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Hey all, first post. I played Eldar during fourth then stopped playing for a couple of years (went of to college, didn't have money, same old story). Now me and some of my buddies are getting back into it. So my question is:
Is the Craftworld Codex still usable? Or is there no differentiation between different craftworlds at this time since the release of the new codex and 5th edition? Thanks.
Not a stupid question at all, I was in an identical situation, and if you don't ask you don't discover!
The craftworlds still exist but not in an official armylist way. You can base your armies around them and use them as themes for your armies, but there is no proper pressure or benefit to choosing one like there used to be.
If you want to make a fluffy Ulthwé list then by all means, do and have fun doing it, but it has to conform to the standard eldar codex I believe. If you don't want to, then just pick a colour scheme you like with whatever units you fancy.
Hope that helped
Gottcha. So, you're saying the Craftworld distinctions are mostly just fluff-based and personal taste-based now? So, tournaments and stuff don't recognize Iyanden substitutions of Wraithguards for troops, for example, anymore?
You can still take wraithguard as troops but only in units of 10 ( if you take units of 5 they count as an elite choice), and you can use the new codex to customise armys to represent the previous edn craftworld lists, eg you can still take a seer council and lots of guardians to create an Uthwe list. hope this helps.
Last edited by aenar; October 28th, 2008 at 04:12.
There's no official distinctions between craftworlds anymore, but the options still exist to build a fluffy craftworld force. Wraithguard in squads of 10 with a spiritseer can be taken as a troop choice for an Iyanden list, pathfinders are an upgrade option for any ranger squad, a warlock with the Enhance power makes for Ulthwe guardians, and as aspect warriors are spread across the differet FOC slots makes it easy to take an all aspect warrior list for Biel Tan.
This. They add a few exceptions like the wraithguard being able to be a troop choice if you spend a silly amount of points on a maxed out squad to enable you to make fluffy lists, but that's all they are. The entire Eldar military system is at your disposal to use how you like. Enjoy it
Excellent. Thanks for the clarification everyone!
By the way there are 2 special characters listed (other than the Phoenix lords) which are Craftworld specific.
You have Eldrad for Ulthwe and Prince Yriel for Iyandan the other craftworlds just have to manage without special characters, although after reading the new Space Marine codex it seems that GW are encouraging players to use "counts as" to use different special characters in places they shouldn't be. e.g. You could have a special Farseer with all Eldrad's stats and wargear in a Biel Tan army, you just can't paint him black and call him Eldrad (Personally, not sure how I feel about this though, seems un-fluffy, but with no alternative choices if you don't play Ulthwe or Iyandan I can see why this is attractive)
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