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I'm new to 40K and learning the rules bit by bit, but I have a few questions about "how it's done." In particular:
1. Looking at my army lists in the codex (I play Orks) I see that my models/units can have upgrades. (Besides my codex, I'm also using Army Builder to help learn about my units and put armies together.) One particular upgrade is 'Eavy Armor. With my Ork models, I can't tell if they are showing 'Eavy Armor or not--probably because I don't know how much detail the models will show of the 'Eavy Armor. I have these sets: Black Reach box set, Ork Battleforce, Burnas & Lootas box, Stormboyz Box. I THINK that some of the Nobz from Black Reach are wearing it, but I'm not sure. All this said, except for needing the points for something else, why would I not just add this upgrade to my choices? And in general play, is that how it's done--just choose the upgrades, pay the points, and maybe the upgrade is or isn't shown on the models? Or, does the model matter? (Think general play in a GW store or with people who play often.)
2. Are there any Ork models that have Mega Armor? Which sets are these models in?
3. In general play, if a model DOES show an upgrade (say my Trukk does have a wrecking ball glued on) if I don't want the model to have it on paper, would it be good enough to just note that...or generally, do I need a Trukk model that does not have it glued on? (I'm not talking casual play with my buddies at my house, but maybe a local GW tourney or playing with some serious players with unlimited $$$ that have every model in duplicate.)
4. From what I've learned, we're on 5th Edition (red cover book) but some of the codexes are older (4th, 3rd, or even 2nd I was told). How much does it matter that some of the codexes are old? A buddy wants to start playing with me but the army he wants apparently has no 5th edition codex yet. Is that a problem?
5. How well do models work across editions? If I buy a bunch of 5th models now, can I play them at 6th, 7th, or ...?
6. Is there any way to tell which books are from which editions? I can't find anything in them that actually says "5th Edition," "4th Edition," or otherwise.
Thanks for helping the nube. It's most appreciated.
You always use the latest edition of your codex and that of the main rule book. It is possible for armies that have outdated codexes from previous editions to play in the current edition. Dark Eldar for example still use a 3rd edition rulebook and can still play in 5th edition tournies.
WYSIWYG is pretty standard for tournaments but that usually goes for what the model doesn't have on them. You would want to check ahead of time with the tourny organizers to see if it's ok if your model has something on them that you don't wanna use. Most people are ok with this so long as you tell them before hand.
Yes there are mega armoured nobs and they're sold in blister packs. Also Eavy armour is usually displayed as the heavy shoulder pads on the nobs.
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