Taking as an example building a new army for Warhammer based off a recent acquisition. I obtained as a reward from GAMA for working Origins this past June, a Mantic Elven Warhost. There was a lot of options but this one stood out to me the most!
|Quite a few miniatures for a good price!|
- 20 spears with command for 205 points
- 20 archers with command for 265 points (adding light armor)
- 10 shadow warriors with a shadow walker for 176 points
- a repeater bolt thrower for 100 poitns
A real quick way is to split the Island of Blood box with someone, that will give you a prince on a griffin, a mage, a small fast cavalry unit (Elyrian Reavers), and two more small infantry regiments (Swordmasters of Hoeth and Lothern Seaguard). Really this almost immediately brings the army to 1,750 points. But we CAN go cheaper...
|Remember these guys?|
I've been heavily influenced by many war game authors to not sweat where the models come from and to not fear conversion work or mediocre paint jobs. When you smash your opponent's Warriors of Chaos with your average quality high elves it only adds to his shame. Especially if the victorious prince is a recycled Mage Knight piece, more shame more shame more shame.
Post Script: as an aside I do encourage you to watch out for scale discrepancy, 25mm isn't always 25mm. I purchased a couple Reaper Warlord figures for my VC off from eBay and they were too large. There are pictures of them on my blog and my flickr and when I tried to fit the necromancer in with the skeletons he looked like a friggin' giant next to them so I had to find another in trade. I feel this is okay pretty often, such as if I was using a mounted vampire who would be running about alone, but if it's too much in a unit it just looks goofy!