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I'm fairly new to the 40k world, so I apologise in advance if this is a very stupid question. I'm looking at various choices for a second army, and both the Sisters of Battle and the Grey Knights have caught my eye.
What I'm wondering is whether it would be possible to field a combined force of these two armies. I've seen that they can be used as allies - I'm not sure I fully understand how that works though. Is this the only way to use them together? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
They can be used as allies. I do it all the time. You can take any units from either Codex as long as you stick to the limits in the little Codex box-outs (p21 in the Daemonhunters Codex and p25 in the Witch Hunters one). Your best bet is to pick one to make a base army out of and include a few elements of the other; a few mechanised Sisters squads can add some much-needed resilience to a Grey Knights list's scoring units whilst a squad of Seraphim can make tank-hunting a lot easier, whilst some Grey Knight Terminators can add a bit of close-combat puching power to your Sisters lists and having Fearless MEQ Troops with Storm Bolters, WS5, S6 at Initiative and a special rule which allows them to avoid most long-range troop-killing weapons is never a bad thing. Trying to make it a 50/50 split is a bad idea because it dilutes both armies and can leave your list very limp and ragged.
It's not something to do lightly, though. Trying to squeeze Sisters into a pure Grey Knights list at anything under 1500pts is a nightmare, as is finding space for both Terminators and Faith Points in a similarly-sized Sisters list.
*nods* I was aiming for a minimum 1500pt, maybe 2000pt depending on what I wanted to fit. I'm leaning towards using the Sisters as my base army, using the Knights in some troop and elite choices.
That's probably the best way round to do it to be honest; it's far easier to squeeze Grey Knights into a Sisters list without diluting your forces too much than it is to do the reverse. Aim to get 7+ Faith Points into your list before you start adding any Grey Knights.