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Hey, I'm just starting Warhammer 40k, and I was curious. What armies did you all start with? Originally I wanted to play as Dark Angels, but now I'm leaning more towards Tau. I was going to go Ork, but their vehicles are just ugly. I just wanted to hear the input from the veterans!

Other armies I am considering : Dark Angels, Daemonhunters, Ork, Imperial Guard
 

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First Army: Chaos and still going strong. I have a Dark Angels Army but they are my "back up" army. Chaos (to me) is just alot more dynamic as far as what I can do. Also Chaos is alot more forgiving when I screw up (which happens often). As for the other armies you are looking at, figure out if you are a Hand to Hand type or Shooty type and that should help you narrow it down.
 

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I started with a Chaos Fantasy army (Tzeentch Daemons). I quickly moved into 40k though, and I now have an Imperial Guard army, the beginnings of a chaos 40k army, and a large fantasy undivided army.
 

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I started with Dark Angels. I've been playing them for over a decade now. They're a great army to learn the game with (as are all Space Marines), but they have enough variety and flexibility that I haven't gotten bored with them yet.

I love my Guard army, but I'm glad I did the Dark Angels first.
 

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My first and only army (so far!) was Chaos. It is a lot of fun to play, and as mgtymouze they are very forgiving.
 

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Imperial Fists. It all begun with the purchase of a humble 5 pack of SM with Bolters (with the option of a Sergeant with BP & CCW). A friend had also let me field his Ultramarines shortly before this purchase.
 

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You should go with some Space Marine force. You can have a 1500 point army with just 20 models on foot, and they can be easy to paint and build, but also offer a lot of challenge with a large room for ecperimentaton and playfullness.

But I wouldn't go with Dark Angels, but rather a codex force. DA don't have scouts as troops, so you will therefore need two tactical squads, and that could be monotonous to paint.

And Space Marines may also be about the only army that can be made up entierly of plastic miniatures.

Son't go with Demonhunters or Guard. The first is just metal, the second has lots and lots of models, and hence easily gets boring. =)
 

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Rogue Trader era Eldar. Man...they had some weird weapons...like Power Gloves, Missile Launchers (shoulder fired), lasguns...I loved them.

I'm more of a collector, painter/ modeler than a player, so I've collected a LOT of armies over the years. Mostly because I'm not interested in building one super-army...but an army for whatever I'm interested in that day.
 

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I started with Thousand Sons and absolutely loved them, models and fluff. Then the prior codex was released and they got absolutely hosed so I moved to Black Legion with the Sons having a go at someone on occasion. Second full army is the Tau which I used more often than not over the last 2 years. Now that the new chaos codex is out an my sons are back in business, I am all about them again :)
 

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ive been building my tau for a few years now, slowly and surely but i love them to death! if it hadnt have been them it would have been necrons :)
 

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>> I started with Space Wolves, 2nd edition, when Bloodclaw packs had ws4,bs4 and could have 5 power weapons and 5 plasma pistols in a squad. When Bjorn the Fell-handed was a character, as with Njall Stormcaller. I loves me Space Wolves I do. I started using them cause the viking background, and the total wild hairy-ness of them was cool. Have never built another marine army, cos none are a patch on the Sons of Russ. NONE.:victory:
 

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I got into 40K in '04 playing Imperial Guard right around the time the new codex came out. I still haven't ventured into any other armies and I don't think I will. The closest thing I might do to starting a new army would be to get some Valhallans and paint them up.

Guard were a bit confusing at first trying to figure out their force organization chart but after a couple of years playing them I have a firm grasp on them and am able to build a very balanced list with ease. They are incredibly fun to paint and their vehicles offer endless amounts of conversions.
 
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