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I know this isn't a rules question, but I'm not sure where else I would post this question. Anyway, I know three people considering playing 40k, and I have been asked several times what the cheapest armies are. Not knowing myself, I have decided to see what the rest of you think.
"Cheapest army" is hard to answer. "Cheapest army build" is a more approachable question. Obviously if you're not limited to buying at retail (or you have an LGS like mine that chops the starter boxes) the absolute cheapest army is one made entirely out of the Space Marine or Ork models you can get in Assault on Black Reach! The cheapness of the starter box contents make either of those armies viable on a budget, if you want to use those units in the army.
Necrons are pretty easy on the budget and also popular with new players both for their fluff and their fairly simple/forgiving play style, and ease of painting.
Tyranids based on the boxed set and the still readily avaible cheapo genestealers and gaunts from the previous starter set (trend here?) can also be done on the cheap.
A classic newbie mistake is to try to figure out the models with the highest points cost to dollars cost ratio. That only saves you money until you realize your army sucks and you shelve half those models. Making a list you're happy with and collecting it at a pace you can afford is a much more sound long term strategy. No model is was a bargain if it lives on the shelf.
Dark Eldar since nobody wants the models – I got given the first 1000 points of mine for nothing!
When the new range of miniatures comes out they will be worth even less too.
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I think this kicks crons out of the running right here. God help you if you want 2 full immortal squads, you might need to sell a kidney. They're a steal at 13.25 USD a model http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/ca...Id=99060110010A classic newbie mistake is to try to figure out the models with the highest points cost to dollars cost ratio. That only saves you money until you realize your army sucks and you shelve half those models. Making a list you're happy with and collecting it at a pace you can afford is a much more sound long term strategy. No model is was a bargain if it lives on the shelf.
In general I'd go with marines or CSM. The problem with CSM is most of the harder hitting cult troops are pricier metal kits, then again they are also pretty pricey point wise. Almost everything marines is plastic and you get a decent point-dollar ratio so you could probably stand up something respectable with a low investment of cash and you wouldn't have to buy seperate models or kits for weapon options.
While IG and Orks are also plastic-heavy, their models are far too cheap point-wise and IG will still require additional bitz to give them the weapons you want (unless you don't plan to use heavy weapons, plasma guns and melta guns)
Tau isn't too bad for its points, but I'm not sure if it would win a cheapest award.
InquisitorAffe is right on though in his last paragraph, you need to find an army with useful models that are also cheap, otherwise you'll end up spending money for things you won't use.
Last edited by Mastershake; August 11th, 2009 at 00:15.
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You can make a cheap army with (almost) any race. How? It usally involes picking there really expensive (point-wise) units. But a cheap GOOD army, proboblay space marines/Daemonhuntes (as they have space marines in them) Get a couple squads + a couple tanks and load them up with equipment. You also can buy "assult on black reach" or something like that, which is a box set for relitively cheap that has a ton of space marines in it (and some orks, which you could paint and sell and maybe turn a profit) SO, there you go
Horde marines, dirt cheap to get second hand.
Dip them in black paint and call them templars.
I'm going to say Necrons, they have one troop choice, one lord choice (yeah, c'tans yadda yadda) and one ridiculously good heavy choice, the monolith.
Also, they are "generally" quicker to paint.
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Had a monolith instead of destroyers, it would probably be the best starter box you could get!
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I would have to go with InquisitorAffe's reply. Their first decision should be to decide what race of army they want. Then it's straight to speak with someone who has such an army to see what they bought initially. Then it's a case of making up some army lists before purchasing anything at all.
After that I would be rummaging through this site (or whichever ones you/your friends visit) to find out information about where to buy the selected models for the cheapest price. Ebay is always a good option, but there are plenty of sites on the net who sell 40k stuff with fairly hefty discounts. Wayland Games and Miniatures By Post are two which I can think of off the top of my head. Battle Forces/Army Deals are usually the cheapest way of getting a lot of models which will form a reasonably balanced army from about 500pts up.
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deathwing and ravenwing armies can be done for about $150 for 1500 points at GW prices.
Don't worry about cheap. This is a hobby. Delegate however much money you want to spend on it out of each paycheck/allowance and spend it on the army that looks cool to you/will pwn the most n00bs/whatever catches your fancy. This is the sort of thing you will be doing for years to come, so if you want to collect a horde army that will take you a year to reach 2000pts instead of that small elite force that you could finish in 3 months, for the love of all that is holy, collect the horde army. As the good Inquisitor said, nothing is cheap if you just have it gather dust on a shef.