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My friend is looking at getting into eldar & has never played before is it possible to start with eldar?
of course its possible there's nothing stopping your friend from playing eldar, they just have a sharper learning curve and cant forgive mistakes like space marines and necrons, and the army needs to work in sync or be destroyed. but if your friend is really interested then good for him! always happy to hear of more eldar players
Eldar can be a starter army, as a matter of fact they were my first army. They need to be used together and won't forgive any mistakes in your play, unlike tougher armies. Think of it as the eldar are an Exacto Knife where as the Forces of Man is a Sledgehammer. Just have to know exactly how to use eldar.
Eldar Craftworld Igsolus-Toc (reset for 5th)
0 / 0 / 0 3500+
Tyranids Hive Fleet Oceanus (reset for 5th)
0 / 0 / 0 WIP around 1600 points
If he wants to start eldar because he likes the fluff or model range then it is a very good idea to start with them. I fell in love with the Ulthwe fluff and started with a foot slogging guardian list with support weapon batteries. I didn't do great but stayed with it because I was already attached to my army before playing them. As others have said they are less forgiving, learning to play the game without a 4T, 3+save army from the start helps the mistakes stand out clearly and painfully. Hopefully this will mean he will make the same mistake fewer times before realizing it is a mistake then he would with other armies.
I would say they are the best army to start out with. They give you a great feeling for all kinds of aspects of the game. We have assaulty units, shooty units, fast units, big units, small units, heavy armored units, or any other kind of unit you could ask for. It's probably the hardest army to play though, which is good and bad. Good because it means that after Eldar (If you do decide to go on to anything else) you are pretty much set tactics wise. You will know how to use a wide variety of units. Bad because you probably won't be winning any games early on. If you just want to win go for something like Necrons or Space Marines, If you want an army that will offer a wide variety of ways to play, and will help you become a better gamer in the long run go for Eldar. I can tell you after playing Eldar, I think I could effectively play any other army at least moderately well, except for Dark Eldar. None of the people I know that played Space Marines or Necrons as their first army would even think about trying to play Eldar, even after years of playing against them.
Eldar are an incredibly tactical army, and you will not win any games until you have your tactics perfectly sorted to the fine details. They are the most difficult army to start winning with, but when you start winning, you'll never stop. So in a sense, I suppose, they're actually both the worst and the best army to start off with, because they get you into the game with an excellent grasp of tactics which will serve you well in any situation but they are very difficult to play with at first, more so than any other army.
my experiences with starting Eldar as my first army were a little odd. I started playing them because they were the only army noone in my group plays. I inherited a force consisting of about 20 or so guardians, a wraithlord, 2 vypers, a falcon, and 3 partially assembled jetbikes. it was a difficult force to learn with, but then when i started collecting a few orks, picking up the blackreach box and getting into marines, i have come back to my eldar. once you learn the precision it takes for an eldar victory, all other races seem a little... heavy-handed. would i have learned quicker and won more games earlier had i started as marines? probably. would I be as formidable an opponent as I am in my group (who have all been playing 3x as long as I)? no way.
I'm another one of those players who started and only plays Eldar (that is until I get my Pre-Heresy Thousand Sons in order.) They are definitely a very difficult army to start with, but if the player has the patience to shrug off the losses they will inevitably suffer during their first 10-20 games, then they become a very devastating force that rarely ever loses games in the right hands. I've only been playing the game since 5th edition came out and I now boast one of the most impressive win records at the Seattle Battle Bunker.
I will also second the notion that once you master Eldar tactics, they will make you a step above most players at being able to play other armies and pulling out little tricks and unit synergies that MEQ players most likely would not notice.
Last edited by Fleeting Ęther; March 14th, 2010 at 22:10.
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Fortunately, when I started with eldar, most of my friends were just starting or were re-starting back up again. I had some great tutors, and I hit the ground running.
Personally, I believe a little knowledge of other armies help some when starting with Eldar. If for nothing else to help you realizes, "Okay my units aren't like what I had before, now I've gotta change up things." Making you work to help understand just what you've begun.
Though when it comes to a army to start with pre-Eldar. I started with Blood Angels before any other army, so I had one of the sharper learning curves to begin with.
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