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I'm still deciding what army to collect, and eldar seems pretty versatile.
I'd like to stress again that Eldar are NOT a beginner army. Versatality is NOT a newbies friend especially when you have very easy to kill models
Chaos has versataility, i'd go with them.. Why? Because they're marines and by default that means they have a certain level of Failsafes
Well eldar aren't the best army for a beginner but once you've got the hang of them they are as deadly as it gets. If you ask any gamesworkshop employee they will point you torwards the space marines, they are good to start out with but require less brain cells to play them. Since I'm am a eldar player so I'm obviously gonna say eldar. But tell me what type of army you wanna play like horde, pure close combat, shooting, or good at both? Then I can give you an idea of an army you might wanna play.
If you want to jump into the deep end and can handle losing your first few games, then by all means, start Eldar. You'll learn fast that way, and you'll never learn to rely on S4 T4 3+ save models. Once you learn the ropes of playing Eldar, you'll be very well rewarded with great victories with awesome miniatures
Of course, posting here will give you some tips into playing your first few games. Like the poster above said, find out what kind of army you want to play (+ what models you like), then go from there.
I've always collected armies I like the look of. If you want to win every game then Warhammer/40K is not for you! Give Eldar a go but I lost a lot of games when I first started playing. My opponents were generally unhelpful and didn't explain the rules (things like special rules I was entitled to use etc ). I have since found lots of good, sporting players who play for fun and not sheep stations. Try a GW/gaming store that can help get you started.
The plastic guardians mean you can build up a good base fairly quickly and pose them in cool positions so they don't all look the same. I'd suggest you pick a generic army then specialise later when you get to understand the army a bit.
Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result. - Winston Churchill
Eldar are definitely a, shall we say, "sophisticated" choice for an army, especially one's first. They are a joy to play, but very easy to lose with. They are always challenging, even for veterans who have played 40k for years; as an Eldar general, one really has to work hard to earn every victory. I won't say "Don't choose Eldar", because that's hardly constructive. If you are up for a challenge and really enjoy strategy, then they are for you. I'd say that if you enjoy and are good at chess or other similar, mentally-focussed games, then you have a good chance of handling Eldar well.
The problem is that they are very unforgiving. If their commander makes one mistake, it could spell doom for the entire army. The fragility of our troops combined with their ability to only do one or at most two things well makes them very tricky. I could recommend a bunch of more "newbie-friendly" armies (Space Marines, Necrons, Chaos), but then I'd be doing the same thing that many GW employees do, which is steer you in a direction away from what army you're most suited for (and I hate when they do that...especially when all roads seem to lead to Space Marines).
Sit with your decision for a while, and in the meantime investigate all you can about Eldar, especially their weaknesses and scary bits. If, after a week, you're still content and up for the challenge, then I'd say jump on board the Eldar train. Honestly, though, if you do...expect to lose your first half-dozen games or so.....or not - maybe you'll have a knack for it, but by and large, most Eldar players have to deal with a few losses before they get the hang of it.
Eldar are very versitile.Originally Posted by Blackhole105
Though almsot all the races except power armoured or 3+ save armies, are not truly for begginers.
As the 3+ saves army are very 'forgiving' which means tehy can make mistakes and yet conduct their job, MOST OF THE TIME, until they meet me . haha
But it is your choice.
If Eldar or any other army intrigues you, and you understand their fighting style, by all means play them! Afterwards, you will learn from experience, and build up on that. That is how you learn. Learn from mistakes.
Some key things to identify and can be used to select an army.
You like their looks? heh.
Find out the army's capabilities. Advantages and disadvantage. This can be the longest stage as you are researching to find the 'right' army. If you want to.. research about it.. that is... (as said previously by other people )
If your kinda looking for someone to talk to constantly about eldar or even about any other wh40k race, as I have been playing since 2nd edition and have acquired enough knowledge of each race to understand how tehy function and work...
, I am one that is open to talk XD. send me a private message or something XD.
I started out with Eldar, and I think that it was a great chioce. The Eldar arent as versatile as you might fear, since only half (roughly) of our troops are field worthy. Pick up the dex in you local library. make a few lists and post them. With a little luck, one of us will see it be fore it is burried in the ever-groving pile and throw some advice your way. Good luck, you have chosen wisely, young warlock ;-)
Kirasu are you crazy?? Chaos arnt a virtalize thingy army they have more rules than....than...well than chaos. Dude Eldar are a good choice id say go with them.
Check it out.
Its new but it will grow if people join.
If you know someone who play Eldar, ask them to let you try their army.
However, Eldar are not a good choice for a first army because you need know all the rules to use your army effectively. Another thing is that most Eldar units are specialized, thus you need more models so you can cosumize your list vs. diffirent kinds of armies. If you play Chaos or Space Marines you always use most of your models vs. every army. This means it's cheaper and easier to play.
Warhammer Fantasy: Warriors of Chaos, High Elves
Warhammer 40k: Eldar, Space Marines, Orks