Sunday, July 19, 2009

Champions of the Game: Eldar


Sorry I haven't posted in nearly 3 weeks. Been busy. I have alot of great hobby work to show you, but don't have the pictures yet.

ANYWHO Champions of the Game is series to find the best character in the game. This week is Eldar. Have at it. Poll over there -->.

Eldrad Ulthuan- Farseer of Ulthwe: Okay, this guy is the bamf psyker of the Eldar and one of the best in the game. Plus, he costs less than comparable farseer builds. First off, he has all the Farseer Powers (Doom, Mind War, Eldritch Storm, Fortune and Guide). Some of these don't require LOS so he can perform them from inside a transport. He also has a special power used at the start of the game: Divination. Divination lets you move D3+1 units in his army before turn one. His wargear is nice, a witchblade and the Staff of Ulthwe. The Staff lets you use 3 powers a turn if you are not in combat (if you are he still gets two) and is a power weapon that wounds on a 2+ in combat, which with WS 5 I 5 isn’t too bad. One attack base sucks though, although he has a shiruken pistol, so he at least fights with 2 attacks. T4 3+ inv saves is nice. Ghost Helm, Spirit Stones, and Runes of Witnessing and Warding to top it all off. 210 points and a must have for any Eldar Army IMOHO.

Prince Yriel- Autarch of Iyaden: Master strategist means you add +1 to all reserves rolls, so this can cancel out the Guard’s new Fleet Officer. He has a 4+ inv. save and plasma grenades, and Fleet of Foot. The spear of twilight is a power weapon singing spear. His eye of wrath can be used instead of his normal attacks once per game. Place a large blast over him and does S6 AP3 hits to all models (other than yriel). 4 WS6 I7 Singing Spear attacks. 3+/4+ saves. T3 though, but with 3 wounds. Have to test last turn to see if he loses a wound, but is rather low risk, and to lose the KP he needs to be down to one wound already. 155 pts.

Pheonix Lords
All have Eternal Warrior, Fleet, Fearless, and makes their aspect Fearless (Disciples). Each can only join aspect warriors if they are in the same aspect.

Asurmen, Hand of Asuryan (Dire Avengers): He has a counts as assault 4 avenger shuriken catapult (18”). He has a master crafted diresword. He has Defend and Bladestorm Exarch power. 4 base attacks at WS7 S4 I7. 2+/4+ save with 3 wounds at T4. 230 pts.

Jain Zar, the Storm of Silence (Howling Banshees): Banshee Mask, Executioner Sword, and a Triskele with S5, which makes it one of the best assault weapons in the game at 3 shots with AP2 12”. Bring on the Terminators. Acrobatic and War Shout Exarch Powers. Furious Charge. 4 base attacks at WS7 S4(6) I7. 2+ save with 3 wounds at T4. 190 pts makes her the cheapest Pheonix Lord.

Baharroth, the Cry of the Wind (Swooping Hawks): The only Jump Infantry Pheonix Lord (Swooping Hawk Wings). Swooping Hawk grenade pack, plasma and haywire grenades. Power weapon and Hawk’s Talon. Both the Intercept and Skyleap Exarch Powers. He has Hit and Run and gives it to his hawks. So you can disengage at the end of your opponents Assualt Phase if you want and then Skyleap . This can be a brutal combination, especially in Planetstrike. 4 base attacks at WS7 S4 I7. 2+ saves with 3 wounds at T4. 200 points.

Karandras, the Shadow Hunter (Striking Scorpions): Personally, the worst looking Pheonis Lord model wise. Has a Scorpion’s Bite, Scorpion Chainsword, Scorpion Claw, and plasma grenades. His Scorpion’s Bite is a mandiblaster that gives +2 A instead of +1. The claw makes him the strongest phoenix lord. He has Shadowstrike and Stalker Exarch powers. He and the scorpions he joins get the Stealth USR. 6 Base attacks at WS7 S8 I1 or S5 I7. 2+ save with 3 wounds at T4. 215 points.

Fuegan, the Burning Lance (Fire Dragons): Firepike, Fireaxe, and melta bombs. Fire axe is +1S and makes Fuegan attack as a Monstrous Creature, making him a power weapon and 2d6+5(6) armour pen against vehicles. He has the Tank Hunter (where the (6) came from) and Crack Shot (ignore cover) Exarch Powers. He is the only lord with feel no pain. Basically, this guy is made to take on tanks. If playing IG who takes tons of Russ, I’d take him. 4 base attacks at WS7 S5 I7. 2+ saves with 3 wounds at T4. 205 points.

Maugan Ra, the Harvester of Souls (Dark Reapers): THE MAUGETAR. Come on, with a weapon named that, who wouldn’t like him. This gives him +2S and is a S6 AP5 Pinning Rending Gun with Assault 4. He then can use Crack Shot and Fast Shot Exarch powers in the same turn (unlike Dark Reaper exarchs). This makes his Weapon Assault 5. Then Crack Shot makes him able to reroll wounds and hits when shooting, and ignores cover. So his shooting is monstrous. Finally he has acute senses USR. 195 points.

Poll Results
Which Eldar Character do you think is best?
Eldrad Ulthuan 11 (50%)
Prince Yriel 5 (22%)
Asurmen 0 (0%)
Jain Zar 1 (4%)
Baharroth 0 (0%)
Karandras 0 (0%)
Fuegan 1 (4%)
Maugan Ra 4 (18%)