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** I started a poll like this in the Necron board and I think it would be interesting to hear the same thoughts on other armies **
You announce that you will be playing your Dark Eldar.
What are some of the common statements you hear from your opponents?
Those of you without a Dark Eldar force chime in as well on the Poll.
You look accross the table and see the Dark Eldar massing for assault.
What are you thinking, when you see Dark Eldar lining up against your prize army?
40K: Tyranid, Necron, Space Wolves
Fantasy: Dark Elves, Lizardmen, Orcs & Goblins, Dwarves
usually players who are not too familiar with DE assume they are a weak army. Then I tell them the armor value of raiders, and the toughness and save of warriors, but that theres other stuff to make up for it. They usually ignore the last part and figure they're in for an easy win.
The meat things seek to destroy ourselves. They hunt us as we hunt them but they are weak and uncertain. Bring them understanding of the power of ourselves through our strength and their fear. The inferior flesh will be entirely destroyed, all fragments will be smashed. Ourselves will fight to the last, all weak flesh must be consumed
Hardly anyone at our club had faced dark eldar before but they all had heard rumors of ass kicking wytches and archons. Everyone was repectful of the unknown and most of them were eager to play against a new army.
I don't think anyone but our Tau players actually fear Dark Eldar now (I'm 10 wins / 7 losses) but the respect is still there (yay me). Plus another fellow has started up a DE force, and he's a freaking awesome tactician.
War Record Since Sept 2005
Old Codex 48-20-9 Dark Eldar
New Codex 1-0-0 Dark Eldar
I had some punk kid tell me they suck. "Wow, why are you playing DE...They suck..."
I beat the pants off this TAU guy three times...he went from I've never played them to I don't want to play against them after the third game.
Most of all I get.....Cool I've never seen them in the store before or they are hard to win with...right?
Most people go "OMGz0r! DE are teh crap, with poony savez and armor valuez. Ph34r my mighty 1337 marinez!!11!!" when they se a DE army lined up, and for several reasons. First, DE are the laughing stock of the 40k hobby for some reason, mainly because we are so neglected I think, and people seems to assume that old rules = less competitative. Second, DE is a hard army to play, and most people who has faced DE before have met some kid who didnt know what he was doing and won easily. And furthermore, most people who face DE and gets their ass handed to them seems to assume that the DE player is cheating.
Yes, I have heard that from my opponents that the are hard to win with and the codex is too old.
After beating them the tune changes to, "they're broken, your rules are unbalanced". I actually took that as a compliment when my 6 grotesques swept his 16 man guardian squad.
If they only knew how hard it is to do that:yes:
when i started DE a while back, my friends said they suck (though i manage to destroy a furiso with my archon on my 1st game.. lucky me), but i did lose more than i win... but now, people at my gaming store, people are more aware of what DE can do, lots of horrorfexes, agonisers, DLs... even a haeme's destructor has a 50% chance to ignore SM armor sv (i love when this happens).. but most of them are not really aware of their full capabilites...
Most people who I play in store at Gamesworkshop here in Sydney Australia rightly fear Dark Eldar and it's only inexperienced younger players who are held inthrall by White Dwarf articles on Marines that consider them to be an anorexic Chaos cousin with "whats your armour save again - only 5+!" Even when shown the error of their ways by looking down the barrel of an eminent defeat still blame the dice gods for such accursed luck in allowing them to lose. Most of these younger players have only one tactic, move towards the enemy in a straight line and can't comprehend lateral movement and speed at all, so I would say in general the experienced players reaction to De is that they are one of the most powerful races in all 40K kingdom and to the newer player they are viewed as a waste of time.
Yeah, most new people say "hahaha, dark eldar suck!" just the other guy asked what army and I said "Dark eldar" he said "hehehe, No offence but dark eldar are far worse than eldar" I said "Well, I'll give you a game some time and find out". On the other side, There are a few who refuse to play me because I'll apparently win by too much. I've had one cheese comment but his reason was beause I wasn't moving much (sniper squads that game) so I just shrugged it off. Somebody complained that I had too many dark lances (I had 4, wtf?) So mixed results, but no determined look and saying this will be a tough game. Just for reference, I'm in Sydney Australia too.
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Just recently had a very experieneced 40K player here in Sydney Australia tell me in all seriousnes that Dark Eldar would never see a battle through to the end. In his words "They hit hard but just can't stand to be hit back, I would recommend Eldar to you instead." Needless to say that I ignored him and went right on ahead to complete the painting of my 5000 pts already collected, but I was aghast that such an experienced player could stick his foot so far into his mouth and still talk! Comments like this make your share of victories that much sweeter and also creates a sense of awe about your ability to comand an army since you will sometimes win with an "obviously inferior race!" One spin off from playing DE against other people has been they start to see movement as a real asset and are willing to modify their own tactics next time to combat this - sometimes actually trying to copy the same style as it now seems to be superior to their old ways. This willingness to try new ideas is perhaps the best compliment about DE I have ever had.
As the old saying goes "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,"