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I'm now an official contributor for heresy-online. Here's an article I wrote for them on starting an army on a budget:
Let me tell you about my friend, Billy. He’s a smart, attractive, and successful guy.
In short, I hate him… Just kidding.
A few years ago, Billy decided to start playing Warhammer. In a single afternoon, he spent over five hundred dollars on his army. After playing a single game, he found he didn’t like it, and put it all in his garage. In comparison, I started my first army for less than a third of the price he paid.
So for your consideration, here are 10 tips for starting or expanding your Warhammer army on a budget, to keep you from making the same mistakes Billy made.
1. BUY GOOD PAINTS AND BRUSHES
When buying paints and brushes, it’s best to use quality materials that were meant to be used on models. Citadel paints are my favorite, and their brushes are a good deal too. I know, there are cheaper options, but do you know what’s really expensive? Ruining models and stripping paint. There are plenty of ways to save, but don’t skimp on your paints and brushes.
2. DON’T OVERSPEND ON GLUE OR BASING SUPPLIES
On the other hand, I almost had a heart attack when I saw the prices of Citadel glue and basing flock. You can find perfectly good glue and basing materials at your local hobby/craft store, for a lot cheaper. Kitty litter also works surprisingly well as a basing material, as long as it’s unscented.
3. PLAN OUT YOUR ARMY BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING
Look around online, read your codex, and plan out exactly what you’ll need. It also helps if you can play test with your friends before buying the more expensive models. This will keep you from buying figures that you’ll rarely ever use.
4. CHECK OUT YARD SALES AND FLEA MARKETS
I’ve found good Warhammer models for sale at yard sales and flea markets, for pennies on the dollar. You can also find cheap toys that are good for extra bits.
5. STEAL FROM YOUR FRIENDS
Okay, the lawyers of Heresy-Online have asked that I not recommend stealing your friend’s bits and models. So just beg and barter for them instead. You’d be amazed how much you can get in exchange for a pizza.
6. PLAY PLASTIC ARMIES
Yes, armies like Eldar and Chaos Daemons look extremely cool, but about 50% of their models are pewter, which can double the price of your army. You can save a bundle by sticking with armies that are mainly plastic.
7. USE THE SAME MODELS TO REPRESENT MULTIPLE UNITS
It may seem cheesy, but you’ll save a bundle by using general models (like Tactical Marines) to represent expensive ones (like Sternguard). Also, never throw away the extra bits or turrets from vehicle sets. Instead, leave the top hatch/gun unglued, so you can switch them out, and use the same model as many different units.
8. SHOP AROUND
Check online for deals, either at stores, auctions, or on message boards. You’d be surprised how much you can save if you’re willing to buy models that are already partially assembled. Also, check with your local store to see if they’ll cut you a break if you make a large order.
9. BUY LARGE BOX SETS
Many of the large Warhammer box sets are a very good deal, as long as you use everything included. In fact, splitting two of the starter sets with a friend will get you a lot of models, and also a miniature rulebook for a reasonable price.
10. ROB BILLY’S GARAGE
We’ll split his army fifty-fifty.
Last edited by mynameisgrax; May 11th, 2010 at 14:20.
I had to remove the link as it is against the forum rules. You can have the link in your sig or copy the article across.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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It's against the rules to post links to other forums? Sorry, I didn't know. The article is now directly in the thread.
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7. Don't forget about magnetizing! Sometimes leaving the turret unglued (in the case of a Razorback => Rhino) isn't enough.. you still only have one 'mounting point' for many weapons. Why buy three different vehicles to use one per army list, each with a different set up? When instead you can spent the extra time magnetizing or pinning weapons.
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If you can make magnetizing work, then go for it. I don't magnetize simply because every time I've tried, it's been an absolute disaster. Models keep sticking together, and magnets keep ripping themselves off. Storing/transporting them more carefully then I do may help. Still, I know people who magnetize and like it, so go for it if it works for you.
Thanks for reading!
Superglue can be made far more effective by licking the parts that will get glue on them. Superglue reacts with moisture not air. The small amount of extra moisture will make it bond better. This means you may use less superglue on the metal models that already cost more.
I think that it is good not to under spend on stuff either. Panic caused by awful, low quality stuff that isn't good enough can lead to spending more than is needed because of a knee-jerk reaction to spending too little.
Last edited by Leech; June 18th, 2010 at 22:33.