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40K Start Collecting/Combat Patrol Boxes – Overview & Points

Introduction

If you’re not sure how to start an army in 40K, it’s always good to check what starter boxes are available for the faction you want to play. Games Workshop doesn’t do sales or discounts in general, with very few but notable exceptions: The army boxes that are released for Christmas each year (which are seasonal and therefore not covered here) and the Start Collecting!/Combat Patrol boxes. These two box set types often offer quite a good discount on units and characters that you would want to pick for your army anyway, so most often, they’re a no-brainer for a player starting a new faction.

However, how much you actually save, and how essential the miniatures included in the boxes are to your army, varies from box to box. That’s why we’ve assembled this overview of the Start Collecting!/Combat Patrol boxes to help you figure out if it’s worth buying the box available for your faction. The entry for each box in this article covers what miniatures are in the box, what the box costs, roughly how many points are in the box (this can vary pretty wildly with different loadouts, so what’s noted here is always an estimate), how much you save by buying the box rather than buying the units/characters in the box separately, and whether any models are exclusive to the box.

Whereever we can (we don’t know all factions in 40K equally well!), we also comment on the usefulness of the units in the box for starting an army for that particular faction.

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Start Collecting! Boxes

Vanguard Space Marines

This box is basically most of what used to be in the Shadowspear 40K dual army box, minus the Phobos Librarian. The models included in this box are hardly the ones you’ll see in most Space Marines lists, but it’s got two unique units (this specific Primaris Lieutenant and the Suppressors), so if you’re looking to field a Vanguard Space Marines force (a specific subtype of Space Marines that’s sort of the covert ops branch of the army), this is a great and affordable place to start. Be aware that the units included in this are monopose versions of those units, and that they are possibly missing the weapons options you’re looking for (such as Las fusils for the Eliminators).

  • Miniatures: 10 Infiltrators, 3 Eliminators, 3 Suppressors and 1 Lieutenant in Phobos Armour.
  • Points: 510+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: It’s tricky. While a box of Infiltrators are £35 on their own, those are different from the ones in this box (which can’t be built as Incursors), and the same goes for the 3 Eliminators, who don’t have the same weapon options as the separate Eliminators box, which is £30. The Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour is unique to this box and Combat Patrol: Space Marines, and so are the Suppressors.

Chaos Space Marines

This box is a pretty great choice for starting a Chaos Space Marines force: The 10 Chaos Space Marines is one of just 2 de facto Troop choices for the army, and the only one of the two that’s widely available for purchase (the Chaos Cultists are no longer in production). You might not get all the weapon options of the separate multipart plastic Chaos Space Marines box, but since they will probably be your Troops choice anyway, you can just buy a separate box next to this Start Collecting box and mix and match to make the units you want. Everything else in the box is only available in this box, and there’s some serious Heavy Support choices among them.

  • Miniatures: 10 Chaos Space Marines, 2 Obliterators, 2 Greater Possessed, 1 Venomcrawler and 1 Master of Possession
  • Points: 535+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: It’s tricky. The Obliterators, Greater Possessed, Venomcrawler and Master of Possession are unique to this box, so there’s no other way of getting them, but a box of Chaos Space Marines (which does have different sculpts with more options) is £35, so if you’re okay with using the sculpts provided in this box for your Chaos Space Marines, you’re definitely saving money.

Daemons of Slaanesh

This is a bit of a weird one: You’re barely saving money by buying the box, and you have plenty other HQ options in the army than the Exalted Seeker Chariot of Slaanesh included in this box. You might want to buy a bunch of Daemonettes and some other units instead of starting with this box.

  • Miniatures: 10 Daemonettes of Slaanesh, 5 Seekers of Slaanesh, 1 Exalted Seeker Chariot of Slaanesh
  • Points: 290+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £3

T’au Empire

The T’au Start Collecting box has a unique HQ choice in the Ethereal on Hover Drone, which is one of the few plastic infantry HQ choices for the army, as well as a Firewarriors Strike/Breachers team, and with the Battlesuits and a ton of drones on top, it’s a good place to start if you want to serve the Greater Good.

  • Miniatures: 10 Fire Warriors (with two drones and a DS8 Support Turret), 3 XV8 Crisis Battlesuits, 1 Ethereal on Hover Drone
  • Points: 350+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: The XV8 box and the Fire Warriors box is £75 total on their own, and the Ethereal on Hover Drone is unique to this box at the moment, so while it’s impossible to calculate precisely how much you save, it’s more than £15.

Militarum Tempestus

If you want to run a pure Tempestus Regiment army for Astra Militarum, there’s no reason not to buy this box, since it contains your only Troops choice, which can also be assembled as an Elites choice and an HQ, as well as your only Transport.

  • Miniatures: 10 Tempestus Scions, 1 Taurox/Taurox Prime and an Officio Prefectus Commissar
  • Points: 270+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £37,5

Thousand Sons

I haven’t played Thousand Sons, but this box provides you with two out of three Troops choices for the army, as well as Ahriman as an HQ with a reroll 1s to hit aura which is nice for all those guns and chainswords. The savings for this box are also really good, so if you’re planning on starting the army, this seems like a good start. Be aware that there’s a codex on the way for the army, which means there’s probably also a new Combat Patrol box on the way that you might want to wait for.

  • Miniatures: 10 Rubric Marines, 10 Tzaangors, 1 Ahriman, Arch-Sorcerer of Tzeentch, 2 Tzaangor Upgrade Packs
  • Points: 468+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £45,5

Genestealer Cults

If you want an Achilles Ridgerunner rather than a Goliath transport, this box is worth it for the savings alone. You’ll most likely want Neophyte Hybrids and Acolyte Hybrids for your army anyway, and if you add the Iconward on top of that, you’re already saving money by buying this box. It’s too bad that there’s no Atalan Jackals in the box, though, since the Ridgerunner has a small synergy with those with its Flare Launcher’s ability. Perhaps that’s being added in a Combat Patrol version of this box when the Genestealer Cults get their 9th edition codex, so you might want to wait for that if you want to build a motorized force.

  • Miniatures: 10 Neophyte Hybrids, 5 Acolyte Hybrids/Hybrid Metamorphs, 1 Acolyte Iconward, 1 Achilles Ridgerunner
  • Price: £60
  • Points: 315+
  • How much do you save?: £40

Adeptus Mechanicus

Interestingly, Games Workshop has kept this box in production even though there’s a new Combat Patrol box for Adeptus Mechanicus, and that’s pretty great: With the new codex, Skitarii Rangers are as important as ever to the army, and in this box, you get them along with a Skorpius Dunerider transport to haul them around in.

  • Miniatures: 10 Skitarii Rangers/Vanguard, 1 Tech-Priest Enginseer, 1 Skorpius Dunerider
  • Points: 340+
  • How much do you save?: £32,5

Tyranids

This starter set includes a Troops choice (one of quite a few different ones for Tyranids), an HQ and a Heavy Support choice, so while there are all kinds of ways to build a Tyranid army, this is a good place to start.

  • Miniatures: 8 Genestealers, 1 Broodlord, 1 Trygon/Mawloc
  • Points: 403+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?:

Craftworlds

This starter set is full of some great Asuryani sculpts, but buyer beware: There are no Troops choices in this box, which really makes it a poor choice if you actually want to start collecting a Craftworld Aeldari army. The box is great value otherwise, though, and a box of Dire Avengers or a Guardian Squad for your Troops slot isn’t an expensive addition to this set anyway.

  • Miniatures: 5 Wraithguard/Wraithblades, 1 Wraithlord, 1 War Walker and 1 Farseer
  • Points: 590+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £50

Daemons of Nurgle

This box contains an HQ, 2 Troops and a Fast Attack choice for the Daemons of Nurgle. Since both of the Troops choices for the army are in this box, it might be a good candidate for buying multiple boxes for your army.

  • Miniatures: 10 Plaguebearers, 3 Nurglings, 3 Plague Drones and 1 Poxbringer
  • Points: 361+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £40

Daemons of Khorne

Apart from HQ choices, Daemons of Khorne really don’t have many units to choose from. This box contains the army’s only Troops and Elites choices, so if you also want the Blood Throne, it’s a box you should definitely get if you’re playing the faction.

  • Miniatures: 10 Bloodletters, 3 Bloodcrushers and one Blood Throne
  • Points: 365+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: It’s a bit tricky, since you only get 3 Bloodcrushers here, and the separate Bloodcrushers box has 6 of them, but savings are around £22,50

Astra Militarum

The Infantry squad in this box is the sprues you use for building two of the Troops choices for the Astra Militarum, but the box also showcases some of the weirdness of listbuilding for the army: That Commissar in front? He’s not an HQ choice, he’s an Elite. That Heavy Weapons Team can be part of an Infantry Squad, and the actual HQ in the box is hiding up there in the tank, which has the option to be included in your list as a Tank Commander.

  • Miniatures: 1 Leman Russ Battle Tank, a 10 man Infantry Squad, a Heavy Weapons Team and an Officio Prefectus Commissar.
  • Points: 395+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: It’s tricky. The Heavy Weapons models are sold seperately in boxes of three, but you only get one here. Savings are around £22,50

Daemons of Tzeentch

This is a diverse starting box with an HQ choice that can also be assembled as a Heavy Support choice, a Troops choice, an Elites choice and a Fast Attack Choice. It covers a large part of the Daemons of Tzeentch model range, but beware that the Pink Horrors can split into Blue Horrors, which can split into Brimstone Horrors, and all of those have to be purchased separately.

  • Miniatures: 10 Pink Horrors, 3 Screamers of Tzeentch, 3 Flamers of Tzeentch and 1 Burning Chariot of Tzeentch/Fateskimmer
  • Points: 397+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £37,5

Combat Patrol

Necrons

This Combat Patrol box for the Necrons contains exactly none of the new models the army got for 9th edition, but there’s still plenty of firepower, and units for the Troops, Elites, Fast Attack, HQ and Flyer slots in your army, so it’s an interesting supplement to whatever 9th edition units you’ve picked up (and a nice way for GW to clear out old Necron boxes from their warehouse shelves).

  • Miniatures: 10 Necron Immortals/Deathmarks, 3 Tomb Blades, 1 Night Scythe/Doomscythe, 1 Necron Overlord
  • Points: 629+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £50

Space Marines

This box is simply the Start Collecting! Vanguard Space Marines box (see the entry for that one above) with an added Impulsor as a Transport for those Infiltrators.

  • Miniatures: 1 Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour, 10 Primaris Infiltrators, 3 Eliminators, 3 Suppressors and an Impulsor
  • Points: 672+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: As explained above in the entry for Start Collecting! Vanguard Space Marines, it’s tricky to calculate because of the unique units in the box. However, if you compare the price of this box to buying a Start Collecting! Vanguard Space Marines box and an Impulsor, the Combat Patrol box still saves you £20.

Drukhari

This Combat Patrol Box seems like a good starting point for a Drukhari Kabal force with an HQ, a Troop and Elite choice as well as a Ravager for your Heavy Support slot and a Raider transport.

  • Miniatures: 10 Kabalite Warriors, 5 Incubi, 1 Archon, 1 Ravager, 1 Raider
  • Points: 670+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £27

Death Guard

This is a Troops-heavy starter box if there ever was one: 30 Poxwalkers is at least two units of them, and then you add 7 Plague Marines on top of that. You don’t need multiples of Typhus, and perhaps not the Putrifier, either, but for you main force of infantry, it’s definitely worth it buying multiples of this box.

  • Miniatures: 30 Poxwalkers, 7 Plague Marines, 1 Typhus and 1 Biologus Putrifier
  • Points: 615+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £47,5

Space Wolves

The Combat Patrol: Space Wolves box has a unique model in it, the Space Wolf Primaris Lieutenant, as well as all you need to assemble the Hounds of Morkai, a special Space Wolf version of the Primaris Reivers. Add to that the fact that it’s one of the only Combat Patrol boxes to contain 10 Intercessors, and you’ve got a pretty good chapter-specific box.

  • Miniatures: 1 Primaris Lieutenant (in a Space Wolves version that’s only available in this box at the moment), 10 Primaris Intercessors, 5 Reivers (that can also be assembled as Hounds of Morkai), an Invictor Tactical Warsuit and 2 Primaris Space Wolves Upgrade Sprues.
  • Points: 592+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £41,5, assuming the Primaris Lieutenant would cost the same as other faction-specific Lieutenants if it was to be sold separately.

Dark Angels

The Combat Patrol box for Dark Angels is the only one of the Space Marines to include the Primaris Chaplain so far, as well as two Core units, the Intercessors and Inceptors that can get +1 to ranged hit rolls from one of the Chaplain’s litanies, and the ever-fearsome Redemptor Dreadnought. Beware that this is another Combat Patrol box with 5 rather than 10 Intercessors.

  • Miniatures: 5 Primaris Intercessors, 3 Inceptors, 1 Redemptor Dreadnought, 1 Primaris Chaplain and 2 Dark Angels Primaris Upgrade Sprues
  • Points: 597+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £43, but beware that you only get 5 Intercessors here as opposed to the 10 in a regular Primaris Intercessors box.

Deathwatch

This Deathwatch starter box is one of those boxes that’s useful for most Space Marine chapters, with its inclusion of a Primaris Lieutenant, a Primaris Apothecary and a full squad of 10 Primaris Intercessors.

  • Miniatures: 1 Primaris Intercessors, 3 Aggressors, 1 Primaris Lieutenant and 1 Primaris Apothecary and 2 Deathwatch Upgrade Frames
  • Points: 537+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £40,5

Blood Angels

There’s no units or characters in this box that can only be taken by a Blood Angels force, so it should be seen as one of several Space Marine Combat Patrol boxes just as much as it should be seen as a dedicated Blood Angels box. So, if you want to run Incursors rather than Infiltrators, this box is better than the generic Combat Patrol Space Marines box which only includes the monopose Infiltrators. So if you want to run smaller squads of Primaris Marines (the units in this box are made up of 5 rather than 10), this is a great starter box.

  • Miniatures: 5 Primaris Intercessors, 5 Primaris Incursors/Infiltrators, 3 Primaris Aggressors, 1 Primaris Librarian, 1 Impulsor, 2 Blood Angels Primaris Upgrade Frames
  • Points: 602+
  • How much do you save?: £65,5 – be aware that the Incursor and Intercessor squads in this box are half the size (5 models) of the ones you get in their respective £35 boxes.

Adeptus Mechanicus

This is one of two starter sets for Adeptus Mechanicus, and where the Start Collecting box adds a Skorpius Dunerider transport to the Skitarii and Tech-Priest Enginseer, this Combat Patrol box opts for some heavy firepower from the Onager Dunecrawler and some hideous but tough Kataphron Destroyers/Breachers. The savings are a little better for this box than the Start Collecting box, so if you need any of the non-Skitarii/HQ options in this box, this is the one to go for.

  • Miniatures: 10 Skitarii Rangers/Vanguard (Troops), 3 Kataphron Destroyers/Breachers, 1 Onager Dunecrawler, 1 Tech-Priest Enginseer (HQ)
  • Points: 525+
  • Price: 85£
  • How much do you save?: 42,5 £