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Hello i have just started getting into 40k and have chosen eldar to be my first army i went out on a limb and bought myself a few units i liked the look of to make an army
so far i have
1 farseer and warlock body guard squad ( fella from games workshop said i needed 1)
2 squads of 10 dire avengers ( told me best troop choice )
1 squad of banshees
1 squad of warp spiders
1 wraithlord with eml and scatter laser
1 fire prism / night spinner
1 wave serpant
any 1 give me advice/help on how to use these and am i heading in the right direction for my army? my friend that plays has 2 armys he has orks and a chaos army am hopefully trying to build a 1750 eldar army
all advice would be welcomed
So far it looks pretty good. All the models you have are usable and perhaps even usable together. IMO you should always go online before making purchases, especially if you're going into a GW store instead of an LGS you trust. Sinicism aside, welcome to the fold. Eldar are a great army to play and a great way to learn the game. If this is your first army then I heartily commend you for not caving for Space Marines.
I suggest reading the sticky threads here and thinking about what kind of army you want. Opinions vary, but I personally play all-mechanized Eldar and swear by their effectiveness. I like to start a game with not a single foot on the ground. This is not necessary and with what you have I think you should start half-mech. Half-mech isn't easy to play but it means you won't need to go out and buy at least 3 more Wave Serpents
Stuff you have:
Farseer: Super-useful in any list. I'd use this model with the Banshees and give it Doom (re-roll to wound is great with Banshee S3), and Runes of Warding (its a great ability in case your opponent has psychic powers). This set-up is cheap and lets you learn about the beauty of using the Farseer to augment your other units.
Dire Avengers: These guys are a great troop choice. Usually run in a Wave Serpent so they aren't shot at log range but can be used on foot as long as you're careful. I would model my Exarch with 2 Shuri Cannons personally because this is the most cost-effective set-up but the shimmer-shield is incredible with Defend so its up to you. You can always just make one of each and just specify before the game if they are both using same set-up. Always take Bladestorm.
Banshees: These ladies are not incredible and will need the Farseer's Doom and the Wave Serpent's speed to do much against an experianced opponent. Make sure you read and understand the transport rules for non-open-topped vehicles.
Warp Spiders: A very interesting unit which, if used correctly, can completely decimate an opponents army. S6 is just so good with this many shots. Take them for a spin and don't spend too much on them. The upgrades are nifty but in most cases your barrage of S6 will need no help. Jump behind tough vehicles (except Land Raiders and Monoliths) and watch that back armour melt.
Wraithlord: This guy is your problem model. He's awesome in all ways but needs to walk up the board and needs a Seer nearby to avoid taking Wraithsight tests. In the beginning use him with the Avengers walking and to hell with the risk of leadership tests. Later you'll figure out what you want from him.
Everything else is personal prefference. Play lots of games and have a blast. Eldar take a while to get used to so don't get discouraged.
"She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good." -Orson Scott Card
You'll soon find that it's hard to learn the Eldar. But trust my advice when I say that when you master them, you will win a lot.
I can't stress enough how important more Wave Serpents will be for your army to win games. I know they are expensive, but you can get them cheaper online. Footslogging lists CAN win. Don't get me wrong.. hell, I used to do nothing but walk my troops around.. and I even won some of those games, albeit rarely.
It is unfortunate that Mech is the way to go with Eldar to win against more experienced players, but worry not. I'm sure you'll still give them a good fight!
Fantasy: High Elves 7000pts / Warriors of Chaos 6000pts. 40k: Eldar 5000pts / Chaos Marines 2500pts.
Its sad but true. In order for Eldar to win against experienced players and against formidible army lists you need to go mech. When playing seriously I go mech but when having a bit of fun I play themed lists which can vary quite dramatically.
One unit you will want to purchase sometime in the near future is Fire Dragons. Once you come head to head against heavily armoured vehicles or a monsterous creature these guys will obliterate them.
I swear by mech lists personally, but it's up to you. Just don't go footslogger