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First if all my apologies I know some people can get fed up of "Help me choose a army" but this for me is now becoming annoying.
I`ve played 40k for a little under two years now and so far I`ve stilll to completely settle for a army so I no longer waste my money buying X amount of 1 force just to suddenly like the look of another army.
My playstyle is very versatile and can easily fit into blowing stuff up at range as well as getting close and getting stuck into assaults. My painting skill is very basic at best so i`d prefer nothing to major on that front:-
Armies I like the look of:-
Chaos Daemons: I used to play these in fantasy battles and both liked the models and the way they played, so its just a case of rebasing them. I kinda like the way they may play in 40k but feel the EVERYTHING having to DS could be a very big pain in the arse
Dark Eldar: I`ve just started collecting these and truly love the models, the only thing I feel may let me down is the always having to move and the fact that one simple mistake can lose you the game
Necrons: I like the models (Whats left of them) and with their new codex imminent they could get even better, Alsovery easy to paint at the mo and I`m sure even I would hve probs mucking it up. The only thing that lets them down is a shaky codex at the moment and the fact I don`t want to be seen as jumping on the bandwagon.
Tau: Again love the models for the anime feel of them, whilst i hate the background I`ve got a strong background of my own that would with some minor conversion work allow me to use human pirates as tau ( A long background which I`m still working on). Only thing letting them down is the fact of a old codex with only rumors circulating of a new codex
Tyranids: Love the models and used to love the playstyle of them, As for painting I get the feeling anything goes so my suckyness could be hidden. only fail is the fact at the mo if you want a half decent list s the fact your reduced to very few options within the codex
Thank you all for reading this rant/ venting session. any advice anyone can give will be deeply appreciated
shrug, sometimes you just gotta make the rounds. since i started roughly 15 years ago, i went through most of the xenos lists unhappily myself, although this is partly to due with being a kid and on/off-again bouts with the hobby due to lack of funding.
eventually, i got around to imperial guard, and stayed with them for their durability and firepower plus how relateable they were (was in the miliary at the time), and been happy since then (though i also added DA as my 2nd list for quicker games while maintaining durability/firepower)
as for your thoughts:
chaos daemons: the randomness helps add to the 'chaos'/fun. but in a more competitive setting, having units arrive piecemeal and randomly deciding which half of your list shows up first can prove the list to be a bit unreliable, unless your list is practically symmetrical in 2 halves.
dark eldar: that's just who they are.
necrons: i don't think anyone will blame you for waiting until the new dex when they'll actually be playable again, there's just no reason to play them now. plus rumors have it that fluff/models/rules-wise 'crons are going to be very tempting in comparison to their current form.
tau: agreed, most times i look towards doing a list for them, the fluff turns into some sort of human 'counts as' army using the tau codex.
shrug, on which army to specifically advise you to try out... it just comes down to playstyle and models for me most of the time, fluff can always be ammended (like your tau idea).
though from you saying you're very flexible on tactics while looking for a lenient army, i'd say one of the space marine armies. but all ...6ish are up in the air after that, they can all do the flexible thing fairly easily list wise despite their individual fluff (black templar probably can't do shooty that well).
for xenos flexibility: maybe eldar or chaos daemons.
daemons really aren't so bad once you get used to tactics involving how to divide your force for the initial DS and placement of your DS striking units. you can get a lot of shooty from tzeentch units (especially heralds and DPs), melee from most anything khorne or slaanesh (depending on whether you want power or speed, or mix accordingly), and nurgle... usually i see nurgle as a small objective/icon holding unit but others in the daemon forum will give you more difference on all their units.
I would go with DE, you say your playstyle is very versatile, DE pretty much are, everyone automatically assumes you need to skimmer rush to play DE, this is not so.
there are many different themes and hybrids of DE army, you can have virtually no skimmers and have a tough DE army, either Darkfootdar or WWP.
the sheer amount of different ways you can play the army is pretty amazing.
you can play wyche army, coven, kabalite, skimmer rush, venom spam, raider spam, skimmer deepstrike(army of shadows), flying circus and many different types of hybrids.
you have 4 different troop choices, hellions, wyches, wracks and kabalite warriors, everything in HQ, elites, fast attack and heavy support offer really great choice units too, i know everyone keeps going on about venom spam, you don't have to play this, there are many other ways this army can be played, i have been having fun trying them out over the past year, i can honestly say its a great army to play, there's always something new to try, helps refresh your game.
If you're always worried about crushing the ants beneath you...you won't be able to walk.
Go Dark Eldar or Tyranids. If your not playing competitively you'll find that these have the most variance on what is the army themed around. Or just wait and see what the Necrons have to offer.
Army's used: Space Wolves, Tomb Kings, High Elves, Tyranids, Tau and Eldar.
A big factor is whether you are happy to lose a few games with a new army before you learn how to win with them. If you can deal with a harsh learning curve, then I agree that Dark Eldar could work out in the long run - there's a huge variety of builds in the codex that look like fun.