Ok this is supposed to be a guide for anyone looking to start a new 40k army (duh). I got the idea from Squeek's guide in the Fantasy section but this part is kinda lacking one. This is a bit of WIP so any C&C is welcome. Ok here goes:
To be able to choose what army you would like there are a few things that you need to decide that you like in your army, fluff, strong in a certain phase ect. Bearing in mind that almost all armies can be tooled up to play anyway you like I'm writing this guide based off of the general flavour of said army otherwise you won't narrow down your choice at all
Firstly consider the looks of an army, it is pretty much an accepted fact that if you don't like the models in a particular army then you won't be interested in it and get bored very quickly. Now, this is completley personal taste here so I can't help you at all
So what is most important to you?
Gameplay: go to question 1
Cost (financial): question 2
Fluff: question 3
Ease of play: question 4
1) In a game what is most important to you?
A) Winning at all costs (ie most competative Tourney army): Imperial Guard, Tau, Orks, Space Marines
B) Super, elite units: Chaos Space Marines, Space Marines, Deamonhunters
C) Hordes: Orks, Imperial Guard
D) Strong movement: Eldar, Tau, Dark Eldar
E) Strong shooting: Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Tau, Necrons
F) Strong assault: Chaos Space Marines, Deamons of Chaos, Orks
2) How much money are you willing to spend?
A) Cheap: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Necrons
B) Middle Ground: Eldar, Dark Eldar, Tau, Deamons of Chaos
C) Epensive: Deamonhunters, Witchhunters, Imperial Guard, Orks, Tyranids
3) What kind of background fluff do you like? (Bear in mind that this is a gross generalisation because all the armies are different)
A) Good, ish: Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Deamonhunters, Witchhunters, Tau, Eldar
B) Evil, or just nasty: Chaos Space Marines, Deamons of Chaos, Orks, Dark Eldar, Tyranids, Necrons
Ease of play
4) What is your general skill level?
A) Begginer (forgiving armies): Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Necrons
B) Intermediate (require some skill): Tau, Imperial Guard, Tyranids, Deamons of Chaos, Witchhunters, Deamonhunters, Orks
C) Expert: (need a lot of skill to use well): Eldar, Dark Eldar
Obviously any army can be played to any skill level but this is a general guide to help make an appropriate choice, for example, I'm not a brilliant player, I would struggle to use Eldar well.
Please let me know if I missed anything or you think I have mistake somewhere.