40K: Wraiths Of Wrath – Iyanden Craftworld Focus

There are no tears for the dead with the Ghost Warriors of Iyanden are on the prowl – check out the first Craftworld Focus on The Wraiths of Wrath!

Craftworld Iyanden was once one of the most populous Eldar Craftworlds. But after a brutal invasion by Hive Fleet Kraken their population was brought to the brink of extinction. Now, the remaining Iyanden Eldar must rely on the dead to fight for them. The Wraith Constructs are a key feature of the Iyanden army and they have some benefits for fielding a themed force.

via Games Workshop

Iyanden is a craftworld renowned for its tragic history and its serried Spirit Hosts, making heavier use of ghost warriors than any other. Wraith constructs will still be an important part of Iyanden armies, but their Craftworld Attribute is versatile enough to allow for a range of powerful builds focused around elite units of all kinds, including tanks and aspect warriors.

Craftworld Iyanden Attribute

Stoic Endurance is a great attribute to have for the Iyanden. It represents their determination to survive and fight on. In game terms this one has two effects that will impact tabletop. The first part of this rule says that “A unit with this attribute can never lose more than one model as a result of any single failed Morale test.” That’s great for your big guardian squads – load them up to full sizes of 20, hit them with a few buffs in the psychic phase, and don’t worry about losing more than a single model in the morale phase.

The second part of this rule is great for your big Wraith-constructs. “If a unit with a damage chart has this attribute, double the number of wounds it actually has remaining whenever you are consulting the chart to determine it’s characteristics.” According to GW that means you’re going to have to do a whopping 17 wounds to a Wraithknight from Iyanden before it’s going to even notice a dip in combat effectiveness!

Games Workshop also teased a few other powers to go along with the book. First off we get a look at a new Psychic Power: Empower/Enervate

This is a new “dual named” psychic power. From the text, you basically get two powers for the price of one slot! For example you might only be able to use one power a turn, but you’ll be able to manifest Empower/Enervate and choose one of it’s effects – which basically gives you double the options of other psychic powers – eat your heart out Magnus!

These powers look to have a a mirror power – one buffs a friendly with and the other debilitates an enemy unit. I like the concept and can’t wait to see what other powers the Eldar have cooking.

We also get a closer look at a new stratagem as well: Guided Wraithsight

This ability grants an increased range of an Iyanden Spiritseer’s Spirit Mark ability from 6″ to 12″. It also also allows friendly Iyanden Wraith Constructs units to re-roll all failed hit rolls instead of only hit rolls of 1.

Based on that text, The Spiritseer’s Spirit Mark ability sounds like it’s a 6″ Aura ability that gives friendly Iyanden Wraith Constructs re-roll 1s to hit. Which is good to know!

GW also dropped a few more hits in their full article HERE. Below is a quick summary:

  • Spiritseers are 45 points (we’re assuming base).
  • Warlocks are 30 points (again, assuming base).
  • Wraithblades/Wraithguards and Wraithlords all got a bump in Toughness by 1 point.
  • There will be 5 new Craftworld Attributes to choose from.
  • Ulthwé are up next!

Get ready to see some bright yellow Wraith-constructs marching to war! Iyanden is on the prowl…

 

What do you think of the Ghost Army? How about those Wraiths, eh?

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Its a good ability but a little hum drum. Makes sense for Iyanden though. very fluffy.

  • DoctorBored

    I always love themed lists like this, and the Wraith constructs of the Eldar are some of the coolest models in 40k IMO. Great to see them get some decent rules and some combos like we saw with Death Guard 🙂

  • I_am_Alpharius

    All sounds pretty good and on par with the kinds of rules/abilities we’ve been seeing in the other full codex releases so far. I feel it certainly indicates that the designers have been working a lot the codex’s in tandem, rather than one by one.

  • Xodis

    Crossing fingers for Mymeara rules….not holding breath in case of death lol.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Well it Eldar are getting 5 Craftworld Attributes, so that will be:
      – Iyanden
      – Ulthwe
      – Biel-Tan
      – Alaitoc
      – Saim Hann

      • Xodis

        Yeah, Im hoping FW releases a PDF to accompany it or something. Seeing as how they are behind with even the almighty SPACE MARINES on rules releases, Im putting the chances somewhere between slim and none.

  • Heinz Fiction

    So Iyanden comes with a built in commissar. Now they just need some conscripts to be competitive…

  • JD Robertson

    “Based on that text, The Spiritseer’s Spirit Mark ability sounds like
    it’s a 6″ Aura ability that gives friendly Iyanden Wraith Constructs
    re-roll 1s to hit. Which is good to know!”

    That ability exists in the Index and isn’t some big mystery which needed to be solved.

    • Ronin

      I would have preferred rerolls of wounds of 1 since I usually run d-scythes on wraithguard.

      • Iggynous

        re-rolling hits of 1 will effectively give you more dice to roll for wounds, which statistically will give you better odds than just rerolling 1s to wound if you’re going for a certain roll (e.g. 6s).

        • Ronin

          True, but it’s irrelevant for if you’re running d-scythes where the shots auto hit. I’m also saying reroll wounds for the sake of versatility since you already have the autarch for that role, so why not have one that reroll wounds like Space Marine lieutenants.

  • Muninwing

    toning it down a bit, but still interesting. Worth seeing if they’ve fixed the other issues, but this isn’t terrible.

  • Sure

    Ooo, Craftworld:Valhalla!

    • Tyr

      Except slightly better for infantry. Probably cause Eldar infantry is… not that great. (and eldar commissars arent a thing. Would be fun if they were though…)

      “… b-but we are a dying race!”
      *BLAM*
      “WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT FATALISM!!!”
      😛

      • NNextremNN

        Will be an awkward reunion in the spirit matrix XD

        • Reven

          “We’re already dead!”
          “Why didn’t you learn the first time?!”
          *SPIRIT BLAM*

  • Dragon2928

    So much for making the morale phase matter… unless you wear power armor.