Start Collecting Age of Sigmar on a Budget
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that the General's Handbook is now out for Age of Sigmar. This awesome (and inexpensive) book brings us 3 different ways to enjoy Age of Sigmar, including the heavily anticipated Matched Play, which I'll be talking a bit about here, but mostly today, I want to share with you some ideas for getting an Age of Sigmar army, without breaking the bank. Those of us who are veterans of Warhammer Fantasy are well aware with the start up cost of an army towards the end of 8th Edition. Often times you needed 2-3 battleforces, 3-4 boxes of some elite infantry to make a proper horde with, plus monsters, artillery, and characters... by the end of it, it wasn't uncommon for a typical 2500 point army to run well over $600... Something which is hugely, and rightfully intimidating for anyone getting into the game, if not a totally massive barrier to entry.
Games Workshop seems to be aware of the huge cost of entry that made player growth at the end of Warhammer Fantasy nearly nonexistent, and has responded appropriately by bringing on starter sets with a sizeable savings. I've put together a couple examples I came up with, when trying to decide which army I should add to my collection next. I'm pretty torn between Ironjawz, which could ally with my Ogors for a combined Destruction army, or doing Sylvaneth, which are the newest hotness with that sexy Alarielle model which looks epic to paint.
- Start Collecting! Ironjawz ($85 x3)
- Megaboss on Maw-krusha ($110)
- $365 Total
Under $400 for a devastating 2k army, you end up running a unit of 30 Ardboyz, 3 units of Gore-Gruntas in a Gorefist (which gives them an extra 15" move on turn 1), a Warchanter (with two to spare), and the amazing Gordrakk, The Fist of Gork. You can mix around the list by downgrading Gordrakk to a regular Megaboss on Maw-Krusha to get a couple more Warchanters to buff your units with, plus you need heros to claim objectives in some scenarios. Further expansion might see another box or two of Ardboyz, a Weirdnob Shaman, and possibly a second Mawcrusha if that tickles your fancy.
- Start Collecting! Sylvaneth ($85 x2)
- Drycha Hamadreth ($60)
- Tree Revenants ($37 x3)
- $341 Total
The newest kid on the block, the Sylvaneth are bound to be a popular army among tournament players, no small part due to being easy to paint, and looking incredible if given a bit of extra attention. By converting the second Branchwych to a Branchwraith, this army could run as a Gnarlroot Wargrove (bonuses to casting), with an additional Household Battalion, and Drycha, for an army with a good amount of monsters, swift melee units, and effective casting... Damn they look rad.
Nearly any army where you can double up on a starter set will actually be fairly inexpensive to start with. Splitting an Age of Sigmar starter set, plus the Start Collecting boxes for either Khorne Bloodbound or Stormcast Eternals is going to be a great start, and nearly a 1k list for either of those armies for not much at all, I'm not sure about doubling up on the Stormcast box, but the Khorne box is a huge budget with the Blood Warriors and Skullcrushers being worth $112 on their own.
One of the boxes in particular that I've found to be amazing deals is the Seraphon box, where you get a Carnosaur, 12 Saurus and 8 Saurus Knights for the price of just the Carnosaur... Doubling up on that to make the Saurus Lord on Carnosaur, a Troglodon, 2x10 Saurus and 3x5 Saurus Knights, about 1080 points worth for $170 retail. The Ironjawz box is also only $6 more than the Gore-gruntas alone, and the Skeleton Horde is only $5 more than the Mortarch.