I think that it is time that we had a legitimate Dark Eldar rumors thread around here. This thread is intended for any speculation that you have heard circulating around the web, or from any redshirts/blackshirts at your GW store, or from things that you have heard. Try and avoid your own personal opinions. Nothing against this, but there are other threads for that. This is solely for speculation that is going around.
I have decided to set up this thread so that we can get some definitive answers on what is happening, and for everyone else to post not what they think about the rumors, but what they know of the rumors.
For starters, it has been said that this picture could well be our Dark Eldar Codex front cover. Interesting.
You can see picture at source, it is however a very old picture that I believe can be found in the rules book. Its been debunked as not being the codex cover picture
It seems like an old picture, as I could have sworn I have seen it around before. Who knows...
Lots of poison weapons for us, including our Splinter Cannons actually doing what our fluff says it should.
The Talos is said to be confirmed, and that instead of being treated with skimmer like rules, and move and fight like infantry, it will become a Walker in all respects.
I know that the following pic is over 2 years old now, but perhaps it can give an insight as to how the DE are going to be remodelled?
See picture at source. The picture Ive read is over 10 years old, the models were from some sculptor who wanted to work for GW.
It depcits two Haemonculus, one with what could potentially be a new close combat weapon, or just a form of an Agoniser, and the one on the right is holding aloft a spine, complete with a skull attacjhed onto it. From GW Spain, it actually just looks like it was modelled with green stuff, so we will have to wait and see.
Mandrakes are suppossed to be gaining the Scout rule, for some strange and unapparent reason, with their Secret Deployment rule said to concern more like the Lictor's appearence, and come into play through area terrain. Although, I believe it has also been said that may be removed from play and put back in reserve, and that reappear at a later stage. At least, that would be the most logical decision.
As we all know, the first melta-lance weapon should be coming into play for us. Potentially with three different firing modes, it has been hinted as the following
Range 12" S 6 AP 1 Heavy 1
Should be interesting to see what other possibilties this opens up for us.
Should be noted, but be known, that Phil Kelly has actually written the codex, and that it is rumored to be at the printers as we speak. Jes Goodwin has signed on to do the models, and he should definitely do them justice.
The Wych metal moulds have been hinted at as being destroyed and burned, and that an entirely new aesthetic is coming out for them, as plastic models.
This following is highly vague and may not be true at all, but we can hope. As the game progresses, because Capturing Prisoners does not work for us anymore, we are due for a Special Rule that bestows certain upgrades and 'powerups' with the amount of slaves that we take for our own. This is relatively similar to the Sisters of Battle 'Prayer' system of play.
The Dark Eldar are due to be released in 'waves'. It is known that the first wave has been completed, but as to what comprises this section is not known.
The Dark Eldar are being designed as an "Alpha-Strike" army. Unsure what that may mean, however on the turn that they arrive they are suppossed to be very lethal.
Harlequins are in!... Statement from Bell of Lost Souls, but we know what they have done to us in the past, even though they stand by what they have written and say that they are legit. Referring to the April Fool's Day article.
Warriors and Wyches could potentially, and are likely, to be both Troops.
Rumors are that we are due before the Grey Knights Codex is meant to be coming out. Spearhead comes out in June; Daemons are due soon, sometime before the DE, so that means we might well be looking at a November-December release. Unless, GW decide that the Inquisition are more important, which has happened before, and we could get pushed back AGAIN to late January next year.
There are indeed new vehicle options noted, in particular something along the lines of a Vyper/Razorback, however it is noted no vehicle will have an AV over 11-12. Small thing I also found that the Ravager may no longer be open-topped.
A little quote from someone who is working on the models, possibly from Jervis Johnson, or Jes Goodwin himself:
"Well your going to be happy, but not for a little while yet. But when you do see them, they will blow your socks off!"
This would suggest that the modellers and writers are giving all of the time they need to get the Dark Eldar right.
More will definitely be released soon, and you will hear it from here first.
Anymore you can think of, post here.