Dark Eldar list building 

With the release of the Gangs of Commorragh and the Start Collecting box building a Dark Eldar army has never been cheaper. The Dark Eldar range is one of the coolest in 40k and I’ve been eyeing the models for a long, long time. 

I have started to muster a Realspace Raiding party, aiming for 1850 points. The plan is cheap and notably different from my other two armies – my Chaos Space Marines and Tyranids. Those armies are a bit on the slow side and both are lacking in the shooting phase. So what I want from my Dark Eldar raiders are: speed and shooting. And thankfully that’s two things that emo-kin do well. Not like game breaking good but good. 

This is the list I got in my head. I’m using the Realspace Raiders Detachment [RRD]. It’s pretty crappy. The Command Benefits are lacking. You can reroll on the Dark Eldar Warlord table, but why would you the traits aren’t that great. All troops gain a 5+ cover save first turn and every one else gain a 6+. That’s it. 

The reason to bring the Realspace Raiders Detachment over the ubiquitous Combined Arms Detachment is simple – the RRD allows you to bring a whooping six Fast Attack choices. And when you got a need for speed this detachment is just what the doctor ordered. 

So what will I bring in my Kabal of the Poison Flower (or maybe Kabal of Infinite Sorrow, I can’t decide) list? Well, let me break it down for you.

HQ


Archon – tooled up with a Huskblade, Shadow Field, Haywire Grenades, Parasite’s kiss and a Webway Portal. 

Elites


9 Kabalite Trueborn in a Raider – Dracon with Agoniser and Haywire Grenades, four Blasters, Raider with Dark Lance, Enhanced Aethersails and Nightshields (3+ jink!)

The Archon joins them and use the Webway Portal to drop in and nuke something. 


5 Mandrakes

Troops


10 Kabalite Warriors in Raider – Sybarite with Power Sword and Haywire Grenades, Splinter Cannon, Raider with Dark Lance, Enhanced Aethersails, Nightshields and Splinter Racks



5 Wyches in a Venom – Hekatrix with Agoniser and Haywire Grenades, Venom with two Splinter Cannons

Fast Attack


10 Hellions – Helliarch with Agoniser


10 Hellions – Helliarch with Agoniser


6 Reavers – Arena Champion with Power Sword, two Blasters, two Cluster Caltrops


6 Reavers – Arena Champion with Power Sword, two Heat Lances, two Cluster Caltrops


3 Reavers – Blaster, Cluster Caltrops 


10 Scourges – Solarite with Power Lance, two Heat Lances, Two Haywire Blasters

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11 thoughts on “Dark Eldar list building 

  1. Have you decided on colours yet? The Mandrakes look cool. That’s what counts I think. Back in fourth edition I gave my Hive Tyrant the lash whip bonesword combo because it looked cool. Forums panned it because the option was not as competitive. I took it because I liked the imagery of the Tyrant whipping the Guard. I roll out Pyrovores too because I like the models. If you like the model then use it right.

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    1. Have you seen my Wyches? I have a light blue base colour with gold details. I didn’t want to go all emo and goth with black or dark colours. And Mandrakes, I like both the idea of them and their rules. Sneaky, shadow predators.

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