Beginners Guide to Warhammer Miniatures

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Beginners Guide to Warhammer Miniatures

Whether you are new to collecting miniatures, or are an avid collector looking to expand your army, you should consider purchasing bundle boxes of miniatures from Games Workshop. These boxes contain a group of miniatures all belonging to the same army, making them a great way to learn and play new characters.

It’s also fiscally responsible because purchasing a box is often much cheaper than buying individual miniatures. Every box comes with several different types of miniatures in the same army so you can start painting, assembling and playing right away!

Boxes are available for miniatures from Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and more! 

Where Can I find Start Collecting! and Combat Control Boxes?

Start Collecting! Boxes, as well as Combat Control boxes, allow you to build your miniature armies quickly and are often more affordable than buying individual miniatures. There are several popular bundle boxes, and sorting through them yourself can feel daunting.

Luckily, we did all the work for you! Below we have listed some of our favorite miniature boxes, what’s in them and where to find them! Keep in mind that product availability may vary, so be sure to check for yourself what is in stock online and at your favorite gaming store.

Some of our favorite Start Collecting! and Combat Patrol Boxes:

Combat Patrol: Deathwatch

Combat Patrol kits are an entire army in one box, and are perfect for smaller games of Warhammer 40K. This box comes with ten Intercessors, three aggressors, A Primaris Lieutenant with Power Sword attachment and a Primarius Apothecary. and a Deathwatch Upgrade Sprue is provided. This Combat Patrol box is in stock on the Games Workshop website, so you can get yours today! 

Combat Patrol: Adeptus Mechanicus

This fifteen-piece miniature set is designed to provide you an ideal Adeptus Mechanicus army for combat-patrol sized Warhammer 40K games. It contains one Tech-Priest Enginseer, one Onager Dunecrawler, three Kataphron Destroyers, which can also be assembled as Kataphron Breachers, and ten Skitarii Rangers/Vanguard. It is available from Games Workshop. 

Start Collecting! Daemons of Khorne

The miniatures in this box can be used in both Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The box contains fourteen figures, a Herald of Khorne on Bloodthrone, which can also be built as a Skullcannon, three Bloodcrushers and ten Bloodletters. It is available on Games Workshop website. 

Combat Patrol: Orks

Orks are a Warhammer 40K classic. To get your Ork army started this boxed set comes with twenty-five miniatures including a Warboss in Mega Armour, twenty Ork Boyz, one Deff Dread and three Deffkoptas.

Start Collecting! Khorne Bloodbound Goreblade Warband


This Start Collecting! Box is half of the starter set for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, playing Khorne vs Stormcast Eternals (Keep reading for our recommended Stormcast Eternals box!) This box comes with a mighty Lord of Khorne, A Blookstoker, a Bloodsecrator, a Khorgorath and ten Blood reavers. This box is on the Games Workshop website. 

Start Collecting! Tau Empire 

Another Warhammer 40K classic, the Tau Empire Start Collecting! Box contains twenty-three miniatures: an Ethereal on Hover Drone, three XV8 Crisis Battle suits, and a ten-man Fire Warriors team, which includes a DS8 Support Turret and two drones. It is not currently available on Games Workshop’s site, but it is available on Amazon.

Start Collecting! Daemons of Tzeentch

This box contains 18 miniatures from the faction Disciples of Tzeentch in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar game. With this box you get one Burning Chariot and Changecaster, a Herald of Tzeentch, three Screamers, three Flamers and ten Pink Horrors. This box is on the Games Workshop website. 

Start Collecting! Space Marines 

This Start Collecting! Box is hard to find, and it is easy to see why. It contains a Terminator Captain, a Venerable Dreadnought and a ten-man Tactical Squad for Warhammer 40K. It is not available from the Games Workshop website or Amazon, but may be available through second hand retailers.

Do not fear, those in need of a space marines army can check out the Combat Control: Space Marines miniature pack. It is at Games Workshop and contains a Primaris Lieutenant in Phobos Armour, ten Primaris Infiltrators, three Eliminators, three Suppressors and one Primaris Impulsor.

Start Collecting! Thousand Sons

This box is the perfect way to start an army of the Sorcerous Sons of Magnus for your Warhammer 40K game! This box contains an Ahriman miniature, as well ten Rubric Marines and Ten Tzaangors with two optional weapons upgrades of a chainsword and an autopistol. Be warned, this box is out of stock at most major retailers, so you may have to do some digging. 

Start Collecting! Blood Angels 

Blood Angels are part of the Space Marine chapter of Warhammer 40k. There is a Start Collecting! Blood Angels box, but these days it is incredibly hard to find.

However, Games Workshop does have a Combat Patrol: Blood Angels box, which contains a Primaris Librarian, an Impulso, five Primaris Incursors (which can also be assembled as Infiltrators,) five Primaris Intercessors, three Primarius Aggressors and two Blood Angels Primaris Upgrade Sprues. 

Combat Control: Space Wolves 

Another Warhammer 40K Space Marine faction, this Space Wolves Combat Control box comes with everything you need to start your army. It contains seventeen miniatures: a Primaris Lieutenant, an Invictor Tactical Warsuit, ten Primaris Intercessors, five Primaris Reivers which can also be assembled as Hounds of Morkai and two Space Wolves Primaris Upgrade Sprues. Available on the Games Workshop website. 

Start Collecting! Tyranids 

This Start Collecting! Boxed set contains a sampling of Tyranid miniatures with accessories. It comes with eight Genestealers armed with rending claws, a Broodlord also armed with rending claws, and a Trygon. The Trygon comes with scything talons, toxinspike and a prehensile pincer tail. The Tryon can also be assembled as a Mawlox with distensible jaws instead of a toxinspike. This box is available on the Games Workshop website. 

Combat Patrol: Necrons 

This set is great for starting a new Necron Phalanx or expanding a current army and contains versatile builds. The box comes with fifteen miniatures: a Necron Overlord, a Night Scythe (that can also be built as a Doom Scythe,) three Tomb Blades and ten Necron Immortals, which can also be built as Deathmarks. It is available on the Games Workshop Website 

Start Collecting! Seraphon

Need more miniatures for Warhammer, Age of Sigmar? This Start Collecting Box has twenty one Seraphon miniatures including an Oldblood on Carnosaur, a set of eight Saurus Knights, and a set of twelve Saurus Warriors. This collection is available on the Games Workshop Website. 

Combat Patrol: Death Guard 

Death Guard is a great choice for beginners in Combat Patrol size games. This box set allows you to hit the ground running with a whopping thirty nine miniatures. With this set you will get a Typhus, a Biologus Putrifier, seven Plague Marines and thirty Pox Walkers. This set is available on the Games Workshop Website. 

Start Collecting! Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike Brotherhood 

This Start Collecting! Box is another Warhammer, Age of Sigmar set, and a great one to get started with! This Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike Brotherhood set has everything you need to set up your army, a Lord-Celestant on Dracoth, a Lord-Relictor, three Retributors, three Prosecutors and ten Liberators (including 2 Liberator-Primes.) It is currently in stock on the Game Workshop website, so get yours today! 

Start Collecting! Flesh-Eater Courts 

If horror is more your thing, consider buying a Start Collecting! Flesh-Eater Courts box for your next round of Warhammer, Age of Sigmar! With this Start Collecting! box you get a Terrorgheist, three Crypt Horrors, and a set of ten Crypt Ghouls. Available on Games Workshop website. 

Start Collecting! Iron Jawz

Iron Jawz are fun to play in Warhammer, Age of Sigmar and this box is a good way to get your army started, it contains an Orruk Warchanter, three Orruk Gore-gruntas, ten Orruk ‘Ardboyz. Fans of Orcs will love this collection. It is available on the Games Workshop website. 

Combat Patrol: Dark Angels 

Whether you are just starting an army of Unforgiven or are expanding an existing Dark Angels collection, Combat Patrol: Dark Angels has a useful selection of miniatures. With this box comes five Intercessors, three Inceptors, a Primaris Chaplain and Redemptor Dreadnaught, as well as an upgrade sprue. 

Combat Patrol: Black Templars 

A great addition to any Warhammer 40K game, this Black Templars miniature box is a great value. Each box comes with a Primaris Marshal and a Primaris Crusader Squad, consisting of four Neophytes, five Intercessors, a Primaris Impulsor and a Black Templars upgrade sprue so you can customize! Available from the Games Workshop website. 

Start Collecting! BeastClaw Raiders 

One of our smaller sets, this Warhammer, Age of Sigmar collection box still packs a punch. It contains five miniatures: A Stonehorn, which comes with weapon options of chaintrap, frostspear and harpoon launcher.

The Stonehorn can be assembled with a mounted Frostlord, Huskard of Beastrider, and can be assembled as a Thundertusk. There is also the Mournfang pack, which is four Ogors riding Mournfangs. Their weapons include ironlock pistols, culling clubs and prey hackers. 


Starting or expanding your Warhammer miniature army can feel overwhelming, not to mention pricey. Whether you are playing Age of Sigmar or 40K, these miniature boxes are a great way to boost your army while saving some cash on individual figures. Shop online or head down to your gaming store to pick one up today! 

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