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Me and 2 of my friends are wanting to start BFG, and we want to learn the basic rules through playing games. So I was wondering if you could give me 3 small lists with little or no special rules, The fleets I would like are: Space Marines, Eldar, Imperium. I think 200-300 pts would work but you guys would know better than I!
Thats a bit too small, it would only give you one cruiser each!
Go to the specialist games website and you can download the whole rulebook in a series of pdf files, do that and read through it. It has all the rules for playig plus the rules for the basic fleets and scenarios such as the basic one, cruiser clash, which gives you the amount of ships you need and a scenario to play a very basic game. Then, if (when) you decide you like it, buy the starter box to get the rulebook, BFG dice and markers, plus 8 cruisers and guides on how to build them as well as rules quick referance guides which can basically teach you most of the rules on their own!
I agree with strewart. And only the Imperium and Chaos has no "special" rules. The rest of the 40k fleets has someway of special rules, which making them diffrent from the "basic" fleets... for exampel, SM has bombardcannons and 6+ armor on all of thier ships, and Eldar has light ships with holofields and special fast movement. So some special rules you must have...
I already down loaded the Living Rule book, and as for the lists, it's mostly for practicing the rules and stuff, not really for everyday games. Sadly, I don't have a GW or a grivate store that sells BFG here and my parent are paranoid about internet shopping
Well, if you just want to practice, use cardboard cuttouts for ships. All you need is a circle with prow, stern, and center marked on it for each one, since all measurements are done from either the edge of the base or the stem.
For small practice games, choose just about any two cruisers for Imperial or Chaos fleets. Don't even worry about points costs that much yet - just take any regular cruisers. With Space Marines you're limited, since they only have one cruiser type, but they're cheaper so you might be able to squeeze three in vs two Chaos or Imperial cruisers. Never played as Eldar, so I'm unsure of their cruiser costs compared to the others. For all of the fleets, escorts are a LOT cheaper (between 30 and 50 points each, usually), so you could play a game with one cruiser and a handful of escorts if you like as well.
I've made a few 400 pt lists for me and my friends that go like this:
These are lists mainly to learn rules with, so no squadrons, but once we learn the rules we'll expand the lists with squadrons and such.
Well, they are all illegal lists. Escorts have to be fielded in squadrons, and taking such small squadrons is sheer heresy. My own Eldar escort squadrons are never below four-strong, and I have yet to meet a player who likes having a strength 8 Eldar torpedo salvo hurled up their battleship's stern by my trusted Nightshades, fielded in squadrons of four.
I suggest starting with the cutouts, like mEGALOMANIAC suggested, and play some 1,000-point games. This will give you each a fairly decent number of points for a fleet list.
The way I obtained my Eldar fleet was through a Rouge Trader (ie, independent retailer). I just had the fleet special ordered and had them call me when it was in. I ended up parting with only $230 US for my 2,000 point fleet, and I sure as hell spent a lot more than that on my starting Raven Guard force of 1,500 points. I'm sure your local GW store or Rogue Trader can give you the same option. It's a great way around online shipping if your parents are paranoid about it.