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hello there! I am in the process of choosing my first army in Warhammer and I need your help with choosing between my top two.
I am looking for something unique and interesting, to me both OK and WoC fit this. I want something easy to play and fairly versatile. I realize that neither of these armies are as versatile as some others, but whichever fits best, you know? I also like the idea of a small, elite, personalized force. This is another reason for my choice between these two. And finally, I wanted something mostly straight-forward without a ton of special rules. Here are the on the downsides to each (as I understand them):
OK: Poor fire-power
Vulnerable to artillery
Somewhat poor armor - reliant on doing damage
WoC: Terribly comlicated to paint
Very little shooting
Also vulnerable to war machines
COMPLICATED TO PAINT! I dunno if I'm up to it...
Anyways, I need anybody who has experience in one or both of these armies to reply with comments and advice, and/or vote in the poll. Thank you very, very much.
P.S. Fell free to correct me on anything I might have said about the weaknesses of either of these armies. I have only read about them, after all.
If you want an easy to play army ogres may not be right for you, at the moment they seem to be one of the hardest armies to play well (they are not a simple charge forward army like they appear). i would try and choose which models you like best and not worry about if something is harder to paint. Imo most models can be painted to whatever difficulty you make them, personally i just do basecoats that i make sure are neat and smooth then i just wash them for detail, simple technique works on all armies.
I personally think WoC are one of the easier armies to paint, and paint well in this game. A huge chunk of their forces are covered head to toe in armor and as the above poster noted, a simple base coat and some shading washes can be very effective, simple, and nice to look at. Painting them honestly reminds me of painting Space Marines or Chaos Marines in that the majority of your force is gonna overwhelmingly look the same as there is little diversity, they routinely have 1 very prevalent color, and everything else is minor. As for their odd models with mutations or that call for color variation, this is a great oportunity to mix some crazy colored paints together and make something unique and chaotic(pun intended). There is no wrong way to paint this army. Mix some paint together, splash it on(by that I mean apply it evenly) and throw in a single ink wash and you have a tabletop worthy army that no one will snicker at.
Personally, I don't play as WoC but I think WoC have the coolest looking model in the game, and when I saw the lord on the deamonic charger, I knew I had to have him and paint him. Easily one of the top 5 models in the entire range.
I can't speak for OK in terms of painting, but they look like they would be a blast and honestly to me would be more difficult to paint because they are huge and fleshy, and huge fleshy models tend to display their inperfections better.
In terms of playstyle, WoC are an army that is arguably the best close combat force in the game. Tactics generally are having your weak units like hounds, maraders, etc shield your pricey units of warriors and knights. Except for the hellcannon, this army is strictly close combat only. You may love or hate this, but if you are coming over from 40k, this may be very refreshing and present you with a very different game tactically and in general.
When OK came out several years ago they were feared before their list even dropped and there was endless QQ from people complaining about a force that had core troops with 3 wounds. Then they actually hit the table tops and people soon realized that they weren't overpowered, and were pretty average. Fast forward to now and OK is one of the weaker armies as other armies have gotten beefed up as their new books have come out. Not to mention developers obviously were worried about this force being too powerful, and they gave them several constraints on troops effectively handcuffing them for the time being in a game now where they don't need as many limitations. That said, OK can be immensely rewarding to play with. You won't have difficulty securing games a local stores/clubs, and they have become a tactical players dream as it takes a cunning general with a good dice hand to win with them.
When it comes down to it though, I would go with WoC because they seem easier to paint decently, are more forgiving on the battlefield than OK, and have some of the coolest most iconic models in the game. That said, OK could be a fun choice for you so long as you arent hellbent on winning every single game and have the patience to learn to play them. I also think OK in the future are likely going to get a very nice buff and the one time bottom feeders will make their way up to the top. Who knows when this will happen, but it's always fun having one of the non mainstream armies for a long period of time and riding them through the ups and downs.
Good luck in your decision. Cheers!