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This is one of my first posts and I've only been privy to Games Workshop, Warhammer 40,000, the whole she-bang for a couple months. About a year ago I flirted with the idea of starting a 40k army, but I knew next to nothing about it and quickly looked elsewhere for my recreational bliss.
But GW and its siren song has reeled me back in, and I'm happy it did. I spent the first little while studying back issues of White Dwarf, collecting codex after codex (wanted a library - "know thy enemy" sort of deal), and eventually sat down to do that which we all do at some point - select my first army.
Well, I don't know how it was for the rest of you, but holy ka-joly! What stress! I realize that I may be more obsessive and methodical than most people, but I had a hard time sticking with an allegiance. I looked at the pros and cons of each army, and seriously considered 7 separate races before deciding --- and when I say seriously considered, I mean I even bought some minis from that army before changing my mind, thus making them useless (so much wasted money **showing a major lack of man-pride and sobbing like a little girl**).
But I'm ranting here because of one critical issue. During my quest for the Holy First Army, I of course considered the bane and blessing of 40k - Space Marines. In addition, as everyone knows, GW is now "re-invigorating" the SM line (cause it really needs it *cough*) and launching a new codex. I understand this (SM's and Chaos SM's making up about 50% of their profit for 40k), but I also foresee a potential fallout in the near future.
I'm sure this worry has crossed many-a-mind, but with the re-launch of the SM line and the surging interest in 40k due to Dawn of War, there are bound to be even more Space Marine players cropping up in the near future. Likwise, many veterans may even want to start a new SM army.
In all my lack of experience, I am here to plead with you one thing: Resist the urge! There are many posts on LO regarding GW's favouratism (yeah, that's how I spell it 'cause I'm a canuck) of the SMurfs and of course they receive the most TLC. As such, of course they're going to be appealing to 40k players, new and old.
Thing is, many of us are sick of this trend (I am, and I'm practically a 40k virgin) and its only going to get worse.
Now, I can't tell you what army to field, or to go against what you want to do. Afterall, this is a game where you SHOULD be able to do what you want and you SHOULD be able to have fun. But I'm just pleading with all of my brothers+sisters in arms and future enemies alike --- look at other options before deciding on Space Marines. Make 40k more diverse. SM pushers, make your case, but don't brainwash newbies by telling them that it's the best race to start with. Fluffwise, it doesn't even make sense for there to be more SM players than anyone else - they're supposed to be elite rarities on the battlefield. Lets try to put the waves of SM vs. SM games behind us.
Mostly this is a plea to any newbies like myself, but all I want to say is that if SM is really your initial destiny, go for it. But just sample the scents of the other flowers before making your final decision. I did, and boy am I glad.
Adieu, and thanks for reading.
P.S. I am now a happy member of the Hive Mind. See you at dinner...
I was like you when I first started, and I still am... I have bits of so many dfferent armies because I cannot decide on which one I like, between me and my friend (who is also like me) we have models from every 40k army there is. Not so many fantasy armies but still about 6 or 7 between us...
I have some space marines (about 3000 points) and I will be revisiting them to design my own chapter, but I will only get another 1500 points or so, then its back to nids for me too. At least thats my plan at this stage... lol.
well the thing is people who want a new army are not going to want to wait however long for the new dex's. if eldar/orks/nids codex was out today you can guarantee that i'd be playing them, but i cant wait.
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'>i know, in todays world, the weak are protected, so evolution is now non-existant for humans. To keep the race moving forwards, there should be tests to see if you are good enough to have kids- k-tana</div>
well when i first started i had no clue what i was doing so i just bought some random box set and i got Tau so i went on from there. Now i've got a good size army i dont brag about my army cause i've lost many battles but won many also. Ya thats how i started warhammer a random guess.
Damn straight homies! Of course tau kill SOB then they go on a pantie raid
the same patern will repeat itself with every new dex they come out with.
cant balme they for want to make mony you know.
(IMO GW is trying to kill its player base with thier uber pricesand never ending wait....)
Well, i have just introduced a freind to 40k, and he's starting with SMurfs, but its OK i guess, coz the other guys i play with collect 'nids and Eldar. I do IG and Tau, so it balances out. But yes i think there will be many new SM newbies out there, but at least our hobby is getting more popular.
I got my guard, the second must numerous army in the galaxy fluffwise, only orks are more numerouse, and I might do them next. ;-)
If you're looking at a fluff explanation, simply think of it this way.
Nearly every battle played with SMs, chaos SMs, Eldar or necrons, is one of the few, key, pivotal battles. The imperium's history is full of them (they had 10000 years, after all) so when you'r at a tournament simply look at this as a rerun of pivotal battles.
SMs, verus SMs are training matches. (if you're zealus, it's in case the other chapter goes heretic :-)
SMs versus Guard are also training battles, excapt they're live fire and no-one tol dthe guard it was training....
I kill two dwarves in the morning, I kill two dwarves at night. I kill two dwarves in the afternoon, and then I feel allright. I kill two dwarves in time of peace, and two in time of war. I kill two dwarves before I kill two dwarves, and then I kill two more.
Goblin kroozade of revengyness: win:19 draw:10 loss:9
Ive been interested in Warhammer 40k for a very long time, threw the oh so common case of a friend who happened to get the Boxed Game set. I was hooked, but unable to play due to financial problems. I spend about 5 years reading White Dwarfs, and drooling over the art, absorbing all the information, and dreaming of various armys Id like to own.
However, my final Army choice was simple. When Games Workshop introduced the Tau, I fell in love. :wub:
They are very flexible, have many options, and just plain look amazing.
Why didnt I pick Space Marines you might ask? Well, that friend I mentioned who introduced me to the game, played the Space Marines every time. And, everytime he beat me. ( Though, I think he cheated now... )
Its about time for some pay-back.