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What are the popular armies of Fantasy? I'm a Necron and Ork player in 40K, and I'm thinking about playing Fantasy now that the 8th edition rules sound so awesome.
I want something different than my 40K armies, so I'm not going to play Orcs & Goblins. So far, I'm interested in the Empire, Dwarves, or Vampire Counts. As well as the most popular army, any information comparing those armies would be greatly appreciated.
And finally, does anyone know where I could purchase a "pocket" rulebook of the 8th rules? Thanks.
VC is very popular. I think empire is also pretty popular. Of the 3 I'd say dwarfs are the least popular with their armybook being pretty old ( it is still very sturdy though, and very easy to play. The entire army is very tough. It is a 6th edition book but has survived through 7th very well and seems to do well in 8th too. )
The new starterset will come with a "pocket" rulebook. You can not get it from anywhere else, except people who have the box and want to sell it.
The Haired one is absolutely correct.
I believe that box is set to be sold from september or oktober.
I'd also add that even though Dwarfs are now less popular because of an old book, i think that a new book wont change a whole lot for them, since they have a very solid Fanlist. Other new Armybooks create piles of new players for that army, less so with dwarfs.
Dwarfs will be Dwarfs.
If you want the very least of popular ones, have a look at Beastmen xD
Brettonnians are also quite un-popular in tournies.
Warchief Diggah o da Bloodmoon Squiggahs
Most popular army tends to be Greenskins. Which you didn't want to collect.
Least popular statistically is Tomb Kings, even Beastmen sales have beaten TK sales, even Sisters of Battle have sold better than the Tomb Kings
Fantasy: Wood Elves, Dark Elves, Beastmen and Tomb Kings.
LotR: Misty Mountains and Rohan
@ Digger: I have a strong dislike for that nickname.. yet I am at the same time obscurely pleased to be enough of a librarium personality to have a nickname
Diggie is right though, the dwarf fanbase is always pretty much the same size. Not a large one, not one of the smallest though.
Skaven aren't very popular as far as I've seen. They just have a very small, very twisted fan base. And since you're looking for a pocket rulebook, the Isle of Blood that the pocket rulebook comes in also comes with... ta da! Skaven.
Make sure you have time to paint two million models though.
Least popular armies: Dogs of War, Chaos dwarves, as they don't even have army books.
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.
I thought the new boxed set came out already... I know lots of places sell the 40K pocket book, but I couldn't find the 8th. That would explain why if it's not out.
This has been really helpful. I think VC is out, since it's similar (At least I consider them to be, model and fluff-wise) to my Necrons. Im also against the Tomb Kings, I don't like mummys... Just zombies. Skaven... I've always hated animal-people so no on them, although I like a few of their gasmask and poison units.
It's down to Dwarves or Empire. I like the gun-powder aspect of both... I know Empire's thing seems to be detachments. Do Dwarves have any cool rules like that? In other words, what are they're schtick game play-wise? I'm also a bit interested in Dark Elves, but I think I'd like to play a "good" (As in non-evil) army in WFB since I play two "Evil" armies in 40K.
Also, the last point of intrest for me is cost/amount of metal models. Seems like empire's good units are mostly plastic, how about cost of playing Dwarves or Dark Elves?
Edit: My main reason for starting this was to see if there's a "space marine syndrome" in fantasy... and it sounds like that's a no?
Last edited by Vazzaroth; July 29th, 2010 at 03:56. Reason: Afterthought
I really dont think that there is a largely played army in WFB like there is in 40k. When I play 40k, it seems that every other opponent is Space Marines or an equivalent (Blood Marines, Wolf Marines, Black Marines, Biker Marines. . .ect.). No, in fantasy the players are a lot more widespread. Anyways, Dwarfs are a fun army in general, my only problem with them is the fact that they cannot cast any spells whatsoever. Dark Elves are a destructive army, but less cheesy with all that shade star nonsense removed. Empire is probably my favorite out of the three, their hordes of infantry and many war machines seem pretty cool.
Dwarves don't have a lot of cool-rule units at all (maybe Slayers?) They're just hard as nails.
The good news is that you can put together quite a big Dwarf army without (a) gimping yourself or (b) buying many metal models, especially since they're part of the (now-deprecated) 7th edition starter set. One of those will score you a dozen warriors, ten thunderers, eight miners, and a cannon (plus a kinda-okay lord model). Two sets of 'em will give you a good start.
The battalion box contains 48 dwarves plus a cannon or organ gun and crew. You can build some more thunderers or some quarrelers, and then assemble the warriors with great weapons (more pricey, sure, but S5 troops are -very- nice, and you weren't beating anyone in initiative anyway!)
I picked up two starter sets (very cheap), two battalion boxes, a grudge thrower, one metal runelord, and an anvil of doom (so maybe $100 in metal models, and I could have done without two of them easily).
There ARE nice specialty infantry units for dwarves that are only available through metal models, and they cost a ton ($25 for 5 models, ouch!) Slayers are odd ducks - giant-killers, mostly. Ironbreakers are... well, they're amazingly well-armored, but they don't have any real advantages offensively, and frankly, you can build ironbreakers out of normal warriors by including the face masks and maybe doing some helmet work. Hammerers are the one -really good- specialty unit (great weapons, high S, high T, drop a lord in there and they're unbreakable), but their models are pretty uninspired...
One down side for playing dwarfs - they're short. The models themselves are not going to awe your opponent. I expect they'd be bleedin' hard to convert too...