Holo-fields are programmable hologram fields utilised by the Eldar to defend themselves from enemy attacks. Rather than a typical force field which directly blocks an attack a holo-field distorts the user's image, preventing them from being hit in the first place. When stationary the field mimics the surrounding terrain so that the person or vehicle becomes invisible, but when they move the field causes their image to explode into a cloud of tiny, multi-coloured fragments, with the fragments dispersing more widely the faster they move and then collapsing back together as the subject stops, giving rise to the term jigsaw or domino field.
Amongst this shifting cloud of coloured shards an enemy cannot be sure where a user of a holo-field really is and so has difficulty hitting them, whether with ranged or melee attacks. Indeed the visual distortion put out by even a personal holo-field is powerful enough to cause the trajectory of shots from laser weapons such as lasguns to bend and miss.[4a] Holo-fields not only disrupt visual targeting but other methods as well, preventing even the most advanced sensory gear from getting an accurate lock.
Holo-suits are typically worn by Harlequins,[3b] while Eldar Rangers also wear a type of holo-suit for camouflage, and the Shadow Spectres Aspect Shrine also utilise holo-fields to defend themselves.[4b] Many Eldar Vehicles will incorporate holo-fields into their construction to defend themselves from enemy attacks,[3a] while all Eldar Titans are equipped with powerful holo-fields as well. Similarly all Eldar Spacecraft rely upon holo-fields as their primary means of protection.
- 1: Codex: Eldar (2nd Edition), p. 51
- 2: Imperial Armour II, p. 14
- 3: Codex: Eldar (4th Edition)
- 4: Imperial Armour Volume Eleven - The Doom of Mymeara
- 5: Battlefleet Gothic Rulebook, p. 129
- 6: Path of the Warrior (Novel) by Gav Thorpe, Death, p. 391
- 7: Path of the Seer (Novel) by Gav Thorpe, p. 117