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Warhammer: Combat Patrols & Vanguard Boxes Pricing Updates

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Mar 10 2023

The Games Workshop Pricing Increase hit this past week. So what actually got impacted and what are the new price points?

We knew the GW prices were going to change. At least GW did give folks plenty of warning.  They issued a statement almost a month out warning of the impeding price hike of about 6% on just about all the products.

They also had a list of what was increases and what was unaffected:

What is changing:
Plastic miniatures

Forge World and Citadel resin miniatures
Standard and Artificer Citadel brushes
Spray paints

What is not changing:
Starter sets

Paint sets
Paint pots
Citadel Tools
Codexes, rulebooks and battletomes
Synthetic STC brushes

Well, we’re past that point now and I had some questions. One question was about what was considered a “starter set” and what wasn’t. So we pulled up some of our old Pricing & Links articles and compared some prices to find out.

Warhammer Starter Sets

40k Pricing & Links Post for reference


Warhammer 40,000 Command Edition – Now $185, was $165. $20 increase.

Warhammer 40,000 Elite Edition – Now $99. Same price.

Warhammer 40,000 Recruit Edition – Now $50. Same price.

AoS Pricing & Link post for reference


Warhammer Age of Sigmar Extremis Starter Set – Now $185, was $165. $20 increase.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Harbinger Starter Set – Now $99. Same price.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warrior Starter Set – Now $50. Same price.

As you can see the BIG starter boxes did get a $20 increase. I do want to note that those prices are compared to what they were when they originally launched. I didn’t find a note about if those got a price update in between their initial launch and the current price. However, the smaller starter sets remained the same price compared to their original launch weekend.

So did the Starter Set change price? Well, 2 out of 6 are more expensive than they were when they were first introduced while 4 out of 6 are still the same price. That’s just the facts.

What About Combat Patrols and Vanguard Boxes?


Without linking to all their original launch weekend Pricing & Links posts, I’ll just use the above screen shot from the previous version to show that the prices of Combat Patrols were $150. So what does that look like now?

The Combat Patrols are now $160. Which is a $10 increase. And, as a bonus, the Boarding Patrols are now $130 which is a $5 increase.

Now, on the Age of Sigmar side of things, those newer Vanguard boxes also got a price change:

The majority of them were $130. Those are now $140 and are inline with the newer boxes which kept that price point from release.


One other quick observation is that the Start Collecting! options for both 40k and AoS are still using those old price points (typically between $95-$115). So, if those are an option for an army you play…you might want to snag those while you can.

No one likes price increase but we figured folks would at least like some hard data to digest. One final note about these price hikes for the Vanguard and Combat Patrol boxes. If you go back and do the math on their contents and pricing you’re still getting a huge discount. In fact, it’s probably a larger discount NOW than it was before. That’s because all the individual plastic kits ALSO went up across the board. We did the math on the Vanguard Kharadron Overlords box set earlier today and you’re now saving even more money than before.

It turns out when all the prices on the individual kits go up the bundle deals are even better. Isn’t that ironic? Don’tcha think? (None of those things were actually irony. But that was the ironic point the whole time…)

If you want some good advice my suggestion is to buy your battletomes first, plan out the army you want to play and just figure out the cheapest way to get those models (legally, of course). That the best money-saving tip around.



Now…off to plan some purchases.

Author: Adam Harrison
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