Easy way: Find someone getting rid of their models then fill in the gaps.
Hard way: Blister and Box at a time.
The Journeyman League offers Battlebox equivalents for human and Rhulic builds, but unfortunately Cephalyx doesn't offer a way for that. They just have their army box, and it is hard to reach a good zero point with either Warcaster.
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Probably the cheapest method is to have started with another faction that has models which can be used in merc lists (and are worth using). Khador has Kayazy, Protectorate has Idrians. Cygnar has good units which can be used in the Llaelese Resistance theme, with a more limited selection (again, good units) in Kingmaker. Hordes players might have some of the lesser warlocks.
But if you're starting from scratch, focus. Pick what you want to do and don't get distracted by all the fun things in mercs, at least not at first. Choose to go with human warcasters or rhulic ones (as the human and Rhulic jacks are exclusive to particular casters). I'd also suggest picking casters who can run a variety of builds/in a variety of themes - it lets you change your lists (keeping you more interested) when you make one or two new purchases.
Casters who want more warriors are probably more expensive. An 11pt Nomad is $34.99 on PP's site. A max unit of Steelhead Halberdiers (also 11pts) is $54.99 on the same site. An equivalent points value of solos is generally a bit more than the jacks (maybe closer to $40), but cheaper than the units. However, solos are often seen as having a worse points:value ratio in lists.
If you buy the plastic human heavy jack kit - magnetise it. You'll almost certainly use Nomads the most, but it's worth having a bit of flexibility if you can.
Having said all that, I think it points to Magnus2, played in the Irregulars theme.
Post by studderingdave on Oct 16, 2017 7:59:38 GMT
Mercs is the most expensive faction in the game. This is compounded with the main faction containing Cephalyx, which are a sub faction comprised mostly of units you cannot use in the larger Merc faction, an also the Llalese theme force opening Cygnar/Menoth units up to us.
I started Mercs as an offshoot of my main faction, Khaador, at first acquiring models that work for that faction. Over time I just leaned into Mercs a bit more, picked up a few casters and jacks and fell in. The irony is I play Mercs so much more than I do Khador.
Shoot for what appeals to you first, make a list pair then branch out over time as your resources allow you to. Mercs is a faction that really benefits from having all the options open to you. Unfortunately the flexibility of the faction comes with a high wallet cost, and the fact that Thexus is one of our best drops and his army comes with a 300+ dollar price tag for optimal lists.
Everyone here has the right of it, but I will add that if cost is likely to be a significant factor for you, you might be better off choosing another faction. I already own significantly more models than anyone else in my area who only plays one faction, and I haven't touched Cephalyx yet.
Yeah, if price is gonna be an issue you'd be better off either slow growing from another faction, looking for killer deals, or just plain picking another faction. The only other thing to possibly do is hyper focus on what you enjoy and then realize because of that you'll struggle to be competitive but will easily be able to play for fun. E.G. I love dwarves, so most my investment has been in dwarves. Do they struggle to make a two list pairing using only dwarves? You bet! Do I have fun playing my stumpy dudes, you gotta believe I do! If you just focus on pirates, you may have a hard time building two list pairings with only pirates but you may not buy as much. Same with Cephalyx, steelheads, etc.