Any publication of Games Workshop rules offered on line from a source other than GW is illegal (not counting GW free distributions, such as FAQs). It also hurts the hobby as it cuts into the business. Its also a violation of the forum rules to ask for such. That's the official line even if I don't agree with GW marketing strategies.
However, there are many very good (better than GW) rules available on line, and many home made codex/army rules. The disadvantages are you must find other players who know and are willing to play with other system rules, or who will allow you to use home made codex rules. Often the home rules are fun and interesting for a change, but turn out unbalanced.
If you're not willing to spend money on books, I don't think you'd be willing to buy all the minis either. This hobby is expensive, face it. If no store closer to you sells their products just order them online.
I'll now lock this thread, as I don't think we can expect any intelligent feedback that isn't already posted on this .
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