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Hi, my name is Ryan and I'm an Art Student at The Art Institute of California in San Francisco. I don't have gobs of free time, but when I do it's usually spent playing video games, because, as a student, you're too lazy and tired to go out.
So, I have a sculpture class this quarter, and my instructor has shown us countless reference for painting our models, and I was extremely intrigued by the warhammer maquettes he showed. So, I have stopped by the Games Workshop within the Sony Metreon a few times and gazed in daunt at the overwhealming number of races, and the quality in which they were painted. I also watched a couple games being played and, despite the length that they were, it actually looked like something I would enjoy.
So, before I go out and start buying models, glue, and paint (because it does look like a pretty expensive hobby) I wanted to know a few things beforehand. Mind the questions, because I am a newbie and want to know whatever basics I need to know.
First I would like to know what I should buy first, in terms of units and supplies. I have a feeling I'm going to start pretty small and work my way up before I have enough models to play a game, since I don't have the money to buy everything at once. So, what unit/units should I buy first? That, and what supplies (besides paint) do you suggest I get to ensure a complete, good look?
Second, what freakin' race should I choose? All of them look very attractive and I'm sure they each have their own unique qualities, so I'm stumped as to what to get. Since I'm new, is there an easier class you suggest for newer players?
Third and lastly, are there any online readings or articles (here maybe?) that explain the rules of the game, strategies, and other important facts about the layout? I don't really want to pay $35 for the rulebook, so I figured there were places I could read for... cheaper...
Thats about it. Thanks a lot for helping me out. I hope I'm approaching this the right way, because it looks pretty complicated (more so to someone who knows practically nothing about it). So, if there is something else I really should do before I go out and buy anything, I would love to know.
Thank you very much.
hi, welcome to the hobby and this forum!
Here is a good start to find out about the various games, races etc. produced by GW, however, due to copyright you won't find game specifics here...the GW website is a good starting place to pick your race too.
If i was you i'd research a bit and find out what game you are more interested in, the main two are 40k, which is Sci-Fi, and Fantasy battle which is (suprise) fantasy- or whether you are more into the painting and modelling side of the hobby, or like a lot of people on here its all of it that interests you! Check out the Gallery here too, sometimes the minis at the stores can be a bit daunting because the standard is so good, there are some great painters who have posted images here but most of us are fair to middling and a good indication of 'good tabletop standard' (definatly put myself in that category).
The main thing is to enjoy yourself and have fun! and dont be afraid to ask questions however dumb you think they might sound :p
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First of all, hi Ryan! Welcome to L-O and the Warhammer hobby.This depends on which army you decide to play, and which variant of the game you decide to play. As stated, there is "Warhammer Fantasy Battle" and "Warhammer 40,000" - one is set in the distant past, to simplify it, with Elves and other mythical creatures. The other is set in the far future, still with things like Space Elves (Eldar) and advanced technology.First I would like to know what I should buy first, in terms of units and supplies.
The next thing I recommend after deciding those two things is to buy the codex (rulebook) of your race! Using this, you can devise an army list to help you pick your models. I would also recommend a rulebook of the entire game, usually more expensive and thicker than the normal codecies.This depends upon the game you're playing! As we've said, there are two types. Most people will start suggesting this or that army, but instead, I'm going to suggest something I find to be much better advice: look closely at all of the armies and choose the one that most "comes out" to you. The first one you fall in love with, go for it! In the future, you can always collect a second or even a third army (heck, some of the members here collect almost all of them!).Second, what freakin' race should I choose? All of them look very attractive and I'm sure they each have their own unique qualities, so I'm stumped as to what to get. Since I'm new, is there an easier class you suggest for newer players?There are most likely illegal, scanned versions of all the codecies as well as the rulebooks on the internet, but I'd recommend just buying your own. You won't regret it in the end. Also, look around on this website for some of the tactica's, etc. some of the members have posted. Posting rules, etc. on this website are against the rules (and copyright ) so you won't have too much luck finding rules on the web.Third and lastly, are there any online readings or articles (here maybe?) that explain the rules of the game, strategies, and other important facts about the layout? I don't really want to pay $35 for the rulebook, so I figured there were places I could read for... cheaper...Once you get in, you can't truly get out. You can take breaks (long ones) but you'll always come back to it. It's an extremely expensive hobby, yes, but if you do it slowly and pace yourself you'll come out on top. For example, if I were to buy my entire army (a semi-small army, only 21 models) for 40k brand new it would cost me $288. So, I search around on eBay, and buy slowly. I've only gotten 5 models so far, but they're taking my time. Until then, you can always proxy your army if your opponents would allow it.Thats about it. Thanks a lot for helping me out. I hope I'm approaching this the right way, because it looks pretty complicated (more so to someone who knows practically nothing about it). So, if there is something else I really should do before I go out and buy anything, I would love to know.
Hope this helps!