Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" – "Age of Sigmar"

We over here at Bleeding Cool have a bit of a problem. We saw Little Shop of Horrors (the classic, "starring" Jack Nicholson) and now we are afraid of plants. This follows closely after we received this:

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
Whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants! Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

…Just kidding. We got a chance to review the "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" box for Games Workshop's acclaimed miniatures-based wargame Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, and that's just what we're doing!

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

So, this box comes with a Tree Lord (the large infantry unit shown as a centerpiece of the box), a Branchwych (usable as a general), and a number of Dryads (sixteen, to be exact – these are the Sylvaneth's standard, one-wound foot soldiers). This looks like a fun way to begin the journey into this army! I'm aware that to really succeed at smaller-point games I'd need somewhere between 1-2 more of these boxes, but this is always a good starting point.

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

So, I'll admit at the very start that when I opened the box, I was not sure if the first sprue was for the Tree Lord or for Dryad models. This is also true for the other larger sprues. There are a lot and with all the twisting branches and all, it's honestly pretty easy to get lost in these woods, so to speak.

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

And I'll be frank with you here: if I hadn't seen the greatsword on the Tree Lord's sprue, this would have been quite the exercise in hobbyist frustration. Thank goodness for notable landmarks, in this case!

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
It's in the top-right corner (I think?). Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

At whatever rate, the Branchwych sprue is way easier to spot:

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
See? There it is! Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

The Start Collecting! Sylvaneth box also comes with bases, build instructions, statlines (which may or may not be outdated, as a disclaimer: always check the Battletome!), and a battalion which is comprised of the models within the box, for the sake of new players. Neat!

Review: Games Workshop's "Start Collecting! Sylvaneth" - "Age of Sigmar"
Source: Games Workshop (photo credit: Josh Nelson)

I hope this has been an informative, or at the very least pretty, display of this box for Age of Sigmar. I can't wait to glue up these Dryads! I'm a bit worried that they may be more fragile than my Maggotkin of Nurgle models, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. Into the Woods, I go!

Also, join me in the month of March, for what I'm calling "March, March, March"! What does that mean? For now, it's a surprise, but I'll let you know that it appeals to a Games Workshop enthusiast with an eye more to the future. Till then!

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.

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