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I want to start an army using the "gunline" strategy, which seems to be lining up war machines and shooters and blasting away people. I have considered Chaos Dwarfs, Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire. Which of these is most successful?
Dwarves and Empire, though Chaos Dwarves might do well with their Earthshakers slowing the enemy down.
Reason: Dwarves and Empire have more guns, better artillery (and a better selection), and a few units that can hold the enemy up for a turn or few.
Just be warned that gunlines tend to get rather boring to both play and face after a while, and they're often looked down upon. But if that isn't a problem for you, I'd say go for it, and when making a list, you'll need something to slow the enemy down or hold them up for a bit (gunlines and combat don't mix).
As ArchonFarseerGuy pointed out both Empire and Dwarves can make some very solid gunlines. In my experience with both of them i've found Dwarven gunlines when played well to be somewhat more solid, mainly because of the basic troops all at T4 providing a solid screen makes it very difficult to get to the guns. Where as Empire are slightly weaker for the majority of their choices but have a better counter attack, this is because dwarves are very limited speed wise.
If your after just a solid gunline in games with little or no objectives aside from butchering your opponent i'd suggest dwarves. If you want a more versatile army with the possiblity of a better / faster counter attack i'd suggest Empire. All in all grab the army books if you can, have a flick through and see if that doesn't make the choice for you.
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Dwarfs are definitely the best option, although personally I would advise against making a gunline your sole army composition option, as you might become very bored.
I think I'll go dwarfs, they seem customizable enough that if I get bored of gunline I can change it.