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Thoughts on minor/additional Aspects

Aeldari Asuryani Aspect Warriors Phoenix Lords

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Looks like it's the 6th edition Dark Elves army book, aye, but I'd say the same goes for 40k.

Another question about aspect "pilots" is whether they should be limited to a single warrior per craft, or whether the craft could function as a shrine in and of itself: the exarch would be the captain and the warriors the crewmen.

To be honest, I prefer the first vision of it (each aspect warrior has their own craft) - these are _warriors_, not _soldiers_.

That said, naval (ie void) warfare and siege warfare aspects would be fun too
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Here are a couple of other aspect ideas I've come up with:

1: Based of the Iron Panther face mentioned earlier, perhaps have a quadrupedal War Walker with enhanced holofields - the front "paws" armed with talons/lightning claws (could easily fit the "ebon talon" moniker)

2: gunslinger aspect armed with Vibro Pistols (one potential exarch weapon could be a Vibro Glaive?) EDIT: put them on hover boards like Helions have :D

3: A Warrior mounted on a Vyper or venom like a charioteer. Armed with projectile weapons (perhaps an esoteric bow or javelins? Starspear has a nice ring to it, using starcannon plasma technology?)

4: a falcon chassis with a hueg hull mounted cannon (to the wave serpent what the cobra is to the Scorpion)

5: going off the recent lumineth releases, some kind of heavy hammer armed aspect unit? Could easily fit into the bull/Gorgon aspect that was mentioned earlier
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For the chariot, what about Sunspear? 

 

As for the void-fighters, that's actually what I imagine the Iron Panther aspect would be, given that it was, if I recall correctly, the "panther that stalks the void". I also imagine that this one would be an oddity within the Aspects, in that the Exarch actually wouldn't have a suit, but rather the craft itself would be the suit, with the previous Exarchs souls making the ship act like a sort of Wraithship (no crew, instead operated entirely by the dead souls in the Infinity Circuit). The standard Aspect Warriors could pilot escort vessels protecting the cruiser-equivalent Exarch ship.

 

The Iron Panther aspect of Khaine represents the panther-that-stalks-the-void, a sleek hunter black against the emptiness of the void, silently drawing closer to the prey before the escort craft trap the target in a cage of plasma fire, allowing the Exarch piloting the larger cruiser to perform a killing blow with their heavy pulsars. This draws inspiration from the now-extinct panthers of the Eldar homeworld, nocturnal predators in which the young members of the pack would corral the prey, allowing the alpha to strike.

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Oooh, I really like that one!
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Few further ideas, from a broader article I wrote on the Eldar during the Nova Terra Interregnum – an ongoing project to re-thread concepts from Rogue Trader into the modern setting. While mainly lore-focussed rather than game-focussed, perhaps some of the ideas might be useful for inspiration?
 

Perhaps the most famous Eldar forces are the elites used by the craftworlds and halator, known as 'Aspect Warriors'. Seeming to embody particular religious and martial traits of the Eldar's lost empire, seventeen types or subtypes have been identified. Of these, only thirteen have been recorded in the Craftworld forces; the remainder exclusive to the halatar. In order of prominence, these are:
 
Dire Avengers – adaptable generalists
Howling Banshees – shock-assault specialists
Avenging Warriors* – adaptable generalists
Striking Scorpions – close-assault specialists
Crystal Dragons – close-support specialists
Shadow Spectres – long-range fire-support specialists
Ebon Talons – long-range fire-support specialists
Striking Serpents* – close-support specialists
Dark Reapers – long-range fire-support specialists
Shining Spears – close-assault/support specialists
Warp Spiders – close-support specialists
Crimson Hunters – aerial specialists
Fire Dragons – close-support specialists
Night Striders* –  adaptable generalists
Mist Blades – void-assault specialists
Slicing Orbs† – close-support specialists
Cresting Steeds†* – aquatic specialists
 
Entries marked with an * have been recorded only in forces of the Eldar of the galactic halo. Those marked with an † have been recorded only on unsubstantiated or secondary evidence.

 
Unrelated to the above, the introduction of actions into 40k open up another angle of the game for aspect warriors – ones which are focussed around area denial, for example, or somehow enhancing others (some sort of shield-bearer aspect, perhaps?)


Edited by apologist, 09 October 2020 - 02:28 PM.

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