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Old 18 Mar 2008, 23:29   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, this is my first post so i thought I'd take the time to say hello.

I played warhammer 40k around 7 years ago when i was a wee young guy and in hindsight didn't actually have a clue what i was doing. anyway, i recently had a sudden urge to get into it again. I really want to get back into painting as i find it a great stress relief (thought to be onest its also Infuriating a lot of the time :P). I'm finding myself starting from scratch as all my paints have dried up and most of my models were binned some time ago. If any of you guys have any tips at all it would be greatly welcome . Was wondering what the easiest models to paint were and what army if the most fun to paint (I'm guessing Tau is going to be what the majority say )

Anyway thanks for letting me sign up and hope to stick around a long while!

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Old 18 Mar 2008, 23:47   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums Arai! glad to hear that you have returned to the wonderful(ly life consuming) world of 40k! :P

Anyway, as for 'easiest models', I would have to say Space Marines were for me the easiest to paint AND to play with. Although I haven't played every army in the 40k universe, I can say that marines are probably the easiest for new players due to the fact that you don't need a thousand models like IG, and they are easy to put together, paint, and play. They are actually a first choice for most new players.

That is, unless, you are more intent on a different race. I hear the Tau are easy to paint.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 00:44   #3 (permalink)
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Space Marines are a good starting army, although I like the specialist chapters (Blood/Dark Angels, Black Templars, etc...) due to the fact that their lists are different and that will be the way the vanilla marines codex will be for 5th edition (a rumor yes, but almost definitely true). Dark Angels are probably THE easiest to paint as they are a solid color and can take the Deathwing. Also, as vanilla Marines are a starter army, everyone does them. I personally went with IG, and have gone into the Armoured Company. (MORE LEMAN RUSS!!! :rockon

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Old 19 Mar 2008, 00:53   #4 (permalink)
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I have a feeling that he didn't understand half of what you just said. although, I DO agree with you. Dark Angels are pretty basic rules-wise and color wise(green and greener green), but if you hate goths or emos, then I don't know if you would like their style...

If not, then 'vanilla' (or the ordinary posterboy) marines are your best choice. They are AMAZAZINGLY customizable, compared to the Dark Angels, and you can make your own army to your own preferences. Want a hit and run force that is big on bikes and land speeders(shiny fast things), then go with the White scars! Or make your OWN chapter of marines.

My first word of advise is this: BUY THE CODEX BEFORE YOU BUY ANY MODELS!!!

If you buy two bikes instead of that tactical squad because they look cooler, then I've got some bad news for you. You have to have THREE in a squad. The codexes pretty much lay it out in black and white for you as to what you can and cannot do, so even though it is $20-25, you NEED it to play...(unless you are just in it to paint.)

But if you do want to play the game, then buy buy BUY that codex for whatever army you want to play!
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 01:01   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, I guess it was a little confusing...

Another tip is, after you have the codex, write up some army lists before you get anything. Then you can work a theme and go from there.

Also- The Deathwing is all Terminators

The Ravenwing is all bikes and speeders

These are types of armies for Dark Angels in addition to standard ones and can be combined.

The Blood Angels (and Black Templars) are assault oriented.

And you can make up your own chapter and call it a successor chapter to like Dark Angels or Blood Angles and use their list.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 02:43   #6 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome to Tau Online where it's more than a Tau 40K forum. Read the rules and have fun!

Easiest to paint: Space Marines
Easiest to play: Space Marines

Do some research before you make your final decision on which army to get. I did some and have found the Imperial Guard to be one of the most fluff-flexible and and I like the "Armed with only a lasgun and protected by flak armor, the Imperial Guard go against the Horrors of the Warp, the Devouring Swarm of the Tyranids, the Deathless Necrons" etc etc etc theme.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 05:41   #7 (permalink)
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To be fair, the absolute easiest 40k army to paint is probably the necrons. If you can drybrush boltgun metal over a black basecoat (and remember not to varnish your green tubes), you can have a good-looking army. From there, you can use local highlights of color to set the army apart. Not sure how much fun that is, though.

The hardest army to paint is probably Imperial Guard. Loads of faces, which are hard, and a lot more infantry than most other armies. Orks have the same problem, but their faces are a little easier to paint, and the models are more forgiving due to their exaggerated shape.

I have had a blast with Deathwing and Ravenwing. The new line is very detailed, and you really need to apply a broad range of techniques on them. Sammael is one of the best models GW has released in a long time, and he was very fun to paint.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 06:09   #8 (permalink)
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First off, welcome to TO, Arai. I hope you have fun here.

As for the easiest and most fun army to paint, I'd go Orks. I mean I've painted boyz with as few as five colors (a green, white, light brown, dark brown, and Boltgun Metal) and boyz using as many as thirty colors as various hightlights and what-not. Both look great. I'm just as proud setting my five color Ork on the table as I am setting down my masterpiece.

As Khanaris pointed out, their exaggerated form really makes the quite a bit easier to paint. Their muscle bulge ridiculously, allowing for easier highlighting and their faces are large enough that even a novice painter like myself can take time and add details that individualize each and every model.

Oh, and another reason to consider Orks: I think I may have a good use for those dried paint pots.

If you'd like, you could drop by the Ork Board and take a look around. We've got some pretty awesome people down there. Did I mention free Squig Pie?

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And as for everyone saying that Space Marines are easiest to play, I see them more as a Swiss-Army Knife. You could just use that blade or you could take advantage of all of the goodies you've got. The current Space Marine list can be used to represent countless different chapters for White Scars to the Angels Revenant, each with their own unique traits and set-ups.

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Old 19 Mar 2008, 07:50   #9 (permalink)
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Welcome

I would recommend Black Templars, due to the fact of how good they are ;D. They are relatively simple to paint & give you a good close combat army with big guns.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 10:55   #10 (permalink)
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