You guys want to spend a crapload of money on miniatures, there's always GW.
Lol! Dont Joke - my local gaming club had a GW tournament, an after years of not playing GW - i looked at a 40k army. when i got past £300 i gave up! Yeah ive spent that much on other gaming systems, but not in one big lump for one army!
I appreciate the comment about money - but my compalint is that the new squads are not substancially different enough - 1 more anti tank option isnt enough for me - if they had different poses, and a diifferent head option. For people who have bought the game as a pure boardgame, i think you have all you need to play out of the box which is really good - however as a wargamer I guess i always want to "pimp" my force, and have different unit options - plus supprisingly i really like the cardboard terrain squares - so another nine would not go amiss.
i have 2 starters already , and even i still want the extra packs . bigger battles on bigger fields will open it up alot more possabilities .
from my personal perspective of just building my army , having a few more machine gun squads will be a bonus to AP , but after watching so many games doing the demo week , having an extra AT weapon in some squads will be much appreciated . i see my self buying probably 3 or 4 of the AT teams , and a number of the machine gun squads as filler over the course of time . with 6 sheets grided off able to cover 6X8 feet each , big battles will happen pretty soon . so i will need more squads to cover it .
looking at this just from an economic perspective , each squade is complete as is , so for $15-20 i get a fully ready to play squad . with GMW i would spend $40+ per squad and still have to assemble them and prime them . even if i spent $500 on this game over the course of the 5 expansions and related unit packs , this game wont cost me nearly as much as WH40k did . at the highpoint for me , i had 60,000 points just in chaos .........all painted ! plus about 10,000-15,000 each in painted space marines and orks .