Yes, roughly 150 packages matches up with the standard minimal base installation, and 1400 is about what I would expect from most distributions that provide a full desktop environment and don't give the user options to exclude optional dependencies during the install. The standard set of desktop items has a pretty large number of dependencies, especially stuff like web browsers or office software, but a minimalistic system only really needs a few dozen packages and their dependencies.
As a point of reference, the Debian Sid testing VM I run has 427 packages installed currently. About half of those are dependencies pulled in by installing the
vim packages, and about a fifth of the rest are from manual installation of a small number of things I have on every system I use (
strace, etc) that have pretty minimal dependencies. When I initially installed the system, it had about 200 some packages, but I also selected both the base system and the SSH server options during the install.