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Monday, May 6, 2013

Eldar Rumor Tidbits from BoLS: 5.5.2013

These are copy/pasted from the BoLS forums. Much of this conflicts with older rumors and even common sense. Sharing boxes between aspect warriors sounds unlikely. They're all very differently designed and some just don't even need new sculpts. The description of the flyer is different from any previous ones and the new wraith construct is said to look like War Walkers, a non-wraith unit. I'm calling BS on that.

There are also rumors here I don't even want to be true. Jetbikes as a staple of the army wouldn't address the main issue the army faces: that aspects cost too much and don't perform well enough. Aspect Warriors are where Eldar get most of their signature play style. The whole matching units against the right target, using the right tool for the right job--that's what people will tell you Eldar are like, but that isn't the case at all with Jetbikes and S6 volume of fire. I would really like to see good Jetbikes, but the last thing I want is for them to be "a staple of the army." And considering that recent codices have many useful builds I doubt it will be the case anyway. But still, rumors will be rumors and with no other interesting news about the June release, it's kind of nice to hear anything at all.

"The Dark Reaper Exarch regains a classic weapon option from the days of yore. HINT, HINT - it involves skulls and chain.

Aspect Warriors are moving to plastic using the "combo-unit" dual-build format GW has moved to of late. We'll leave it up to you to guess which aspects could be paired off into combo-kit boxes with differing heads/weapon options.

The new Eldar flyer is quite curved in nature, with sweeping lines all about. A real head turner.

The new Eldar "big kit" is a wraith construct that shares numerous design cues with the current War Walker - but much larger. A virtual beast...

Eldar keep thier distance from Tau from an overall design theme. They will be the masters of maneuver and outright speed. Look for multiple options and units types for jetbikes including up-armored and even faster versions. Jetbikes as a family may well become the staple hallmark of the army. They will come in multiple flavors with both anti-personnel and anti-armor types.

FOC wise, look for a whole lot of jumping about of units between the HEAVY SUPPORT, FAST ATTACK, and ELITES slots. There will be difficult player decisions to be made in there."