Return of the swooping hawks- no that isn’t a mistype, I’ve been reevaluating my position on swooping hawks and their place in the Eldar warhost. More than ever we have to move past looking at the points = base line stats + wargear in evaluating Eldar units. T3, 4+ save, and essentially a las gun for 20+ points a model? Sounds about right for Eldar, just because they are Eldar- you wouldn’t dare see IG or imperials with that stat line and points.
But what else do we gain?
Templates and skyleap.
I’m particularly interested in the skyleap and template combo each turn, effectively turning them into an invisible whirlwind on the table. Gives me something to drop on those back supporting long fangs or units out of cover if they aren’t Space Marines, heck I’ll drop it on Space Marines anyway and force them to roll those armor saves. Is 200+ points worth it for a harassment unit that can’t be killed? It can be negated by reserve manipulation if your army has it, but many don’t and even with the doors that allies open up I’m not seeing the points being spent there.
Have you heard the chaos legions rumors?
Reduced cost for cult troops, and dirt cheap cultists with lots of special weapons- think IG vets for less points. If we see wave of cheap expendable cultists on the table, well those templates will blast them even more.
I can also see the timing of the swooping hawks to contest objectives, or even hold them as they are fast attack depending on the mission as a secondary use.
And then there is that fact that they would just look cool on the table. I consider the ‘hawk models to be one of the top models in Eldar aesthetics- AND when is that last time you saw swooping hawks on the table? I didn’t see any in 4th edition 40K and none in 5th edition 40K so bringing the rainbow would be fun.