My thought on the subject is that The Best Army is whichever army you enjoy the most. Enjoy collecting, enjoy converting, enjoy painting and enjoy playing.
This hobby has a lot of facets, and gameplay is only one.
Actually, IMO gameplay is pretty weak in comparison to some systems. There's a lot of game systems out there that I believe work better in one way or another.
The game has to be taken as a whole though.
The backstory: the whole Warhammer Universe is phenomenal, and is one of my favorite stories of all time. It's very deep and well thought out with over a couple decades of material written for it. Yet for all the fluff, there plenty of area to play in and make your OWN stories.
The models: The very heart of Games Workshop and the Warhammer World is the Citadel Miniature. They are great. Top notch figures at a competitive price. If you collect the figures and do nothing else with them you will get your money's worth out of them.
Assembly: This is akin to building scale models of airplanes, ships and cars. A hobby all unto itself.
Converting: One of the coolest aspects of the hobby is to mix and match bits and parts to make figures of your own, with all the cool flavor and bits you can imagine. Again, this is almost a hobby unto itself.
Painting: This is a HUGE aspect of the hobby. If you just paint the minis to put them on the shelf and never play with them...you still have a pretty cool hobby worth hours and hours of enjoyment.
Playing: Playing the game itself is a hobby. You don't really even need your own figs as many folks have extra.
Social Activity: Playing is a social activity. Get together with friends you haven't seen in a while and roll some dice and play with little toy soldiers. Regardless of which side slaughters the other...you BOTH WIN!
Competition: The game can also be played competitively. You can do the math, and build killer lists. You can learn the most effective way to use the rules to annihilate your opponent. It's a perfectly valid hobby and there are whole tournaments and stuff devoted to just that.
There several armies out there. Each has its own fluff and story. Every player likes to think of their own armies as the best, or capable of being the best for one reason or another.
What is the important thing here?
What is important to YOU?
Is it the cool looks?
Is it the simplicity of assembly of the figs?
Is it the variety of figures?
Is it the variety of rules and tactical options?
What is the best army?
The answer is extremely subjective.
My personal favorites will differ from other people's favorites, and for different and similar reasons.
Every army has appealing traits for some people, and my honest opinion is that the best choice is usually to go through the books, read the magazines, read the website and ask yourself which force really seems the coolest to YOU.
When you do this research, some armies will catch your attention and imagination, and others not so much.
I'd say follow your gut. Follow your heart and follow what catches your imagination.
The army YOU think is coolest is far more important than what someone else thinks or likes. It's certainly more important than which army is the most effective at killing things. Effectiveness on the field is largely a matter of getting used to YOUR army (regardless of which army that is) and learning the game system (which simply takes time).
I'm sorry for such a long-winded answer to your simple question.
MY Favorites are:
Tau- Cool looking, interesting fluff and effective in combat.
Eldar- Awesome looking, interesting fluff and effective in combat.
Space Marines- My favorite Fluff, cool looking, somewhat effective in combat.
Chaos Space Marines- Cool fluff, looks aweome, I don't know how effective they'll be yet...don't really care.
That's an easy answer. Whatever army I play is obviously the best. :rock:
Kidding. I think that these things are different for everybody. I don't do flesh. My Guard all have FW respirators. Costs a bloody fortune. My SM all have helmets. My SoB all have "kustom" Sabbat-pattern helmets.
>> As has been said, no army is best. In my opinion though, Space Wolves are the best. Their background is cool, the army is so non codex, its almost Chaos, of course, this has nothing to do with being chaotic, they just so close to legion organisation, cos there aint any foundings from them.
Always sombody elses.............. Its a real treat to get to play against a nicely modelled and painted army,seeing things that are new to me of just inventive and interesting. Never can get enough of that.
Model Range wise: Marines (I play Dark Angels), Tau, Nids, Eldar.
Game wise: Marines, Nids, Chaos, Orks, Eldar, Tau.
Painting wise: Marines, Eldar, Tau Necrons.
Fluff wise: Marines, Chaos, Eldar.
Model Assembly wise: Marines (I reckon you realised I like Marines a great lot), Chaos, Tau, Nids.
They're just my favourites. Many people will differ, and that's completely fine. I realise this question is based on opinion.
But, I like Dark Angel Space Marines all-round cause they are awesome models, They do fine in Combat (Both shooty and close), Have a great Model range, Great, fun to read history and countless varieties in the converting aspect. LOVE THEM!!
Nice thread going on here, some well thought out replies. While it is definitely true that the best army is in the eye of the beholder we can all agree on the fact that we all have at least one or two that are near to our corrupt souls. For me those are:
Chaos and Tau in no particular order.
Chaos has the best fluff in the game to my mind and the models for it are currently some of the nicest ones in the entire 40k range. I just love everything about chaos. Tau on the other hand are -incredibly- fun to use on the table, have models almost as nice as chaos and the fluff is decent. When I go to a tournament it has so far been Tau for me for two reasons: the sheer fun of using them and how damn effective they are without the cheese factor.
Something always brings me back to chaos though and with the new codex finally here I am looking forward to bringing some Tzeentchy death to the galaxy in tournament play soon enough.
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