Updated: Jan 16
Greetings one and all,
Welcome back to the Combat Patrol Reviews series “is It Worth It’.
Today we’re going to take a dive into the Combat Patrol: Adeptus Custodes box to see what’s in there, and ask some very important questions: is it value for money, and is it value on the tabletop? So, let’s fulfil the will of the Emperor and check out the contents of this box.
Combat Patrol: Adeptus Custodes contains 1x Shield-Captain, 1x Vexilius Praetor, 3x Custodian Guard, 3x Vertus Praetors, 10x Sisters of Silence Prosecutors and 2x Burning of Prospero transfer sheets, which include insignia for the Talons of the Emperor. All for £90.
So, now that we know what’s in the box, let's first do a price breakdown and compare it to the RRP from Gamesworkshop, and see what savings this offers.
1 Sisters of Silence = £36
1 Vertus Praetors = £36
2 Prosecutor Squad =£32.50 each £65 total
Added together, the total RRP of the items priced individually in this box is £137. As the Combat Patrol box has an RRP of £90, this gives us a total saving of £47, which is an ok saving.
However, there is a deal-breaker in my opinion with this boxset, in that it comes with more Sisters of Silence than Custodes. So you need to ask yourself, do you want Sisters of Silence? If you do, then this box is an ok saving. However, if you don’t want the Sisters of Silence, then rather than getting this box it’d be much cheaper to just buy the Custodies separately.
But now we have to ask, are these units of value on the table top?
The Custodian Guard Squad is a great kit, it allows you to build Shield-Captains, a Vexilius Praetor, or up to 5 Custodian Guards so there is a huge range of useful models you can build for this one kit.
The shield-Captain is a monster in close combat and tanky as hell with a good aura ability, increasing the effectiveness of surrounding Adeptus Custodes.
The Vexilius Praetor has a range of great buffing effects thanks to that wonderful banner. From rerolls to invulnerable saves, this unit supports its nearby allies.
Custodian Guards are a great unit. When armed with a sentinel blade and storm shield they are nearly impossible to move off an object, while the guardian spear gives them a longer-ranged attack and they hit hard in close combat, so a mixture of these two weapons in a squad makes a really flexible unit.
Vertus Praetors are a great unit and a mixture of speed, toughness, and firepower makes them an essential unit for any shield host. You can also make a Shield-Captain on Dawneagle Jetbike, which has all the benefits of a normal grounded Shield-Captain but has way more manoeuvrability. Another solid choice.
The Sisters of Silence are powerful armoured blanks. They’re good if you're facing down a horde of psykers, or want some extra bodies to pad out your army of golden clad mega warriors, but compared to the rest of the units in this boxset they don’t really seem that good.
Combat Patrol: Adeptus Custodes is a box with a good mixture of units and not a bad pick up for new Adeptus Custodes players as it gives a lot of choices. However, it is only a saving if you intend to use the Sisters of Silence. I think another unit of Guardians or even some Wardens or Allarus Custodians might have been a better choice as when side by side, the Sisters are somewhat disappointing statwise. Good against psykers and good for padding, but that’s about it. For me, this is a swing and miss from Gamesworkshop.
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