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I'm brand spankin new to W40K (and wargamming in general except for Battletech) and my first couple of purchases (other than 20 lbs. of books) were the GK Termies, and a GK PA squad.
With that in mind, and the fact that I've been reading these boards, and have thoroughly dissected the DH Tactica so nicely stuck up at the top of the page, I've got a few questions I'd like to ask you all.
I'm currently planning on a puritanical GK-DH army, or possibly a WH army with mostly GK(except for the manditory selections).
It seems that pretty much we'll always be fielding less models than most other folks. Even with Stormies to fill out the troop choices. Does this seriously affect our tactics? Most of the GK army lists I've put together top out at about 40 models for 1500pts. (Also being new to the game: In general what is the average model count for armies at 500, 1000, and 1500pts?)
Do DH players generally make multiple army lists? Basically, I can easily see myself having a general army list for all occassions, and then another seperate one tooled out with wargear for facing Chaos and/or Demons.
With all the special rules and the lower model count, I can only assume that learning 40K playing DH/GKs is a tad bit harder than something not so special rule heavy. Any suggestions you could throw my way to make this easier would be great.
This one is more of statement than a question. I'm also new to mini painting, and I've come to realize that although GKs look great when properly painted, they're also not something a beginer painter can crank out. (Smaller brushes good! Wider Brushes Bad! For example, I purchased 3 boxes of miniatures about four weeks ago (GK Termies, GK PA squad, and Karskin Stormies, plus the limited edition Ordo Herecticus Inquistor with the hat & plasma pistol - I had too... I live in Salem, MA.) and I'm only about 3/4s of the way through painting the GK termies nevermind all the others. (Of course I'm married and hold down a 50-60 hour a week job too.) Any words of encouragement or advice along these lines would be greatly appreciated. I keep trying to make new player game day at the local GW store, but the unpainted minis keep me home.
I suppose thats enough for now. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Well first off, welcome to LO & the Daemonhunters!
DH was my first army as well (and only 40K army so far), so don't worry about it being TOO difficult to learn with. The size difference isn't anything to really worry about either. You'll have less models than any other army, sure, but each of your models can do a lot more damage. What you really need is a clear head for tactics to play DH, as you have less overlapping and redundant units at your disposal. I'd think your Battletech experience'll help out a lot on that.
As to having multiple lists, I wouldn't suggest it too much. Takes a lot of fun out of the game if you tool your list to your specific opponent. Unless you play in a Chaos-heavy area, keep the anti-chaos wargear limited to Sacred Incense (it's so cheap that it's stupid NOT to take just in case!. Other than that, you'll need the same kinds of things - cc power, infantry support, armor-busting weapons - against any army.
I did the same thing when I bought my DH, painting-wise. Bought about 3/4 of my total army in one shot, and it sat on my painting table mocking me for a LONG time till I finished it. I'd suggest stopping purchases for now, till what you have is done or nearly so. That way you don't let it pile up on you (and you get to play smaller games, learn the rules, and decide what unit's you'd like to add in a more leisurely fashion).
Good luck, and feel free to PM me or post here any further questions you have!
puritan huh...wellllll, its more fun to walk the line i think, i like both but not this pure gk crap-too limited, use stormies. inqs and assassins are characterful and great. i DO use multiple lists, with gk with few gk and without =). planning for all around combat forces is the way to go. as for collecting/ painting, start small, only a few models at a time. early on keep the paint simple, then let it grow in complexity with your skill. thee are many websights (inc this one) with tips etc about painting/ converting. i am a painting enthusiast myself so if you need tips let me know and i can point you in the right direction(s). HAVE FUN!