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I want to start a BFG fleet but i don't know which race to start with. Is there a good begginer fleet or an easy to play race. Thanx
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Chaos and Imperial fleets are probably the easiest, as they both use the core ruleset without any of the really odd rules that some fleets have (eldar, necrons, nids, etc all have racial special rules). Space Marines are not quite as simple, but are also very forgiving to a new player because all of their large ships are heavily armored.
You know, for a first time Warhammer 40,000 player, I wouldn't suggest the boxed set for that game, but for BFG players, I have to agree with my compatriots above and say that it is essential. You get the dice, counters, planet cutouts, as well as a wonderful hardcopy of the rulebook. But the best part is that you get about $60 US worth of Chaos and Imperial cruisers (4 each) that you can customize yourself (also note that the entire boxed set only costs $50 US).
I don't want to instantly push you into either Chaos or Imperial, because then we're being guilty of Space Marine Syndrome -- pushing a certain fleet only because it is newbie friendly. I'd suggest that you get the starter box, play some games with the 8 cruisers only, and that will give you a feel for the general game. After a few games, if you still want to go with Imperial or Chaos, go for it. But if you feel like you have a firm grasp on the game, research the other fleets and find the one that appeals to you most. Check out the models, read what people have to say on BFG forums (this one, and others, such as the Specialist Games Battlefleet forum), and get a feel for the other fleets, cause it really sucks to choose a fleet without finding out about the others, then realizing after you've spent a lot of money that you like another fleet better, and you lose your interest on the one you've already bought.
Just my suggestions...
BTW, there is a topic on this forum - might be a page or two back - that discusses the differences between the races and their fleets. In short:
Imperium - standard fleet; slow, heaviliy-armoured, lots of torpedoes, most ships choices
Chaos - faster fleet; again, lots of ship choices; strengths include weapons batteries and their excellent cruisers (battleships are arguably inferior)
Eldar - very fragile, very maneuverable fleet; tricky to use, but devastating if you love tactics and can execute them well
Orks - a low point fleet (read: you will have lots and lots of ships); largely inept, as Orks are, but fun if you have an orky mindset (blow lots of stuff up for the hell of it); amazing at boarding actions
Tyranids - Swarm fleet; slow, only 5 basic ship choices, but you can create your own ships, within reasonable guidelines; excell close up
Dark Eldar - Only 2 basic ship choices, but can be modified; like regular Eldar, but a little tougher and with some special rules
Tau - Fragile, single-shield ships; large fleets; suck in boarding actions/close up; good at long range engagements; some of the best carriers and torpedoes in the game; I think they look great, but many prefer the Forgeworld models
Necrons - toughest S O B's in the game; hard as nails ships; small fleets; think the Borg in Star Trek, or the Shadows in Babylon 5; balanced by some special rules.
SM's - Mostly like Imperium, but with some rules centred around boarding actions, their bombardment cannon, and planetary assaults.
Hope this helps.