Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Dropped about $400 in one go to start my Tau out, but that's with 5 tanks. Empire were cheaper, I probably got them up and running around $250. I generally try and go for the big boxes and have multiple viable armies to let people borrow for a game. Also, having a ton of models helps motivate me to paint faster instead of focusing too much on a single unit at a time. One day it might be fun to do a crazy high quality army, but for now quantity is where it's at.
Yeah the outlay for paints/tools was hard to swallow at first. However, as time goes on and you realize that you're STILL getting entertainment value out of the things and haven't dropped money on them in awhile, you'll start feeling better about it.