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A new Eldar player has recently joine dour gaming group, I just wanted to know what I should look out for. Maybe a very small summary on each unit. I know Vypers wiht Starcannons can be paticularly vicious. I just want a brief warning list.
Bright lances = tank killers
Guardians = Meat shields
Howling Banshees = Incredible in CC especially Exarch and Phoenix Lord of HB
Swooping Hawks = suck, except Exarch and suck against Space Marines
Dark Reapers = Space Marine blenders
Fire Dragons = kill tanks nicely?
Warwalkers = good on rough terrain, carries two heavy weapons, lacks good armor
Fireprism = anti-tank unit
Falcon = transport tank
Vypers = not to be underestimated, fast and powerful
Jetbikes = no...
Warlocks = Psychic units
Farseer = most used HQ unit in Eldar army, very powerful, can have 5 warlock bodyguards.
Biel-tan= many Aspect Warriors
Alaitoc= many rangers for sneakiness, pick off many units at a time
Iyanden= wraithlords wraithguards, expensive army
Ulthwe= farseers and warlocks (seer council)
So you play nids? In that case i would watch out for also all of their weapons (shuriken catapult is AP5... given to guardians) Also... for your heavy units i would watch out for rangers. If they roll a 6 on the to hit die, its AP1, then wounds on a 4+ (also pins). I killed a carnifex with a 3 man squad of rangers in one game. Lets see... Starcannons and Brightlances are things to watch out for (AP2 weapons). Any of the hovering vehicles are a threat, b/c nids aren't well known for being good at shooting, and these vehicles are quite fast and can harrass you greatly. Once you get into CC you will most likely win against every unit in the Eldar army (esp w/ rending claws or whatever). The trouble is getting into CC...
wraithlords are very tough, stay away with tyrant but if you charge with genestealers and get 3 6's its dead.
rangers, especially pathfinders are lethal against monstrous creatures.
a 2 vc carnifex of HT would be great against falcons/vypers (the glance only isn't a problem cause he should be moving them over 6 anyway (skimmers moving over 6" turn all penetrating hits to glances)
scorpions would be great against your gaunts, but not so hot against stealers. beware of stealers being charged by banshees (if he tailors his army list to fight nids he won't bring them, but if its a balanced army he will) as they will always hit first - yes even against stealer initiative
starcannons would be great against your monstrous creatures, take them out quickly. the same with fire dragons, they're basically armed with meltaguns.
the farseer is very dangerous. especially with mind war, it can kill your TMC's with one hit.
Well the main threat of the Eldar is not their brute force or mass troops. its their specialization. Eveery squad has a specific job and it is WELL equipped to do its job. Dark Reapers eat armored infantry from range, banshees do it up close with power weapons. Fire dragons eat tanks with a squad full of melta guns, warp spiders rape low armored infantry(as in high armor save 5+,6+...) with there death spinners. if the oppurtunity is there for each squad to do its job in the Eldar army, the chances of victory for the opponent decrease drastically. the key to defeating eldar, is the through a werench their plans and screw up the timing of the entire army. THE ELDAR ARE ALL ABOUT TIMING AND FINESE. make sure yur Eldar opponent cant pull this off and yu will be victorious.
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