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Ok so before I start I just want to say that im new to these forums. Ive been looking to get into 40k for quite sometime now and just found the money to start an army. But the problem is, I have no idea what army I would like to play.
Basically I want a quality over quantity army because I cant afford a horde army. so no IG, Tyranids, or Orks.
Im thinking about the following armies:
I kind of prefer CC to shooting but theres nothing wrong with owning something from afar and cleaning up in CC!
Once again I want a competitive quality over quantity army!
Thank you for your time!
They are marines, so you know Games Workshop will keep piling on the love, so your army will never get obsolite like Necrons or worse Dark Eldar. They are strong across the board from shooting to close combat. They have great new models and such, and can use standard marine models. And you can run them in all kinds of fun fashions.
Finally, they are updated for 5th Ed, with a new rulebook and everything so you are good for a long while.
Black Templar are dated.
Necrons while still plausable, are suffering from codex creep. They seem like they might get an update soon but who knows.
Daemonhunters can be fun, but they also have old rules and they kinda just borrow units from other armies.
Eldar are good, but you might be surprised how expensive the Eldar war machine is...
I'm probably biased due to the fact that I play them but Eldar are always a good choice. They have specialised units that specialise in either CC or shooting. Howling Banshees for example are feared by every army due to the fact that they all have power weapons and strike at inititive 10 which means they strike before every other unit they enter CC with.
I'm poor too and fairly new to the game. I think what you need to do if price is an issue, is to take a look at the prices for armies especially troops and HQ's to start. I started Daemons because their a) their models looked cool and b) you can get 10 Daemonettes or Bloodletters for under $30 Canadian Dollars. I looked for an army with lots of plastic models because they are cheap; then GW brought out even more plastic kits for the Daemons. Really, one of the best models for the points is a Daemon Prince and now it is in a plastic kit for under $40 Cdn.
I think you should expand your list to include Daemons and Chaos Space Marines. These armies can be bought reasonably cheap and you can be easily customized into a very strong assault army if you specialize them under the Blood God Khorne. I started with Daemons and then just recently branched into Chaos Space Marines because the two armies overlap slightly. I can use my Daemon Prince as a CSM HQ, Troops and Great Unclean One as summoned Daemons. I bought the CSM battleforce kit for only $60cdn + $20 shipping which is $28 cheaper before tax! With a battleforce multi-kit, you can build an army fast.
A lot of the good daemons are only metal though, aren't they? I know our resident daemon player is often complaining at the cost of his models due to the lack of plastic options for them (not to mention that some of the range is missing).
Personally I don't think CSM is a very good army, in either rules or looks.
Serran sums it up nicely.
In one month's time (November), the new Dark Eldar will hit the shelves. With a full new line of models and Codex. I think this would be perfect for you, if I'm honest. Dark Eldar are a fast, elite, hard-hitting close range combat army. They emphasise lightning assaults, close range firepower, excellent close combat abilities and are typically small in number.