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New Eldar Images Spotted

So it seems that the next Warhammer 40,000 Codex that will be released is going to be Eldar. These precious shots have been making rounds on the internet.

Read on for some more juicy pictures, including the magnificent Wraithknight.

So the image we opened with is of ‘Illic Nightspear’, an outcast of the Eldar who is armed with the deadly sniper rifle, Voidbringer, which supposedly has a 120″ range!

Also included are images of the new Flyers in the Eldar Codex, of which we have a lovely shot of the fighter variant embedded below.

Also featured in the image can be seen the new plastic Farseer, and some Spiritseers. Some better shots of the Flyers can be seen below, where we have the fighter variant on the left, namely the Crimson Hunter, and the bomber variant the Hemlock Wraithfighter on the right. Notice the smooth sweeping edges, and how they have managed to capture both the feeling of the Eldar as promoted by their existing range, notably the Falcon, and how this shared aesthetic can be seen echoes of Dark Eldar design as well.

However, this isn’t what you’re here to look at. Quite simply, behold the majesty that is the $115 Wraithknight. It is gigantic, looking to b about 8″ tall on the tabletop.

Discussion on these can be found on the forums themselves, here: http://onthestep.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=3186

Many thanks to Dakka Dakka, being the original source of all the information represented here.

Battlefleet Gothic Battle Report: The Morlock Station

The Morlock Raid
The Imperial victory at Cryvan was followed by a period of relative calm. Fleet intelligence posits that this lull reflected internal disputes amongst the Eldar pirates after their initial setback. It was expected that once these leadership issues had been resolved, there would be an increase in shipping losses which would indicate an renewal of the piracy campaign. Chillingly, in parallel with the expected rise in attacks, there were confirmed reports of additional, unknown Eldar warbands transiting into the region. The newly founded Cryvan Command suspected that a major attack was imminent and ordered the bolstering of garrison fleets at all critical stations.

The Morlock Station, orbiting a terra-compatible planetoid in the Morlock Sound, was the primary supply point for patrols into the Cryvan Expanse. The surrounding asteroid fields and gas clouds greatly complicate space travel in the near vicinity which made a full colony unviable. However, these same factors, in conjunction with its location, made it an excellent fleet facility. The only viable approach to the station was quite open but was, in turn, overlooked by the massed guns of the station and its outlying defence systems.

The Eldar warband involved in this action remain largely unknown but clearly shared some common characteristics with the original Cryvan raiders. The core of the fleet was a Void Stalker battleship and a pair of Shadow and Eclipse cruisers. Three distinct escort types are present, a pair of Hellebores, four Nightshades and five Hemlocks. Some of these individual craft have been confirmed to be amongst those which fled the Battle of Cryvan.

The Imperial defenders could thank the Emperor that their commanders had recently modified standing orders in the region. The station was protected by a permanent garrison of a Tyrant and a Dictator cruiser. In reponse to the increased threat, Cryvan Command had ordered that one patrol group remain with the station at all times. This meant that the standard garrison had been joined by two Tyrant and a Dictator cruiser. This brought the total to five capital ships.

The outlying defences were built into the asteroid fields to complicate enemy auspex locks and provide an additional measure of protection and concealment. The space station itself dominated the main approach, with an orbital weapons platform and orbital defence laser platform on its right flank.
The opposite flank saw an orbital weapons platform and orbital defence laser platform protecting an orbital dock. The latter facility, in conjunction with the space station, could put eight squadrons of attack craft into the void. This was an unusual configuration as a single station would normally be considered to provide sufficient fighter cover. The construction of the orbital dock was intended as a secondary command centre in the event of the destruction of the main station.

The first inkling of danger was the arrival of unknown contacts on the edge of the sensor net. Brief contacts had been made in previous weeks but the scale of the incursion indicated a major attack was underway. A distress signal was sent by the duty astropath and the crews roused to action.
Klackons rang out across the Imperial cruisers as thousands of ratings scurried to man the gun batteries and fire up plasma containment units. It’s a testament to the size of the vessels that several crew were killed and injured in various accidents during this process.

The Nightshades closed in and launched a combined wave of torpedos at the right-hand flanking laser station. The Eldar could only have intended to eliminate the Morlock Station and force Imperial patrols to stage from Cryvan itself.
Two large swarms of Darkstar fighters converged on the station to suppress the squadrons of attack craft in its hangers. Although Eldar capital ships are delicately built, their fighters are quite resilent.

With their deadly payloads in the air, the Eldar moved back out of the Imperial threat range.

The Imperial response was traditional, using massive firepower to compensate for a lack of finesse. The orbital platforms opened up at long range, destroying all the torpedoes on their approach.

A wave of Darkstar fighters also found themselves in the wrong part of space and were shattered by a well-aimed volley of large-calibre rounds. The odds of any particular barrage detonating amongst the Darkstars was low but the weight of fire available did compensate for this.

The Imperial reponse was faster than average, Starhawk bombers roared forward with Fury interceptors sprinting to cover the lumbering attack craft.

As the Imperials scrambled to react to the first strike, the pirates had reloaded and prepared for another run.
Again, their tactics were cautious as they halted at extreme range to fire torpedoes and launch attack craft. The experience at Cryvan had left them wary of Imperial firepower at any range. Imperial analysts believe this strategy to have been gravely flawed.

A dogfight ensued in the central approach as Imperial Furies duelled with Eldar Darkstars. The Eldar shredded their counterparts in the unequal fight and moved on.

The Imperial ships had lumbered forward, forming into a tight formation to discourage any direct aggression.
Once more, the Eldar fell back. Again, their commanders clearly underestimated the ability of the garrison to destroy torpedoes and bombers in flight.
With their interceptors outclassed, the Imperial moved to a more scattershot approach, Starhawk bombers being launched in smaller waves of single squadrons.

The sheer weight of Starhawk bombers was deemed likely to overwhelm the Eldar’s ability to shoot them down.

Four squadrons of bombers swept past the gas cloud, in a bid to keep the Nightshades out of torpedo range. They did not expect to close on the fast escorts, merely to force them back.

Another four squadrons closed on the main fleet, however, their intent was on destruction rather than deterrence. The enemy capital ships were almost within range.

The reponse was brutal. Eldar Darkstar fighters managed to annihilate most of the first bomber wave. Their pilots revelled in the target rich enviroment, emptying their cannons but the second wave was sweeping by. Eldar fighters racing home found themselves interspersed with Imperial bombers on attack runs.

The Eldar registered the Imperial target. The bombers were clearly bearing down on their overworked Eclipse cruiser. To protect their main source of fighter cover, the fleet reformed to screen the key assets.

With the Imperial attack craft dominating the approaches, the Eldar fleet were herded into a close formation and away from the station.

The defending ships, increasingly confident, began moving into the outer reaches to allow the timely deployment of new bomber waves. It was clear that continuing, unrelenting pressure would undermine the enemy’s nerve. The fleet split to prevent the pirates from moving along the flanks of the station, the regular garrison broke sunward and the retasked patrol took the opposite path.

After suffering massive losses, three bomber squadrons managed to engage the enemy, catching the tail end of the enemy formation. The pilots make their runs against the escorts, targeting a Hellebore and two Nightshades.

But the attack proves entirely fruitless as the Eldar holofields disperse all of the ordnance, filling this area of space with shrapnel. The surviving Starhawk pilots, both relieved to have survived and disappointed by their failure, disperse and flee towards their home docks.

The larger fleet element moved to prevent an advance against the station on a new axis and complete the encirclement. With bombers swarming past their fighter screens, operating in the knowledge that any single bomb could cause devastation, the Eldar fleet begins to show some hesitation.
Some captain attempted to retake the initative and the Hellebores moved through the residue of the bombing raids. One is unlucky enough to trigger some stray ordnance and the resulting explosion tears it apart.

Disaster follows disaster as the Tyrants manage to clip the Shadow cruiser with their long-range batteries. The volley results in secondary explosions and the cruiser appeared crippled, it movements slowed considerably.

With the events of the earlier battles still fresh in their memories, some Eldar crews have little stomach for what is likely to develop into a fleet engagement. With first blood to the mon-keigh, echoes of that defeat begin to resonate. The Nightshade squadron are the first to crack, breaking away from combat and disappearing into the void.

With the departure of the veteran crews, the fresher Eldar crews take their cue and turn away from the station, scattering into open space. Their failure to inflict any substantial damage was demoralising and preceded another lull in pirate operations. Any Imperial pursuit was deemed futile.

With the threat past, the station staff breath a sigh of relief. This shifts to shock as the proximity alarms go off. At last moment, near disaster. One Eldar torpedo had passed unnoticed through the defence grid and closed on an orbital weapons platform. The operators watch pale-faced as it approaches inexorably and barely misses a weapons platform.

The Imperial fleets prowled in the outer system, some captains felt frustrated by the lack of major combat while others rued the loss of hundreds of flight crew. But the personnel of Morlock Station and Cryvan Command thanked the Emperor for their unexpected victory.

Battlefleet Gothic Battle Report: Eldar vs Imperial

The First Battle of Cryvan

The Imperial planet Cryvan was an isolated, industrialised world. Its location on the edge of the Cryvan Expanse and position in a region cluttered with stellar phenomenon left it ignored by the tides of galactic conflict. Its orbital manufactoriums produced some advanced auspex systems but as a whole, its production did not justify anything more than a token defence force.
As is often the case, this left them hopelessly unprepared when the aliens struck. An Eldar warband of unprecedented size shattered their system defence networks and swept their stations from the sky. An full invasion was prevented by the strength of the PDF which, using the products of domestic industry, had successfully held near-space against the invaders. The pirates imposed a blockade and began probing the remaining defences to identify weak points. The desperate defenders called on the sector fleet to assist.

The Imperial force dispatched to break the blockade was composed of all available ships in the 3rd Reserve Fleet. The name is misleading in that these were not untested ships, the crews had been blooded in earlier conflicts in M40.993 and M40. 997. These missions had included clashes with the Eldar. Admiral Caid’s flagship had survived two major fleet engagements against the xeno in the last campaign.In the centre of the fleet, the Bellerophon, Retribution-class battleship. On its rear starboard quarter, the Righteous Zeal, Overlord-class battlecruiser. On its rear port quarter, the Faith, Mars-class battlecruiser. The orange vessel was the Furious, a Dominator-class cruiser. And from the left of the pict, a squadron of three Tyrant-class cruisers, two Dictator cruisers and two Lunar cruisers.
A rare pict of the entire bandit force. In a bid to undermine morale, their advance on the system defence stations was contemptuously direct. Fleet Intelligence suggests that the fleet is composed of distinct two pirate warbands. The Burning Stars have operated in the region for decade and Prince Jari’s Void Stalker battleship, Thunderchild, can be seen in the centre of the fleet. The Hammers of Vaul under Lord Harohn are also spotted as his personal Eclipse-class carrier can be seen to its rear (in blue). Two Shadow cruisers can be seen, in white and blue. From the six o’clock position clock-wise, multiple squadrons of escorts. They consist of three Hemlocks, three Aconites, three Aconites, two Hellebores, three Nightshades, three Aconites, three Hemlocks, three Nightshades, three Hellebores.
The battle began with the Imperial fleet succeeding in that rarest of achievements, catching the Eldar unawares. They broke from the gas clouds and asteroids, intending to move into open space and eliminate the smaller element of the bandit force before the larger element could intervene.
The Thunderchild and her fleet were conducting patrols nearby. The reports of an Imperial counter-attack came as a complete surprise and caught them out of position.
The smaller pirate warband was orbiting the planet, launching strikes against Imperial ground installations and attempting to crack the net of defences thrown into low orbit.
Lord Harohn, commander of the smaller fleet, realised that an engagement around Cryvan itself would be the end of him. He moved to mirror his counterpart and they began a classic pincer movement.
Prince Jari, overall commander, was rightly hesitant to drive straight into the Imperial flank and risk those broadsides. His ships began to using an nearby asteroid field to screen their approach into the rear of the enemy taskforce.
Although surprised, Eldar helmsmen and gunnery teams remain unmatched, they reacted quickly and carefully. The Imperial advance had to be delayed or diverted to buy time, a split second decision was made and several waves of torpedoes were launched into the path of the Retribution class battleship.
Admiral Caid and his captains were rocked by the speed of the Eldar. They launched fighters to engage the torpedoes but far too late. The Bellerophon attempted to evade but it proved too unwieldly to adjust course quickly. Four torpedos crashed into its port batteries causing minor damage.
With the Eldar withdrawing after the torpedo strike, the Imperials found their guns out of range. The Furious fired its nova cannon into the heart of Harohn’s fleet, causing no damage. But the near miss buffeted several ships and alarmed the bandits. They closed on the distinctive vessel in a bid to destroy it and regain the range advantage.
The Overlord class battle-cruiser had proven deadly against similar pirates in the past. Its long range guns would lay down enough fire to scare any class of Eldar vessel and it is hoped its presence would deter strikes on the Furious.
However, the Eldar were as brave as they were malicious. Three squadrons swept into combat range. Their massed lance fire and torpedoes left the Furious on the verge of breaking apart. With no hope of continuing the fight, it cartwheeled towards the gas cloud and shut down all engines in a successful bid to disengage from the battle.
Prince Jari continued to race against time as his fleet charged into position. The Imperial rearguard began to look increasingly outmatched. But the asteroid field acted to hide the danger.
Having driven off the Furious, Prince Harohn’s ships pulled back out of range to limit the Imperial response.
Although the Eldar remained outside the range of the cruisers, the Imperial battleship and battlecruisers laid down huge swathes of fire at extreme range. The Eldar evade most of the incoming rounds but lucky shots blasted two escorts into kindling.
Admiral Caid ordered all fighters to form a screen behind the fleet. This veteran of several clashes with the Eldar knew that the disappearance of the larger enemy fleet would undoubtedly precede an ambush or surprise attack. The fighters awaited whatever threat the Eldar could bring to bear.
Prince Harohn’s fleet diverted crews to damage control in a bid to prevent the smaller Imperial ordance from crippling their vessels, but this reduced their firepower as the crew were diverted from the gunnery and targeting stations.
Prince Harohn ordered his Eclipse to disengage and withdraw. His command crew protested the loss of dozens of veteran pilots currently on attack runs. Coollectively, they had over ten millennia of combat experience. Harohn is rumoured to have stated “It only makes my sacrifice of their lives all the more noble.”
Rounding the asteroid field, Prince Jari, faces a wall of Imperial Thunderbolts. His favoured tactics, massed torpedoes into the enemy rear, will be ineffective against this tactic. The fighters will simply detonate the volleys as they close. Adapting quickly, he moves his fleet across the Imperial stern to attempt to link up with the abandoned crews and extract those escort squadrons from their predicament.
One ship, the infamous Overlord battlecruiser, blocks the escape route and several Eldar squadrons target it. The Righteous Zeal takes several hits but damage crews contain the fires and make patchwork repairs. Its guns continue to prevent a breakout.
Having failed to break the blockade and seeing his erstwhile ally quit the field, Prince Jari decided that the day was lost. Seeking to preserve his own fleet, he ordered his ships to turn and evade contact.
With their enemy abandoned by all allies, the Imperials closed into firing range and prepared to deliver the final blow. The gas cloud provided some cover but would not impede the upcoming storm of fire.
Abandoned and outnumbered, the Eldar pilots prove their true calibre. Their ships roll through massed clouds of incoming rounds with minimal losses as they press their engines to the limit. Non-critical systems are smashed as they push their craft beyond even the limits of wraithbone.
Taking advantage of a relative lull in fire, they made a final bid to destroy the Righteous Zeal and ease their escape. But the battle damage has taken its toll on the small craft and their guns fail to reap their expected harvest of Imperial lives.
To rejoin Jari’s fleet, they have to brave the full broadsides of the Imperial fleets. Praying to their fickle false gods, the Eldar choose to run ahead of the Imperial ships and attempt to outpace their vengeance.
Jari’s fleet rounded the asteroid belt in the exact inverse of their earlier lunge and made for open space.
Like a shark into a shoal of fish, the Overlords lunged through its prey, bringing both broadsides to bear at point-blank range.
The remaining squadrons suffer heavy losses and only a trio of ships succeed in escaping the guns of the Imperium, scattering into the outer reaches of the system.
With the Imperial fleet broadcasting their victory, the Furious engages its remaining plasma drive and limps into formation as the fleet stations itself above Cryvan.
Prince Harohn’s fleet gathered in a nearby asteroid field to conduct repairs and re-arm. As survivors straggled in, tales of his callousness provoked a near-mutiny.
Prince Jari declared the region lost to the lesser races and departed for safer hunting grounds.

New! Shadow Spectres and Warp hunter from Forge World

From Fallen Autarch on onthestep.net:

“The pre orders are out on them along with the experimental rules. They are interesting, although a bit fragile the spectres can offer you a range 60 str 10 lance at full strength. Glancing land raiders on 2’s. And the Hunter is pretty much a flying D-Cannon which can also be a flame tank of ap 2 and wounding on 2’s….. ouch! Makes it anti tank and anti infantry, wouldn’t mind having 1 or 2 of them.

[Ed: The model above is a Warp Hunter. The other featured pre-order is the Shadow Spectre Aspect Warriors, with their experimental rules here.]
Some great looking shots as always from Forge World. A couple more pictures after the break, as well as the announcement email from Forgeworld themselves.

The Relevant sections from Forgeworld Newsletter #263

Shadow Spectres Aspect Warrior Squad
Shadow Spectres Aspect Warriors Squad
Disguised behind shimmering holo-fields, draped with gossamer-thin robes and appearing like ghosts, the Shadow Spectres are armed with prism rifles, each a potent anti-tank weapon. Their jet pack mobility allows them to hunt down their chosen targets with the implacable patience of the dead, materialising seemingly from the very air to unleash their overwhelming firepower.
Believed long lost by the Eldar’s Seers, this detailed full resin kit, sculpted by Simon Egan, contains 5 of these mysterious and deadly Aspect Warriors.Experimental rules for the Shadow Spectres Aspect Warriors are available to download from the Forge World website, taken from the desk of Imperial Armour writer Warwick Kinrade.
The full story of the discovery of the Shadow Spectres will be featured in Imperial Armour Volume 11: The Doom of Mymeara, released later this year.
Warp Hunter Grav Tank
Eldar Warp Hunter
The Warp Hunter, perhaps the rarest of Eldar tanks, sacrifices the transport capacity of the Falcon chassis to mount the terrifying firepower of a large D-Cannon, a weapon capable of tearing open the very fabric of reality and engulfing its target in the dark energies of the Warp.
This complete resin and plastic kit, sculpted by
Stuart Williamson, adds additional mobile heavy firepower to an Eldar army.

The Warp Hunter will be fully detailed in the forthcoming Imperial Armour Volume 11: The Doom of Mymeara, but in advance of this we’ve managed to secure experimental rules for the Warp Hunter from Warwick Kinrade’s manuscript as a free download.
Both the Shadow Spectres Aspect Warrior Squad and the Warp Hunter Grav Tank are available to pre-order now for despatch in the week commencing the 24th of January.

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