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I got a friend that needs help with a decision. Hes painted and converted a few 40k models but never collected an army, so I convinced him to get a fantasy army. Hes about to start collecting and doesnt know what to buy a o&g battalion or the 100 pound army set.
Theyre both on this website:
So what do guys think is better for a complete and utter beginner to tabletop games. I thought it would be better to buy the battalion and build off that.
I used to be superbock, if anyone cares.
Well for a complete beginner to warhammer i would say the best choice is a battle for skull pass box set. This will give a nice base to start with, a rule book, templates, dice etc. etc. etc. It'll even give him the start for a dwarf army if he should decide orcs aren't his thing, (blasphemy, i know), all that for a bare bottom price. After you get that you can see that the cost benefit for the orc boxes are basically nullified, (unless you want twenty spider riders...), so your best path would be to start getting individual boxed sets. Orcs are an obvious choice, they hit hard and come in droves. Some ranged artillery like a few spear chukkas or a rock lobba for support, a chariout or two for speed, definitely some characters to lead the army, and maybe even a giant to top it off. The sky's the limit with orcs.
I'd agree that the battalion is a better bet, between the two. Starting him off with a full army box may overwhelm him, and dropping that much on a single box may make him feel constrained to that exact army at first. The battalion will let him decide what he likes and doesn't like and build accordingly.
I dunno, 50 for a battalion, then add 30 for the black orcs, 12 for the warboss, 8 for the fanatics, you're now at the cost of the army box and still short an entire regiment of boys. Every one of those items is a solid selection you see in almost every army list.
So, if you're going to buy the battalion, it is very much worth it to do the entire army box.
For a *complete* beginner I'd say neither, get skull pass and collect minis as you go.