It’s time to face your fears. We are pulling out the OLD 1998 Dark Eldar from 3rd Edition. I warned you…
There were certainly some random very early Eldar models from Rogue Trader that could be considered Corsairs or Eldar pirates. That said, things were very much in flux back then. It wasn’t until 3rd Edition that the Dark Eldar burst upon the scene in 1998 with their very own codex, and a full line of minis.
They were the opposing force to the Space Marines in the 3rd Edition boxed set! When do you think THAT will ever happen again? Take a look at this:
I remember those plastic trees & ruins!
The current Dark Eldar range while short in the rules department is a visual masterpiece – and scrubs away most people’s memories of the original range from 1998 (which was very cool for it’s time). Let’s take a walk down memory lane…
Hello Archon and Dracon! I HATED this dude’s Shadowfield back then!
The first Haemonculi. Even then you see the skins and misshapen heads.
The first Incubi – hard as nails back then with head guns for extra style-points!
Meet the first Grotesques. That dude 2nd from the right needs to lose weight.
Hello Ladies! No one had better hair than the Wyches.
Warp Beasts Pack – Somewhere in Commorragh is a giant mountain of catskins.
Warriors. I actually played a guy who got half a dozen of these stuck to his sweater. It was a thing.
The original Raider. Also a risk to play with during the winter (or if you are very hairy).
Reavers. One of the better models form the range. The overhead firing guns (with blades) just add to the danger!
Hellions. I dare you to NOT think of Green Goblin.
Scourges – these guys made the old CSM Raptors with their pipe-organ jump packs look like dimwitted slowpokes.
The Talos. Giving Dreadnoughts a run for their money back in the day!
Maybe the best looking vehicle back then, the Ravager was fast and deadly – and looked the part. Just don’t drop it…
On the Tabletop
The Dark Eldar were exactly what you expected on the 3rd edition tabletop. They were the game’s definitive glass hammers (aside from the thrice-damned Shadow-field and the Talos, grrr, I’m still bitter). From a visual perspective, they had a very strong unified theme and appeared in GW art as a mono-colored force. A rarity in the ultra bright multi-hued style of most 3rd edition armies. Take a look at them kicking some Catachan butt from 1998:
~Who’s still got some of these lying around?