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Age of Sigmar: ‘Vanguard’ boxes to replace Start Collecting! sets

Vanguard boxes will replace Age of Sigmar's Start Collecting! kits as the game's starter army collections

Age of Sigmar Vanguard Maggotkin of Nurgle blighlords painted and displayed

Age of Sigmar is to receive a new line of ‘Vanguard’ starter army boxes that will be similar to Warhammer 40k’s Combat Patrol sets. Described as an ‘army in a box’, only one Vanguard set for the Maggotkin of Nurgle has so far been revealed, although Games Workshop says more armies will be getting their own boxes “in the near future”.

The announcement was made in a Warhammer Community post earlier today, alongside the reveal of the Age of Sigmar ‘battleforce’ boxes releasing this holiday season. GW’s comparison of the new Vanguard boxes to the existing Combat Patrol sets suggests Age of Sigmar will follow a similar direction to Warhammer 40k, with new Vanguard boxes replacing the game’s Start Collecting! beginner kits, just as the Combat Patrol boxes did in 40k.

The Maggotkin of Nurgle’s Vanguard box also suggests they’ll follow a similar template to the Combat Patrol kits, providing a robust selection of well-chosen models that can form the pillar of a larger army, and serve as the foundation for a growing collection. There’s no word yet as to whether Vanguard will also be a new playing format in Age of Sigmar, as Combat Patrol is in 40k.

Looking at its box’s cover, the Maggotkin of Nurgle Vanguard set looks to contain ten Plaguebearers of Nurgle, five Putrid Blightkings, two Pusgoyle Blightlords, and a Spoilpox Scrivener. That’s a healthy range of elites and squishy batteline units.

Elsewhere in the Warhammer Community post, four new battleforce boxes were revealed, one for the Soulblight Gravelords, Hedonites of Slaanesh, Lumineth Realm-Lords, and Ossiarch Bonereapers.

Age of Sigmar Vanguard Maggotkin of Nurgle box

Here’s the contents of each battleforce box:

  • Soulblight Gravelords – 66 minis, including a Vengorian Lord, five Blood Knights, 20 Deathrattle Skeleton warriors and 40 Deadwalker Zombies.
  • Hedonites of Slaanesh – 30 minis, including a Shardspeaker, three Slaangor Fiendbloods, ten Blissbarb archers, one homunculus, five Exalted Seekers, and ten elite warriors buildable as Mymirdesh Painbringers or Symbraesh Twinsouls.
  • Lumineth Realm-Lords – 23 minis, including a Vanari Bannerblade, one Lord Regent, 10 Vanari Auralan Wardens, 5 Bladelords, 5 Dawnrinders, and a Sharstard Ballista.
  • Ossiarch Bonereapers – 27 minis, including Mortisan Boneshaper, one Soulreaper, 20 Mortek Guard, three Necropolis Stalkers (also buildable as Immortis Guard), one Gothizzar Harvester, and a Mortek Crawler.

These large army kits contain heaps of miniatures designed to provide a comprehensive army straight out of the box, and will go up for order this December.

To dive further into the Mortal Realms, read our Age of Sigmar armies guide. Or, if you want to prepare for the incoming Vanguard boxes, check out our guide to the Warhammer 40k Combat Patrol kits to see what you’re in for.