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Targetdrone.gif This article is about the Dark Eldar beastmasters; for the untrained human psykers, see Verminspeaker.
A Beastmaster leading Khymerae

Beastmasters are Dark Eldar that subjugate deadly beasts for use in war or in the gladiatorial arenas of Commorragh.

Overview

The wild hunts Beastmasters stage in the arenas remain a popular favourite of the crowds. Although the Beastmasters are part of the Wych Cults, they keep themselves distant from the Wyches and are also predominantly male, unlike the mostly female Wyches.[1]

Some suspect that Beastmasters have roots in shamanic traditions, as when entering battle they adorn themselves in totems and masks that echo the beasts under their control. In fact, their masks contain complex sonic emitters and pheromone traps that can partially control the beasts, although all Beastmasters, even unmasked, have a natural ability to dominate lower creatures.[1]

Beastmasters will gladly accompany Dark Eldar raids into Realspace, driving their herds of beasts into a bloodlust using whips and lures as they hover safely above the frenzy upon modified skyboards.[1]

List of Beasts

The beasts most commonly seen in the company of Beastmasters are[1]:

The Clawed Fiends, Khymeraes and Razorwings are the most popular beasts and remain in almost constant use by Beastmasters. Occasionally, though, rare beasts will be captured such as a Space Marine.[1]

Images

Beastmaster miniature

Sources


Dark Eldar Forces
Command ArchonHaemonculusHaemonculus AncientSuccubusDraconSybarite

Court of the Archon: LhamaeanMedusaeSslythUr-Ghul

Elites GrotesquesIncubiKabalite TruebornMandrakes
Troops Kabalite WarriorsHekatariiWracks
Fast Attack BeastmasterHellionsReaversScourge

Beasts: Clawed FiendKhymeraRazorwing

Heavy Support Cronos Parasite EngineRavagerRazorwing JetfighterTalos Pain EngineVoidraven BomberReaperTantalus
Transports RaiderVenom
Special Characters Asdrubael VectDrazhar, Master of BladesKheradruakh, the DecapitatorLelith HesperaxLady MalysBaron SathonyxUrien RakarthDuke Sliscus