Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wargaming Economics.

I am currently about to embark on an Imagi-Nation project, I wanted to do a period I had never visited before, so when Warlord Games announced the impending release of the 'Marlborough Starter Army' these sculpts are the former Wargames Factory figures, I took the plunge and pre-ordered two boxes.

I saw it as a reasonably cheap way to build up two armies. You can see for yourself just what comes in the box which is priced at £85 on the Warlord site, no doubt it will appear cheaper elsewhere soon.
Counting each figure, I counted rider and horse as one, plus the cannon as a single figure also, you get a total of 126 figures in the box.

That works out at 67 pence per figure, which for 28mm is very acceptable.

They are also producing box sets of single foot regiments, these are priced at £16 which equates to 66 pence a figure for infantry.

The cavalry come in at £20 giving £1.66 per mounted figure.

Finally, also £20 is the artillery, containing three guns, twelve crew and three mounted officers. This comes out at £1.11 per figure.

Of course, Warlord offer multi-buy deals, an infantry brigade of three standard boxes will set you back £45 instead of £48 if bought individually. The cost per figure being 62.5p. A cavalry brigade of two boxes is £36 instead of £40 giving £1.50 a figure. Finally, a battery of artillery consisting of two boxes comes in at £36 again instead of £40 if bought individually. At a cost of £1 a figure.

Using the above multi deals were possible I worked out that to recreate a starter box set would cost:
Infantry brigade deal £45 plus one single box £16 = £61 (96 infantry figures)
Cavalry box £20
Artillery box £20

A total of £101

So as to be expected, the starter box gives better value, being saving you £16, which of course you will probably end up spending on an extra box of infantry.


  1. That starter sounds just right. You get a ton of infantry in there. Eager to hear your review on the plastic models.


    1. Thanks Kurtus, plenty of infantry to be sure, 96 figures for four x 24 man regiments if you so choose. I think I will going down the 16 man regiment route, so will have to buy extra command sprues at some point in the future.

    2. Far cheaper in 6mm
      96 infantry approximately £4 Baccus = 2 regts with command included

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    1. I was doing the maths,so thought I would share it Dale, my pleasure.