Do you enjoy kidnapping, slavery and torture?
If the answer is ‘Hell yes!’, then you are legally insane and should probably hand yourself over to the authorities immediately. If the answer is ‘yes, but only in the confines of the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000’ then you should read on, because this article will tell you how to go about starting your own Dark Eldar Kabal!
‘Should I start a Dark Eldar army?’ Is a question I’ve seen crop up a lot lately. The general response consists of scores of naysayers proclaiming that ‘It’s not worth it’ and to ‘wait for a new codex.’ My answer is always ‘Definitely, yes!’ and I’ll explain why.
The Dark Eldar are without doubt the coolest army in 40k. They’re quicker than the Craftworld Eldar, more despicable than the Chaos Marines and they have close combat units that can make a Tyranid player weep. But what they do best is kill Marines, and luckily for us Space Marines are in abundance. Of course I don’t need to tell you all that, that’s why you want to collect them, right? And there’s never been a better time to start...
(Okay, okay, I understand that a new codex is due. But we now know that it won’t be released until 2011 at the very least. That gives you a minimum of a whole year of pillaging, slaughtering and generally being the wickedest army in the galaxy. At least then when the new codex does finally get released you won’t be accused of jumping the bandwagon. Your old school Kabal will rock up and put the n00bs in their rightful place. If you do decide that you want to replace the old models with the new range then eBay will be your best friend as Dark Eldar fever soars! That’s my plan anyway, and it’s a hell of a lot more fun than waiting.)
So where to begin? Well that’s easy of course, go out and buy yourself the all essential Dark Eldar Codex. But make sure you get the right one! You need to make sure the one you get has a skull stamp motif in the upper right corner on the front cover. It should say ‘Second Edition.’ (Don’t worry, that means ‘2nd ed codex’ and not ‘for use with the 2nd edition rulebook’...The codex is old but not that
old) If you absolutely must get some miniatures I recommend starting with the battle-force, but I’ll go into that in the next article.
Okay, got the codex yet? Good. Now sit down with a cold beer and some nachos and familiarise yourself with the fluff, stats, and special rules of your new army. Enjoy!
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