What army do you choose?

I get this question a lot: (Or some version there of)

"jawa what army should i start iam new to painting so what would be the easiet army to start out of choas blood angels or necrons and what army is good to learn very easy"

The answer?  I have answered this several times here, but this particular one always bears repeating.  

There is no easy answer!  

One thing that I can say for sure is that the models you start with will probably not be the models you are playing with two years from now.  First of all, you are going to go through a lot of trial and error with your painting. You are going to assemble them without cleaning the mold lines. You are going to give them weapon combinations that no unit should have. You are going to have fun with your plastic.  

That is the point.

When I bought my first tactical squad, I had guys sporting a plasma and a bolt pistol, plus one guy holding each special weapon. I had a guy with a bolter with extra missiles attached to his legs, a scope and bayonet on a melta gun, and purity seals draped every where I could.  

I had fun assembling them, and then destroyed them with way too much priming, and layers upon layers of paint as I learned how to paint. 

I still have a few of them and look upon them with a smile.

It was over a year and a half before I finally painted a Blood Angel.

SO I say go with your gutt. Look through the GW catalogue, and buy the models you like, and paint them. Once you have a few under your belt, work up to a 500 point list, and learn how to play. During the course of that process, you will no doubt paint and repaint your models several times.  Once you get to 500, if you don't like what you have, then reassess. Pick the aspects you like most about your army, and focus.  Do you like shooting? Perhaps Space Marines are not quite for you and maybe Tau or IG are more your taste.  Or if you prefer assault, Chaos or Blood Angels.  

Whatever the direction you take, the last thing you should do is follow the advice of most of the internet blow hards, myself included.  :)  Love it or hate it, 40k has a LOT going for it. It is a diverse game with years and years of background and lore.  I have been involved for over five years now, and I have barely scratched the surface of what is out there.  

So pick the models you like, and go from there.



General Oadius said...

I agree with Jawa, and would only add that Blue and Green seem to be easier colors to paint. Best of luck and welcome to the greatest hobby in the world.

Zab said...

Been with it for 20+ years now. I used to play a lot now I paint a lot. I agree with the idea that your should start with the cool models/units that catch you're eye and build from there. Fun first, competition later.

ming from b&c said...

Good advice JayBeez! I'd also say start painting the basic stuff first, just to develop a style and color scheme. Can't make up your mind? Try painting 5 of a color scheme, then move to another.

brent said...

Make sure you pick a faction with units that you like too. If you like Assault squads then Blood Angels are a nice fit.


Billy Woodman said...

With the suggestion of building a 500 point list I know a fun one to build and paint for "relatively" inexpensive would be a Reclusiarch, 5 Death Company Marines two of which have Power Swords, and a Death Company Dreadnought with Heavy Flamer.

That list can make a fun little army that while isn't competitive is a nice entry into the Blood Angels for a fluffy and interesting to paint force.

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