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i love both these armys alot and i was wondering ive been playing warhammer for 3 years. what army do you guys think i should buy? imperial guard or orks?
It all depends on how you wish to play the game.
IG are very versatile, and allow options to include allied space marines or Inquisitorial forces. They tend to play as a stationary fire base with a shit ton of bodies to throw at the enemy.
Orks are also very versatile, but lack alliance options. They move around a lot more, have just as killy vehicles and guns, are slightly less accurate, but three times as deadly in close combat.
I'd personally suggest Orks. You can get a great starter army with AoBR and hold onto the Space Marines. Then once your Ork army is complete you have a hefty chunk of points to use to field a Space Marine army and can start purchasing IG to add in as allies. Plus the IG should be getting a new codex sometime in the next few years, so I'd also wait until that comes out.
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As I am sure you will hear from many people across the entire forum, this choice is almost entirely up to you. The only thing we can do is point out small pros and cons that we have learned over our years of gaming. That said, here are some things I would suggest you consider.
1. Every army can be played in any fashion you desire.
Although Gaurd are typically considered a firing line army and orks are usually a meelee beater army this is not set in stone and you can make a list to fill any roll with any army. It may be harder to win games with a CC gaurd set up but if that is what you enjoy then go for it. Don't let past precedence deter you from doing what you want.
2. Every army is a long term investment.
It is true that this is a great time to start an ork army due to the mass amounts of ork units floating around after marine players have ravaged the Black Reach starter set. I suggest however that you keep in mind that the army you choose will be with you for a long time and if you were to choose based on cost you may not enjoy the hobby as much as possible. When considering the monumental cost of starting an army remeber that this is a hobby that could very well provide countless hours of entertainment (depending on how much you love or hate painting) and that spending an extra hundred dollars in the long run may be the diffrenece between sticking with your first army or selling mid way through and starting over.
3. Cardboard is worth more than gold
I will lastly suggest cutting out some cardboard circles and playing a little ProxyHammer so you can get a feel for both armies before dropping any hard currency. When i started fantasy I did just this and saved myself much money and time as I learned very quickly that my first love, the vampire counts, did not provide me any enjoyment on the table top.
I hope you enjoyed my little novel here and i look forward to any question you might have in the future. Until then please enjoy the rest of your day
I was told that the Imperial Guard has even more models on the table than Orkz, so if you want to minimize painting until you have a full force ready, then there you have another reason for Greenskins.
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Pfft, lies. Ork Boyz cost the same as a standard Imperial Guard soldier. Then there are Conscripts, which cost less, and Gretchin, which cost even less.
Honestly, having played both Orks and IG (IG was my main army for years, until I got sick of them and switched to Orks, which is now my main army) I'd say that Orks are the most fun. The possibilities in an Ork army are almost limitless. You can literally field any sort of army you could ever dream of; a completely mechanized CC force, a very powerful gunline army (which can put even Tau to shame), or a mass swarm army, or a tank army, anything! IG on the other hand are rather limited; while possibilities exist for CC armies, Drop Troop armies, Mechanized, Swarm, etc, generally most of these options are strategically impractical and rather weak; although the options are there, they aren't very effective at all of them. Orks, on the other hand, can be powerful in nearly every combination, which more than anything makes them an awesome army to field.
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