You have spent some time poking around and asking questions and watching some tabletop games. You are ready to make the plunge…. So, where do you start when it comes down to starting a new army?
But before we answer your question we need to ask you some questions… What are you looking for? When you are thinking about games do you prefer a quick, aggressive style or do you like the idea of a longer tactical event? That matters. If you start purchasing an army that requires 100+ models to build and paint and then you discover you don’t enjoy the way a hoard army plays, that information matters.
Are you concerned about the “cool” factor of the army? Do you want the army to look awesome when arrayed against the enemy on a table? That matters. Most armies really have a great look with some amazing painting schemes, but you need to look at army colors and schemes before you make a choice so you are enjoying the entire painting process.
Are you looking to buy a full army from day one? That matters because some factions are not fully developed and don’t have that full army feel. We have no idea what the release schedule looks like and it could be a while before you get the models you want to finish the army. For example, Ossiarch Bonereapers are a new skeleton/undead army. They have loads of cool models from cool characters to artillery to Endless Spells…. but Fyreslayers (who are also cool) only have a handful of choices for their army. Both can field entire 2000 point lists… but Ossiarch’s have a better army feel.
Are you looking to get into an army fairly cheaply? Or is money not really an obstacle for your army build? Some armies have terrific army boxes with built in discounts. Other armies you need to grab a start collecting box as a base and build from there… For instance, every holiday GW releases holiday boxes for loads of armies. These holiday boxes have a huge chunk of an army for around 30% off the regular prices. It makes starting a new army terrifically inexpensive!
So when you are building up to starting a new army there are a lot of considerations. But it really comes down to what you want and how you imagine yourself playing. Come down to the store and talk to someone and we can help you figure out what army fits you the best!