Yeah yeah, I know, wtf is up with all the posts all of a sudden. I can't help it, Noorderspel has sparked my fanatacism(sp?) for 40k once more (which is good). For I have purchased the new Codex: Eldar and i'd like to share my thoughts on this..... most interesting tome.
I hear a lot of people say that Eldar have become much more powerfull. I say this is not true. They are just made.... a little easier to build up. I actually dislike some of the stuff they did to it.
The Aspect Warriors for instance:
They are still just about the same, the exarchs have one extra weapon option (with some cool ones at that), but they nerfed some of the weapons too. The biting blade is no longer that sweet character killer, getting another hit with every wound scored, it now ads +1S with each hit scored in stead. Wich is nice since it means you can get your exarch on 4 attacks and a total strength of 8 (AT AN INITIATIVE OF FRIKKIN 6!). But I liked the old one better.
They also reduced the exarch powers to just being upgrades that give your guys a universal special rule from the BBB. (infiltrate, stealth, hit and run, counter attack, etc)
*woop gotta go catch mah bus, talk more tonight or tomorrow, cya -E*
*I'll finish up now, I just need to do something other than this physics homework cause I'm going nuts*
And that means they took out 'crushing blow' and some of those nice and juicy abillities. Though not all is that bad. They just took the "exotic" and turned it into "just another color".
What they DID do is beef the phoenix lords into heaven.
They have better S T I WS BS (well actually everything).
They also sport a nice 2+ save and still have the "fleet of foot".
Imagine that monstrosity speeding towards your lines. It always kills you before you do it to them. their weapons are better, they are fearless and they'll probably save any wounds made against them. And if not? Well they can't be insta killed anyway with their new rules. (Though NEVER EVER pit them against stealers or broodlords, they'll snuff it, I'd guess)
Take Jain Zar:
When she charges she sports a healthy 5 attacks at S7(executioner) at I10(banshee mask) that ignores normal saves with a WS7! That could kill any elephant. So what if you don't kill that fex in one go. It needs three wounds to kill her in the same round since she can't be insta killed!
Or Baharroth: also 4 or 5 A's on charge, power weapon (S4 though), ws7, I6. And if he doesn't get the job done he does a simple hit and run and he's out!
That and he's got an average speed of 21" (charge included)!
And than there's Maugan Ra with his new maugetar, it now sports 4 shots, and it RENDS AND PINS! (AND shuriken canons are now assault!)
I mean WTF!
Sure you pay a whopping 200 or so points, they kick fucking ass!
I'll leave it at that. There should only be one reason for any army to buy it. For the Eldar it's the new wraithlord model. Have you seen what they did with that sweet plastic on gw.uk? MAN i gotta go convert me one of those!