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I just started collecting dark eldar and only have 1 warrior squad of 16. Im wondering if anyone could tell me what would be good to get next if im usually playing against tyranids and tau.
well, you'll need another box of warriors at least, that would give you your 2 obligatory troops choices. past that, you'll need a raider (a few more later as well) other than that i would probably buy 10 wyches (either a box of dark eldar wyches, or some people use the WHFB dark elf wyches) that you could put in the raider. you'll also need a model to use as an HQ. so i would probably buy 1 warriors box + HQ, then a raider or 2, then wyches. that would give you enough for 2 troops plus an HQ with warrior retinue in a raider. don't know how much money you have to spend here, but a battle force may be your best bet. also, if your in the States, DE are going to bits status, meaning they get a lot more expensive, but i've had a lot of luck with canadian suppliers and Ebay. specifically the latter.
read the (great) articles, newbie guides and tactica stickies on this forum, then look at some army lists and see what people are doing with their lists. then make yourself a 500, 1000, and 1500 point list to go from, so you don't buy things your not going to use, or use only sometimes. thats how i did it, hopefully some of the more experienced players will post here as well (nudge, nudge) goodluck, and welcome to the DE. peace
Armies: Dark Eldar
(I don't like armies people actually play/write codexes for)
Dont take raiders in 500 point games, you cant afford any kind of support in games that small. Focus on getting 3-4 shooty warrior squads on foot, have an agoniser sybarite in one of them for MCs, and get a lord. I like to use a fully tooled archon in 500 point battles, because I find it most amusing to attempt to dominate the entire battle with an insane cc character, but if you are going competitative you should take a minimal dracon. On foot of course.
so for a 500 point army get maybe 1 or 2 more warrior squads then a lord. I was thinking maybe a reaver squad after that
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Just about every list over 500 points requires 40 warriors. IMHO it's best to start with 40 + a lord and then convert special weapons (like dark lances). This gets you started at 500 points for practically no cost.
The most reuseable unit in the game is a sniper squad. Everylist from 500 - 2000 points has at least one and usually two. A sniper squad is just slang for a squad of 8 warriors with rifles + 2 with dark lances. The dark lances are equally effective against MC's and Tau Vehicles, they are the perfect choice for use against both armies.
I'd probably start with the following list:
Dracon w Agonizer+Pistol +war gear
Sybarite w Agonizer+Pistol
15 Troops (2 splinter cannons, 2 blasters)
10 troops (2 dark lances)
10 troops (2 dark lances)
at 1000 points you'll want that Dracon to have a Punisher instead, a squad of 10 Wytches (with Succubus) in a Raider plus a Ravager. WIth the left over points you could then think about adding a small bike squad.
War Record Since Sept 2005
Old Codex 48-20-9 Dark Eldar
New Codex 1-0-0 Dark Eldar
dude i just fought tryranids and tau yesterday and today!! against tyranids check out my army list titled "ANNIHALITE: BUGS and against tau look for ANNIHALITE: TAU. happy viewing