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Start Collecting Boxes Speculation



This was a little listing experiment that I started that I think everyone else may have thought of before. I’ll cover Order for now and probably do the other Grand Alliances down the road. But it’s always fun to speculate:

Start Collecting Boxes usually have the same following things:

-          At least one full unit of Battleline, maybe a little more models but never two (usually close to 1.5)

-          If the army has access to a cavalry unit, it will be a part of the box.

-          If the army has access to a chariot, it will be a part of the box.

-          If the army has a behemoth model, it will be a part of the box (if there are two building option, the more flavorful option is chosen, which is usually also the lower points cost)

-          The box will contain one leader. (only the Flesh-Eaters Court has been different). If there is a new hero available, it will be the choice.

-          For factions made entirely of new units, point cost will be roughly 400-500 points and the low end of the number of models (10-15)

Some Boxes will have issues and are likely to come out as something other than a SC Box. I’d summarize these as the Infantry Box (20-30 infantry sized models), and the Behemoths Box (3-4 behemoths).  I’ll explain why there are other restriction for cost saving boxes for each faction:

Collegiate Arcane: Big Units Box. There currently is no Battleline and at least three behemoths.

Darkling Covens: Infantry Box. There are too many infantry choices in this army to make an appealing box.

Daughters of Khaine:10 Witch Aelves, 5 Doomfire Warlocks, Cauldron of Blood. The biggest reason this box hasn’t been produced is just how much savings this box provides. It’s somewhere over $75.

Devoted of Sigmar: War Altar of Sigmar, 16 Flagellants, Excelsior Warpriest. This is a very good opportunity to pick up the Warpriest outside of the Silver Tower box.

Dispossessed: Infantry Box. No behemohs, no cavalry.

Eldritch Council: Other Box. No cavalry or other interesting model.

Extremis Chambers: Behemoths Box. There isn’t any battleline either

Free Peoples: 10 Freeguild Guard, 5 Freeguild Outriders/Pistoliers, Freeguild General on Griffon. There may be room for Demigryph Knights instead, but I think the dual build of the Outriders/Pistoliers makes it the best option. Alternatively, Infantry Box.

Fyreslayers: 10 Vulkite Berzerkers, 1 Runefather or Runemaster, 5 Respective Hearthguard. The boxes already released won’t be bought after this box drops.

Ironweld Arsenal: Behemoths Box. But think a lot of Artillery instead.

Lion Rangers: Other Box. There are currently not enough units to know where this is going to go.

Order Draconis: Other Box. Suffers from a lack of a 10 man infantry unit.

Order Serpentis: Other Box. See Order Draconis

Phoenix Temple: Annointed, 10 Phoenix Guard, Flamespyre/Frostheart Phoenix. A well put together box.

Scourge Privateers: 10 Black Ark Corsairs, 1 Black Ark Fleetmaster, Scourgerunner Chariot, Kharibdyss. I feel this box is a little crowded with two models of size, but I think the Hydra/Kharibdyss is a worthy enough kit for a SC box.

Seraphon: Already out. Other than the oversized units (12 Warriors and 6 Guard) this is a perfect box.

Shadowblades: Other Box. This whole army doesn’t bring enough to the table to make a useful box.

Stormcast Eternals: Already Out. Maybe one of the biggest stumbles is only 2 Retributors instead of the full 5.

Swifthawk Agents: 10 Shadow Warriors, 1 Chariot, 1 Skywarden. This suffers somewhat the same as a number of the other factions, somewhere between Scourge Privateers and Order Draconis/Serpentis

Sylvaneth: Already out. I would have like to see Tree-Revenants instead of the extra 6 dryads, but I think this is one of the better boxes out there.

Wanderers: 12 Glade Guard, 5 Wild Riders/Sisters of the Thorn, 1 Leader (Spellweaver is my choice heresofar). There are quite a few good additions here that tempt me away from saying Infantry Box.

Comment below on what you like, where you think I went wrong, and have a Super Happy Time!


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Phoenix Temple wouldn't happen because the Annointed model is a finecast, and all the start collecting boxes only have plastic models.

For the same reason, the Wanderers box would include the Nomad Prince rather than a Spellweaver (or others) due to the fact that model is plastic while the others are finecast.


The infantry heavy factions are a consequence of splitting the factions I suppose, and not much to be done there. I don't know if this will stop them from getting Start Collecting boxes in the future (As I think GW is unlikely to expand Dispossessed or Darkling Covens in the near future). I'd like to see start collectings for them anyway, but it starts falling into the same issue with the Fyreslayers. There are so few different boxes that you'd be better off buying the Start Collecting sets rather than the individual boxes.

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