Second post in the Epic Eldar Tactica series here – this time looking at the second of the two special rules that apply to the Eldar army. This special rules deals with just how fast and maneuverable the Eldar army is.
Hit and Run:
So, once again, there are two parts to this special rule which are both vitally important to remember if you want to be playing the army to its full potential. The first is quite interesting as it allows the player more choice than is normally the case. As I am sure you know, in Epic an Advance move allows a formation to move once and then shoot with no penalties, while a Double move allows a formation to move twice and then shoot with a -1 penalty to hit. The Hit and Run Tactics rule allows the Eldar play to choose when during the action to fire – meaning the formation could fire then move, or, with a double, move, fire, and move again.
This is really quite important – it means I could take a unit, like some Revenant titans, and move from out of cover and out of range, into the open and into range, fire on the enemy unit, and then hop back to my original position. This helps to protect my units from return fire, while making it very diffuclt for the enemy to pin me in place and land any shots on my formations.
Obviously some units benefit more than others from this rule, with those with high speeds and long range weaponry being the most benefited. Think of using your Fire Prisms to pop forward, shoot, and the pop back, or using your Cobras to fire and then scoot behind cover.
The second half of the special rule is, I think, the more important and more powerful half. Given what we discussed on the Farsight post here, the ability to move your full move distance after winnning an engagement is huge!
What this does is to makee the type of rolling engagements discussed in the last post even more powerful, by allowing you to use your full move distance to set up the next engagement with the first formation in support – effectively allowing you to use that formation twice in one turn.
Say I am planning on using my Farsight special rules to retain three times in a row. I activate my unit of jetbikes on a 2+ to advance to within 15cm of the enemy formation of Leman Russ, and shoot with a few of the Vyper’s weapons, killing nothing but laying two blastmarkers. I then retain with my Warlock Titan on a 1+ (would be 2+ because of the retain, but a Warlock has Farsight), move it 20cm, and engage the Leman Russ. Because of the blastmarkers I am already 2 up on them in Combat Resolution, and easily win aainst them as Leman Russes are pretty rubbish in engagements. I win, and the remaining few Leman Russ withdraw. I then use my 20cm consolidation move (full move because of Hit and Run Tactics) to move within 15cm of another enemy formation, say a Mechanised Infantry Company, preferably behind it or preferably a formation that already has blastmarkers. Then I use my triple retain (Farsight rule), to activate another of my formations, Aspect Warriors in Wave Serpents on a 2+ (usuallly 1+ but now takes the -1 for retaining) to engage the Mech Inf Coy. With the Warlock Titan in support (and possibly crossfire) and lending its Firefight dice to the combat, the Eldar should easily win the enagement again, wiping out a second enemy formation with no possibility of the enemy responding.
You can see in the example how the full move allows the Warlock titan to reposition itself, and effectively be recycled – being used fully in more thn one engagement per turn. This is far more difficult to pull off with only 5cm of movement after an engagement, but works wonders on speedy Eldar formations like jetbikes and titans.
So, hopefully these two posts have shown just how powerful the Eldar special rules are individually and how they work together to produce some truly amazing combinations. Honestly, learning to use these trick of maneuvre and planning, though it takes a while, turns the Eldar army from a mediocre one into a pretty formiddable foe.
Learn to use them, learn to plan for them, and learn to anticipate and build your strategies around them!