Wargaming Tradecraft: New Eldar Units - Wasp Assault Walker

New Eldar Units - Wasp Assault Walker

via Laubersheimer Industries

Forge World has released another new Eldar unit, the Wasp Assault Walker. Essentially, it looks very similar to standard War Walkers, but a little more stream-lined, and.. what are those? Jet Packs on a walker? Yes please.

The new Eldar Wasp Assault Walker can jump 24" instead of firing, has some melee stats, and did I mention it's a TROOP option? But wait, there's more - BS 4.... Seriously, Ballistic Skill 4 - I've gone back and reread that multiple times. BS 4 ! Uhm, yes please?

See the full (experimental) rules here.


Sooo, just to throw it out there, a 2000pt Eldar army can choose to field 18 Assault Walkers, 9 War Walkers and 6 Hornets, firing just shy of 200 shuriken cannon rounds a turn. You'd be broke, yes, but it puts us back in the mech game, right?
(obviously you wouldn't actually field that, but there's some scary potential here)

(Wait a sec, Wasps and Hornets? Are Eldar officially moving like butterflies and stinging like bees now? Nevermind, BS4, I'm shutting up now, thank you.)

3 comments:

  1. Interesting.. I hadn't seen these yet.

    I wonder why FW is seemingly spending so much time on Eldar. Do you think it means a new codex is coming--or perhaps it means the codex is still a long way off? Or does Forgeworld even coordinate with GW?

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  2. Forgeworld is owned by Games Workshop, so I would hope there's some coordination.

    I'd hope it means Eldar are around the corner, but FW and GW have never prereleased models (as far as I know) before a codex release.

    Sad to say, I think it's a way of cashing in before the codex is ready. These units are going to sell a lot better right now before the codex brings Eldar in line with 5th ed.

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  3. The cashing in idea seems reasonable. It could also just be keeping Eldar players focused on 40K. A lull in the lifetime of a faction probably sees player spending drop and some even leave the hobby, but new releases mid-cycle would likely help offset that. In the case of the Eldar there's also the issue of frustration that the DE have sleeker, newer designs.

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