moment.

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    2. actually the codex in six ed, are not cheese, or OP they are pretty much balance, if you look at the tau or chaos space marines codex they are only a few rules, minis and price fix on the units, DA, demons, are less change and are good (the only concern are the DA flyers), the people always will cry for codex like 3 ed or 3.5, that's not going to happen, not everything can be vast good, the limitation has to exist, the only cheese codex that exist for me is the GK

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    3. My post said nothing about cheese or OP. It simply said newer codex with newer models get buffed while the old are purposely nerfed to sell models. Take the Monolith for instance, with was nerfed in order to sell Annihilation Barges. Take a look at any codex and you will see when units compete for FoC slots, the unit with the newer, more expensive model, is always the better choice.

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  7. You know, everyone always goes on about the evil GW conspiracy to sell a bunch of models and then nerf them, when all I see is a game company that can't always predict what rules will be balanced, then tries to keep up with the meta by seeing what people are spamming the hell out of. Yeah, maybe they even try to give less used options some love. Maybe they go a bit overboard with the nerfs sometimes (and let's be honest, people still get unreasonably butthurt over some nerfs), but really, in the long run it still just seems like attempts at balancing out spam.

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    1. Was it ballancing out spam when they erased half the SoB army and wargear list? Sure everyone seems to justify this by it being moved to the GK book, but that is forgetting all the SoB stuff that got the hard, ugly nerf bat.

      GW is constantly erasing and nerfing content while copy/pasting word for word other content they want to keep and sell. Take the Cannoness for instance. Ever SoB player had one who could be kitted out with blessed weapons, jump pack, and impressive wargear options in the WH codex. Instead of just keeping that, they erased it and buffed Celestine, a model no one purchased, to make her a powerhouse that everyone would buy, same with Jacobus.

      I love 40k and playing with my friends but these tricks GW has been using since 4th ed are getting old.

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    2. You were on the rough end of a codex split, I get that it hurts. And trust me, you'll get no arguments from me that sisters don't deserve a little love. Personally, while it's not on the radar right now, I do think that love is coming down the pipe, and I think when it hits, it'll be bigger than tau (and hopefully have lots of plastic).
      But you're not really the sort my comment was aimed at, by and large. Most of the nerfs, as you said, were simply the result of how the butchers knife fell. The wd codex, after that, was an emergency bandage, and it makes sense to me that, with sisters on their own and trying to forge their own identity, they'd get some special character buffs, since those are a good place to make special rules to give an army some individuality.
      In the mean time, until the day that the full sisters codex comes, keep fighting the good fight with your head held high. Adversity will temper your steel, for the glory of He-On-His-Throne. Ave Imperator!

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    3. Everyone gets butthurt about the sisters, but they were never, nor are they now, a primary "feature" army. They were a niche army thrown together.

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  8. 100% agreed on the Dark Eldar concerns. One more: Please give our fliers Vector Dancer!

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  9. regarding the Leman Russ -- you could use a Punisher or Exterminator and then Plasma Cannons and move 6 and shoot with everything :D (though good luck with that)

    also.. what's wrong with Sentinels? The armoured one is still meh. You want the regular scout sentinels - the ones that outflank -- (and with the help of the Astropath lets you outflank where you need to) .. AC scout sentinels have always been dandy (if you have enough points have some HKMs.) too bad everybody is more focused on Vendettas that these small gems keep getting missed out.

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  10. To everyone who thinks DE don't deserve an update, think of it this way. Dark Eldar waited over 10 years for a new book. We finally got a new book, then shortly after it came out, a new rules edition hits and ruins a lot of already precariously balanced things in the book.

    Armies like Templars, Sisters, etc. definitely need some love, but DE players sort of got blueballed in this case.

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  11. I've only ever used my Dark Eldar in sixth edition against a player who has some very, very strong Necron lists and I'm two for three with my two victories being complete shut outs. My only complaint is that we can't move twelve inches, disembark, then assault and that FNP isn't a four up. DE have a very strong codex, you have to hit fast, hard, and let loose as many rounds as possible

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    1. I agree, Dark Eldar should be an aggressive army. They are not brute force aggression like the Orks, but an aggressive tactical force.

      Every time I've won with them is when I've been in the face of people with the Dark Eldar(and spewing a lot of poison) whereas when I am more careful I tend to get defeated.

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  12. What IG needs:
    -allow LR to fire all weapons at full BS
    -plastic Ogryns (srsly, compared to plastic Ogres the current ones are terribad)
    -plastic Stormtroopers (since we had those once already ;))
    -"Artillery" kit (replace the old-as-frak Earthshaker sprue from the Basilisk kit so it would build into Bassy/Medusa/Colossus/Griffon)
    -recut Valkyrie (to allow building Vendetta out of the box, perhaps option for Vulture as well)

    However, a MASSIVE Sisters release is needed well before that, because at the moment, IG is fully playable and has had several new kits as recently as 2008 - Sisters have an abortion of a list and most of their models date from 1997 with only a few from 2004.

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    1. Oh, and plastic non-Attilan Rough Riders, please.

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  13. everytime I think of the new eldar codex....I have to change my pants!!!! lol!

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  14. In referance to Dark Age, be thankful your not a Nottingham lad. Trying to play anything NOT a GW game is a real "needle in a haystack" scenario.

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  15. Leave the man to his thoughts, I for one only hope the eldar flyer isn't shaped as we suspect it to be.

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