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I have been hoping to start a fleet. Im torn between playing Chaos, Eldar, or Tau. Chaos because I had heard they had an advantage in weapons range and because I like the looks of the models. Eldar because I like the speed and the models. Tau because I play Tau in 40k. If someone could explain the advantages and disadvantages of each fleet I would be very grateful.
Chaos: If you like having an incredible amount of options and a vast array of weapons and methods for crushing your enemy, then this is the army for you. I would say that about half of the players in my area play Chaos and they all enjoy their fleets very much. One person in particular loves his Slaanesh fleet so much that I think the Chaos God took over his soul and made him sleep with his models.
Eldar: This army you have to be a little more sneaky with. It's great at dishing out firepower, but not so great at taking firepower. They also have the dubious distinction of being the most downright annoying army in BFG. Their ability to move after shooting has led many a person at my local gaming store to cry "Cheese!". If you want to avoid cries of Cheese as you whoop up on someone else, then avoid this army.
Tau: I only have the first printing of their rules, which was later revised and then revised again and I'm not sure but I think that they have even been revised once more since the last time I saw them. I really don't know what to tell you about them except for the two people at my local store who bought them, haven't really liked them. Both people used them for a couple of games and then went back to their other BFG Armada's. Both of these people are excellent BFG Admirals btw, so they are a good measure of the game.
Listen to H0urg1ass.
Chaos: They're one of two "simple" fleets (along with Imperial), meaning that they lack a ton of special rules and are easier to learn with. Plus, if you buy the starter box, you get the manual, counters, four Imperial cruisers, and four Chaos cruisers - and if you do the math, you're getting about $20-$30 of free stuff in that box! Trade or sell the Imperial stuff to a friend, or keep them and make a second fleet (which is a great way to guarantee finding an opponent). It's for this reason that I suggest Chaos out of your three choices.
Eldar: I just want to point out that there's now two Eldar fleets, Craftworld Eldar and Eldar Pirates, both of which play differently but have the same basic style (fast & fragile). Not, in my opinion, the best fleets to start the game with, but not impossible.
Tau: I agree with H0urg1ass here - all the people I know who've played BFG Tau have since shelved them for other fleets. Whether that's because of lack of interest, poor sportsmanship, or horrid rules, I don't know. What I do know is that the GW Tau ships are, to me, ugly as all hell. The Forgeworld Tau fleet, though, is gorgeous (that link has non-Tau ships as well).
i agree the GW Tau ships are aweful but the forge ones are quite nice
WELL SAID, NO MORE SQUATS THEY ARE DEAD GET OVER ITOriginally Posted by artificer
I am also looking into picking up BFG. What are peoples general impressions of the other available fleets?
Chaos fleets are a good all round fleet - good range/firepower.
Eldar fleet - (Damn pointy ears!) They can run rings around a fleet, great at hit a run tactics.
Tau - not too sure, never fought againts them.
As for the other fleets:
Imperial - good starter fleet, with good range/firepower.
Space marines- Very tough ships, good at boarding actions (Terminator squads!).
Dark Eldar - bit like normal eldar fleet - very fast.
Necrons(my personal favorite) - Faster than any other fleet(on all ahead full - D6x10 extra movement), nasty weaponry. VERY tough.