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How big are all the races? Obivously Tyranid would be the biggest... but I mean, yeah. I am having difficulties understanding the weirdness of this universe lol.
Can someone clear it all up for me?
(not too lengthy please :p)
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actually i think the imperium might be the largest, then with tyranids coming in second, just because of how large the whole imperium is so i would say the imperial guard are the most numerous. Tyranids in second because they don't have any actual worlds where they've sttled(that i know of at least). then maybe orks, then Tau, then space marines and chaos about the same, then eldar, then dark eldar. but thats what i think
well, i just counted them in the IG/imperium since they're the same race
Orks are the biggest. Just read their codex! The reason that they can't do anything is because they lack organizational skills neccessary for galactic conquest.
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oh, i have yet to get all the codices, ya know...kinda hard to keep up a DE and harlequin army with no job let alone also get all the codices
There's disagreement evident already, but I'm going to rank it (personal opinion, people!)
Tyranids - There are untold billions of them. Noone has any clue precisely how many, but if the hive fleets seen so far really are only a vanguard, the Tyranids are impossibly numerous.
The Imperium (i.e. Imperial Guard) - Mankind may be starting a long slide into extinction, but it's still hugely powerful, controls a vast territory. There are immense numbers of humans out there.
Orks - They control as many worlds as the Imperium, but since they're not really clever enough to farm or do anything like that, I'd imagine they can't produce a very high-population society outside of frontline combat zones. They just rove around fighting things.
The rest are slightly more difficult.. There are a lot of mutants in the eye of terror, for example, but who can say whether there are more of them than the Eldar or Tau? By the standards of the 'big three' above, I believe Eldar are small and shrinking, Tau are small but growing, and Necrons are simply unknown.
Sisters of Battle - They're a collection of orders rather than a society, so there probably aren't very many of them.
Space Marines - There are approximately 1,000,000 space marines. Pretty pathetic by the standards of the other races.
Chaos Marines - There may well be fewer chaos marines than space marines, because they haven't been able to recruit for most of the last 10,000 years of battle. The legions were big, but they weren't that big.
Grey Knights - Only a chapter, so only 1000 members. I'd imagine they're often below strength as well.
Deathwatch - I'm actually putting them bottom.. Same rate of attrition as grey knights, shortage of potential candidates. I know they aren't really a race yet, but they will be sometime in the next few years.
from what I have read.
#1-3: The tranids, the orks including grots, and The the humans: including sororitatus, imperial guard, and adeptus mechanus. with these three its hard to tell whose on top but if you count the ones not in the galaxy yet then its the nids by a landslide.
#4: The Eldar, including craftworld, exodite, and dark eldar.
#5: The Tau.
#6: The kroot.
#7: The loyalist and chaos space marines.
Last edited by Alexei Vor Yaruk; May 23rd, 2005 at 14:45. Reason: spelling
from all that i have read. (which spans almost every codex, way to much time on my hands)
close call between the nids and orks. orks are all but limitless, a single ork can create an entire army due to how they reproduce. (brings dandrif to a new level) nids keep spawning newr numbers. (look at thw nids in the big picture and their merely parts of a whole so dont they count as just one :p )
next we have the gaurd/imperium, but thats obvious
the sisters of battle count as a single part of the adeptus sororitas, which is also the medical section of the imperial forces and part of the imperial cult. so they are pretty big to cover the fraction of the gaurd that they do.
necrons with their unknown numbers, are probably less then the gaurd or sororitas.
dark eldar would be next, followed by the eldar. eldar are dieing but there is lesser evidence of that with their darker kin.
chaos legions, each legion had upwards of 100k plus followers and some count daemons as their own. and then their are the thousand sons, who are just necrons with souls.
then space marines, fully 2/3 are only 1000 strong at best. the few others that are not are pretty much the black templars, space wolves, and maybe dark angels
at the moment the tau are very small, they are increasing in number but most any race can purge them if the choice was made. (tau cannot stand up to a council of marines, eldar, or sheer number of gaurd)
id assume that deathwatch could be pretty big, unknown numbers of marines recruited from unknown numbers of chapters to ceate small individual units that are able to fight xenos as they work side by side with the inquisitors of the ordo xenos.
as a single chapter, grey knights are dead last
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I too have all the codexes. From what I've read, this is the listing.
Tyrandis: The new codex states something like a billion times a billion tyrandis exist, thats alot of hungry bugs.
Orks: Their codex lists them as the most populous race in the galaxy, which is a true statment. But since the Tyrandis are from another galaxy, their numbers are not as high.
Imperial Guard: The guard is made up of countless billions of soldiers, much more than most other races combined.
Witch Hunters: Although the sisters of battle represent only a small part of the imperial cult, the cult itself has many billions of fanatic soldiers.
Necron: Being a Necron player I've always wondered at their true number, so the information I get is from their codex and other scources. Since tomb worlds seem to be pretty common, I have to imagine there are quite alot of these mechanical monster. But since "their number is legion," I don't think they have quite the numbers of a horde.
Eldar: Even though their portion of space was blown to hell (literaly), they still maintain a large number of people on their craftworlds.
Tau: If one includes the allies of the Tau, I would have to rank them under the Eldar. If not, they probably only have as many as say the Dark Eldar.
Dark Eldar: I'm pretty sure their numbers arn't that high, but there have to be a couple million of them roaming the galaxy.
Space Marines: Even if there are a 1000 chapters, thats only a million space marines (not that you need a whole lot).
Chaos Space Marines: Now the Chaos space marines are a bit hard to rank. If one simply counts actual chaos marnies, their numbers are probably small. But if one includes the seemingly countless creatures of the warp, they probably number with the tyrandis and orks.
Daemonhunters: Probablly around 1000 of these banes of chaos.
That should be all the races ranked, in terms of population.