<s>At 1000 pt. you can deploy almost all the battalions at minimum size and you have room for a lot of customization. Consider that not all of them respect the minimum requirement for a Pitched Battle so you have to left some room for your '''Battleline''' units.
Alternatively you have a really low minimum core tax of 240 pt. with 2 Battleline units and a Runemaster/Runeson.
If you' re not thinking of using a Runemaster or a Runefather as general, you're stuck with Vulkite Berserkers as '''Battleline''' unit, and you want units of at least 20 Dorfs to gain some bonus. This means 640pt. plus your mandatory leader which should be a Runeson. After that you have 280pt. for customization and a tough choice to make. You can either add a third smaller unit of 15 Vulkite Berserkers and play with the Warrior Kinband battalion, you can add a unit of 10 elites and another Runeson/Runemaster or add a unit of five elites, add 5 Vulkite Berserkers and a major 100pt. leader.
In this sense a nice 1000pt. list could be: a Runeson as General with 2x20 Vulkite Berserkers equipped at will, 5 Auric Hearthguards with a Grimwrath Berserker for bonus and a Runemaster to spice things up. If you're passionate for Behemoth a variation of the same concept is a Runeson on Magmadroth as General with 2x20 Vulkite Berserkers equipped at will and the Runemaster. </s>
===2000 pt.=== <s>At 2000 pt. a single battalion is not enough and you can start considering to double your choices. Alternatively you have a really low minimum core tax of 320 pt. with 3 Battleline units and a Runemaster/Runeson.</s> ===2500 pt.=== <s>Grand Fyrd level. With the bonus given by the Dour and Fearless rule you should really consider this. Also, you have 680pt. more for customization.
Alternatively you have a really low minimum core tax of 400 pt. with 4 Battleline units and a Runemaster/Runeson. </s>
<b>All of these numbers are very outdated, I will come back and update them soon. Meanwhile feel free to buy a Start Collecting kit or two.</b>
===First things to buy=== One or two start collecting and at least four boxes of HGB to have the unit of 20 HGB, a runesmiter on foot and one on a magmadroth, and a runefather on a foot and one on a magmadroth.
Of course the forge is really important (obviously because it' s free so no reason to not take it), and the magmic invocations are good but not a most have to begin with.
For heroes you <b><u>need</u></b> a battlesmith, the grimwrath berserker is also a good unit but again not a must have, same for the doomseeker.
The Runmaster is not really good by himself but you need it for the Lord of the Lodge batallion so good to have one.