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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-22-12, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all!

I'm pretty much a complete newbie when it comes to 40k and as I have no army, little knowledge rules-wise, but determined to start out an army, I need a bit of help with the selection process. What is, according to you, the best army for someone starting out in 40k and why did you choose that army?

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look over all of them
decide which you think look and sound cool, then go with it .
vanila marines ( space marines) are easy to start with (IMO) BUT doesnt mean its the army for you .
You could like many end up with something youd rather not have and painting models
that you may not care for is laborious and will put you off.
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Cheers for the advice arlins I'll take a look at the armies then!

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look over all of them
decide which you think look and sound cool, then go with it .
I'd just add to this that you can make this simpler by just looking at the troops in each army. You'd expect that these would make up the largest single part of your army, so it's particularly important that they grab your imagination in some way.

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Cheers for the advice arlins I'll take a look at the armies then!

Ludovic
look them over , then ask here about the ones you like and youl find out more about
there pros and cons .

for instance this time last year if you were asking about Necrons you would have found
out they were being updated ( so you wouldntwaste money on the old codex)
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Well I'm thinking of going for either Eldar or Imperial Guard (I first thought Sisters of Battle, but they're way to expensive for me, even if I DO like the metal models). Not sure which one though. Any help?

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1st bit of advice dont buy the rulebook , rumours are heavy that come summer
the 6th edition rule book will be out ( were at 5th now)
buy the small rulebook from the assault on black reach starter set , its exactly
the same as the big rulebook (page numbers are even the same).
Get it of ebay dont pay more than 10-14 posted.
this will get you going .

IG are fun but can be model heavy,,lots of tanks , lots of troops
special charachters , orders, can be daunting to take in but it doesnt take long
to getthe gist .Just post on here what you dont understand .

Eldar, im not very familiar with them , its a older codex and they seem to be a bit
of a glass cannon though older exp players can make them hurt you lots
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Thank you for the tips arlins

Yes, I thought a bit more about Guard and there are a lot of models to collect. Also, Eldar do seem to be a very "elite" army that isn't too easy to get a hang of... I may just stick with Space Marines and then when I've built up a small force and played a few games, I may start something else ;)

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space marines are easy to pick up (both playing and second hand from ebay)

i started with marines , as do most and i still have about 2000 pts
which get played regularly ( my 10 yr old uses them)

One last piece of advice
dont worry about getting beat, play freindly to start with and the wins come along
with experience , good luck mate
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Depends on what exactly you want to do Are you primarily playing or painting.

If your primarily playng and want an army thats easy to paint but capable of building a big army quickly for game playing and cheaply go with necrons or Vanilla Space Marines. Both have good battle force's (Necron one comes out shortly) that are pretty much ready to play out of the box the only additional thing needed is a HQ. Both are relativly simple to play in under 1000 point games, they are both easy to paint and get a good finish out of and both are very fun armies. I usually recommend these for new players

Now if your more into painting and have paitiance then Eldar or Dark Eldar would be better choice's. You dont need as many models on the table and while there battle forces are both sort of lacking you dont need as many models as other armies to play a standard game so you can focus more on painting instead of just getting the army ready.

Now at the end of the day the choice is yours, nobody here can tell you which army to play or start with they all have there ups and downs and while I wouldn't recommend orks or Sisters due to either the expense or the sheer number models you need if you like them its up to you and you must truely be into the army to actually enjoy them. I personally love necrons and there old fluff, I love there resiliance and I love how the army plays on the field. It just suits my style of gameplay and my stubborn tenacious personallity.

Tell us abit about your gameplay styles and personallity and we may be able to recommend an army that fits you if you wish

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