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Hey everyone, I haven't really seen a thread like this in a while so I decided to start one. I'm curious as to see what combination of miniature appearance, fluff, and preference of tactics lead you to choose the armies you currently collect. Who knows, maybe it can help give ideas to others who are looking to create a new force themselves
Around 2004 I joined 40k using Tau as a personally found their clean (anime inspired) look appealing. Tactically, I'm pretty open so their play style didn't attract me, nor did it turn me off by any means. What made them keepers however was their fluff. I've heard some suggest that they have a relatively weak and undeveloped story, but the idea of a small faction of xenos with extremely powerful and efficient technology really drew me in. Unfortunately, my Tau have been placed aside for now until they get their codex updated within the next year hopefully. (Praying for XV9 Hazard suits/XV8s as troops with special character choice!)
As for my current projects, I've been tooling around with both the Dark eldar and new Grey knights codex. I have some potential paint schemes and army lists constructed for both, its just a matter of making a choice. I am leaning towards the Grey knights as Mordrak and ghost terminators just seem incredibly unique and fun to field. Fluff wise, Grey knights also fit my Tau mentality - The greater good aka removing demonic presence!
Also wanted to add that I really like the idea of having my forces painted in a rugged/battle scared theme. This is an extreme example of damage to an XV9 that somewhat inspired me on how I want my Tau to look
The Farsight Enclave - Part 1 - MiniWarGaming
If I go with the Grey knights, they would be painted a rich charcoal grey with some weathering on them to make it look like they have been through a fire fight. If anyone has experience with any such weathering, feel free to share it along with the story of what lead to the beginning of your collection
Tau my love! You are back!
Well my first army was necrons, and I'll be honest. I picked them because they seemed really easy to paint. Since then the lore has really grown on me. Their isn't a whole lot, but the premise is really freakin cool. Plus the lack of lore really kinda adds to the mystery of the army. Not knowing much just makes me want to know so much more.
After necrons I got into guard. Currently I don't even touch them. The ideas I now like for them are too expensive. Although I have considered using them for a GK army using the inquisitor guy with the bird. Can't remember his name right now because I'm a little drunk ><
Then eventually the wolves got redone and I dropped a ton of money on them instantly. I mean come on! You get a bunch of crazy space vikings that are actually good guys. They just follow their hearts and do what they think is right. Kinda raps my personality into a nutshell. Look at my profile pic lol!
Finally, I started playing nids. I had always meant to start a nid army since I got into the game but kept getting sidetracked by other things. Lore is cool. They look awesome. They are fun to build. The converting has been a blast. On top of all that they remind me so much of starship troopers. I am an avid fan of both the movie and the book. They may be totally different, but are both awesome in their own right.
Woops double post.
Well lets see, over a decade ago...I think I was around 10 at the time 12 at the most my cousin moved from Orkney back to where I stay and brought with him his 40K stuff. I loved it really, I was planning to start collecting but for some reason it never really kicked off because he moved away AGAIN! Lol. But anyway, he leant me the rule book which had not only all the rules but all the army units and the like in the back of it. I spent hours reading through the various fluff and general game stats, after reading them all from Marines to Tryanids to Eldar, I had my heart set on the Eldar because I loved the story behind them.
While I had never used them in a game till little over a year ago my heart remained with them and it was when my friend started telling me about his hobby, (I had known him for about 4 months at this point as he recently moved into the area.) he was telling me about how he never gets to play the game up here because no one plays it and theres no hobby shop either V_V so as soon as I said I knew about the game but never collected it because as he said there wasn't anyone I knew that played it so I didn't bother so he asked if I'd consider collecting and so I did. As a gift he bought me the forge world model of the Avatar (The one with the spear, its awesome) and from there I have built up a massive Eldar collection that rivals his own collection which consists of three different armies! LOL. And thats pretty much how I began to collect because even 12 to 14 years on after just reading about the Eldar I still remembered them and how awesome they were.
I collect Orks.
When I first dipped my toe in the Gamesworkshop hobby puddle, the guy in the shop managed to persuade me and my Mum to buy a Warboss, Stormboyz, Stikkbommerz and some blisters of boyz with Rokkit launchers. Needless to say, when I realised I had dropped a good portion of my money on a random bunch of stuff I couldnt field I was rather dissapointed. I decided to give it up.
However, I had been bitten by the bug. Some 8-10 years later I went into the local GW and there was a huge Ork army and it was magnificant. I decided to give it another go and try Orks again. At about the same time I found out my friend played and got talking, a couple of days later he gave me a new codex and a Snikrot model to get the ball rolling.
So I guess I play Orks because thats what the GW guy talked me into buying. Stayed with em because it was convinient but now I love them. They seem like if they wasnt trying to kill everything all the time they would be a blast to hang with. Just grab a beer and go racing! I love the way you can kitbash/konvert everything too.
Decided not to go back to my 2nd ed marines - there were three other MEQ players, and I liked the look of the GK terminators i'd often taken a psyker to command my old 2nd ed marines so I grabbed a box and dusted off my old landraider. After reading up a little on the GK I also decided to also pick up a box of seraphim to cover the GK's lack of anything faster than 6".
In my first 5th ed game, around 1500-2000 points IIRC, the seraphim managed to get themselves into all kinds of trouble, but in doing so gave the GKT deathstar the time they needed to win the game. The following games were all at very low points levels so I continued to play the seraphim and sister/inquisition forces, only bringing out a small group of allied GKT for higher point games against my CSM opponents.
After nearly losing my second game playing foot sisters against mech CSM (a banzai charge and the seraphim saved me) I began to play mech, usually 1-2 squads of ISTs, seraphim, a squad of sisters, and an assassin for my core units. I found the force rewarded thought-out play over throwing bigs guns/stats at things, especially faith which I used sparingly - often giving the impression that I had an unending supply of 3+ inv saves and rending bolters.
I did play a few games with CSM when we were briefly split into two teams for a tournament, found them easy to play and powerful, if a little fixed in their purpose (bersekers for this, lash prince for that, etc) - in the sense that I couldn't really bluff with them like I could with the sisters/inquisition units.
I didn't touch the exorcist or pure mech sisters until a couple of years back when I wrote up a list to demonstrate the codex to another player's girlfriend. The 'competitive' meched up list steamrolled an unprepared eldar player and i've played variants of it for the majority of games since, though i'm gradually looking to bring seraphim and an inquisitor back in.
I've had a bunch of templars sitting around for a while now too. If not for the many marine players i'd have likely played BT with GK allies, an army which now sadly will never be. I've been meaning to try them out against the new space wolves, though i'm going to have to proxy my models once again - i'm a slow painter and i've got about 200 metal sisters still to work through...
Imperial Guard was always an easy choice for me. I know a lot of people who sit and "hrmmmm" and "huhhhh" over all the different armies before they pick one, but for me I saw those guardsmen sitting there and that was that.
The great thing about IG is that I can literally bring a different army list to my local store every week and still have a good chance of winning any game with them. They are extremely versatile and hardly any of their units "suck". In fact, out of the entire book, there's probably only one unit (rough riders) that I would never use. Everything else I could find a use for in one army list or another, including Ogryn and Ratlings.
I absolutely love tanks. Love them, and IG is full of the damn things in one form or another from the extremely cheap and useful Chimera to the Extremely Expensive and still very useful Executioner.
Lastly, each unit can be equipped to take on a variety of missions. I can take a squad of veterans with plasma guns to evaporate marines or I can take an infantry squad with an autocannon to pop open transports.
Fighting Orks or Nids in a particular game? Load up on Flamers and Heavy Bolters.
Your opponent is running a tank heavy list? Fine, I'll take three vendettas, two demolishers and a manticore. Enjoy losing all your tanks by turn 2.
Options option options. That's why I love guard. It's like having a box full of the right tools for any job.
I'd just like to start off by saying this is a great conversation topic! I loved reading the different reasons for people's interest in their army, which only makes me think about mine.
Currently my main army I collect is Orks! I've only recently gotten into 40k, right around the time 5th edition came out, but I was researching and reading about 40k for years now. I'm a big sci-fi fan and all of the different races and the whole atmosphere really lured me in. Finally I got a few other friends from school hooked and we each decided to buy a separate army. I had contemplated my first army for a long time, and when it came down to it I decided to go Orks. I loved the idea of a green wave of troops bearing down upon an enemy. Sadly i did not realize how many models I would have to paint! But it's a part of the hobby i'm slowly learning to love.
My main problem with 40k is that all of the different armies have an aspect to their fluff that lures me in. The Ork hordes constantly wanting to fight, to the silent Necron army marching across the battlefield, or the Tau advanced technology and firepower, to the mass IG tank power represented on the battlefield. All of these really make me want to expand into the different armies, but for now I'm going to focus mainly on Ork, and slowly build up my Necron force..... I must resist buying anything else! At least until I get more spending money and time to paint!
My first game was a four player game with AT and two mates (one if which we play against still) and my squad of orks got wiped out before i had a turn thank to unfortunate deployment and certain people not telling me i shouldn't bunch up with frag missiles in play
I then switched to marines and quickly found my feet with them and once I purchased Angels of Death I became a full on Blood Angel player. I love their play style; I'm a firm believer in well armed, well trained, rapid response elite troops being worth 100 times their number. I love their fluff - they don't have much time left, they know it, and they still fight on. Every day they resist the curse in order to win one more battle in the name of their beloved Sanguinius and the Emperor, frankly they're all Big Damn Heroes. I even have the BA insignia tattooed on my neck - I feel confident in saying I will always be a gamer and I will always be a Blood Angel player. Even if I have to kill Matt Ward should he ruin the next codex.
I don't have a playstyle as my army got ruined by a half dozen house moves over 8 years in tissue paper padding at best - so I'm proxying up my broken models as whatever I feel like using. We play quite a bit of proxy gaming because i'm not the only one in this situation sadly, although admittedly almost everyone else has now got their forces finished and i've completed a stormlord, drop pod and 3 characters :-\ i've got about £300 worth of models under my desk but I'm terrible for procrastination - current holdup is I need to order an adaptor for my compressor but i keep forgetting to ask for advice on here...
Last edited by realitycheque; April 4th, 2011 at 22:10.
That is shocking. On behalf of all past, present and future GW employees I can only apologize!Originally Posted by Shinglepants
Aside from anything else that's putting the short term sales first - if you can't play you can't win, and if you can't win you're unlikely to get hooked ;-)