Dark Eldar – First Impressions

Warhammer 40K – Over the weekend I picked up the new Dark Eldar codex. At first glance I do have to say I'm very impressed. The past year has been pretty much dominated by Malifaux so I haven't had much time to indulge in 40K. I'm thinking that might change, this book updates an army that had huge potential but never really saw it. The old models had some interesting sculpts but most of them were pretty ugly and dated looking. I sold off my old Dark Eldar force 5 years ago, assuming that a new codex would never see the light of day.

The new release adds a ton of background information (especially considering the existing info was a little pamphlet) and almost the entire range has been updated. I'm seriously considering picking up the force. But before I do I'm going to have to read and reread the book to find a list that I like and stick with it. Unlike my marine army which can change and be different every time I play, the dark eldar strike me as a force that you find a list that works for you and you play it over and over trying to figure out the tricks. 

I'm really tempted to use the special character that makes Hellions troops and do a them list with that. When the scourges come out I hope they look cool, the drawing in the book is very odd. It's a shame they didn't do the Archon in plastic, it would have been a great way to build the special characters from one kit.

One thing that concerns me is transporting the raiders and other models on flying stands, It seems like there are plenty of bits that can break off during transport. So custom cut foam is probably going to be the best option which should be considered when pricing out the army.