Here is what you get in the battalion box:
1 Command Squad (5 models)
3 Heavy Weapons Teams
1 Sentinel Walker
This box will run you $15 and you can pick from two different styles- Cadian and Catachan. If you buy these separately, the price is $151.75. This is one of the best deals we have seen so far, but there is some bad news (see below).
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The Guard can be painted in any camo pattern you like, so don't feel limited by these colors.
- Here is the bad news. Even with this box you are still a long ways from an effective starting force. You don't have enough weapon options to effectively field your troops as veterans and the Sentinel is not the heavy armor you need. Buying another battalion box is the answer if you want to field lots of troops. However, there is another way.
- Buy two command squad boxes or at least order the special weapon bits from an online supplier. Use what you have to equip your basic troopers with three special weapons per squad. Now you have two or three decent troop choices and the command squad for an HQ. Attach heavy weapons as needed.
- Buy as many tanks as you can afford. Don't worry about adding lots of options and upgrades for your first few. Focus on fielding the basic Leman Russ with one gun and only add the other stuff if you absolutely need to.
- After adding some armor, go back and add in a few basic platoons. Squeeze in as much shooting as possible since that is the only thing they will be good at.
I like the Imperial Guard because they seem to function the most like a real world army. They can be fielded in a number of different ways and have some of the nicest kits in the game. The are frustratingly weak, however, especially against close combat armies like the Tyranids and Orks. Get used to seeing your men dying in droves, but also relish the moments when you can drop five or six template attacks on the onrushing horde!