Iyanden Codex Preview - Eldar 6th Edition Warhammer 40k
This is exciting news! Your battle bard, Murphy here, reporting that GW has just announced a new line of supplemental Codexes. These Codex add-ons will be used to provide more background information on standard 40k armies, as well as providing more hobby and painting advice, and finally additional rules to bring a sense of identity to the force.
The first of these supplemental books will be Codex: Iyanden, an add on to the new Eldar Codex for 6th edition Warhammer 40k. Iyanden is an Eldar craftworld on the brink of destruction after suffering major losses to the Tyranid Hive Fleet Kraken. With their population decimated, the surviving Eldar have banded together under the banner of Prince Yriel (whose rules are in the full Eldar Codex for 6th edition), and rely upon the spirits of their fallen dead to aid them in battle.
The Iyanden have a very cool "ghost warrior" feel to them, with their dead often outnumbering their living upon their battlefield. They dress for battle in bright yellow and blue armor and present a striking vision on any tabletop. The Iyanden Codex promises to delve much deeper into this famous craftworld and also give us new rules to use to make them feel like an independent force.
What Do We Know?
I have taken the time to look through GW's website and also the iTunes store, where they will be selling the digital version of the book, and have gleamed the following information about the physical product:
- $39.99 for the book or digital version
- Releases June 15th 2013
- Full Color
- The iTunes version will have 130 pages (the printed will have far less)
- 32 pages in the printed version will be devoted to background information (including some beautiful full color illustrations and diagrams.
- Will contain some new rules!
As mentioned, there will be 32 pages of background information, which I think is more than any other single piece of background that I've seen for any other army, save for novels. Keep in mind that so much of our knowledge of the 40k universe has come from 5 paragraph stories or sidebars in old codexes. Thirty-two pages will be an encyclopedia in comparison.
So what kind of background information will be included:
- Timeline of the Iyanden Craftworld - It's glorious rise and its tragic fall
- Color Schemes for different Ghost Houses (ooo, sub-armies within a sub-army!)
- Iconography for Iyanden and its Ghost Houses
- More to be revealed as the days go by.
I can't wait to read some of this stuff. The fiction aside, I am a big fan of visual story telling through symbols. Hieroglyphics and pictograms of all kinds have always fascinated me and the Eldar iconography has always felt real to me. I can't wait to read more about it.
The Iyanden Codex will also be containing hobby information to help us physically build and paint our army. The striking yellow and blue paint scheme will not be easy for us to replicate (as yellow is often a difficult color for painters), so every bit of help we can get will be useful. While I don't believe that there will be a painting guide (that is in the How To Paint Eldar book, I'm sure), we will at least get to see:
- Brand new artwork
- full-color miniature galleries
- 360-degree miniatures for the digital version
- dozens of painted miniatures
In the preview section of the digital version, I spotted some Iyanden painted Guardians, so it wont just be Wraithguard gracing its pages.
When the Iyanden Codex was first announced, it was a little fuzzy on whether or not it would contain any rules. I am here to tell you that, yes, there will be new rules for us to custom make an Iyanden Eldar army.
Now before anyone cries foul too loudly (after all, didn't we just pay $50 for an Eldar codex?), realize that this is an entirely optional ruleset, and honestly, there will likely only be a few pages of real rules here. You can make an Iyanden themed army just fine using the new Eldar Codex:
- Prince Yriel as HQ
- Spiritseer as HQ
- Guardians and Wraithguard/Wraithblades as Troops
- Wraithlords or Wraithknights as Heavy Support
However, the Iyanden Codex will bump it up a notch. Just by looking at the preview pages and GW's preview video we will be able to:
- Field a Wraithlord or a Wraithknight as your Warlord (likely still a Heavy choice)
- Field up to 5 Spiritseers as a single HQ choice.
- Select Gifts of Asuryan instead of using Remnants of Glory from the Eldar Codex
- Use the new "Voice of Twilight" as the primaris power for Runes of Battle, rather than the primaris in the Eldar Codex.
- Use the new Iyanden Warlord Traits table.
Sample Gifts of Asuryen:
- The Celestial Lance .... no stats given yet
- The Wraithforge Stone - During each Movement phase, pick a Wraithlord or Wraithknight and roll a d6 ... on a 3+.... something happens, but we can't see it yet!
Sample Warlord Trait:
- 1. A Hero for Ages Past and Future - Roll a d3 at the start of the game. Keep this number of free re-rolls to be used any time later in the game on the following: To Hit, To Wound, Armor Pen, and Saving Throws.
This is such a tease, I know. It looks like there wont be many pages of new rules and certainly not any new units, however, what is present looks like it has some great flavor attached to it!
I was not expecting this bit of information when it was released. They are also including rules for other supplements inside this supplement! Mostly this is in the form of new missions you can play that are centered around the history and ongoing conflict of the Iyanden craftworld.
- Three new Battle Missions (Alter of War style)
- Five historical scenarios to recreate the pivotal events of Iyanden
- Stratagems for Planet Strike and Cities of Death
One Alter of War mission is called "Feints and Phantoms" and it looks like the Eldar player will be putting down a mock objective amongst the standard objective, and only he will know which is which until the end of the game!
One historical scenario (or Echoes of War) is called "Yriel's Return", which is an Iyanden Eldar versus Tyranid fight, designed specifically for these two armies. I have been saying that 40k has been missing a level of cinema that the rules alone cannot create. Special scenarios like this are going to go a long way into bringing the fun back into the game.
There appears to be another Echoes of War in which the Iyanden Eldar are pitted against Chaos Daemons.
Which Part of the Iyanden Codex has you most interested?
I am personally excited about the upcoming release of the Iyanden Codex supplement for the Eldar in 6th edition 40k. I think GW has gone through a lot of effort to prevent this from simply being a "splash" book that most people would thumb through once and then put down. By combining an impressive amount of background information (and visual guides), new army rules, and scenarios to fight over, they have created a product that hits all the hobby needs: a story for your army, rules to play them, and interesting battles to fight in.
Even if you are not excited about the Iyanden itself, think about what his means for the rest of the Warhammer 40k universe . . . I'll let you think about that for a second.
Can you say, Nightlords? That would be amazing to have a dedicated book for some of the Chaos Legions. We have been begging for that for a decade now and this looks like a real possibility now.
Can you say, Black Templars? I know BT fans will not like this bit of news because rumors have been placing their pride and joy into the vanilla Space Marine codex for awhile now. It's possible that there will never be a full Black Templars codex again, but rather a supplemental codex to the main Space Marine codex.
While I hope that my first example comes true (Chaos Legions), I hope that my second does not. It would be unfair for an entire army to be relegated into a smaller codex, not because supplemental product would be bad, though. Rather it would be a tough pill to swallow to buy a $50 codex and then a month later buy a $40 codex to play your army again. Let us hope that does not happen.
Alright, that does it for now. I will update this article as GW releases more information! In the mean time, why not leave a comment below? I always get back to readers and I think conversations between readers is even better. Otherwise, please check out my other Warhammer 40k articles linked to below:
- New Eldar Codex Review 6th Edition
- New! Tau Codex Review 6th Edition
- Chaos Space Marine Codex Review 6th Edition
- Dark Angels Codex Review 6th Edition
- Flyers in 6th Edition Warhammer 40k
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