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warp spiders any good?
Hi I am just writing my first Eldar army list an I was wondering how useful are warp spiders.
I have heard some people say that other units do there job better at a lower cost so I was wondering how many people out there use warp spiders and how do you use them.
Also what type of armies are they better suited against and if I do decide to include a unit in my army is there any tactic I should in particular avoid
Warpies are one of the few units available to the eldar that can do a little bit of everything. They have great mobility, a very nice save, and high strength weaponry. When outfitted right they can even do decently in CC.I think you are getting them mixed up with Hawks here. Often people will say that Warpies are better than hawks.I have heard some people say that other units do there job better at a lower cost so I was wondering how many people out there use warp spiders and how do you use them.
Warpies do well against nearly any opponent as they can hunt rear armour on tanks and due to the relatively high volume of high strength shots they can do well against almost any type of infantry.
I run mine like this:
8x warpies, exarch w/ extra spinner, powerblades, withdraw
This way they can shoot in their turn, charge in to what is left of the enemy to escape incoming ranged fire and bounce out of combat at the end of the enemies turn to repeat the process.
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Agree with IA, warp spiders are pretty ubiquitous, and have the added advantage of not really having an ideal unit siz so you can drop the odd one or two to save points, the only army I struggle to marry them with is bikes, spiders lack that reliable burst of speed, but they could be used with them
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I never actually liked my warp spiders much until Cheredanine got me hooked on this squad.
6x Warp Spiders
-Exarch /w additional death spinner, surprise assault, powerblades
It acts as a suicide squad effectively, except that it doesn't actually die most of the time... Drop them on a tanks side or rear armour and watch them rip into it. Or put them next to something squishy and take it out. Or drop them on top of that bunker the devastators are hiding in. Or... the uses are endless.
Of course there is the odd game where they land ON the inquisitor rather than beside him...but thats half the fun. :party:
Basically warp spiders are the closest thing the eldar get to a 'reliable' unit, they will usually make their points back and accomplish their objectives regardless of what the table or enemy list looks like. They aren't particularly powerful (helps avoid cheese cries) and this is why they're held in such high regard. They're just a nice staple unit to make sure you accomplish something whilst you watch your holo-fields fail.
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to add to LLs post, the spider unit, unlike many eldar units, can oppertae independently, although it can complement other units, it doesnt have to. The real beauty for me though is whilst a goot technical opponent can predict what it will do, it enevitably has a disproportionate effect on his stratergy
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Along with what everyone else has said here, the Spiders are my most reliable unit in all the Eldar Codex. Spiders are one of the few units that are very effective against any opponent due to their diversity. Though I don’t particularly like the ‘suicide’ use of them because of their 12” range weaponry makes the scattering very dangerous.
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Warp spiders do well in just about every eldar army as their mobility and high volume of mid strength shots means they can do any well, and their high armor save means that they will live longer than many of your other units.
warp spiders have always done me good, usually the exarch performs some kind of ridiculously heroic act, he has an additional deathspinner and powerblades, been using this model for years. i usually use them on the flanks, any squad size does damage, the fact they can warp away in the assualt phase usually saves their lives. i've only played very strong marine and necron armies recently and the warpspiders have been successful in most games, they can get round the back of vehicles and at strength 6 on rear armour its good, i could on.....
Spiders are one of the few General units the Eldar have. Most everything else is highly specialized.
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