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I hope you guys could please help me in army building and selection to build up a competitive ork list from ground-up stage by stage; aka starting with 500, then going to 1000, 1500 and finally 2000 points.
If I'm not mistaken, the current "toughest to fight against" ork armies include nob bikers? What else should I take to support them?
Thank you in advance!
Nob Bikers are great, but not a good idea for low point games. I'd save that until you're starting on your 1k or 2k list. For five hundred points, I'd go with some mobs of shoota boyz on foot with nobs equipped with klaws and bosspoles, along with a Kustom Forcefield mek, and maybe some grots for holding objectives.
Another great unit to get is lootas, because they're good at killing low armored troops and light vehicles.
Nob Bikers are good until people figure out how to stop them (Pro Tip: S8-10 pie plates, TH/SS Terminators, Bloodcrushers, vehicle walls, tank shock, baiting). Orks have a lot of competitive builds, so base around a balanced army and you can make anything work.
What type of army did you want? Lots of Nobs, speed freeks, mechanized, shooty, assaulty, horde, sneaky, and so on.
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Hey Zevanna, welcome to the waaagh!!! I was in a similar position 6 months ago when I began with 40k and was also hoping to design an army that could be expandable; except in my case I was going for 500, 750, and 1000 points.
Originally I began by absorbing as much information from other LO members and posted Ork list as possible. I then designed my final 1000 point list and began trimming it down to find a 750 and 500 point force based on the limitations of what was available in the largest list. It seemed like a great idea at the time and it might work for you, but I have a few warnings...
No matter how much research you do you'll realize after some time that you'll want to change up your tactics and this will probably mean changing your force organization. Actually, you might even find that after playing few a 500 point battles that limiting yourself to only the options in your 2000 point force is insufficient. In my case I design a footslogging army, but now I see the importance of a hybrid list so I'm changing it up to add Trukks and/or Battlewagons even though I already purchased the 1000 point list.
==I== would do what ==Me== suggest and research the different styles of Ork armies and choose one that best fits ==You==. Starting with that I'd build 500 points, play a few games and then expand it slowly. It would be terrible to design a 2000 point speed freaks list, get 1500 to 2000 points worth and then find out that you don't like them. I really think it's best to go into it cautiously with a small investment that can be changed or steered in a direction you better enjoy.
But if you are looking for 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 point army list that are a progression I'd be happy to give that a try, but it does require knowing what your favorite ork theme is. Although Nob Bikers are notorious for being the "toughest" Ork unit, I wouldn't say that ARMIES with Nob Bikers are not necessarily the toughest; I wouldn't limit yourself to this requirement unless you really like the idea of Speed Freaks...
Hmm, perhaps we need a sticky thread that outlines the basics for each of the most common force themes. Anyone know if there already is one?
My Orks were built in basically 500 point blocks. Through the process I've learned what works for me and what doesn't.
Shokk Attakk Gun and Lootas - don't work for me.
Boyz - work for me.
You cannot go wrong with building a 500 point list based on the AoBR boxed set. For your next 500 points, I'd recommend MORE BOYZ and a trukk for your Nobz and Warboss be included.
You'll get a lot of use out of that starting force.
The building of my new ork army is on my website: Clay's New Orks