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Age of Sigmar Start Collecting Boxes: Overview and Review

If you are just starting an Age of Sigmar army, or you want to expand your existing collection you may have considered buying a chunk of miniatures at a discounted price. Games Workshop comes at the rescue with Start Collecting sets, that are a group of miniatures belonging to an army combined together at a discounted price.

This is an overview of all Age of Sigmar Start Collecting boxes

Aside from the Start Collecting sets, Games Workshop occasionally produces limited edition sets, around a theme (like the recent Broken Realms campaign), an edition (like the recent Dominion box set for AoS 3.0 launch) or for Christmas (the famous battleforces). Since those are limited editions, whose availability can be from few minutes to few weeks, they are not considered here.

However, the value of each Start Collecting can greatly vary from box to box; hence this article will try to explain which represent a good value and which are a hard pass.

Note that the new Start Collecting boxes for Age of Sigmar are called Vanguard boxes, similar to the rebranding in 40K to Combat Patrol. They represent a more expensive box but with the aim to provide more miniatures, and a solid base to reach easily your first 1000 points to have a small game of AoS.

At the end of the article, we will also have a summary page with all existing boxes.

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Table Overview of Start Collecting Boxes: Explanation of table

In the table below you can see all of the different Start Collecting boxes for Age of Sigmar. It will give you the perfect overview of cost, savings, points values and a direct link to a shop where (based on your location) you can actually get the box much cheaper.

In the table you can see the following information:

  • Box: name of the Start Collecting Box. The link will be to my review/overview of that specific box.
  • Buy box: if you like this tool, feel free to buy one of the boxes via the link provided here. I will get a small commission (no extra cost for you) if you buy something after you click a link.
  • Review: provides a link to our review of the Start Collecting Box
  • Faction: the army/faction the box belongs to.
  • Alliance: Which of the four Grand Alliances the faction belongs to.
  • Price: the price in £ if you buy the box at the normal retail price (GW price).
  • Price Ind.: The price in £ if you were to buy the individual units from the box separately (at GW price). Note that sometimes this is an approximation (when the box includes incomplete units or models that you can only get via the Start Collecting box).
  • Discount: The discount in price if you compare the price of the Start Collecting Box with buying each unit individually (with GW prices).
  • Models: the number of models in the box
  • Inc.: the number of models that do not make a complete unit (with the latest pitched battle profiles as reference).
  • Alter.: quite a lot of units in the boxes can be equipped in different ways. This can either change the point value slightly for the unit or even make a completely different type of unit. This is the number of alternative builds in the box.
  • Points: the points values if you build the units in the box like pictured on the front of the box.
  • PpP: this is price pr. point (in this case the Pound pr. Point). So the amount of money you need to spend to get 1 point via the start collecting box. It is a quick way to see how much value each box is.
NameBoxReviewFactionAlliancePricePrice Ind.DiscountModelsUnitsIncAlterPointsPpP
Beasts of ChaosBeastsOfChaos_Vanguard_BoxBeasts of ChaosChaos£85£11626%34515050.17
Thunderstrike BrotherhoodStormcast Eternals Thunderstrike Brotherhood Start CollectingBuy BoxReviewStormcast EternalsOrder£50£13563%18619350.06
AnvilgardAnvilgardBuy BoxReviewCities of SigmarOrder£60£10040%13424000.15
Dameons of SlaaneshDaemons of Slaanesh Start CollectingBuy BoxReviewHedonites of SlaaneshChaos£55£7627%1635450.10
Disciples of TzeentchVanguard_TzeentchBoxDisciples of TzeentchChaos£80£128.538%2757300.11
Flesh-Eater CourtsFlesh-Eater Courts Start CollectingBuy BoxReviewFlesh-Eater CourtsDeath£55£8031%14375250.10
Goreblade WarbandKhorne Bloodbound Goreblade Start CollectingBuy BoxReviewBlades of KhorneChaos£50£98.549%1967450.07
Greywater FastnessGreywater FastnessBuy BoxReviewCities of SigmarOrder£60£9033%423750.16
Idoneth DeepkinVaanguard_IdonethDeepkinBoxBuy BoxIdoneth DeepkinOrder£80£11329%15416400.13
IronjawzIronjawz-Start-smallBuy BoxReviewIronjawzDestruction£60£98.539%1434350.14
Kharadron OverlordsKharadron Overlords Start CollectingBuy BoxReviewKharadron OverlordsOrder£60£102.541%1045100.12
Maggotkin of NurgleVanguard_MaggotkinNurgleBoxBuy BoxMaggotkin of NurgleChaos£78.5£117.533%18417400.11
SeraphonSeraphon-Start-Collect-smallBuy BoxReviewSeraphonOrder£55£97.544%215127000.08
Slaves to DarknessVanguard_SlavesToDarkness_BoxSlaves to DarknessChaos£85£11928%17416750.13
SkinksStart Collecting SkinksBuy BoxSeraphonOrder£60£9040%174155050.12
Gloomspite GitzGloomspiteGitz_Vanguard_BoxGloomspite GitzDestruction£85£112.524%34425400.16
Daughters of KhaineVanguard_DaughtersOfKhaineBuy BoxDaughters of KhaineOrder£80£11832%21425550.14
Soulblight GravelordsSC_SoulblightGravelordsSoulblight GravelordsDeath£60£14057%26415300.11
Ogor MawtribesVG_OgorMawtribesOgor MawtribesDestruction80124.7535%18518700.09
Lumineth Realm-lordsVanguard_LuminethRealmLordsLumineth Realm-lordsOrder80£131.539%2645400.15
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Chaos Age of Sigmar Start Collecting Boxes

Vanguard: Beasts of Chaos

This is a good starting place for a Beasts of Chaos army. It contains a hero you will need (the Great Bray-shaman), 2 battleline options and 2 conditional battleline. The only regret is that the hero is not the brand-new Beastlord, but otherwise it’s a great set.

The Ungors can be assembled as the melee Ungors (although they can be given a ranged profile) or the shooting Ungor Raiders. The Gors and the Bestigors represent the infantry and the elite infantry respectively, with the Bestigors even scarier with the new battletome.

The Dragon Ogors are a good unit even without the support of a Dragon Ogor Shaggoth that makes them battleline and they have some really powerful attacks.

Compared with the old Start Collecting, the absence of a monster is greatly replaced by the Dragon Ogors and the Gors, but being a horde army, you will need plenty of these units. But not so many Great Bray-Shamans, so it’s up to you if the discount allows for duplicate heroes or not.

  • Faction: Beasts of Chaos
  • Miniatures: 1 Great Bray-Shaman, 3 Dragon Ogors, 10 Bestigors, 10 Gors, 10 Ungor/Ungor Raiders
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £31

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Start Collecting! Khorne Bloodbound Goreblade Warband

This box is half of the original Starter Set for Age of Sigmar that pitted Khorne against the Stormcast Eternals. As all starter sets it’s good value for money, but it contains mono-pose units with no interchangeable weapons. Blood Warriors and Bloodreavers in particular have much better options in their stand-alone boxes that in this box set.

At the same time, this is the only box where you can find all hero options contained in it (and the Khorgorath). Some of these heroes like Bloodsecrator and Bloodstoker are good options for any Khorne list, especially those focussed on the mortal side.

The Mighty Lord of Khorne can also be played as Korghos Khul, one of the original antagonist in the first version of Age of Sigmar.

If you are starting a Khorne mortal army this is a good starting point as there are 3 heroes, 1 elite unit and 2 more battleline units, but remember you will need to integrate with more boxes to obtain the missing options.

  • Faction: Blades of Khorne
  • Miniatures: 1 Mighty Lord of Khorne, 1 Bloodsecrator, 1 Bloodstoker, 1 Khorgorath, 5 Blood Warriors, 10 Bloodreavers.
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £50
  • How much do you save?: tricky as most units in this box are available only in this box. Blood Warriors and Bloodreavers are monopose and without the weapon options or command group available in their separate boxes.

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Bonus – Combat Patrol: Chaos Daemons

While advertised as a Warhammer 40,000 combat patrol box, this box is absolutely fine for Age of Sigmar as it contains all valid profiles of Khorne daemons, in particular since the Start Collecting: Daemons of Khorne has been retired.

If you need to expand the daemonic aspect of Khorne armies, here you can found a Bloodmaster, 3 Bloodcrushers, 10 Flesh Hounds (2 units) and 20 Bloodletters (2 units).

Start Collecting! Daemons of Slaanesh

As appropriate to Slaanesh, this box is sweet and sour. On one side you have one of the lowest discounts available for AoS start collecting boxes (25%), on the other you have sprues that will allow to store so many extra bits that is a converter dream.

Starting from the Exalted Chariot, this in reality is assembled by combining two sprues of what would normally create a separate Hellflayer or Seeker Chariot. So, if you want, you could actually create 2 smaller chariots instead of 1 (you will need an extra base). All 3 options can be assembled as stand-alone units or as hero options with a Bladebringer on top, making 6 warscrolls out of 2 identical sprues that can even be combined for a single model… If that is not excessively Slaaneshi for you…

And it’s not all, depending on how you assemble the kit, if you love converting you have enough to assemble some Daemonette as a Viceleader (another hero option).

Slaanesh is in a difficult position at the moment, there was a moment in AoS 2.0 where it was excessively good and they were excessively punished (see a trend here?) so that now the army is much weaker than it was at the beginning. Despite so, you will still need daemons to summon and this box provides plenty. You have also a battleline (Daemonettes) and conditional battleline options.

In synthesis this is not only a good box to start Slaanesh, but it can be bought in multiples to increase your collection and go crazy with the different assembly options. It’s also the cheapest and best way to find the two sprues to assemble either Exalted Chariot.

  • Faction: Hedonites of Slaanesh
  • Miniatures: 1 Bladebringer, Herald on Exalted Chariot (or various other options), 5 Seekers, 10 Daemonettes.
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £21

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Vanguard: Disciples of Tzeentch

This Vanguard box, that replaces the previous Start Collecting exclusive to Daemons, nicely merge the mortal and daemonic side of the Disciples of Tzeentch.

The leader is a Magister on Disc of Tzeentch, a valuable leader for mortals, not a must-take, but a useful one to have available.

The rest of the box however is pure gold with 2 battlelines and 2 conditional battlelines you will have plenty of opportunities to use most of the content of this box.

The mortals have Kairic Acolytes, improved since the 2nd edition, and the Tzaangors, now hitting harder.

The daemons, always useful to summon in case you don’t want to use them from the beginning, are a unit of Flamers and one of Screamers. Flamers have been the undiscussed protagonists of Tzeentch armies for a while now.

There are no alternative profiles and, aside some weapon options available for Tzaangors, they are all pretty straightforward. Still, with 27 miniatures and 5 units, this box is good value, and you could even consider buying a second box.

  • Faction: Disciples of Tzeentch
  • Miniatures: 1 Magister on Disc of Tzeentch, 10 Tzaangors, 10 Kairic Acolytes, 3 Flamers, 3 Screamers.
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £48.5

Vanguard: Skaven

The new Vanguard box for Skaven replaces the old Start Collecting that was more oriented on the Clans Pestilens side of the army.

This one contains a Grey Seer as a leader, 3 Stormfiends that are always useful in a Skaven army, 20 Clanrats that represent the main battleline and an artillery piece.

The Warp Lightning Cannon, that is a Skryre unit, can be assembled also as a Plagueclaw Catapult, that belongs to the Pestilens, while everything else is Masterclan.

This box represents a good saving if you are starting a Skaven army, as you will need many Clanrats to form the backbone of your army and Stormfiends are always good fighters. But you may not need many Grey Seers for repeating purchases of this box, considering also you get a free Grey Seer if you decide to assemble the Screaming Bell as a Plague Furnace (a different kit staple of this army).

  • Faction: Skaven
  • Miniatures: 1 Grey Seer, 20 Clanrats, 1 Warp Lightning Cannon/Plagueclaw Catapult, 3 Stormfiends
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £28.5

Vanguard: Slaves to Darkness

The Vanguard box replaced the recent Start Collecting box, adding the long awaited updated sprues that allows to change weapon options and add the command group with standard bearer and musician.

The Chaos Lord is a staple of Slaves to Darkness armies so having one is always useful given also his decent survivability.

The Chaos Chariot is an interesting piece that can be assembled alternatively as a Gorebeast Chariot. Both have some abilities that allow to distinguish them, with the Gorebeast able to do mortal wounds after the combat phase. Each can be taken as a unit of 1 or as a unit of 3, with the Chaos Chariot counting as battleline.

The Chaos Warriors updated sprues now allow all possible weapon loadouts available in their warscroll. While there has been a bit of cleaning (now it’s just murderous weapons or halberds), it allows also for customization of the different parts. Chaos Warriors are currently a good anvil unit so you can never have enough.

The Chaos Knights updated sprue allows them a command group with the musician that really helps their charge rolls. They have only one weapon profile now (except the unit champion that has 3), but they are extremely damaging especially on a charge.

Both Chaos Knights and Chaos Warriors are battleline for this army. In conclusion this is a good set, a great replacement of the previous one and an excellent starting point for a Slaves to Darkness army. Even buying the second box would not be a sin.

  • Faction: Slaves to Darkness
  • Miniatures: 1 Chaos Lord, 1 Chaos Chariot or Gorebeast Chariot, 5 Chaos Knights, 10 Chaos Warriors.
  • Points: 600+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £34.

Vanguard: Maggotkin of Nurgle

This box is the first Vanguard box released for Age of Sigmar and replaces the previous Start Collecting Daemons of Nurgle.

It contains some really good options to any Nurgle army despite mixing mortals with demons. Plaguebearers are a solid option both as summons and as battleline, Spoilpox Scrivener is always a valid hero and the Pusgoyles represent now the fastest Nurgle unit.

The Pusgoyle set allows to build alternatively a single Lord of Afflictions, since the sprue is for 2 models you would normally be left with a spare Pusgoyle, but since AoS 3.0, there’s now a point cost for single model-units (cannot be reinforced, while the 2 models version could be).

Overall, it’s a good starting point with a decent number of miniatures representing roughly a third of your army.

  • Faction: Maggotkin of Nurgle
  • Miniatures: 1 Spoilpox Scrivener, 2 Pusgoyle Blightlords/ Lord of Afflictions, 5 Putrid Blightkings, 10 Plaguebearers of Nurgle
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £78.5
  • How much do you save?: £39

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Start Collecting! Anvilgard

This is one of the options available to start Cities of Sigmar armies. As Cities is the greatest potpourri of miniatures available currently in Age of Sigmar, is really hard to know where to start.

This box represents the Scourge Privateers: the pirate side of the old Warhammer Fantasy army Dark Elves, and as such some of these models are quite old. But they are all plastic and still of a decent quality. The name of the box comes from one of the cities that you could play (cities are like mandatory subfactions of the army), although technically Anvilgard fell to Morathi and is now called Har Kuron, with a brand-new set of rules.

Depending on your choice of general or city, all these models could be battleline, unlocking several options for which direction you want to take your army.

The recommended assembly is to focus on the Scourge Privateers, but the Kharibdyss could be alternatively used as a War Hydra and the chariot as a Drakespawn Chariot, both belonging to the Order Serpentis, another keyword functional in Har Kuron. If you are aiming to recreate that nostalgic feeling of Dark Elves, then this is the box for you and you may even benefit from multiple boxes to explore the different options and have plenty of battleline.

If you are looking at a completely different setup for your Cities of Sigmar armies (humans or duardin), then you can forget easily this box ever existed.

  • Faction: Cities of Sigmar
  • Miniatures: 1 Black Ark Fleetmaster, 10 Black Ark Corsairs, 1 Kharibdyss/War Hydra, 1 Scourgerunner Chariot/Drakespawn Chariot
  • Points: 400+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £40

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Vanguard: Daughters of Khaine

The Start Collecting of this faction was not available for long before being replaced by the Vanguard box (you can probably still find it on third party retailers and it contains good value thanks to the centrepiece and its multiple assembly options).

The Vanguard box maintains the same trend of allowing extreme customization by providing units with multiple profiles. The Witch Aelves, long-time backbone of this army and battleline, can also be assembled as Sisters of Slaughter, while the snake ladies can be assembles as the Blood Stalkers archers (depicted in the box) or as the melee oriented Blood Sisters.

The third unit in the box has also an alternative assembly option, but for a different army: the Dark Riders from Cities of Sigmar. Apart from that, they are not the most exciting unit in this box. Same goes for the Melusai Ironscale, the hero included in this box.

One box is probably a good starting point for this army, but that should be enough.

  • Faction: Daughters of Khaine
  • Miniatures: 1 Melusai Ironscale, 10 Witch Aelves/Sisters of Slaughter, 5 Doomfire Warlocks, 5 Melusai Blood Stalkers/Blood Sisters.
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £38

Vanguard: Fyreslayers

The Fyreslayers Vanguard box replaces the pre-existing Start Collecting set with the big loss of the Magmadroth, now available separately. The value of this new box is arguable, but as it’s the only place where to start a Fyreslayers army with a discount, therefore still maintaining some value.

The main hero now is a Battlesmith, a totem and a good option for a leader. Probably not good enough to justify two of these boxes, but the decision comes from how many Vulkite you need.

The other elite unit in the box can be assembled either as Hearthguard Berzerker or Auric Hearthguard, doubling the versatility of this sprue.

The Vulkite Berzerkers are the traditional battleline for Fyreslayers, so you may need few to fill your list, although other units can fill the same role given the right general.

  • Faction: Fyreslayers
  • Miniatures: 1 Battlesmith, 5 Hearguard Berzerkers / Auric Hearthguard, 20 Vulkite Berzerkers.
  • Points: 600+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £43

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Start Collecting! Greywater Fastness

Cities of Sigmar is a varied and diverse set of miniatures, combining humans, duardin and aelves of various types together. Greywater Fastness is one of those cities, playable as a stand-alone army focussed on the powerful warmachines for which this city is famous.

The Duardin in this box well represent that concept, however they can be played in any other city. Actually, combining them with some Kharadron Overlords in a Tempest Eye city is usually a successful idea.

Regarding the models present in this box, they synergise well with each other and allow multiple battleline options (some conditional). Even the flying model (that can be assembled as Gyrobomber or Gyrocopter) is extremely useful to threaten abandoned objectives.

You may want to add a Runelord if you want to focus particularly on the Duardin aspect, and Irondrakes are more popular than Ironbreakers because of their ranged offensive potential.

Of course this box is worth only if the core of your Cities of Sigmar army is made of duardin…

  • Faction: Cities of Sigmar
  • Miniatures: 1 Warden King, 1 Cogsmith, 10 Ironbreakers/Irondrakes, 1 Gyrobomber/Gyrocopter
  • Points: 400+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £30

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Vanguard: Idoneth Deepkin

The Idoneth army is composed of only a handful of kits, therefore it is only natural to see the most relevant appear in a box of this type.

The Akhelian Allopex, together with the Leviadon is the most iconic monster of the army, who wouldn’t want a shark ridden by aelves? In an Idoneth army an Allopex has various uses and is an extremely popular option.

The eel-riding unit can be assembled as a more defensive Ishlaen Guard or a more offensive Morrsarr Guard. Whichever you choose they are both valid choices.

Namarti Thralls are one of Idoneth’s battleline and can really see some use opportunely accompanied and buffed.

The real reason why you should not consider buying more than a box is the hero option that makes up almost the entire discount. A Soulscryer alone may find place in one of your lists but definitely there is no place for two of them today.

  • Faction: Idoneth Deepkin
  • Miniatures: 1 Isharann Soulscryer, 1 Akhelian Allopex, 3 Akhelian Ishlaen/Morrsarr Guard, 10 Namarti Thralls.
  • Points: 600+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £33

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Start Collecting! Kharadron Overlords

The value of this box really changes depending on the use of the units inside. Since its existence it became from an interesting expansion point (no battleline options inside) to a forgettable box (barely used units) at different stages.

Here we will focus on what contains and why would you need at least a box to start a Kharadron army. First of all, it contains a Gunhauler that is always a useful ship and a nice model. If you are collecting (or thinking about it) this flying duardin army, then you will want to put your hands on it and the Skyfarers.

The hero (Endrinmaster) has 2 versions, the most popular of which is actually not in this box. The Skyfarers can be assembled as Skywardens or Endrinriggers, each with their own set of weapon options to choose from. Same is valid for the Grundstok Thunderers. If you definitely are not missing something in this army is the weapon variety and assembly headache!

In summary this is a box with some interesting options, probably not the best one to start a Kharadron army, but definitely something that you will want to consider during your collection. Unless you are here just for painting flying dwarves, in that case you can’t get best deal!

  • Faction: Kharadron Overlords
  • Miniatures: 1 Endrinmaster, 1 Grundstok Gunhauler, 3 Skywardens/Endrinriggers, 5 Grundstok Thunderers.
  • Points: 400+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £42.5

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Start Collecting! Seraphon

This box could be easily rebranded as the Saurus Start Collecting as it focusses mainly on the Saurus side of a Seraphon army. The Saurus side is however one of the oldest in this army and this is highlighted by the units sprues containing an odd number of models, ideal for a regiment-based game like Warhammer Fantasy from where they are coming from, but not converted well for Age of Sigmar.

Indeed, by purchasing one box you will be 2 Knights short for the second unit and 2 Warriors more (or 8 short for the second unit). This can be partially solved by buying the second box, meaning you will now have 3 units of Saurus Knights (excellent unit) and 2 units of Saurus Warriors with 1 Knight and 4 Warriors spare. The Warriors, as your classic Saurus battleline, are always useful and so far, the maths work.

If purchasing two boxes or not is worth will depend on how much you value the big centre piece. This can be assembled as a Carnosaur with 2 mounted versions or as a Troglodon mounted by a Skink and therefore more useful in a Skink based army. However, you could have both versions with 2 boxes and swap the Oldblood and the Scar-veteran by magnetising them. Monsters are extremely trendy in AoS 3.0 making this kit greatly popular whichever way you go.

If you are considering integrating with Skinks, then remember that the Carnosaur kit will have enough pieces left to assemble a Skink Starpriest!

The verdict is that if you like Saurus, this is a good box, but its real value emerges when you buy at least 2 boxes.

  • Faction: Seraphon
  • Miniatures: 1 Oldblood/Scar-veteran on Carnosaur/Skink Oracle on Troglodon, 8 Saurus Knights, 12 Saurus Warriors.
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £42.5

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Start Collecting! Skinks

The Start Collecting Skinks is another Seraphon bundle but focussed on the smaller and more agile Skinks.

The Skinks in this box are an old sprue from the Warhammer Fantasy time where the numbers of models had to fit prefixed regiments. Today the unit size is 10, meaning that you will have 2 spare Skinks for each box you buy…

Everything else however is in the right format, or is it? The flying cavalry can be assembled either as a unit of Terradon or as a unit of Ripperdactyl Riders. But both units have the possibility to assemble one single Chief, a hero option that should buff the related unit. This means you would have 2 spare models and not be able to complete a unit, making this an exercise more for conversion fans than for beginner hobbyists. If you are curious, without having units with double purpose, you need at least 3 boxes and you will be left with 3 chiefs and 1 unit each.

But the real reason why you are here is the Bastiladon. Either version has its own use, but its highly defensive potential makes it a must in most Seraphon armies independently from the style played (monsters, Saurus-heavy, Slann/Skink mix).

  • Faction: Seraphon
  • Miniatures: 1 Skink Starpriest, 1 Bastiladon with Ark of Sotek/with Solar Engine, 3 Terradon/Ripperdactyl Riders (or their Chief version), 12 Skinks.
  • Points: 450+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £40

Start Collecting! Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike Brotherhood

The Thunderstrike Brotherhood is the Stormcast Eternals half of the original starter set for Age of Sigmar that depicted the golden boys against the forces of Khorne.

The Lord-Celestant on Dracoth was originally Vandus Hammerhand, one of the protagonists of the Realm Wars and you can use either warscroll for the same miniature.

All units in this box are mono-pose and with no available weapon swaps, but the main problem in this box comes from the 3 Retributors since a valid unit would be formed by 5 models. Sure, you could buy 2 of these boxes but there’s really no incentive despite the low cost and the high number of points you could field from a single box.

Stormcast Eternals suffer from a huge number of warscrolls, heroes in particular, and a constant update of the range. This set comes from the first wave, Age of Sigmar 3.0 released the fifth wave of Stormcast making most of the units here outdated for style and some for rules.

The impossibility to change loadout for all 3 units in the box means that their use strongly depends from the current set of rules. In Age of Sigmar 3.0 Prosecutors with Paired Celestial Warhammers are an interesting option, Liberators with weapon and shield (after a much-simplified warscroll) still a valid battleline and the Lord-Relictor an evergreen hero.

  • Faction: Stormcast Eternals
  • Miniatures: 1 Lord-Celestant on Dracoth, 1 Lord-Relictor, 3 Retributors, 3 Prosecutors with Celestial Hammers, 10 Liberators.
  • Points: 900+
  • Price: £50
  • How much do you save?: tricky, the Lord-Relictor is available only in this set, the Lord-Celestant in this set is unique to this box but another is available from half of the Dracothian Guard set, the Retributors are not a complete unit and the rest are mono-pose with no weapon options.

Review of Start Collecting Thunderstrike Brotherhood

Vanguard: Lumineth Realm-lords

For the Lumineth Realm-lords this is the official first starter set and uses the new Vanguard box.

It contains an interesting hero caster like the Scinari Cathallar, able to greatly hamper units with low bravery.

The rest of the box represents the martial side of the Lumineth (called Vanari) with their best units in full display. The Sentinels are not as strong in the latest battletome (2022) but still a really good shooting unit that will see presence in competitive matches.

The Wardens represent your chaff (screening units to interpose between your most precious units and the enemy) and they are great in this role. Wardens are battleline in Lumineth armies, and for every unit of them, you can take a unit of Sentinels as battleline.

The Bladelords are the elite infantry and they have greatly improved in the latest battletome, allowing them more gameplay. For every Scinari in your army, you can take a Bladelord unit as battleline.

Overall, this is an excellent box to start a generic Lumineth army, they even complement each other as the box contains 1 Leader and 3 battleline options if all taken together. As there are different temples and themes in the army, you may want to specialise in the future or just mix and match. Whichever direction you go, the martial side of the army is always useful and having a wizard can be convenient.

  • Faction: Lumineth Realm-lords
  • Miniatures: 1 Scinari Cathallar, 5 Vanari Bladelords, 10 Vanarai Auralan Wardens, 10 Vanari Auralan Sentinels.
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £51.5

Vanguard: Sylvaneth

The Vanaguard: Sylvaneth box replaces the pre-existing Start Collecting box. It solves the problem of the Dryads sprue coming in a odd number (not enough for 2 full units) and provides new options and so much variety this box could be a multi-buy, even considering the foot hero.

The Branchwych has its ups and downs, being a single caster foot hero, however having one is always useful. The Treelord has 3 assembly options, 2 of which are leaders Treelord Ancient and Spirit of Durthu, and all three are Behemoths and Monsters. Our preference goes on the Treelord Ancient, but having 2 boxes you could have space for a second option, like a simple Treelord.

The Kurnoth Hunters are an extremely versatile kit with 3 warscrolls profiles: those armed with Greatbows are the best archers available in the army, the Greatswords are balanced hitters and the Scythes are there for their high rend and range. Whichever way you go, you will need more.

Finally the Tree-Revenants can be assembled also as Spite-Revenants. The first are battlelines, the others can be, so either way they are useful tools.

  • Faction: Sylvaneth
  • Miniatures: 1 Branchwych, 1 Treelord/Treelord Ancient/Spirit of Durthu, 3 Kurnoth Hunters with Greatbows/Greatswords/Scythes, 5 Tree-Revanants/Spite-Revenants.
  • Points: 700+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £44.5

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Start Collecting! Flesh-Eater Courts

This box could also be called “an army in a box”. Basically, everything except 2 warscrolls (3 including the Warhammer Underworlds warband) can be extracted from this box.

The question is not if you need this box, but how many do you need as this is a mandatory purchase for any Flesh-Eater Courts player.

The big centrepiece can be assembled with or without the Abhorrant Ghoul King (in that case can be assembled on foot) and as a Royal Terrorgheist or the more popular Royal Zombie Dragon. It is also used in a Soulblight Gravelords army as a Vampire Lord on Zombie Dragon.

The 3 Knights can be assembled either as Crypt Horrors or as Crypt Flayers. The leader of the unit can also be assembled as a Courtier (Crypt Haunter or Crypt Infernal), leaving 2 Knights to be integrated with another set to become a viable unit. If you are curious with 3 sets you can have 2 complete units and 3 leaders.

Even the Crypt Ghouls have an extra assembly option: a unit leader can become a Crypt Ghast Courtier (on a 32mm base).

However you want to assemble the different sets, you will have enough material here by purchasing multiple boxes.

  • Faction: Flesh-Eater Courts
  • Miniatures: 1 Abhorrant Ghoul King on Royal Terrorgheist/Zombie Dragon, 3 Crypt Horrors/Crypt Flayers, 10 Ghouls.
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £55
  • How much do you save?: £25

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Start Collecting! Soulblight Gravelords

Soulblight Gravelords are an interesting army that took over from Legions of Nagash. It dropped the ghost side (Nighthaunt) to focus on the skeleton (Deathrattle) and zombie side (Deadwalkers) led by the Vampires. It is fascinating then that this box concentrates only on the skeletal side giving up any Vampire Lord in favour of the much less useful Wight King on Skeletal Steed.

Black Knights are one of the least used units in the army as well. They could be assembled as Hexwraiths, but then can be used only in a Nighthaunt army.

This leaves only the Grave Guard that are one of the hammers of the army with the opportune buffs. Only those 2 units of Grave Guard (or one reinforced) are worth the entire box, but you could also pass it and focus on zombies and vampires instead waiting to see if skeletons get an update in the future.

  • Faction: Soulblight Gravelords
  • Miniatures: 1 Wight King on Skeletal Steed, 5 Black Knights, 20 Grave Guard
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: difficult to say as the Wight King on Skeletal Steed is not available outside of this box yet.

Vanguard: Nighthaunt

Nighthaunt first discounted box since the release of Soul Wars starter set in Age of Sigmar 2.0, follows the Vanguard format.

The hero is an interesting melee option like the Knight of Shrouds accompanied by a unit of Spirit Hosts that can work as bodyguards increasing the survivability of any hero in the army.

The Chainrasp Horde are the main battleline of this army, and they thrive in hordes. While technically the minim amount required for a unit is 10, a unit of 20 (reinforced once) works really well. You can even different battlelines, but Chainrasps are always useful and cheap.

The last unit was the anvil of this army for a long time: the Grimghast Reapers, and even after the latest battletome they keep the same role. At least they are a valid alternative.

The savings on this box are good, even considering you may not be interested in a second or more Knight of Shrouds, being a useful hero you may be able to swap or sell in the second hand market and keep the advantage of the discounted units in this box that are all extremely useful.

The purchase of a single box is also highly recommended to start this army.

  • Faction: Nighthaunt
  • Miniatures: 1 Knight of Shrouds, 3 Spirit Hosts, 20 Chainrasp Horde, 10 Grimghast Reapers
  • Points: 600+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £31

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Vanguard: Gloomspite Gitz

Gloomspite Gitz are a mob of different races, extremely unpredictable but fun to play. The grots (or keyword Moonclan) comprise the biggest chunk of the army of which the Loonboss represent one of the melee leaders and the Grots the main Gloomspite battleline. The Moonclan Stabbas represent the melee side, but they can also be assembled as Shootas for some ranged support.

The squigs are another component of which the Squig Hoppers constitutes the main battleline. Alternatively, the valiant knights, can also be assembled as the more robust Boingrot Bounders, also a battleline (conditional).

The Troggoths, in the meanwhile, are the bulking monsters and the Rockgut are one of their battleline options.

So, this box contains a representation of 3 of the 4 parts of the Gloomspite (Spiderfang being the fourth, and Gitmob recently resurrected with the Snarlfang representing a fifth) and it needs to be evaluated in this context. As a mixed army this can be an interesting start but not that synergistic. You would need to integrate with other units to get the most out of the units inside.

If you are interested instead only on one of the four components of the army, this box fails to attract any attention. Overall, this can be a fun project but not a great place to start a Gitz army unless it’s a mixed one taking advantage of the new battletome.

  • Faction: Gloomspite Gitz
  • Miniatures: 1 Loonboss, a unit of 10 Squig Hoppers that can alternatively be assembled as 2 units of 5 Boingrot Bounders, a unit of 20 Moonclan Stabbas (or alternatively Shootas), 3 Rockgut Troggoths.
  • Points: 500+
  • Price: £85
  • How much do you save?: £27.5

Vanguard: Ogor Mawtribes

The Vanguard box for Ogor Mawtribes replaces the previous Start Collecting for Beastclaw Raiders, fully integrating the two sides of the army. If you are now interested only on the Everwinter side of the army, this box does not represent anymore a good deal as the main hero is gone.

However it contains a plethora of minimum size units, including a unit of 4 Leadbelchers and a unit of 6 Gluttons, both accompanied by their Gnoblars.

The Mournfang Riders are in a unit of 2 and they are a good threat to your opponent, while the last unit is an artillery piece with 2 assembly options: the Ironblaster, which can also be built as a Gnoblar Scraplauncher.

It completes the list the hero, the Tyrant, still a valid option for your army.

  • Faction: Ogor Mawtribes
  • Miniatures: 1 Tyrant, 1 Ironblaster/Gnoblar Scraplauncher, 4 Leadbelchers, 6 Gluttons, 4 Gnoblars, 2 Mournfang Riders
  • Points: 800+
  • Price: £80
  • How much do you save?: £44.75

Start Collecting! Ironjawz

The Ironjawz are arguably the strongest component of the Orruk Warclans, now enriched with the Kruleboyz. As all 3 factions within the army (plus the mixed faction) are valid allegiances, you can decide to focus only on Ironjawz.

As such this box is an excellent starting point with a good choice for hero (better would be only a Megaboss on Maw-Crusha), an excellent cavalry unit (perfect role in this army) and the required battleline in 2 units.

Even if you want to create a Big Waaagh! or expanding from the the Age of Sigmar 3.0 starter set, you can’t get better options than this.

  • Faction: Orruk Warclans
  • Miniatures: 1 Warchanter, 3 Orruk Gore-gruntas, 10 Orruk Ardboys.
  • Points: 450+
  • Price: £60
  • How much do you save?: £38.5 but you are 5 Ardboys short as the individual box contains 15 of them.

Review of Start Collecting Ironjawz

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