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Chaos Space Marines
I'm trying to slowly draw some of my friends into Warhammer, and I'm thinking of introducing the game with some combat patrol battles. I currently have enough models of eldar, blood angels, and orks to make up at least 2 combat patrol armies from each race. For a bit more variety, I want to add one more army to the mix, and I'd like to do so by buying a battleforce and at maximum one additional squad/character. I've narrowed the armies I'd like to pick from to the choices in the poll, which one do you think would yield the best results?
Thanks for your help!
I chose necrons, but I would also include DE as well. They are both good deals for their battle forces (ie: you'll use all the models in them), and play different enough from the models you own to warrant a different playstyle to test.
One reason I do recommend the necrons is that they are further away thematically from eldar than deldar (both being elves and such). The big selling point is that after the battleforce, you can buy a command barge box and get an hq and heavy model and have a completely legal (if low point) force.
A little clarification point, when you say that I can buys the command barge and get an hq and heavy model to have a complete force, do you mean that the command barge is an hq and heavy model or that I need a command barge, an HQ and a heavy model to have a complete force?
It's supplied with a lord & base who can be fielded separately while you are using it as an annihilation barge.
It's not implausible that you might end up wanting to field 5 of the things.
As for being 1 dimensional... oh my, not anymore. Whoever told you that has a fairly dated knowledge of them. The necrons just received a new codex recently. They now have as much versatility and list options as any other 5th ed codex. They're not crazy-powerful like GK or anything, but they definitely have some good builds. Powerlevel-wise, I'd put them about on par with dark eldar.
That's perfect if it's good for starting out, as my master plan (insert evil laugh here) is to have a bunch of small armies to battle with my friends and then have my friends buy their favorite army off me and take it wherever they want to.
The 1-D comment yes was based on the older edition, as I've actually been away from the game for about a year now.
Any comments on the other armies' battleforces listed in the poll?
Well, Grey Knights don't have a battleforce, so no need to worry there. The Chaos Space Marines Battleforce would be really good if it didn't have possessed, which are awful. The Tau Battleforce doesn't seem too bad, though I think people are in the air about Stealth Suits.
The best one, however, is Necrons without a doubt. There isn't a single model you probably won't use and Dark Eldar are close behind.
40k: Silver Angels of Our Martyred Lady 7/2/3 - Daemons of the Great Squiggle! 3/1/0
Fantasy: Windhost of Athel'Loren 2/0/0 - Daemons of Another Great Squiggle! 0/0/0
Warmahordes: Legion of Everblight (Absylonia)
What no love for Imperial Guard? That would be my vote but if you don't want to go with that then I too would say to go with Necrons. Battleforce is great place to start and easy to expand upon.