Further to the post about making the most of Battalion boxes, here’s may take on the “best value” you can get.
Warhammer is not a cheap hobby – what is! One way to maximise is to try and make a 1000 point army out of one Battalion box. Can’t be done?
Well try these for size (in 7th ed. old money calcualtions)
Warriors of Chaos – can make over a 1000 points from a single box.
1 x Hero General
1 x BSB
10 x Warriors of Chaos
20 x Marauders of Chaos
5 x Knights of Chaos (swords not lances).
Give all them a Mark, e,g Nurgle and you will just go over 1000 points.
Ok, there’s no magic (Not a feature of Battalion boxes), but you can make characters to lead your army and at least 2 core units (250 points)
Other armies that can get 1000 points out of a Battalion box…
(convert one Irongut to a Bruiser and make him your General. Give him the Wyrdstone necklace, Wallcrusher and fistful of Laurels. The have a unit of 3 Ironguts with full command to back up the Bruiser. Give them the Rune Maw. The have 2 x 3 Ogres Bulls with Bellower. Add in 2 x 2 Leadbelchers with Bellower, 24 x Gnoblars. A few buffs to the Bulls and the Bruiser / Iron Guts and you have 1000 points from one box. Apparently if you can squeeze this into 8th edition army build they are better than 7th ed!)
Lizardmen ( convert a Saurus into a Hero General and another into BSB. Give the General the “Venom” magic item. Then a block of 18 Saurus with hand weapon and shield and full command, 10 Skink skirmishers, 10 Temple Guard with full command and 8 Cold One Riders with full command… 1K!).
There may be more, but some armies can’t achieve this. For example, Vampire Counts need a Vampire to lead the army.
I will see what else I can come up with for 1000 points “on the cheap”.
Dwarfs and Goblins would be good from the price persepctive, with models from the previous starter box being cheap-ish on ebay. I am not a fan of dwarfs in 7th. They just can’t go the distance from the games I have played at 1000 points. They were trounced by my Ogres a couple of times and failed to do much against a Goblin army in a 2K game.