The time has come! According to an article on the Warhammer Community news hub for Games Workshop, the world-famous games company is releasing more Aeldar models for their grimdark, futuristic wargame Warhammer 40,000. This release comes hot on the heels of the "Blood of the Phoenix" boxed set release, and the models released are individual models from out of that release. The best part? They're already up for preorder on Games-Workshop.com!
There are a few different units being released as individual kits. The first two we will be discussing in this article are Jair Zar, the Silent Storm, and Drazhar, Master of Blades, followed by the Howling Banshees unit and the Incubi unit. Please keep in mind that Warhammer 40,000 is a new foray for this author, and so I am going to leave any gameplay information to Games Workshop and their model blurbs via Warhammer Community.
Jair Zar, the Silent Storm
As Phoenix Lord of the Howling Banshees, Jain Zar wears a stylised form of their wargear, including a banshee mask that amplifies her war cry into a psychic scream. She's fast, incredibly deadly at close quarters, and she allows nearby Howling Banshees first dibs in the Fight phase.
Armed with her signature weapons – a wicked throwing triskele called Silent Death and the long-handled Blade of Destruction, Jain Zar is a lethal tempest sweeping across the battlefield.
Drazhar, Master of Blades
A figure of mystery even to the other Incubi of his order, Drazhar clearly relishes a good challenge. He leads not by command, but by deed. As Executioner, he yearns only for the kill – and kill he does.
He's armed with versatile demiklaives, which can be combined into one blade, or wielded as a matched pair to unleash a flurry of attacks, each of which has the chance to do extra damage.
Drazhar is an exceptional duelist, capable of taking on a wide variety of foes. Even though he doesn't lead them directly, nearby Incubi become far more deadly in his presence, adding 1 to their Wound rolls when he's nearby.
Elite close combat Aspect Warriors of the craftworlds, these Aeldari are fast and uniquely suited to taking on heavy shooting armies, denying Overwatch fire with their Banshee Mask ability. Not only are they impressive on the battlefield, these dynamic models have already proven to be a hit with painters.
Every model has a choice between helmeted and bare heads, so you'll end up with a lot of leftover bits to use across the rest of your army. One of the models can be built as an Exarch, with no fewer than three helmeted and one bare head options! You can arm the Exarch with several different weapons to mix things up if you use more than one unit. Give them a pair of mirror swords to re-roll hits, a triskele for a few extra ranged attacks, or an executioner to take out choice targets.
These notorious assassins sell their services to the highest bidder, hunting down their quarry with grim determination. Their wicked two-handed klaives are capable of cutting down the most heavily armoured foes, and these warriors' terrifying reputation (enhanced by the Tormentors on their chests) weakens enemy morale.
The models are stoic and menacing in their cruelly barbed armour, and, with this kit, you can build one as a Klaivex. This elite warrior includes an option for a helmeted or bare head, and two choices of demiklaives, so you can make them unique if you use more than one unit in your army.
What do you think of these releases? Are the Aeldar formidable models in Warhammer 40,000? Let us know your thoughts about this preorder in the comments!