I’ve been paging through the Iyanden Codex (or Codex Eldar Supplement) the last day or two. It’s an easy book to hate. for reasons both good and bad, but I find it surprisingly enjoyable (which doesn’t mean there aren’t things in or about this book worth criticising).
One thing particularly noteworthy, I thought, was how Games Workshop choose to bring back (or not, depending who you ask) Iyanden’s classic named spiritseer: Iyanna Arienal.
Iyanden Arienal in Classic Warhammer 40K
Iyanna Arienal is an Eldar special character from way back. Here is what her rules looked like when Sega first introduced a game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and Texan Governor George W. Bush announced he’d be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to run for President.
Chapterhouse: Or Why GW Didn’t Give Iyanna Rules?
Of course, if there ever was an opportunity for Games Workshop to bring her back, it would have been the Iyanden Supplement Codex. Games Workshop chose not to do that.
This weeks verdict on the Chapterhouse dispute is a painful reminder on why Games Workshop won’t – can’t – simply publish rules for miniature-less units, such as Tervigons, or for miniature-less named characters, such as Duke Sliscus or Inquisitor Valeria, and why this wonderful hobby of ours will forever be diminished for all the hobbyists, converters and DIY-modellers out there.
Thank you Chapterhouse!
Gifts of Asuryan – The Spear of Teuthlas
That said, it appears Games Workshop’s Iyanden Codex is testing the waters with a new approach to bringing some of the classic “no-miniature” characters back into the game.
Where rules for Iyanna Arienal are sadly missing, there is a return of her trademark weapon, the Spear of Teuthlas, under the books’ Iyanden-specific list of unique items, the Gifts of Asuryan. In a nutshell the Spear of Teuthlas is a Singing Spear with greater range and added Rending. Not bad.
Unfortunately, there is no direct equivalent for the Armour of Vaul. Nevertheless, a Spiritseer of Iyanden, the Spear of Teuthlas and a unit of Wraithguard/Wraithblades is going to make a fine Iyanna + guard of honour.
- Spiritseer of Iyanden with Spear of Teuthlas
- 5 Wraithguard with Wraithcannons
- Wave Serpent
Probably the most mobile, most range-oriented Wraithguard unit you’ll ever get.
Using Voice of Twilight to give the Wraithguard Battle Focus, this unit would try to stay close to the enemy, but out of close combat. The range of the Spear of Teuthlas is largely wasted, but Rending gives it a shot at hurting the high-armour targets Wraithguards like to hunt.
What do you think?
- Is it worth it trying to re-create the Angel of Iyanden from the Equipment List?
- How would you field her? Perhaps with Wraithblades instead?
- Most importantly, is this a taste of how GW may “return” other lost special characters?
Let me know what you think!