Hello everyone! Im literally brand new to AoS. As in "didnt even know I needed the GHB in order to play" level new. Im looking through the battletome and am thinking "Where are the points? How do I know what the points are in order to build my army!?" Googled my answer and felt like a real idiot. OF COURSE they dont just have 4 pages of rules for free...its another book! LOL! Im not new to GW in general. I played 40k for several years and have been converting and painting models for people for MANY years. The modeling and painting is my favorite part. (Im a 3d modeler by profession so it makes sense!) So...while Im waiting for the GHB 2017 to be delivered... Ive got myself the Start Collecting kit, a Bastiladon,and the parts for 2 Ripperdactyls/Terradons everything fresh on the sprues. Im looking for opinions on what kind of list to build. Ive not played a game yet, so I dont know what style I want to play. Mostly, as I mentioned before, my favorite part is the art end...so the more diverse the models the better! Ive read a BUNCH of the army list threads here...and you guys all seem like incredibly helpful and nice people so I figured Id ask for some direction from the people who play these guys! Ive also got a handful of questions that Im sure you guys will know how to answer. 1. Why do alot of you prefer certain aspects over others? Using Starseer and a Starpriest instead of a Slann. Using Solar Engine over Ark of Sotek. Using other configurations instead of Engine of the Gods. 2. Which weapons are better than others? Ive seen posts talking about arming the unit all with *insert specific weapon.* Is it better to have an entire unit of all spearmen or better to be mixed? 3. Whats the general rule of thumb when it comes to aesthetic conversions vs using the appropriate models in gameplay? Do they need to be roughly the same size? Example: Im not a fan of the look of the salamanders. I want to replace them with Flesh Hounds of Khorne and do some conversions. But they are different sizes...is that frowned upon or is it fine? Same thing goes for using the Dread Saurian. Im thinking about using the Dracodile from Hordes as a replacer...but I have no idea if thats ok to do!! I probably have more questions because Im new and excited to get started...but Ill leave it there for now. Thank you all so much for the help, answers, and direction!