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Just picked up Prime MKII today, and was curious about the faction books. Are they worth the money?

Given that they cost more than Prime, and that Prime seems to have a section that explains quite a bit about the factions, are they even necessary? or is it more of a here's a truck load of fluff that wouldn't fit in the Prime book, give us more money.

This is based off my skimming Prime, haven't really gotten into it yet.

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I'll have a look through them at work tomorrow and let you know mate
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The faction books are definitely worth it, as they contain a lot of information on the factions that you don't get in the prime book.

Personally I've got the Cygnar, Khador, and Menoth books and haven't regretted buying them once. You get background, themed armies, and details of all the units avaliable. What's more they're in colour.

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Bought the retribution book and love it. It was almost worth it just for the how to paint section.
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You don't need the faction books really as all the rules for the units come on the cards when you buy them. However, the faction books provide a TON of fluff if you are into that thing along with the Tiered lists that give bonuses if you take only certain models etc. But do you need them like you would need a 40K codex? No.

one thing I want is the ability to split my fire everywhere, it makes no sense that a squad of 10 guard or marines or whatever all have to fire at 1 target with everything, is the guy with the lascannon not smart enough to realize maybe he would be better off firing at the massive tank looming overhead instead of the little man no bigger than a squat running at him, or is that far too complex for the 10yr olds?

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Yes, the faction books are the equivalent to a codex. The rule book does not include all of the units in your army and therefore you need the faction book. Its not really a matter of "is it worth it?" you need to have a copy of the faction book in order to make your army list. Buying models then making a list is a bad idea

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The fact that it is blue?

You could just get the faction decks.
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The faction decks seem to have pretty much everything you need to build an army in them, and they're only half the price. Paying the extra for the book could be useful though, but I like being able to sort through the cards, and think about what a possible army could look like.

Rules-wise, I don't think the Faction Book adds much more than the faction deck, except the "Tier lists", which are simply themed lists, which aren't really necessary. If I were you, I'd grab an battle group boxed set of an army you like, and think about going from there.

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Bought the retribution book and love it. It was almost worth it just for the how to paint section.
I like the look of the Retribution models, how is the forces book?
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It is nice, lots of great art and the painting tutorial is great.
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