Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tigertown, Texas
I have to agree with mgtymouze. If you're looking for an easy army that's forgiving Marines (Chaos or Imperial) are the way to go. Codex Chaos Marines give you a wide variety of ranged/close combat choices that can be enhanced with gear to fill either role well. Imperial Space Marines have a tendency to be more medium to long range in their combat styles but with assualt squads/vanguard squads/close combat termies you can easily make a mixed force that can excell at both. Of course, standard tactical marines are decent in close combat as well given certain factors (armor save, they get the charge, sergeant with a powerfist, etc.).
Eldar on the other hand lack the simplicity of marines. One wrong move can see a squad running for the hills after a bad spat of close combat. However, when it comes to shooty death, few can match their ability to sling short to medium ranged pain lol.
Another choice you might look into are orks. Ork armies have a lot of flexibility through sheer numbers/awesome army choices. An ork army is one a player can enjoy playing. Sure, they couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a banjo at anything more than close combat range but they make up for with weight of fire lol. They seriously lack when it comes to shooting due to low BS but their T and close combat abilities generally outweigh the lack of hitting at range lol.
Having said all this, I would make this recommendation. Before you go out and get something, take a look at what's available. Deciding on what army to play is very important because you don't want to end up with something you don't enjoy using. Read up on the background, look at the minis, talk to folks (like you're doing now) but make sure that when you do make the decision, it's YOURS and not someone elses. Just because someone has recommended one army doesn't mean you shouldn't have a look at something else. I primarily place Space Marines and Orks. Why? I blame the old Rogue Trader book. I'd never even heard of 40k before then but a quick look through the book made up my mind. I've gravitated to both of these armies over the years because I liked the look and the background of them more than the stats, ability to win with, etc. Picking an army should be fun...something that you know you'll enjoy.
Good luck and good gaming,
"If you can't stun them with your tactical brilliance, baffle them with your superior grasp of BS."
"I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man."
Well, seeing as how you capitalize your characters, use proper grammar and punctuation, I'd say you qualify.