Friday, February 1, 2013

Some simple thoughts about 'Flying Under The Radar: Dark Eldar in 6th Edition"

Heya all and welcome to the webway!

I have been noticing that several 40k blogrolls have been posting this particular article called 'Flying UNder the Radar: Dark Eldar in 6th Edition' ( and I am rather intrigued by this as everyone has been cutting and pasting the contents of this article into their own blogs. Although this article deserves a share since it is one of those few pro-Dark Eldar articles, I would really just state my 'to-the-point' opinion about the content rather than just blindly putting it out there and repeating it like a parrot.

Reading the article, I would agree that most if not all of the points are quite spot on and there is a need to play to our strengths even more than most armies. In addition, the army is perhaps one of the armies that forces you to think in terms of geometric angles as our army as a whole needs to exploit angles of attack. For example, all of our vehicles are lacking turrets, thus forcing us to think about the importance of our pivoting and also facing of our armor whenever we make the kill. Our infantry units will also have to do some work in breaking some of the bubble wraps so that we could reach to the juicy core.

I also love how the blogger talks about the unexpectedness of Dark Eldar, as Dark Eldar is one of those factions that people rarely play against and with a mostly MEQ environment Marines often underestimate what the Dark Eldar could do. With the reduced presence of Rhinos and Razorbacks and how everyone and their uncle wanted to play a more infantry-based Marine army, Dark Eldar players with enough experience would often find that the Dark Eldar list excels against tough, elite units. 

Listbuilding is also a point that I really love about the book, as most of the time the 'internetz' in general are blabbering about how some things are useless and some are broken and most of the time they overestimate some units and underestimate others. As a Xenos player, I find that there are many little things in some of the books that one can use in a huge web of synergy. At least that is how I found out about how there are alternate ways of playing Dark Eldar, especially the Hellionstar which is like what I call my fun army. A shooty webway portal list is also in the works, just that it is so hard to put in stuff that you need to have an extensive conversion while you do not have the time to do so. *Sad face*

Of course that saying, there are some points that I feel that the post did not address at all or very vaguely. For example, it does not address horde armies in general which is an interesting point as the meta/kneejerk response to 6th edition is to blob up and some armies are happy to do so like IG and Orks.

In conclusion, this article is consistent with my experiences with 6th edition with my Dark Eldar.

A rare post about a certain game.

Heya all,

Now I know that I do not even talk about Warmachine often, but I will admit that  I am a fan of Steampunk. The problem I have with Warmachine is twofold; firstly I often hate the design of the Jacks as they look rather cartoon-ish to me and secondly, it is a skirmish-like game. Of course, Skirmishes are cool sometime but I just do not feel like it is a warzone proper and that is often secondary to the looks of the game which I felt was important to me in any game.

Now, Privateer Press came out with a race that I would really enjoy looking at as it is not cartoon-ish and has a rather gritty feel that is oddly proportionate and functional.

Say hello to the Convergence of Cyriss.

Looks interesting, although I do not understand the mechanics of Warmachine at all. But whether I would jump into warmachine.....I can still say confidently that I would not be playing this game in the foreseeable  future.

Death From the Skies

Heya all and welcome back.

It seems that finally that ' (Fill in Season) of Flyers" is now back and official, though it does not go by that name anymore.

From Faeit 212

OK readers, its now official. I have the information for what will be in Death from the Skies and of course I am sharing all of it that I am allowed to. Here are the details.

No longer a rumor. Even I had concerns the image above was photoshop'd, but it is the real cover. There are no flyer releases listed out from what I have seen. Hopefully next month?

I also wonder which version of the Stormraven codex Space Marines and Black Templar will be able to use.

Death From the Skies (Direct only – Range item) 60040199031
sale through Direct on Saturday 16th February (no advanced order)
•A 72p full colour, softback, Warhammer 40,000 Compendium
•Contains a fantastic showcase of flyers available to collectors,
beautifully painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team
•Contains all the updated 6th Edition rules for the following Flyers:
- Stormraven (that can now be used in Codex: Space Marines and Codex: Black Templars)
and Stormtalon Gunship
- Valkyrie and Vendetta
- Ork Dakka Jet, Burna Bommer and Blitza Bommer
- Necron Night Scythe and Doom Scythe
- Dark Eldar Razorwing and Void Raven

•Includes the rules for the Space Marine Stormtalon Gunship and Ork
Bommer previously available in WD
•Contains cool new content – new scenarios as well as the Dog-fighting
rules from Crusade of Fire
•This compendium will be promoted on the web and by the blog
•English language only
•Please note: This product will go out of stock for short periods if
demand is high

This is a rather interesting book if some of these were even true, as that would mean that there may be some alteration to the rules of some of the flyers we had known and love/hate. I for one am interested if Dark Eldar flyers would get the Vector Dancer rule, as that would be golden on all the Dark Eldar flyers. I mean, the flyers themselves are kinda alright but with Vector Dancer in the mix, the Dark Eldar aircrafts will be dogfighters extraordinaire and could even kill the Stormraven by vectoring behind it and shoot it down, especially with the Void Lance, as that is a guaranteed penetration on back armor and also at least it will force the Stormraven to jink.