How to get a 1,500 point army from a army box

-post copied from the Mantic forum just a day before it goes down-

A friend gave me a goblin army box. It;s  one of the very first Mantic produced and the quality is average at best. These days Mantic does a lot better, but this box isn’t that great, that’s why he didn’t want to build it. There’s even a few old GW archers in there, so even with the poor quality, this was a generous gift!

That said, as I like to experiment with basing, I built a horde of spitters out of this
battalion box.  The models weren’t that great, but enough to finish as least this horde. 

see: https://kingsofwarvince.business.blog/2018/12/16/the-curious-case-of-my-goblin-detachment-1/

When discussing this on the Mantic website, someone asked if I could build an army out of this box. I’d say you can with a few additional purchases:

Contents of the box

  • 40 Hard Plastic Goblin Spitters
  • 10 Plastic Fleabag Riders
  • 3 Plastic Trolls
  • 1 Plastic Mincer
  • 1 Metal Biggit
  • my box also has 20 sharpsticks in there, as well as the goblin characters from the mega box. Frankly, I got everything from the mega box save the 4th regiment of infantry and the 2nd 3 trolls. 

What to build from it

A good thing to know: if you use the goblins wisely, you can get a great deal from the batallion box. All models are based on the spitters, so you can mix-and-match between the sharpsticks and spitters. (use your bit box for a few hans weapons/spears if you need these)

As I’m always multibasing (thats one of the joys of the hobby for me), I’m using ~15 gobbos for a regiment, so the 60 gobbos I own are 4 regiments or 2 hordes.

I also got a few more GW goblin archers so I can steal a few Mantic goblins for other projects; but if you don’t, you can build one regiment less and still have plenty to use for:

-goblin army standard (easy conversion of a sharpstick from your bits box)
-goblin wizz (spitter + green stuff)
-war trombone (3 spitters + bits box + green stuff.) I intend to use a reaper bones dragon whelp with amputated wings and a collar as war trombone. The wings were needed elswhere for a project 

-goblin war machines. (I intend to buy a few cheap balistas online to combine with a pair of goblin sharpsticks to create a spear thrower or catapult)

The 10 fleabags can easily form into a regiment (7) or 2 troops (4 each) and have room for one scratch-built chariot. The king on chariot is a good choice these days, so I intend to either scratch-build a chariot (using plasticard and artilery wheels) or buy one cheap online. If you do a regiment you can build one biggit or flaggit on wolf too.

3 trolls are a good start, but you’ll probably want a horde. If you multibase well, you can buy a single (or two, as I like to have 5 on a horde multibase) model for a horde.

This means that from a single army box + 10 GW minis + a mutilated monster from my bit box + buying one troll and a few war machines online + a lot of stuff from my bit box I can come up with:

-horde (2 regs) of spitters
-horde (2 regs) of sharpsticks
-horde of trolls
-regiment of fleabags.
-king on chariot
-wiz
-biggit on wolf
-mincer
-war trombone
-3 bolt throwers / rock lobbers or combination of both

Adding these in Easyarmy, I come up with 1215 points before upgrades and magical items. Add the giant and you’re up to 1405 points; which you can easily fill you with magical items or an additional unit. I’d take inspiring / bane chant on the wiz; add a troop of mawbeasts and you’re up to 1,500 exactly.


So buy list:

-Army box
-10 goblin minis from ebay (or wherever) Otherwise one additional regiment from mantic
-2 balista and one catapult from any cheap historical site. They need to be run-down versions to match the goblin aestatic anyway.
-2 trolls
-giant (preferably the Mantic one)
-5 maw beasts. (2 packs of https://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/wolf/latest/02710 will do) As an alternative, find some GW dire wolves on ebay cheap.

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