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I was thinking about starting Warhammer 40k, and picking Eldar, but I have a general question: Does the color scheme I choose predetermine which craftworld's special rules I have to play by? Or can I simply play my Saim Han-colored eldar under any rule set I choose (at tournaments)?
Where can I find these special craftworld rules?
Also, does this go the same for marines (if I were to paint my units Ultramarine blue, would I have to play under the ultramarine rules at tournaments?)
I'll be happy to answer your question although it makes me sad, but the truth must be said.
There are no special rules for individual craftworlds anymore. There is only one Eldar Codex (the 4th edition one) and that is the only list.
You can paint your eldar however you'd like, they all play by the same rules, have the same units and the same Force Organization Chart.
For the marines, they have several different rules and codices for different chapters. I mean, technically if you painted them blue and made them ultramarines, most would expect you to play out of the regular marines codex. a lot of other chapters have other model sets, like black templars and dark angels have their own model kits.
Under the current ruleset, you could field an Eldar army painted in Alaitoc Colors with no rangers, Wraithguard as troops, and a whole Seer Council mounted on Jetbikes. There are no restrictions.
Unfortunately, I have to concur. There are no rulesets or restrictions on individual craftworlds any more, not since Codex: Craftworld Eldar got nerfed with 4th edition. The best you can do is create a themed army i.e. Jetbikes for Saim-Hann, Rangers for Alaitoc, Wraithguard and Wraithlords for Iyanden, lots of Aspect Warriors for Biel-Tan and Guardians for Ulthwe.