Here is what you get in a Battleforce Box.
1 Space Marine Tactical Squad with 10 models.
1 Space Marine Combat Squad with 5 models.
1 Space Marine Scout Squad with 5 models.
1 Space Marine Assault Squad with 5 models.
1 Space marine Rhino Transport Vehicle.
If purchased separately from the web store, these models would cost $153.25. The Boxed set is $110. This is a pretty good deal, saving you enough money to buy the army book (around $30) and some paint.
Space Marines can be painted in almost any color, as each chapter has its own livery. In order to paint the models as shown on the website, you should start with these paints:
Each pot will run you about $4, but they last forever and are of very good quality.
From here you will want to start looking at how to flesh out the army.
- The most glaring lack is that this force does not have a leader. There are a wide range of models that can be purchased ranging from $15-$20. The plastic Commander sprue is the best deal as it will also give you some more weapon options for your basic squads.
- Secondly, there are no elite units. A box of Terminators ($50) will add a lot of punch
- Finally, there is no heavy armor. A Land Raider ($66) will provide transport for the terminators and also some anti-tank firepower of your own.
It will be very hard to put together a bad Space Marine army. The models look great and the army has a lot of built-in toughness and redundancy. There are a plethora of options to personalize your own force and no two armies need look the same. The only drawback is that everyone else plays Space Marines, too. If you want a little variety or a more challenging army, I would look elsewhere.