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I want to try out the game and would like to build a nice cheap force to demo for friends. The thing is my goal may out weigh my budget. I would like to get two small forces that will be varied and balanced against each other. Then I could try to set up a few demo games. Could anyone post a list of a relatively 2 balanced forces and how much it cost to put together. Since, I do not know too much about the game I feel I would not be able to put a balanced forces together. Thanks for any help that comes my way.
since no one has responded maybe some guidance would help. From the impression I am getting, it looks like a 1000 point game is considered to be on the small end. So, I know my friend likes chaos flavor wise and to be honest the ships look awesome. I also seem to have read that there is some balancing issues with all fleets. Could some one suggest a chaos and a Imperial Navy fleet list that would be some what balanced against each other.
I think you are correct in going for Imperial and Chaos. I would pick up two cruisers boxes (so four ships) and a pack of escorts for each. And that should come in around 1000 points. And should be relatively cheap since all the Cruisers are plastic. I would maybe play a few games trying out different classes before gluing the armaments on or alternatively you could magnetize from the start.
It is generally accepted that all BFG ships are fairly well balanced, so as long as you give each side a mix of weapons batteries, lances and ordnance bays the fleets should be fairly even. Chaos fleets are normally a little more carrier heavy than Imperial Fleets though.
Wraith gave this advice to someone else
"2 Cruiser boxes (4 ships) and a pack of escorts (I'd pick Infidels for the Torpedoes) should get you a solid 1000 point list.
You're going to want to build up one of the cruisers as a Devastation class carrier - it's your general purpose workhorse carrier, and your best bet for working fighter cover into games too small for a Styx (which is an absolute beast, but you pay tons of points for it!). After that, it's your call. The Carnage class boasts an unrivalled set of broadside batteries (it out-shoots battleships!), while the Murder trades some of that raw firepower for long ranged lances. Slaughter class cruisers get a bad reputation due to their short range, but if you're willing to slug it out at close quarters it's a delightful brawler (and blazing fast, too!)."
Hope that helped
Chaos (most easiest to begin with)
stay farthest away from Eldar since these will never learn you on how to play BFG.
You can build for above mentioned 3 very balanced fleets at 1000pts. And affordable (yes FW Tau is cheap).
The GW Tau fleet is a slow ponderous moving heavy Carrier fleet.
The FW Tau (will be!) a manoeuvrable gunnery fleet with the new draft2010 rules. Cool stuff.