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I'm not sure what to do. I have a respectable space marine army right now (about 2500 points) that I've invested a lot into. Unfortunately, after about a dozen games, I lost 3/4 of them. I usually play against Chaos or the Imperial Guard, occasionally the Tau. I've been considering switching to the Tau because they are a "shootie" or range oriented army. But is it worth it? I've already put hundreds of dollars into the Marines, and I'm only 14, without a job. I've got 200 dollars saved for Warhammer. Should I start a Tau Army or add onto my Space Marines?????????????
Losing interest in an army, for whatever reason, is a major hazard when investing in Warhammer 40,000. It can result in hundreds of dollars of "wasted" money, as you have suggested. What I would suggest is that you don't look at it as you are losing interest in your Space Marines, but that you have gained an interest in Tau.
That way, the Tau can be your second 40k army as opposed to a replacement for your Space Marines. Most 40k players have more than one army...some as many as 3, 4 or even more, so having two is by no means wrong. I know you're concerned about spending more money, so my advice is to go slow. Add a squad of Tau firewarriors here and there, splurging on a Hammerhead tank or Crisis suit team every so often, and aim at having your completed Tau army in 6 months or more. This way, you can stretch out your enjoyment of painting, collecting and gaming, and it won't break the bank.
Also, in the meantime, I would suggest you continue playing games with your Space Marines. A dozen isn't really a lot, and you certainly shouldn't be thinking of throwing in the towel just because you've lost more than you've won. You're still learning. Now, 2500 points is enough, so certainly don't add to your marines. Any more money you're looking to spend on 40k, put towards your new Tau army, but add to it slowly, like I said. Also, if you are losing with Space Marines, the "newbie army", you likely won't do any better with Tau. I'd say keep playing with SM and gain more experience. Once you're winning about half of your games, I'd say you're ready to move onto a new army, if you want. Don't ever expect to be on a winning streak, because few players win every game they play (usually only experts with years of experience and stacked army lists). But then, not winning can be part of the fun of 40k. Afterall, if you won every game to the point that winning became easy, then it would be no fun any more.
Enjoy the challenge and stick with your Space Marines for the time being. Collect Tau on the side if you want, but don't rush anything. Make sure you're confident in your choice of Tau, otherwise you might find yourself investing hundreds of more dollars in an army that you're not fully into. This has happened to countless 40k players, myself included. Have patience, and you will save yourself some money (and have fun doing it).
Switching from SM to Tau certainly won't help you win more games.... But starting a new army seems like the way to go if you already have 2500 points of SM and feel like blowing more money on Warhammer.
My advice would be to talk your local Tau player and as to play a few games with his army. Ask around our local Tau forum-we're always ready to help would-be converts to the Greater Good. And if you're not enjoying Space Marines and like Tau better, you can by all means switch-I'm sure a quick visit to Bartertown or eBay would recitfy the situation.
I'm in a semi-similar situation-I love my Tau, but I've also become somewhat attracted to the Guard as well, so I've been kicking around in the local Guard forum, and I plan on bugging one of our local Guard players to loan me an army to try some night before I go and sink money into it.
However, don't immediately expect to start winning once you switch-every army plays differently. I mean, obviously as a Space Marine player, getting into CC isn't that big a deal. With Tau, if you get into CC, you can basically write those men off. On the other hand, there are no Space Marine infatry that I can think of that can reliably blow up a Leman Russ from 6 feet away, either. The same cannot be said for Tau, though (The Broadside technically counts as an infantry! A large, power-armored one, but an infantry nonetheless!
But, like I said, play a few games and get a feel for the Tau before making the switch. If you switch right away, and find you don't like it, you'll be even worse off.
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I would say yes as Tau are a fun army and if you want to you can make a list to win.
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If Tau interest you, as apparently they do, and you have 2000+ points of Space Marines, I would definitely say yes.
However, just beware - they can't take as many hits as a Space Marine army, but they are still worth points, so you can't go about wasting them like you can do in some armies (Tyranids, Orks, IG).