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I apologize in advance for the gratuitous self pimpage, but I can't resist. ^_^
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. Heís a smart, attractive, and successful guy.
In short, I hate himÖ 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 didnít 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, itís 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 whatís really expensive? Ruining models and stripping paint. There are plenty of ways to save, but donít skimp on your paints and brushes.
2. DONíT 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 itís unscented.
3. PLAN OUT YOUR ARMY BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING
Look around online, read your codex, and plan out exactly what youíll 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 youíll rarely ever use.
4. CHECK OUT YARD SALES AND FLEA MARKETS
Iíve 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 friendís bits and models. So just beg and barter for them instead. Youíd 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 youíll 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. Youíd be surprised how much you can save if youíre willing to buy models that are already partially assembled. Also, check with your local store to see if theyíll 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 BILLYíS GARAGE
Weíll split his army fifty-fifty.
Last edited by mynameisgrax; May 11th, 2010 at 18:13.
"Any job worth doing, is worth doing with a powerklaw."
Nice funny article grax. Makes me want to offer my standard specific advice on starting an Ork army.
1. Start with the Assault on Black Reach orks. This gives you a very well equipped Warboss, five not-so-well-equipped Nobz, 18 Slugga Boyz, 2 Big Shoota boyz and three Deffkoptas. This is a great place to start the corps of your army.
2. Add the Ork Battleforce boxed set. This contains TWO of the regular Ork boyz boxes, three warbikes and a trukk. Each of the boyz sets supposedly has 10 boyz that you can configure as shootas, sluggas, with an option for a big shoota or rokkit launcher. But there is a FREE Nob WITH POWERKLAW in there two! Also, the Warbikers have Big Choppa that's pretty cool.
3. Get the Nobz boxed set. There are five Nobz in it, with two Power Klaws and lots of extras.
WHAT THIS GETS YOU....
With this collection you can make:
Warboss w/Powerklaw, and 10 Nobz (equipped with one Power Klaw, two Big Choppas, a Bosspole, a Waaagh! banner and a kombi-skorcha) riding in a trukk that can be kitted out with a few goodies (but not too many please).
22 Slugga boys, one is a Nob with Powerklaw and bosspole
20 Shoota boyz, one is a Nob with Powerklaw and bosspole and two have big shootas
Three warbikes, one is a Nob with Powerklaw and bosspole
Three Deffkoptas armed with twin-linked rokkits
This is a great start and let's you decide if you want to go for more shootas, sluggas, better Nobz, additional transports and such. You can follow up with more boyz and a box of Killa Kans. If you stick with the Nobz mob, you'll want to add a couple of more Powerklaws (which would come in the boyz boxed sets) and a Painboy. You can get a battlewagon for your shootas as well. Another option is two boxes of Lootas, three big guns (kannon), and/or some Kommandos with Snikrot.
good advice, more or less exactly what ive done, i got 2 AoBR boxes, (i play marines normally so it helped me a great deal), 2 boys boxes, a nobz box,and a gretchin box.
This has given me about 1500, splitting AoBR with someone would be ideal for a new player.
PS. Cossack theres 3 PKs in the Nobz box..........
Point 1 from grax is SO important, ive learnt this the hard way, ive got a box of brushes and stuff that i bought cheap and its all rubbish, also on spray paint, GW make the best, ive tried to other types now and they were significanly cheaper but the results are terrible, stick with GW spray.
GW brushes are very good and it is important to use GOOD BRUSHES...oh man, I can't tell you how big a deal that is. Take care of them too.
For primer, I just go to the hardware store and buy Krylon.