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So a quick summary of my gaming history I used to play 40k back in 1998 played IG, I didn't really like the game at the time stopped picked up WHF played a dwarf army for 4 years and stopped playing. Now my friends have picked up 40k again so i decided to give it a go needless to say i loved the new edition of the rules game seems smoother more enjoyable. So I decided to pick up a CSM army and I love it but the tactics are fairly straight forward. I would like to pick a second army but playing a MEQ army i don't want anything marine. I don't want a gun line i played IG and hated it. And i would prefer a xeno army. An if any of you played magic i was a heavy blue player i love out of the box tactics and combos thats what i want out of my army if possible.
Well naturally coming from me I will suggest Tyranids.
Simply an amazing army. They can become very competitive and they provide so much customability. You can convert many things, the models are easily the best and you have such a large range of options to choose from.
Swarm army, MC army (Only using monstrous creatures its mad fun), shooty army, close combat army, a flying army (All models have wings), deep striking army the list goes on.
I wrote up a solid beginners guide to Nids which can be found in my signature I suggest reading that and at the bottom I give a really good 500 point list which you can expand on. Enjoy!
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Unfortunately, I don't think the magic analogy works well for warhammer..... althought it still sort of holds up. I'll try and keep that theme.
Eldar would be like a blue/white control deck, where you are mostly devensive but you go in and wreck stuff on your watch.
Dark Eldar would be like a blue/black or blue/red deck, where it's more offensive and you spend more time destroying their vehicles/troops instead of protecting your own.
Tau.... is like trying to make a blue-creature deck. Every other color is better suited at what it does. :p
Necrons are unplayable until they get an update.
Nids are basically a green deck. You have a massive box of critters, but your suprize/combo options are pretty limited.
Orks, same as nids, for this analogy.
If you want to play a Xeno race with out there tactics I'd suggest Eldar, Dark Eldar or Tau. All are maneouverable with the ability to take advantage of enemy weaknesses. The closest to 'True Blue' would be Dark Eldar in my opinion since they can certaily screw your opponent around but can't really take it in return (although their agressive nature would make them Blue-Red).
Tyranids are also a good option as they're varied and unique (I don't think that's an oxymoron) but I wouldn't really compare them/40K to MTG.
"Take their gold, burn their homes, kill their familes and enslave their souls. Show them no mercy...oh and could you post these letters while you're out?"
-Malekith, Witch King of Naggaroth.
I was leaning more towards eldar or D eldar, but back when i played eldar relied very heavily on fire prisms. Nids not sure my friend plays them of coarse another person i play with plays D eldar but at this point almost every army covered so I guess that doesn't mean much. I love the new models for d eldar I just know whenever a new army comes out you get the new codex craze
Eldar excel at Mechanized Combat. Fire Prisms are extremely good, and Wave serpents are required to be competitive. This doesn't sound like what you are after.
I'd suggest running DE, they have a plethora of options, from mechanized gunline, to alphastrike CC, to Web Way Portal armies, etc.
Most importantly you like the aesthetics of the army. IMO, you have to like to look at the units you field.
Tyranids are also a possibility, they have a decent array of options, though they are sorely lacking in some departments, ranged AT for example.
I'd do orks/nids for crazy variety (so many different army types you can make from both of them), and dark eldar for a wildly different army type.
Keep in mind if you choose orks/nids, you are going to have to paint a LOT of models. It's not uncommon to find 100+ models in either of those two army lists.