View Full Version : What do you LIKE about your army book?

15-07-2010, 16:03
I started an identical thread in the 40k forum and it has had some interesting posts.

Here's the idea: Post the name of the number one codex you play from, then rather than whine about it, say what you LIKE about the CURRENT edition.

I haven't played WFB yet, but am considering one of the elven armies, probably the wood elves because I love the idea of moving terrain about, walking trees and the manoeuvreability.

Your turn!

15-07-2010, 16:05
The staff of sneaky stealing. I hope people will not start bitching about the use of "codex", that argument is getting old.

15-07-2010, 16:06
What's a codex?

I like Treekin the best, but I loved them in 7th too.

Ultimate Life Form
15-07-2010, 16:10
I like that it's not called codex.

Oh, and in Lizardmen I really love how the book offers a huge array of options and all are balanced and worth taking. That must be a first. GW did a great job there (except with the Razordon). Also you can choose among an incredible number of diverse and viable strategies. In my opinion it's the perfect army.

15-07-2010, 16:12
Orcs and goblins...


15-07-2010, 16:16
Supreme Sorceress on Pegasus, Lvl4 w/ focus familiar. Hands down my favorite Lord build in the book and I take it regularly over the unkillable Dragon Rider, unkillable GW Dreadlord in ASF BG, and Sac Dag Sorceress in Warrior bunker.

15-07-2010, 16:17
I like the detachment system in the empire army book, as it emphasizes the coordination required to use the empire army, as well as the "combined arms" approach the empire brings...

For the lizardmen, I like dinosaurs..nuff said...

15-07-2010, 16:18
I like that it's not called codex.

Oh, and in Lizardmen I really love how the book offers a huge array of options and all are balanced and worth taking. That must be a first. GW did a great job there (except with the Razordon). Also you can choose among an incredible number of diverse and viable strategies. In my opinion it's the perfect army.

Have to agree with ULF. Razordon's have their place, but salamanders can do their job just as well, and fill other roles (same could be said with Cold one calvary now). Lizardmen seem to have a very diverse set of viable strategies/play styles as well as the ability to excel at magic or combat (or both!). Not to mention most of the models look amazing, even the older ones don't look terrible. Being able to choose any of the BRB lores (especially now) is also a huge plus being able to tailor your army to the lores strength is a huge benefit.

15-07-2010, 16:21
I love the feel of the Orcs and Goblins book. They have always had a kind of fun theme in there and i hope they never loose it.

Giant mushroms with teeth (Squigs), loonatics drugged up on mushrooms swinging a giant ball and chain, and of course your own boys stopping to argue over the smallest thing.

They are like children really. Giant green children who would smash your face in as soon as look at you its true. But they are my children and i love em. :evilgrin:

Elithis Lives
15-07-2010, 16:28
Nice to see a glass-half-full thread!

I am with SilentCivilian, the hilarity involved with taking a greenskins army is second to none. A good sense of humour is required though as all to often the entire army can disolve into bedlam, and slink off home before combat has even begun!

As to my first choice army - High Elves - What's not to love about an entire (well almost) army list with ASF? Played right High Elves are nigh-on unbeatable.

15-07-2010, 16:31
But I don't play 40k... :shifty::p

But Seriously, think they caould have given Razordons poison shots
and they still would have been underpowered, I mean they want
to sell some of those new models... don't they??

15-07-2010, 16:33
I own several army books and codexes ... and I enjoy them all, but my favourite (for WFB) has to be the greenskins : such hilariously random things happen when you field a green horde that it's too good to pass ... but when I want to win a game, I'll look towards my Daemons ... not as much fun, but they win games :p

15-07-2010, 17:53
*facepalm* sorry! I obviously didn't mean codex. I got a lot less ridicule (so far) for getting that wrong than I deserve...

Wolf 11x
15-07-2010, 17:55
*facepalm* sorry! I obviously didn't mean codex. I got a lot less ridicule (so far) for getting that wrong than I deserve...

Everyone knew exactly what you meant. That's how language works. Your message was delivered just fine. Anyone pointing out the mistake is just being a jerk.

My favorite WHFB army book is probably Wood Elves. I enjoy their fluff. As far as actual rules, I think Swordmasters will always be my favorite.

15-07-2010, 17:58
You can change thread title by going to edit your post, then go advanced...

And while I'm about it, I love the fluff in High Elf AB (or HEAB for short :p) with all the invasion routes and good descriptions of all the different states. And the fact that so many builds are possible, but all keep the same High Elven feel about them.

15-07-2010, 18:03
cheers SeaSwift, have now fixed that

15-07-2010, 18:39
My number one army book is Chaos Daemons. I absolutely love the colorful look of the army, the models (mostly) are great, they're what made me want to play with them.

My number two army book is Warriors of Chaos. I love the look of the chaos warriors, they just look downright MEAN.

15-07-2010, 18:43
Liche Priests Incantations. I LOVE this system and hope it never changes. Ever.

15-07-2010, 18:45
I like the fact I bought it for 6 bucks, as opposed to 29?

The SkaerKrow
15-07-2010, 18:50
I like the art style, fiction and general composition of the Beastmen army book. They did a good job of capturing the spirit of an army of bestial, man-eating savages.

15-07-2010, 18:54
I like the vast array of warmachines and the presence of some decent magic items? Viva la Empire.

15-07-2010, 18:58
I really like the map.. Waagh here, there and everywhere

Go orcs & goblins

15-07-2010, 19:02
I like the cheap, solid infantry, the cheap characters, even Animosity.

15-07-2010, 19:08
The Dreaded 13th spell.

15-07-2010, 19:10
I like the ability to field a fully horse mounted army in my Bretonnia book.

15-07-2010, 19:11
I love everything about Vampire Counts Army Book, fluff, unit options (also Vampire customization), art, mood. Everything!!!

Orcs&Goblins, Night Goblins. :)

Bretonnians, Questing Knights, Damn I LOVE these guys, there's nothing more cool in that book than Questing Knights!
Going into the thick of battle mounted, and armed with a big ass sword, hacking at foes up close and personal!
When I get to start my Brett army I'll pretty much have a minimal amount of lance armed units. :p Haha.

15-07-2010, 19:12
Wardancers, and the Wardancer Lord with KB.

15-07-2010, 19:13
The artwork is quite good.

15-07-2010, 19:15
Wardancers, and the Wardancer Lord with KB.


I also like the shift from cliched Wood elves to the heavy fae lore-inspired and somewhat Pan's Labyrinth-esque style. Very inspiring, and very scary whilst still being all about teh wings and teh fairy dust!

15-07-2010, 19:16
The artwork is quite good.

Which Army Book?

15-07-2010, 19:28
I like that Gem of Blood can be used to rebound killing blow. In a game yesterday my Vampire Lord killed Skulltaker with that :D

15-07-2010, 19:31
Dragons and Magic.

15-07-2010, 19:32
I like the horse-painting guide, the surprisingly detailed cultural background, and the "steady in the ranks" special rule.

I like fanatics, cheap infantry, and magic items that are straight-up stolen from the dwarves, both by fluff and the actual rules they have.

I like the modeling opportunities presented by black coaches and corpse carts, and also not having to worry about leadership for a change.

Citizen Lame
15-07-2010, 19:36
The fluff and also the craziness that is the goblins!


Desert Rain
15-07-2010, 19:37
The fluff in the HEAB.

And dragons...

15-07-2010, 19:42
I just like that the Wood Elf book, not being updated recently, still has artwork of the units in the army list section (you know in the corners). Might just be me but I miss that in the newer army books, just seems to add more character to it.

15-07-2010, 20:01
Which Army Book?

Well i was actually talking in general, that i think the art in the fantasy books is pretty good. But to name one that i liked, the dwarf book i think is great. And the worst one, well, i think it was vampire counts.

15-07-2010, 20:47
I like the cheap, solid infantry, the cheap characters, even Animosity.

But no one likes Animosity! How dare you!!!!!

Edit: I like the actual Tomb Kings themselves. From the up-and-coming Tomb Prince to the Almighty Settra the Imperishable. Then there are the Ushabti. For all their shortcomings, I still love them.

Volker the Mad Fiddler
15-07-2010, 20:54
Flagellants martyring themselves [especially as they can be regrown now].

Knights of the White Wolf.

Warrior Priests.

15-07-2010, 21:36
I love both army books for my Fantasy armies. Warriors and High Elves.
Both are great reads (for the background and fluff) and have some really nice artwork in them too.

15-07-2010, 21:53
I like fact that my core can both take and throw a punch. I have war machines that I can customize and heroes that can fill several different roles. And even thou a lot of people expect to face a gunline when they know they are about to play against my dwarfs. I still can surprise them now and then.

In my vampire book I enjoy the fluff, the artwork and the painted miniature showcase. It was inspiring when I first started the army. Even if my army looks better then the gw one. The pictures still gives me a rush of inspiration when I gaze upon them.

15-07-2010, 22:03
I love the way my vampire book portrays the vampires as there own force, not chaos or empire but a unique force where every individual vampire can have wildly different backgrounds, allegiances and powers.

15-07-2010, 22:15
Empire I loved 5th ed when I could take ogres, dwarfs and halflings.

I love the balance in an empire army the different knightly orders.

And I love the empire powder monkey.

Woodelves I loved who the army played and its feel so different to the massed ranks of every other army. And I just love how almost every unit has its own special rules.

I really enjoy warhammer games using both my armys.

15-07-2010, 22:34
with 3 main warhammer armies ive always felt that each one had its army book moments...

Orcs & Goblins:
the fact that the background info is all there and was the first thing to tell you how the gnoblars are a goblin tribe gone south.

some beautiful imagery and the army have so many units yet the book is peace of peas to get around and find your rules.

ogre kingdoms:
my favourite of the three! its chock full of nice grimey illustrations and the kind of 2-page bios on each unit is great being able to see the models and then the illustration. the stories are brilliant and the quotes of each unit are brilliant. my favourite will always be...

'BOOM! HUr hur hur...'

something i repeat after i let off 4 leadbelcher cannons into a hefty unit...

15-07-2010, 22:58
I love the skaven book. The fluff is great, its well layed out I can always find the rule or item I need.
I also love that I would happly include every option in my army. All the army books I read there are a few units I would not include not due to rules but due to fluff or me not liking the idea of them. But with skaven I love every unit and I plan to make a paint a unit of everything in the army book.

16-07-2010, 03:00
I love Slann in big Temple Guard blocks marching resolutely into the teeth of the enemy army.

16-07-2010, 03:16
Har Ganeth Executioners, i would field an army entirely built from them if i could.

16-07-2010, 03:32
I play Warriors of Chaos, and I love the imagery of hulking warriors in baroque plate armor. Chaos armor is just so cool.

And having the best (combat) core troops in the game now doesn't hurt.

16-07-2010, 07:28
Joeseph bugman and beer that people will come back from the dead to taste

16-07-2010, 09:52
Ogres: easy choice.

BOOM Hur Hur....

And the unit known for saying this

EDIT: Darn, just noticed I was beaten to posting this :(

16-07-2010, 11:00
I play Warriors of Chaos only these days, because they're the part I like the most about the three Chaos Books. I love the other two, but Warriors are those with most... dimensions. Even though it is not told in the current book I love the different reasons why some turn to Chaos (which is better decribed in older books). Also I love the Chaos gods and I love the thought of fielding some of the greatest warriors in the world to destroy the armies of Order. Luckily Chaos Warriors have become such an awesome choice in the new edition so I couldn't be happier.

16-07-2010, 16:15
Very first page of the WE army book, artwork of a solitary archer patrolling the forest.
For me this captures the feel of the army perfectly.

16-07-2010, 16:33
Dark Elves.
Call me crazy but there's nothing in the book I dislike; the army-list and rules, while there are some very powerful combinations, are pretty symbiotic; you can create an army based around any of the major cities and always have an interesting and challenging army to play with and against: My favourite builds being the army of Har Ganeth, heavy on the Executioners and rarely a sorceress to be seen and a Sorceress army which is low on numbers and high on expensive units (Cold One Knights and Black Guard) as befit a bride of Malekith.
The background has evolved from the 5th edition army book and for the most part it has remained constant and rather than changing or 'retconning', the old material has been built on.
My only gripe is that it doesn't have quite the depth or detail of the 5th edition book but then, what army book does have that these days?

16-07-2010, 17:40
The pictures, rules and models of the Verminlord. The picture of him ein the skaven bestiary is just soooo awesome. I also love my Doomwheels and Skavenslaves.

Volker the Mad Fiddler
16-07-2010, 17:56
Ogres: easy choice.

BOOM Hur Hur....


This quote alone was almost enough to get me to buy an Ogre army.

I also love the O&G paragraph about the goblins eating another goblin who was 'dead when they found him'. 'Course he claimed he was just sleeping but you know Ragash's lot; they're all liars.'

16-07-2010, 17:57
- Always loved Dinosaurs since I was a kid. I loves my Stegadon, and my Stegadon loves me, even when he rolls a 1 for his impact hits. Hell even when I give him a spear of more impact hits and he rolls a double 1
- Models - Cold One Riders, sure they've never been the best cavalry in the world but I love the models, even the old style slightly dopey looking Cold Ones. I even love them when they invariably fail a stupidity test at the key moment.
Razordons - My little bags of pure fail. Not once have they failed to disgrace themselves, eat their handlers at the wrong moment, panic the army by running away from a loud noise or failing to hit the oncoming wall of enemies. I don't care FAQ after FAQ piles more and more uslessness on them. What's that one misfire cancels all your shots on all those other dice and I can't march and shoot like the Salamander can and I'm the same price? My opponents always ask how many more chance they'll get, the answer is always 'one more at least'

Saying that, if I didn't play Lizardmen and my best friend didn't already have them I think the background, character, conversion options, fluff, schemes and trechery of the Skaven would have seduced me long ago

16-07-2010, 18:43
I like the ridiculous treachery of the Skaven, taken to extremes (ie one member of a two-man weapon team is plotting against the other in the heat of battle).

16-07-2010, 18:48
I love the WE close relationship to Bretonnia, especially Quenelles which has the Unicorn as its standard in honor of the old alliance.

16-07-2010, 20:26
In the Bretonnian army book my favorite part in the coloured section of the background, I love it.

17-07-2010, 07:57

17-07-2010, 11:14
Orcs'n'Goblins. Grom the Paunch.

17-07-2010, 11:59
I love that my dwarfs are good in units of something x10 and thunderers almost as good as
boom HUR HUR....

18-07-2010, 02:24
The look of warriors of chaos. The feeling when they hack down the enemy in droves. How either dark and serious you can make your army or how silly and retarded you can make your army. I have a marauder who I painted to make him look dirty. I call him dirty boy and he always does amazing things for me somehow. Cheapness and effectiveness of marauders. Look and killiness of Knights. Khorne for combat. Tzeentch for magic. Always having to issue a challenge because u believe ur the biggest and baddest around (says a marauder champion vs a lord on a dragon).

18-07-2010, 07:26
What many have hailed as over-the-top in the new Beastmen book is, in my opinion, totally awesome. I like the brute redundancy of the fluff. Does your army defecate on the holy altars of Sigmar? Ha! You wish.

I also really, really like Minotaurs, HUGE Gor blocks, and the big stupid rare monsters with no armor save. :D

18-07-2010, 09:59
I love my state troop regiments and the fluff the Empire army book has. What's not to like of standard human beings like you and me triumphing over Chaos Warriors on steroids with there deamon allies and other horrors with nothing more then a puny Halberd and some guts behind it :D. Oh, did I forget to mention or awesome firepower!

18-07-2010, 12:35
I love the variety of dfferent units each specialising in there own thing, the different sizes, the way the units interact with each other and the ability to be amazing in each and every faze. Guessed yet?


18-07-2010, 16:04
I love that the Dark Elves are way better than every single army in every aspect.

Haha I'm just kidding.

I still can't get over how awesome the Hydra and Cold One Knights look. I also love LM models.

18-07-2010, 16:07
Gigantic units of grave Guard with The Banner of the Barrows and Great Weapons.
Oh the Helm of Command too.

Got hit by 41 attacks from a charging horde of savage orcs and a warboss with the battleaxe of the last waaagh. 6 Grave Guard died, killed 14 orcs, broke the unit and ran them down.

The Vampire Counts are still a force to be reckoned with :)

19-07-2010, 20:43
Rune of Forging

....is that a monster on yer side?