I have been teaching a friend of mine to paint and now that she is near finishing her first model she is interested in learning about the game. I have set up some fairly balanced army lists with all the elements of Warhammer.
Lance, Shield, Warhorse, Virtue of the Joust
10 Peasant Bowmen
6 Knights of the Realm
I think these are fairly well balanced, they each have a combat hero, a magic hero, melee and ranged core troops and a specialty unit for their army. I think since the model she is painting is a knight she will go for the Bretonnians. I'll probably simplify some rules for this naturally, I'm just curious if you think this would make a good introduction game.
P.S. I'm making sure to have all the models painted and with some decent terrain. I think that is really important for a first game.
You probably already know, but that's not a legal Bretonnian list.
Anyhoo DO NOT simplify rules. Start with small games (start without magic by all means) but play the game as-written. Don't dumb it down.
At best it means she just has to learn two games, one is Warhammer, the other is WarhamsLITE. At worst, she'll think you're deliberately patronising her.
Don't do it.
Give her your rulebook to read, and a week or two later, play a few small games, certainly starting without magic, if you think it wise, but playing by the rules.
Including, I dare say, a legal Bretonnian army, silly as that ends up being at low levels. (Try 600 points or 750 instead of 500?)