Greetings, ladies and gents, and a Merry Christmas to you all. I have a few thoughts and questions for you guys that I'd like your input on.
Last month, I decided to start up an Eldar army. Bought the new Start Collecting set and a couple more odds and ends, but nothing built yet. Mainly because I didn't know for sure what kind of theme I wanted for my army. Well, earlier today as a Christmas Eve present, I got the IA Xenos book. Read through all the Eldar entries, and the Corsairs caught my eye. Now, the original plan was to do a Ynnari army just so I could have access to a bit of everything instead of JUST Craftworlds and IA. But now I'm thinking of just doing multiple detachments instead of Eldar melting pot.
Here's my thinking: I do Ynnari, I lose Battle Focus, Power From Pain, and Rising Crescendo. If I were to add in Corsairs into my army, seeing as they are a faction all about speed, I feel like losing Battle Focus would be a hindrance for me. Power From Pain I'm not TOO worried about, since I won't have much Dark Eldar anyway. Harlequins... yeah, I don't want to give up Rising Crescendo to be honest.
HOWEVER... since Corsairs don't have the <Craftworld> keyword, if I were to add them into a Craftworld detachment, I'd lose out on those bonus abilities. Now, I'm not too worried about losing out on that, seeing as this army is going to focus more on Rule of Cool than winning tournaments. But I lose out on certain stratagems, bonus abilities, and certain relics, just so I can run units that may or may not be all that great (never seen Corsairs in action, so I have no idea how well they operate).
I'd like to know your guys' thoughts on all this. Gameplay-wise, would I be better off just accepting the loss of Battle Focus, Power From Pain, Rising Crescendo in exchange for Strength From Death? Or is running multiple detachments of different Eldar factions a better idea? And to those who actually use (or at least know enough about) Corsairs, are they good units to field, or are they better for just Rule of Cool instead of being combat-effective?
Moving on from gameplay into the hobby aspect. Since the actual Corsair conversion sets (other than heavy weapons and jetbikes) on FW are gone, I was thinking of utilizing other sets to kitbash for a more raider/pirate look. I'm thinking maybe use Age of Sigmar elf sets like the Shadow Warriors or Wildwood Rangers and kitbash with Guardians and Kabalites. Maybe some of the Sigmar unnamed characters as well to kitbash as sergeant-equivalents and leaders and whatnot. Do you guys have any other suggestions I could do?
Your suggestions and any other advice you may have is very much appreciated.
Merry Christmas to you all.