Hey, newbie here. I haven't played minis since college (80's), but I'm thinking of buying some of these to try. If I get 1 starter set and 1 booster pack to begin, will that be enough to field both an Allied and an Axis army? If not, what would you recommend as the minimum until I play-test it a few times. And yes I know that if I like it I'll need bunches more, but I'm looking for the initial minimal outlay of funds. Thanks.
You can supposedly get at least two 80pt teams out of a starter and a booster.
How you buy it really depends on what you want.
Q: Do you want a complete set with certain extras?
A: Buy for yourself or split with a friend one case of each set. Fill in the gaps with eBay.
Q: Or just specific pieces for specific armies?
A: Do some research on the pieces you want. Go on eBay and shop around. You can probably find one "eBay Store" that has all the pieces you are looking for for reasonable prices. All of the Set I pieces should be really inexpensive now.
In general, you'll spend less money on a game like this than something like Flames of War.