For those of you wondering what the Iyanden hard back codex supplement looks like, here is a first look at it.


Lets talk price. If this thing was a few dollars cheaper, it would be a valuable addition to a collectors book shelves. As it is the full cost of a full codex, and is only 72 pages long (all 6th edition codices are 104 pages so far), I believe its value is much less. It only has a few pages of rules, which I can live with, but at the full cost of a codex? No.

So my suggestion is that if you want to play Iyanden, this is a great thing to have. It is a beautiful book, with great pics, fantastic background, and some cool rules with new wargear. If you are a casual collector, skip this one.

I have really enjoyed the book so far, but I have always loved the background of Iyanden. After seeing these pics I can even think about playing a yellow army. This book makes yellow cool, and the pics are the proof.

As for a codex supplement, I really like these, and I hope that these continue with more army options in the future. The book is sold out in many places, so there is definitely a demand for codex supplements.

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  1. I picked up my book last night and I agree, it doesn't need to be the same price at the full codex. Beautiful book! Either way, I think that GW will do something like this with the future supplements: full price and only available for the weekend it is on the website before it sells out. almost reminds me of another book... 'death from the skies' anyone?!

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  2. The price being the same as a codex is only for the physical copy. The digital version is actually £25 (vs £30 for the physical and digital codexes).

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    1. What... £30 for you and we pay $83 for it here in Australia... talk about daylight robbery.

      I'm not surprised it is sold out however, general consensus is that the Eldar codex is rubbish, but that the Iyanden codex is more competitive.
      How true the latter is I'm not sure having only had a quick look at the digital rules and being incredibly unimpressed with the realistic value.

      For this price I would want to be getting a massive set of new rules for the army in question, including pretty much army wide changes from the original codex.

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    2. "General consensus is that the eldar codex is rubbish"

      Errr, whose general consensus is that? I've been trawling the net for the last few weeks looking at reviews and talking to fiends who play eldar and not one person has had anything but positive reviews

      I would say the price tag for the hardback is steep considering the content but from the rules a friend has shown me, it makes for a very interesting variety to the main codex

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    3. Kriswithak- the very fact that you state that by general consus the Eldar codex is rubbish shows how little you know what you are talking about. Not surprising considering how much Angst you often show.

      Best advice...think before you post. It goes a long ways to hiding that you are an idiot.

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    4. I am going to have to post up and buckel down on the comment section. Please refrain from personal attacks. Lets keep this a discussion.

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    5. Kriswithak, either you are complaining to complain about the dex, or are talking to people who are clueless. The new eldar book makes them a monster on the table.

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  4. rubbish, Ive tabled 2 of the best players in my group and came within 1 model of tabling another , eldar rock socks!

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    1. I agree. I have been having some strong wins with this codex. It isn't Grey Knights II: The Brokening, but its still a good book.

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  5. So my main question about this appears to be answered, this book isn't standalone, which is fine, I didn't expect it to be.
    Now my next question, how much does it actually alter the parent codex? I mean, I don't shy away from fluff, art, and pictures but I don't particularly care for bonus missions. Is it looking like a for funsies thing, or like a tournament legal thing?

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    1. it is official 40k rules. A supplement to the eldar codex, and tournament legal. Unless there are some oddities out there not allowing it.

      The actual rules can be very army changing, it is very much an alternate way to playing eldar. The rules that are in there are nice, and I like what is in there. (not a lot of waste on those two pages)

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    2. Cool, thanks Natfka! I'll have to check one out. Wraith armies were never my thing, but it bodes well for a diverse future.

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  6. Would someone just let me know when the rules section hits reddit?

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  7. I picked up my copy of the hardback the other day and I have to agree that it's a lovely book but could do with being £10 cheaper. I think at £20 it would be well worth it.

    Now my problem is I would have liked a similar dust jacket for my other codexes. I'm a sucker for these kinds of things anyway but it would be nice to have the extra protect when transporting my books.

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  8. Well, I guess it should actually be called Codex: Ghost Warriors, as it's actually about them. Anyway, cool idea, even if a bit pricey.
    One question, Natfka - is the fluff section worthwhile? On par with the Eldar Codex?

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  9. I didn't mind paying $50 for the Codex supplement. I like how there is a lot of fluff added in. As a collector I plan on buying all of the supplements for each codex. Plus, I also buy the digital versions since they are handy on my iPad.

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  10. what concerns me is that you have to pay full codex price for 2 pages of rules... don't get me wrong, the book is really beautiful and if you want a lot of fluff and a lot of missions it's ok, but if you just want the rules it's really a pain to have to pay 50 bucks for 2 pages!!! i don't care about eldar, but i fear they will do the same with spaces marines which i intend to buy.

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  11. The problema will appear when someone don't buy the book, and then go to play someone and that person needs to guess which versión of the army are you using. Becuase, in fact... why can't I use the Iyanden rules to play with a RED eldar army? I can suggest they are a special group of Iyanden tropos. And in the future, wonder if you have an Emperor's Fists or an Ultramarines expansión... every time you play you need to know TWO sets of rules for every different painting??? Right now it is already difficult to know exactly if every list is legal... with two options the problema can only be worse... and I am thinking about people that said that Forge World models shouldn't be allowed because there were going to be too many rules and units to remember! And as I said in another post, don't forget the problem with NOT translated books in other countries... it is a knightmare even for the few ones that understand english to find the exact translations for different weapons, different systems, different equipment, different special rules...

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  12. So... nice work gw. According to the review, in a 5:45 long video... FIRST page to find any rule appear after 3 minutes 45 seconds, and finish (including stratagems and planetstrike XDXDXD) after... 20 seconds... So TWO pages of pretended rules and one page of stratagems (that surely will be ridiculously outdated) and a planetstrike WHATTF?¿??? For slightly less Price tan a codex??? What I can't believe is not that they did it again, the true surprise is that actually someone bought it!

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  13. The problema will appear when someone don't buy the book, and then go to play someone and that person needs to guess which versión of the army are you using. Becuase, in fact... why can't I use the Iyanden rules to play with a RED eldar army? I can suggest they are a special group of Iyanden tropos. And in the future, wonder if you have an Emperor's Fists or an Ultramarines expansión... every time you play you need to know TWO sets of rules for every different painting??? Right now it is already difficult to know exactly if every list is legal... with two options the problema can only be worse... and I am thinking about people that said that Forge World models shouldn't be allowed because there were going to be too many rules and units to remember! And as I said in another post, don't forget the problem with NOT translated books in other countries... it is a knightmare even for the few ones that understand english to find the exact translations for different weapons, different systems, different equipment, different special rules...

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