The craftworld of Iyanden was once the largest
of all the Eldar craftworlds and its people the most numerous. Iyanden was
the scene of the Eldar's most dramatic encounter with the hive fleets of the
Tyranids, the all consuming menace whose advance across the galaxy has since
consumed hundreds of human worlds. Though the Eldar finally repulsed the
invaders, the cost was bitter. Their once-proud world stood in ruins, and
four-fifths of the inhabitants lay dead or dying in its shattered halls.
Drifting through space, the craftworld was powerless to avoid the sudden
onslaught of Tyranids. Wave upon wave of merciless hive warriors swept over
the craftworld, each eventually beaten by the Eldar, but at the cost of
thousands of lives. The Tyranids' psychic warp blockade disabled the
craftworld's access to the webway, preventing the Eldar of Iyanden summoning
aid from other craftworlds. As a last desperate gambit the Eldar of Iyanden
decided to wake their dead to repel the invaders. All the ancient spirit
stones were plucked from their resting place and installed into metal
fighting constructs called Wraithguard.
These Ghost Warriors turned the tide of battle, and soon the Tyranids were
beaten back, but it was a hollow victory for Iyanden. The craftworld and its
people had been dealt a blow from which they would never recover.
Since their awakening most of the Iyanden Ghost Warriors gradually drifted
back into the slumber of death and their spirit stones were re-implanted
into the Wraithbone core that forms the framework of the craftworld.
However, some of the Wraithguard still linger in wakefulness, driven by
anger and a burning desire for vengeance. These heroes of long ago wait for
the call of battle and a chance to vent their wrath upon the enemies of
The colour associated with Iyanden is yellow and the symbol of Iyanden is
the Shrine of Asuryan, the oldest and wisest of the Phoenix Kings. Most
Iyanden troops have yellow uniforms with details in a contrasting blue.
Their vehicles also have yellow colour schemes.
I started collecting this army on a whim. I
wanted an army that would be difficult to use, was different from anything else
I had, and one that doesn't show up much on gaming tables. This one seemed to
fit the bill. The army is quite a ways away from being completed and is hardly
in a playable state. However, it will see the table top.
The Army List
The army consists of:
This army is sitting very close to 1,850 points
right now. Just about the right size for a tournament, interesting...