If you’ve been around 40k for awhile you’ll recall the back of the 4th edition, or perhaps it was 3rd, codex for Space Marines showed an entire chapter and you had the option of purchasing an entire chapter in a box. It cost a bundle of money, but less than the Tau Manta from Forgeworld, and you got an entire chapter….all 10 companies of marines.
GW has revisited the issue and now has an entire company in a box. 530 GBP (about $1,009 USD) will get you a complete 2nd Company. There’s a couple catches here. First, it is only available from the GW UK Online Store. I haven’t seen it on GW US or elsewhere. Second, it is the 2nd Company so you don’t get Terminators or Scouts or anything. Just a standard Combat Company (seen below).
What Does a Grand Buy Me?
You get the following: 1 Commander, 1 Chaplain, 1 Command Squad, 2 Dreadnoughts, 2 Predators, Enough Marines to make 6 full 10 man Tactical squads with Rhino transports, 2 full 10 man Devastator squads, 2 full 10 man Assault squads, 1 Whirlwind and 1 Land Raider Crusader.
All in all not a bad deal really. It would be worth getting together with a friend or two and defraying the cost. With some tweaking you’d each have a complete and viable army. Not too shabby. Check out Complete Space Marine Second Company to buy or get more info.