Yes but how many of us actually start that way? A lot of people tailor a force from scratch...
thats not the point though is it, the question was how much an army costs, that is an army.
$96 for warmachine. All you need is a battlegroup and the rulebook. If you want paint that is going to add another 17.99 and maybe $4 for a standard brush purchased at a crafts store. Total is around $117.
Ok for orks you will need just a battle for black reach and a codex. Thats 119. Now you have to go buy paints.
starter set £35
total £70 for up to 5 models a book and paints, and 5 models in the new rules is a complete waste of time really.
for £30 extra your getting almost another 40 models, and if you wanna afford paints, well if your doing marines and selling the orks you have enough money to buy a pot of blue and a pot of yellow and a pot of boltgun and black
or even cheaper, buy black reach, trade orks for marines (or vice versa), buy a few paints, and your done for £50-60, and your opponent only has to spend the same amount if there trading all the extras with you, so you actually have 2 armies for £100-120, instead of 10 models for £140+
despite my dislike for GW, I dislike PP's prices a hell of allot more for the tiny amount that you get