Just so you all know, I have been a Warhammer collector since 1994. I started out collecting Warhammer 40K and then later progressed to the Warhammer Fantasy Battles range. When Age of Sigmar was first released in 2015, I can honestly say that I was a bit disappointed and it took me until now to actually get used to the changes. What made Warhammer Fantasy Battles appealing to me were the blocks of infantry and cavalry, but I suppose times change and nowadays people are more interested in round bases and skirmish formations as opposed to squared bases with a block formation, but I digress. It's all good and in spite of everything, I just have to accept the fact that there is no more Warhammer Fantasy Battles and it evolved into Age of Sigmar. In spite of my initial feelings of resentment towards it at the beginning, I suppose Warhammer Age of Sigmar is still interesting in its own way and I will explore the factions which have been the most appealing to me. Just to make it clear, this is my personal opinion based entirely on what I think of their aesthetics and design and has nothing to do with how well they play on the table top or their competitive stats.
One for humanity! The Free Peoples army has always been my favorite.
As an avid collector of the original Warhammer Fantasy Battles factions: Empire and Dogs of War, I have to rank the Free Peoples as the best faction. The reason why I enjoy collecting them is because I like how relatable humans are. A lot of custom conversions can be done with human armies simply because we have a lot of historical documentation and information about humans, their weapons and armor. If you are a fan of historical battles and fantasy (or simply represent the human race), then you will enjoy collecting the Free Peoples army.
Predominately female warrior Dark Elves make the Daughters of Khaine a great army to collect
I have always loved the aesthetics of the female body. The Daughters of Khaine incorporate a lot of sexy, scantily clad female miniatures. There is a certain beauty and darkness to fielding The Daughters of Khaine. If you are a fan of Dark Elves and scantily clad women warriors, then you will love collecting the Daughters of Khaine.
The corporeal undead make the Legion of Nagash an appealing army to collect.
These are the remnants of the classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles Undead, Tomb Kings and Vampire Counts. The Legions of Nagash are mainly zombies and skeletons with a few vampires thrown in, so you definitely get the original classic feel of fielding an undead army. For nostalgic reasons, I like the Legions of Nagash. If you are a fan of old school (classic) vampires, necromancers, skeletons and zombies, then you will enjoy collecting The Legions of Nagash.
These ghosts look awesome! I simply love the look of the Night Haunts!
This is one of Games Workshop's newer factions and is unique to Age of Sigmar. The Night Haunts include beautiful models, that are incoporeal undead such as ghosts and specters. Aesthetically, the Night Haunts look amazing and terrifying at the same time. If you are a fan of spooky looking ghosts, then you will enjoy collecting the Night Haunt faction.
I really like the look of the Idoneth Deepkin army.
As a classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles collector, I have always been biased against Age of Sigmar. I never thought I would like the newer factions, but I do. The Idoneth Deepkin have an amazing look and concept to them. They are the first underwater army and if you've ever seen the movie Aquaman, then you will probably appreciate their aesthetic. They are, however not Atlanteans, but instead Elves (or Aelves) who have migrated and adapted to an underwater environment. If you like a faction that is new and unique with an Atlantean vibe, then you will like collecting and painting Idoneth Deepkin.
Orcs are great! A generic fantasy race that is fun to paint, just take a look at these guys and you can see how amazing they are!
This is a tie. Simply because they are both Orcs. I have always been a fan of Orcs, they seem to be the most common "evil" fantasy race that represents the goons and villains of the world. The Iron Jaws are a faction of Orcs (Orruks) that are barbaric and heavily armored. The Iron Jaws and Bonesplitters Orruks are what's left of the classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles Orc race. So if you enjoy painting green skins, then you will enjoy collecting and painting the Bonesplitters and Iron Jaws Orruks.
Ogres have always been fun to paint. I really like the way these guys look!
This is what's left of the original Ogre Kingdoms factions. I have always liked collecting and painting ogres simply because they are larger models and easier to paint (for me anyways). I also liked the fact that they were ogres. They kind of resembled humans, but bigger and nastier. If you don't like painting smaller models and would have more fun with larger ones, then I would definitely recommend the Gutbusters.
Khorne is a popular Chaos faction. I personally like Nurgle better, but taking a look at this, I know why people like Khorne! Blood for the Blood God!
This is a tough one. Technically, each one is it's own separate faction, but I have to tie them up here. So you have the Blades of Khorne, The Disciples of Tzeentch, The Hosts of Slaneesh and the Maggotkin of Nurgle. I have always loved the original Chaos Warriors and I simply can't decide which one I like the best. I suppose if I had to pick impromptly, I would choose Nurgle, Tzeentch, Slaneesh and Khorne (in that order). I wish there was still such a thing as Chaos Undivided, but I am still thinking in regards to Warhammer Fantasy Battles. All of these Chaos factions offer a unique approach to army building, so it really depends on your preference. If you are new to Warhammer, I would recommend that you choose The Blades of Khorne, simply because there is so much more background information on them. If you are a classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles collector, then I don't need to tell you what to do!
Take a look at those airships and how magnificent they look! This is why I like the Kharadron Overlords!
These are basically the Dwarfs of classic Warhammer, but more steampunk themed. I like this faction because they remind me of the classic Dwarf armies and I am also a fan of steampunk, so it works. I love airships and primitive firearms too and the Kharadron Overlords have all of these elements and the fact that they are Dwarfs (Duardin). If you are a fan of steampunk or Dwarfs (or both), then you might find yourself collecting this army.
Goblins (Gitz) remind me a lot of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. A scene like this encourages me to paint and collect this army!
As a classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles collector, I have always had an appreciation of Goblins. Collecting Goblins was fun. They are a cute, but vicious little race of humanoids that everyone is familiar with. I suppose they would be a great starter army for kids, if this was a thing. What makes the Doomspite Gitz appealing is the fact that they are a classic fantasy race that everyone knows about.
By the way, you will probably notice that I did not include Games Workshop's number one selling point, The Stormcast Eternals on my list. Honestly, since their release, I have never liked the Stormcast Eternals, and I personally think they ruin the game. This is the same reason why I've never like Space Marines in the 40K universe, but preferred Imperial Guard (Astra Militarum) instead. I just don't find any appeal in over powered warriors like the Storm Cast Eternals. It's just a personal preference and I'm sure many of you will disagree with my opinion, simply because the Stormcast Eternals are so popular. I'm old school, and old interests die hard.
Nothing against any of these other factions. I just didn't like them as much as I liked the other ones. If you are interested in learning more about them, go ahead and visit Game's Workshop's official website: www.gamesworkshop.com. Here's a list of who didn't make the top 10 list.
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