It’s time to face your retro fears. We are pulling out the OLD 1998 Dark Eldar from 3rd Edition. I warned you…
There were undoubtedly 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. For all you belly-aching Sisters players out there – Dark Eldar players hold the record for being patient. They waited 12 YEARS for their next codex that arrived in 2010!
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 is coming down off their 18-month Ynnari-high, but is a visual masterpiece – and scrubs away most people’s memories of the original range from 1998 (which was very cool for its 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 back 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.
Hello Ladies! No one had better hair than the classic Dark Eldar 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. Also a call out to the Warrior 5th from the right – BEST HAIR IN THE GAME!
The original Raider. Also a risk to play with during the winter (or if you are very hairy).
Reavers. One of the better models from 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 powerful 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?