40K: GW Puts Out the Aeldari Catnip


Nottingham is up to something frisky and psychic these last few days.  What do you make of this purring mystery?

I’m just going to lay out a bunch of images and teases GW has put out in the last couple of weeks:



Remember this teaser a couple of weeks back?  Those look like Eldar Waystones and the detail on the far left looks like the deck mesh plating on a Dark Eldar vehicle.

Then Duncan throws out this painting video on Friday the 13th…


Yup, that’s a Gyrinx… What the heck’s a Gyrinx you ask?  Let’s consult Lexicanum – because these cuties are as old as the the original Rogue Trader book:


The Gyrinx (also Grynix) is a cat-like creature used by both human and Eldar psykers as a familiar, augmenting its user’s psychic abilities.

A Gyrinx resembles a large cat, with very thick and fluffy ginger or orange fur and bright blue eyes. They can grow to as much as a metre in length. Gyrinx are not intelligent as such, but they have an astounding ability to empathize with other creatures, forming a mental bond with their owner which is comparable to true friendship. This mental empathy is of great benefit to the creature’s owner, whose own speed of thought and action are actually improved while the Gyrinx is in close proximity. What benefit the Gyrinx obtains from the relationship is unclear, but there is plainly some deep-seated need being fulfilled, because an owner-less Gyrinx will actively seek out and adopt another creature. Oddly enough, Gyrinx show a slow metabolic change so that they can come to resemble their owner physically, temperamentally and in habit.

If a Gyrinx’s owner dies, it will defend the body, and eventually either run away or allow itself to be adopted by one of its former owner’s friends or associates. It takes a period of several weeks to establish a complete relationship with the new owner, but might be less if the old and new owners were close friends or relations.

Obviously, these are creatures of great value, and unlikely to be owned by ordinary people. Gyrinx are highly prized as pets by psychic InquisitorsRogue Traders and high-ranking members of the Adeptus Terra. Evil aliens, such as Dark Eldar, may also own Gyrinx, which become as nasty and vicious as their owners.

Some Harlequin Shadowseers will take on a Gyrinx as a companion.



You may remember them from the 4th Edition rulebook seen standing next to an Eldar Warlock. Exactly why a pet has a Waystone is best not lingered upon.*


And way back in Rogue Trader

Then today GW kicks out this image just to rub it in:


Again, the Waystone…*

Some Thoughts

  • GW is teasing us with an Eldar psychic space cat
  • You will note the large oval base it is glued to when Duncan is painting it up. Hmm…
  • Add in the mystery Eldar-ish teaser mini, and the Mystery mini from Fall of Cadia
  • Add in the Eldar tease for the next phase of the 2017 narrative.

I think it’s totally obvious the Eldar are the stars of the next book and it’s coming soon. I would expect to see a set of Eldar characters to correspond to the Triumverate we got with Fall of Cadia.

One of them has a cat!

…a psychic space cat.

~The internet will be powerless to resist…

*Because this implies there are CATS in the Infinity Circuit – which takes us directly to WRAITH-CATS!


  • Andrew

    Nice bit about soul stones, slaves, and jokes. Probably a Craftworld, Dark, and Harlequin model set. Guess we’ll have to wait another 20 years for an Exodite model. :-/

    • Karru

      I personally don’t see the need for Exodites. They are not space-faring race, they are very isolated and “few” in numbers. Maybe a unit for Eldar armies and a Character could be introduced, but nothing more than that.

      • Crevab

        Need for Exodites? Nah
        Should they make them? Sure, why not

        • NNextremNN

          Do we need so many imperial factions? Not really but I’m all for diversity. I don’t have a single eldar model and I still think they should get Exodites.

          … and if they make Exodites maybe there is hope for more/other Tau auxiliaries 😉

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Yep.. Tau need more Aux, really. If they are all about conquering and adding to their greater good we should see more diversity.

        • Kolobius

          One of the game shops in Salt Lake City has an amazing Exodite army on display.

      • Andrew

        Yeah, but…Eldar on dinosaurs!

        • Mike Salamandrin

          Harness The Power! Dino-Riders!

      • Emperor’s Champion

        exactly there’s no need for them as a full army, as I don’t really imagine them as fighters.
        Their entire purpose was to escape the old ways.

        However Craftworlders and maybe DE will always defend their race no matter what their view is, at least since 6th edition’s allies table which I actually appreciate.

        Path of the forsaken is a really good audio drama about how the craft worlds defend the crone worlds.
        But yeah i agree, exodites have no real need for an army.

        I might change my mind though depending on how many more obscure imperial factions we get in the mean time.

        • Aezeal

          Its probably got somethign to do with: even our fallen/misguided cousins are miles superior to anything else?

        • Mike Salamandrin

          “Full armies” seem to be getting fazed out, judging by the sub-faction books and last few years of army releases. If anything, corsairs and exodites would be equivalent to factions like the Heamolucus Covens or Genestealer cults as factions that should not have armies.

          • Emperor’s Champion

            yeah I think the one most guilty of niching the codex system is mechanicus, like was it really gonna hurt to just have the skitari and cult blended together?

      • Mike Salamandrin

        They have pre-fall Eldar Knight Titans

      • Ben_S

        How would their numbers compare to, say, Grey Knights who already seem over-represented in 40k games?

        • Karru

          Much higher. Comparing their ability to travel across the stars, interest in the wars across the galaxy and relevance in the current 40k narrative, Exodites are in no need for a full fledged codex.

      • Sleeplessknight

        None of the Eldar do their long distance travel through space. They use the webway.

      • Christopher Witecki

        Exodites are personally my top wanted army. I am converting them from Wood Elves currently. I also use dragons instead of Dinosaurs. Tell me you wouldnt want dragons or this avatar in 40K?http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09032ea056a82b386c86caf8af7195abd2762d3e641f3db4ff1736b79c39eb83.jpg

        • Karru

          It’s not that I don’t want them into the game. It’s the same thing I had with Deathwatch, Genestealer Cult and Harlequins. Extremely small factions forced into their own books. While I have nothing against adding more factions in to the game, especially non-Imperials, I do however have problems when it is done while older armies suffer.

          All those resources spent on those could have been aimed towards something way better overall. Updating old plastic and finecast kits and releasing new books for Orks, Tyranids, Chaos Space Marines, Sisters of Battle and Imperial Guard for example.

          The entire Sister Range is in metal still. Instead of making Deathwatch and Genestealer Cult, they could have updated the entire model line easily and release them a new book. Harlequins could have just gotten their plastic kit and characters. There was no need for the bikes and transports. Those resources could have been used to release new Aspect Warriors for Eldar or Chaos Space Marine/Havoc combo kit.

          This is my issue. GW releases “new” armies left and right, giving them new models. Meanwhile they completely neglect older armies that are major part of the game. They don’t update them, book or model-wise, and that is not good.

  • Ghosy01 .

    while not as offensive as aelf (lol) it is still a pretty stupid name

    • petrow84

      AI, for one, waelcome our new aextrataerrestial extraterrestrial ovaerlords!

  • ultraspike


    • grumzimus

      With his D claws!

      • petrow84

        D-paws for stomps!

        • Sebastien Bazinet

          Template furball

  • Hedwerx
    • Coltcabunny

      Let’s not let facts get in the way of those precious precious clicks…

      • Hedwerx

        Well, I think it’s a Geedubz recolour. Seeing as it’s been made blue on their promotional material.

        • Muninwing

          or there’s more than one, like regular cats…

          • Hedwerx

            Wasn’t really talking about the abundance of coat colourings in the Gyrinx species, actually talking about GW recolouring old artwork to match the new scheme.

          • Muninwing

            my monitor isn’t great, so i didn’t even notice a difference. sorry for the misinterpretation then.

    • zeno666

      Yes, because GW has copyright on blue cats

  • The_Illusionist

    “Because this implies there are CATS in the Infinity Circuit – which takes us directly to WRAITH-CATS!”

    Mountable. Tank-Sized. Wraith-Tigers.
    I never knew that I wanted such a thing, but dear god I must have them!

  • Jim Collins

    Just little fluff bits to help promote the aeon-elf name change. if they release a crazy cat lady IC I’ll be impressed.

  • orionburn
  • Who says it’s a waystone and not just a simple jewel to be pretty? Why should there be cats in the infinity circuit? Or maybe it’s a soulstone with an actual soul inside, not a waystone to capture the cat’s soul on death.

    • orionburn

      Cats in the webway = no space rats (i.e. no space Skaven)

  • Darth Bumbles

    If Shadowseers have been known to use them as familiars, could it be for Shdowseer Veilthingy?

  • Defenestratus

    Pretty soon the Eldar will have a Voltron titan that assembles from wraith cats.

    • Brandon Rutter

      not soon enough

    • Darth Bumbles

      You say that as if it’s a bad thing.

  • Darkcat

    Now we know why the Eldar’s can be total A**hole’s sometime. They’re mind’s are controlled by SPACE CAT’S!

    • Mike Salamandrin

      Of all the Fritz Leiber literary references in Warhammer game fluff, mind-controlling space cats from The Green Millennium have to be out there.

  • david

    All they need now is theTHUNDERCATS! Better sill the big kitty from the old Goodies series.

  • Korvalus

    “If a Gyrinx’s owner dies, it will defend the body, and eventually either run away or allow itself to be adopted by one of its former owner’s friends or associates”

    I’m SO gonna “adquire” one for my Blood Ravens Librarians…

    • Jared van Kell

      With or without the previous owner’s permission.

      Blood Ravens… More like Bloody Magpies.

    • Aezeal

      Space marines aren’t friends or associates to eldar… at best they are trainable animals they have a certain fondness for. Since Gyrinx (like all cats) probably feel superior to the eldar themselves they will not lower themselves to be petted by inferior pets.
      So.. no you can’t.. or well.. ofc you can.. but don’t pretend it’s even slightly consistent with lore :D.
      /me hears tears fall, dreams shatter

      • Korvalus

        Ask Angelos and Macha. They have a… special dynamic going between them.
        And I know that no Gyrinx will be friend of me at first glance, but has ben stated that they seek companionship, even if their previous owner passes away. So it’s ensuring that such a chance happens and have patience with them.

      • Loki Nahat

        everything you wrote was true before 2016. since then we’ve had Black Templars holding hands with both Chaos AND dark Eldar

    • John Burns

      Blood ravens… (lock the reliquary)

  • What the eldar need is a stronger psycic phase as they are so underpowered at the moment.

    • BaronSnakPak

      Prescience and invisibility can turn Eldar into wrecking balls.

      • ZeeLobby

        Pretty sure there was a hidden /s at the end of his comment

  • LordKrungharr

    I’ve always hated the Eldar, with a jealous passionate bitterness, and now they have cats, and I’m more jealous! But my cat-helmed Iron Hands are not jealous.

  • Davis Centis

    Also note that being paid in “soulstones, slaves, or jokes” easily stands for “The Eldar, Dark Eldar, and Harlequins are unified in payment”, which means “The Aeldari are unified.”. Which, I think, is a great change!

    • They were unified in the past too… if it was required. Iyanden’s defence being a primary example.

  • BBB

    Excellent. I’ve already got a paint job in mind for a Dark Eldar version… “Only the savage regard the endurance of pain as a measure of worth” http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5b674cc8a77c2dd3b7e469f7d498ad1b4108952495130869dcd2d26f51b4186.jpg

  • Mike Salamandrin

    Whelp, they previewed a dress-train, and mentioned a female elder in an elegant dress, which a flowing dress would look regal on a beast/bike base, therefore I’ll assume the space cat is th pet of a powerful female farseer character.

    • Since the shown dress-train has a dark eldar pattern (same as that of raider-floors), maybe an Archon (Malys?) is a stronger guess.

  • grenstauf

    So I think when I get around to picking up this set, ‘ill have to mold an extra Gyrinx out of it to give my kitbashed/conversion 40k ahriman a ‘slave’ gyrinx, painting to look like somekind of a gaunt emaciated heroin junkie look to it, a painful looking spike collar, chained to ahriman’s disk. Just make him look like the worst kind of pet owner.

  • Andersp90 .

    “…..and the detail on the far left looks like the deck mesh plating on a Dark Eldar vehicle.”

    No. It’s the end of a cloak being dragged along the ground. You can even see the rippels in the fabric by the highlighting.

    The shape of the base also fits with the one in the gyrinx video.

    So, an eldar with a big cloak and a blue kitty.

    I’m excited! 😀

    • ZeeLobby

      Er… He meant the pattern. Which actually does kind of resemble the metallic deck plating on DE vehicles.

  • ZeeLobby

    Def feel like this is going to be a female DE character. People are also assuming a bike? I think it’s just going to be a big poofy dress.

    • Big poofy dress indeed… most likely imo.

  • Branahar

    It’s the shape of the base it’s on thats thrown me.

  • Jennifer Burdoo

    Hm, now I have the urge to convert a Treecat. Laughs Brightly, away!

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  • Silas7

    My Dark aeldari army grows…

  • Sleeplessknight

    It’s just Eldar. Get it right. Stop empowering the suits and stop using that name.

  • Reminds me of “Lying Cat” from the Saga comic series. Cool “character” in those books and looks fun to paint here too.

  • generic eric

    Ya’ll don’t know about #catshitone?

  • Ve Ly Pè

    Evil aliens, such as Dark Eldar, may also own Gyrinx, which become as nasty and vicious as their owners.

    I wonder what happens, if one of them adopts an ork. 😀

  • Emprah

    Aeldari just sounds so horrifyingly true to the AOS principle. I wonder if Space marines will becaome Spessh Mehryns?

    GW sure is dyslexic.

    • Muninwing

      if all they did was change a stock/silly name into something more distinct, i’m not sure why it’s a big deal. are people really that terrified of change?

  • Grand_Master_Raziel

    If the Eldar have space cats, then they and the Dark Angels are now natural allies. Because For the Lion, muthahumpa!

  • Mitchell

    It would be cool if they split the imperium apart in the fluff when the primarchs come back and differant factions were created

    • Darth Bumbles

      Which is what I was thinking, the Primarchs (who came from a progressive (40k standards) era) and their Astartes and allied progressive AdMech and Inquisitors versus Ecclisiarchy (who the Primarchs would abhor), SoB, stability orientated AdMech and Inquisitors.

      Various IG split between the factions.