Starting Age of Sigmar, Cheap and Easy Style!

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Hey everyone, Reecius from Frontline Gaming here to talk about some easy and affordable ways to pick up Age of Sigmar!

As you can tell by my stream of articles about the game, I have the Age of Sigmar bug in a big way! The game–with some structure–is brilliant and such good fun. I had a chance to read the impending General’s Handbook (which you can pre-order through Frontline Gaming at a nice discount!) and I am even more excited for the game. It brings some of what we most wanted to see: structure and points! Nice one.

The cool thing is that you don’t have to use the points if you do not want to, it comes with tons of cool stuff like narrative campaigns and ladder campaigns but as a tournament lover, I am stoked for matched play! There’s so much more going on in this book, but we’ll cover that another day. For now, let’s talk about diving into the game!


Crunching some numbers, I came to quickly see that you can make an army in Age of Sigmar for not too much money, which is awesome! The models are pricey but you really don’t need too many of them to make a 2,000pt army, which is what GW is presenting as the tournament standard. What this means is that the cost of entry is actually quite low, and you can get a force together with a relatively small investment in time, too. This is a quantum leap in improvement over the previous editions of Fantasy which required massive bricks of troops which were mega expensive and took ages to build and paint.

As I was writing up some lists, thinking about Warbands I’d like to put together, here’s one I came up with.

Slaves to Darkness 2,000pts

  • Godsworn Champions of Ruin Battalion 1,000pts
  • Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Manticore
  • Daemon Prince
  • Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Chaos Steed
  • Chaos Knights x 5
  • Chaos Knights x 5
  • Ruinbringer Warband 1,000pts
  • Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount
  • Chaos Knights x 5
  • Chaos Knights x 5
  • Chaos Knights x 5
  • Chaos Gorebeast Chariots
  • Chaos Chariot


31 models! That’s it, wow! Plus, everything is mounted so you have a cool cavalry themed army of super bad ass models. Every model in this army looks amazing. So, assembling and painting it will be a lot of fun. Also, it’s relatively cheap. $395 retail is not bad for an entire army. If you order it from Frontline Gaming, you can get it at $316 or $296.25 as a part of our new release specials.

If you really want to save some dough, you get 5 extra Chaos Knights in the above army so you can convert two of them into the Chaos Sorcerer Lord on Chaos Steed and the Chaos Lord on Daemonic Knight, bringing the total down $40 MSRP. You’re talking about an entire tournament army that looks bad ass and would be good on the tabletop, too for a very reasonable price.


As for playing the army, it is fast, hits hard, has lots of powerful spells to call on and did I mention it looks amazing?! All those Chaos Knights, sooooo rad! Your two Battalions gives you two heroes to get magic items in the new General’s Handbook, and the Chaos Warband army benefits rock. You will get a ton of use out of them with this army.

The Battalions themselves offer a lot, as well. The ability to assault and deal mortal wounds in the Hero phase with the Ruinbringer Warband is awesome, and the Godsworn Champion likewise get extra attacks in the Hero Phase, maximizing this army’s melee punch. If you get that double turn while stuck in…good night!

The Daemon Prince with Slaneesh is awesome as it allows you to interrupt the flow in the melee phase, meaning you can attack with two units before your opponent gets one if its your turn. I really dig that. You have a wide variety of choices for your general, but I’d go with the Chaos Lord on Daemonic Mount. The ability to buff a unit of Knights on the way in to melee is pretty awesome.

If you wanted to not go all cavalry, you could use the Start Collecting! Slaves to Darkness boxes to make a 2K army even cheaper! And those Chaos Warriors at 180pts for 10 are a very good deal for what you get.

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But that’s just one way to slice it. My friend Alex is in the process of making a Flesh Eater Court army (Zombies, Ghouls and such!). By taking advantage of some of the bundle deals, you can make an army for just a few hundred bucks that not only looks cool but is good on the tabletop, too! His total ticket for a 2,000pt army was only $220! Wow.

The tournament format for the game is going to be very accessible for these reasons. While you can make a bigger, more expensive army if you want to, you don’t have to. This means you can take the plunge into the game with a relatively small investment of time and money to see if you like it. If you do, branching out and collecting multiple Warbands with an awesome theme is relatively easy to do. For example, the Sylvaneth Warband I am baking only has 35 models and damn, those tree people are dead easy to paint and look incredible! I am already thinking about multiple Warbands to collect and model, haha. Those Orruk Bone Splitters look sooooo awesome! Might have to do that, too.

What warbands are you thinking about collecting?

And as always, Frontline Gaming sells Games Workshop product at up to 25% off of retail, every day!

You can also pick up some cheap models in our Second Hand Shop. Some of these gems are quite rare, sometimes they’re fully painted!



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27 Responses to “Starting Age of Sigmar, Cheap and Easy Style!”

  1. Requizen July 20, 2016 4:28 am #

    Start Collecting bundles can really drop down entry fee for some armies, especially ones that use all the models within, like Flesh Eater Courts.

    That Slaves to Darkness army is really cool looking for a reasonable pricepoint! Mounted armies always look good on the tabletop, and the Knights are some of the coolest looking AoS models imo. I like the Sorc Lord but I find him a bit on the squishy side, especially if the opponent has lots of ranged. Though most Wizards have that problem.

    • Reecius July 20, 2016 10:40 am #

      Yeah, no kidding. I was blown away at how cheap it was for Alex to make a Flesh Eater Court tournament army. Really a great deal.

      Thanks, glad you like the list! I agree the Sorcerer lord is fragile but mounting him on a Steed gives him a lot of mobility and his spell is VERY good. Worth the points risk, IMO. I envision the list being a MTO army, presenting too many threats for your opponent to deal with and making target priority an issue.

      • FrequentRespawn July 20, 2016 10:48 pm #

        What exactly did he use for his Flesh Eater court? As a 40k player, who gets more and more interested and still has some WFB undead models in his cabinet I am getting curious^^

        • Reecius July 21, 2016 6:36 am #

          I’ll reach out to him and ask.

          • Iago July 21, 2016 10:25 am

            Thanks mate

          • Beast August 2, 2016 12:13 pm

            Please do! I’d love to see what that looks like (so I can shamelessly steal it!)

          • Reecius August 2, 2016 12:17 pm

            Alex has said he will be doing a hobby blog for us! So we’ll get to follow along on the progress.

  2. Blight1 July 20, 2016 6:19 am #

    Very interested in the special traits for the savage orks after seeing what the sylvaneth got. Now I just wish Ironjaws had them.

    • Chris July 20, 2016 6:26 am #

      I think I heard somewhere they they were coming out with a cheaper book with all the current allegiances and traits for them. I can’t remember where though sadly.

      • Reecius July 20, 2016 10:37 am #

        Yeah, we thought they’d be in the Genera;’s Handbook but I did not see them in there. I am sure they will give us all that cool stuff, soon.

        • Ytook July 20, 2016 2:58 pm #

          They’re there for each grand alliance, so a sort of stop gap, I’d be surprised if they didn’t get a little update for them, there’s a section on the app for this stuff now. And even if not that you at least know Stormcast will definitely be getting more books 😛

          • Reecius July 21, 2016 6:37 am

            Haha, good points!

  3. Beau July 20, 2016 8:04 am #

    I think sylvaneth will be one of the cheapest armies to start when you factor in the guardians of the deep wood box and the new sylvaneth start collecting box then simply buy Alarielle.

    • Reecius July 20, 2016 10:37 am #

      Exactly. If you get 1-2 of the big models, that eats up most of yoru points.

  4. artfcllyflvrd July 20, 2016 9:16 am #

    This article is great! Something like this for more/all of the armies would be awesome!

    • Reecius July 20, 2016 10:38 am #

      Yeah, absolutely! I was astounded when I saw how affordably you can get into AoS. It really is not that expensive to make a cool/themed/effective tournament army.

  5. Garrett Mulroney July 20, 2016 11:15 am #

    Looking over things, I don’t think that is a legal list. Because the Daemon Prince doesn’t have Slave to Darkness keyword you can’t have Slave to Darkness Allegiance. So your Chaos Knights aren’t battleline. Also looking over the Godsworn Champions of Ruin Battlescroll I don’t think you can take both a Daemon Prince and a Chaos Lord.

    • AngryPanda July 20, 2016 11:19 am #

      It’s also not cheap. Or at least if 400 bucks entry cost is considered cheap than this little skirmish game has exactly the same barrier of entry WFB had.

      • Threllen July 20, 2016 11:56 am #

        2000 points is what they are calling the “tournament standard” and Reece was using that as his version of “starter” sized army. $400 certainly seems to be on the low end compared to trying to buy a 40k tournament army (1850) along with all the rulebooks, supplements, and codices. Plus, 2000 points seems to be a pretty good sized Sigmar army. A true “starter” or “skirmish” army would be more like the 25 wound armies they have posted about before in their learning league. I’m guessing those were much cheaper than $400.

        • Reecius July 21, 2016 6:41 am #

          Yeah, I never thought AoS Was meant to be a skirmish game.

      • Reecius July 21, 2016 6:39 am #

        What is or is not cheap is subjective, but compared to WFB, where a unit could cost that much, it’s miles cheaper. And paying $300 for an army that will provide years of enjoyment is a very low cost investment, particularly spread out over a few weeks or months as you build it.

    • Requizen July 20, 2016 11:57 am #

      For the same points, you could take a unit of Marauder Horsemen and a unit of Marauders. Only downside is that you then have one non-mounted unit, but that’s not that bad. Probably other ways to shuffle the points around to get it right.

    • Reecius July 21, 2016 6:41 am #

      Good catch. I thought he did because he was in their army list. He’s easily replaced.

    • Deamon July 23, 2016 5:25 am #

      It is legal because the Godsworn champions of ruin warscroll specifically state you can take one.

  6. Dan July 20, 2016 10:29 pm #

    Great to see what the handbook proposes for my forces of chaos!

  7. Age of Sigmar King July 27, 2016 2:25 am #

    As mentioned the start collecting boxes are ridiculously good value, Warhammer is finally becoming accessible to the masses!

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