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Hi all! I have played fantasy for years and own both a bretonnian and lizardmen army. I have decided to make the switch to 40k after promising myself that I would never start a 40k army... anywho. I want to start out with just a 1k list and I was leaning towards Eldar (I like ambushing and a strategic challenge, although they need to switch up their lists when playing different enemies which is sort of a turn off as I don't really want to spend a ton of money buying a bunch of different units). I was also looking at Chaos Space Marines as I like SMs but to many people play them. I also am a Nurgle fanboy and dislike Chaos Warriors and Daemons in fantasy so I have an opportunity to serve nurgle. I CAN'T DECIDE!!! They are two very different armies and I love the looks of both armies. Can anyone help tip me over to one or the other?
I don't know much about the Eldar except they tend to be a hit and run type army. CSM is one of the armies I play and I can tell you about them. CSM tend to be a slower army, relying on Rhinos to get them into combat early and safely. CSM do not have the most builds in the game, nor do they have the most perks in the game. However they do have some strong elements to them which make them a competitive army even with an aging codex. CSM have the ability to summon lesser and greater Daemons; each have their own stats separate from those in the Daemon codex. CSM have the Daemon Prince as an HQ choice. The Daemon Prince is arguably the best cost model in the game for the strength of it. It has many builds, many of which make it a powerful psyker and a powerful warrior. CSM has a very effective psyker ability called the Lash of Submission that will drag a unit in any direction, in any formation, through terrain, 2d6". If the Prince has wings, it could pull a unit up to 12", fly 12" and assault 6", making it a potent combination. Also, you can place a unit in a nice tight bunch, out of cover, ripe for ordnance weapons from your Defiler or Vindicator. CSM - Pros: Strong units, very strong close combat units, good armour, strong builds, cheap and strong HQ in Daemon Prince, ability to summon Daemons as a back up, ability to customize units into one of the 4 Chaos Gods, ability to "Mark" an entire unit, giving them better abilities or saves, potent up close army. Cons: Slower army, some experienced CSM players believe the army is a bit boring to play now, aging codex, not as many build options or perks as regular Marines, some useless units like the Chaos Spawn, mostly (not all) shorter ranged weapons (12" - 24" most common), not as many tank options as other MEQ's.
If you like ambushing and the strategic challenge I think you should take a look at dark elder or sisters of battle both are very strategic armies.
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I dropped my CSM's after a couple of years because they were getting a bit boring, planning on going back to them at a later date and theming them based on some of the Graham McNeill novels.
A fully painted Eldar army is a beautiful sight, love the Avatar model and the idea of a Windrider host, but I guess what is going to sway you is one thing, you! Check out some battle reports on YouTube and listen to what people have to say, but most importantly go with your gut, if you've gone to the lengths to paint two Fantasy armies you know what it entails and how much time your going to spend with them. Once you've made your mind up I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever 40k army you pick.