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Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy

Greetings one and all,

Following on from my current theme of talking about Adeptus Titanicus, I thought I’d have a look at what is essentially the “start collecting” box for Titanicus as well. So, with that in mind, let’s power up the plasma reactor and blow this box wide open like a volcano cannon hitting… well, anything, to be honest, and see if this box is value for money.

The Gamesworkshop's website lists the contents of the box as follows:

  • 1x 96-page softcover Adeptus Titanicus rulebook. This contains the full rules for the game and will teach you the basics, as well as introducing you to advanced rules and tactics, and three different ways to play.

  • 1x Reaver Battle Titan. This plastic model comes with Chainfist, Volcano Cannon, Melta Cannon, and Turbo Laser Destructor options. It is supplied with a 105mm round base.

  • 1x Reaver Battle Titan. This plastic model comes with Power Fist, Laser Blaster, Gatling Blaster, and Apocalypse Missile Launcher options. It is supplied with a 105mm round base.

  • 2x Warhound Scout Titan. These plastic models each come in 62 components, including multiple weapons options. Each has an 80mm round base.

  • 2x Cerastus Knight. This 58-component plastic kit includes two 50mm round bases.

  • 6x Battlefield Assets. Plastic models used to represent stratagems on the battlefield that can interact with your Titans in different ways.

  • 58x Status Markers and Movement Template Set.

  • 20x Adeptus Titanicus Dice (18x D6, 2x D10).

  • 3x Adeptus Titanicus Weapon Templates.

  • 2x Reference Sheets.

  • 4x Titan Command Terminals.

  • 2x Knight Banner Command Terminals.

  • 24x Mission and Stratagem Cards.

  • 16x Titan Weapon Cards.

  • 1x Range Ruler.

  • 3x Transfer sheets – one each for Reaver Titans, Warhound Titans, and Cerastus Knights.

As we can see there is a lot in this box, and some of it is only found within this box. So coming up with a total retail price of the contents is rather difficult. The RRP for some of the items in this box, when sold separately, are:

2 Reaver Battle Titans = £70

2 Warhounds Scout Titans = £40

2 Cerastus Knight = £20

1 Adeptus Titanicus Accessories = £12

Altogether, the RRP for the Titans and accessories in this box alone is £142, but as mentioned, this price doesn’t take into account all the other items that are hard to get a good price on. With the boxset RRP itself being £90, you’re making a hell of a saving of £52 alone, and getting so much more for your money that you might not even find outside of this boxset at all.

But are the contents of the box really worth it on the tabletop?

Here we reach an interesting and hard to judge question. As an introduction box, it's great for getting your head around the rules and gameplay, with the two types of Titans not being too overwhelming for a new player to understand.

Where it becomes an amazing boxset, however, is if your Legio mainly uses the models that come in this boxset to start with. Remember, that saving of £52 is mostly for the Titans, and the Warhound and Reaver make up the mainstay of a number of Maniples anyway. This, therefore, gives the boxset a great amount of rebuyabilty for certain Legios (unlike some of the 40K start collecting sets that have named characters in them).

There is also a small and very active market for selling off the parts of this boxset that you don’t want. So when you’re done taking out what you want to keep, you can then make back some of your money, meaning even further savings to be had from buying this set.

Overall, I think this is a great boxset. It might even be one of the best introductory boxsets for any of the Gamesworkshop specialists' games.

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