New Eldar Flyer Rumours: Nightshade and Hemlock?

Eldar Nightshade Fighter

Nightshade (I think!)

I am still in the middle of digesting the new Tau Empire Codex. Despite this, Games Workshop’s recent breakneck speed seems to continue unabated, with Craftworld Eldar apparently up next.

Though I have no way to back-up or verify the rumours floating about, I thought I’d share these flowery whispers about the upcoming Eldar Codex, simply because I found them cute.

If the rumours are right, the upcoming (near-default) two flyers for the Craftworld Eldar have been baptised with plant-names: Nightshade and Hemlock.

#1 – The Warseer Rumours

Rumours via Warseer (emphasis mine)

The main hull and wings are common across both builds. It’s amazing how different tail and fin positioning can alter the look of the aircraft though

Common features:
- Downward angling of the primary wings (about 30º I’d estimate)
- Canards are very slightly angled down, but near horizontal
- Engines are mounted in pods in the wings
- One weapon mounted centreline under the hull, and one in a pod in each wing

- Has a single vertical stabiliser mounted on the centreline of the aircraft

- Twin “vertical” stabilisers (they’re actually about 30º from horizontal), one mounted on each engine pod.

#2 – Rumoured Eldar Flyer Rules

What else is there? Well, apparently the Eldar flyers will be the first to make use of the (kinda Eldar’ish) Vector Dancer Rule (p. 43 of the Warhammer 40K mini-rulebook), allowing them to make an extra pivot after moving by trading in the ability to move Flat Out in the following turn.

Makes sense to have a new, but so far unused 6th Edition rule finally make it into the game.

I sure hope Games Workshop puts some effort into making the new Flyers for the Craftworld Eldar a bit more exciting than the Dark Angels Flyers or the Tau Empire Flyers.

What do you hope to see in the (allegedly) upcoming Eldar Codex for Warhammer 40K?

Leave a comment!


Update: Some images of the Eldar Flyers appeared!

Warhammer 40K Eldar Hemlock Fighter

Eldar Hemlock Flyer



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  • rich hughes

    I hope theyre interesting, but in all honesty, i hope they arent on par with the vendetta & helldrake. I’m hoping they realise front and side armour 12 flyers are just bonkers.

    Slightly ‘improved’ versions of the Dark Eldar flyers would be lovely. Id consider using them in eldar lists and it would bode well for the future dark eldar book.

    • belverker

      i agree, the dark eldar ones aren’t bad so something similar would be great, i’d be really disappointed if they come out like the helldrake that was just a massive misstep in an overall balance run of books.

      • Zweischneid

        Do you really see the Dark Eldar ones in action much?

        Don’t seem that hot to me, really. A bit more “something” would certainly be welcome for the Eldar (and I am not sure if Vector Dancer alone is that “something”

        • belverker

          you don’t see them all that much because they are In the heavy support slot against ravagers and the cronos…

  • Martel

    I doubt they’re named the Nightshade and the Hemlock – mostly because the Eldar already have a pair of Frigates by those names.

    • Zweischneid

      I know. Still, they are from what we’ve seen in the White Dwarf leaks. Unless I am mistaken, the Hemlock is the bomber (psychic weaponry somehow) and the Nightshade Fighter is the name of the plane manned by the Crimson Hunter Aspect Warrior.