A Beginners Guide To Warhammer 40k


Cecelia Rodriguez

When I say the word Warhammer, most people probably don’t know what I’m talking about. Today that is going to change. Today I will teach you the basics of Warhammer 40k and what you would need to get started. Not everyone will enjoy Warhammer; it is not a game for everyone. Let’s discuss if you would like Warhammer 40k and what you will need to buy to get started.

You may be asking yourself, “What in the world is Warhammer.” All of your questions will be answered now. First off, Warhammer 40k is a table-top miniature wargame made by Games Workshop. If that sounds interesting, keep reading, but if it doesn’t sound interesting you may stop reading. Games Workshop, the creator and manufacturer of the game, explains that the basic rules are that players enact battles using miniature models of warriors and fighting vehicles on a tabletop model of a battlefield with many different types of terrain features. Each player takes turns to move their model warriors around the playing area and fight their opponent’s warriors using dice and simple math. The game is set in the near future, where human civilization is beset by hostile aliens and supernatural creatures. The models in the game are a mixture of humans, aliens, and supernatural monsters, wielding futuristic weaponry and magical powers.

Games Workshop also makes the miniature models you play with. The models are not sold, painted, and put together. You are going to have to paint and put them together, but that is just part of the fun. Well, technically you don’t have to paint them, but in my opinion, it brings the game more to life than it actually is. Typically when you buy the miniatures, they come in these things called sprues. To put the miniature together you are going to need either a sharp hobby knife or a cheap pair of sprue cutters. You then are going to use the instructions provided to glue them together. This is an expensive hobby so if you are really serious be prepared to spend at least $400 to start out. As you can see it is an extremely pricey hobby to get into.

Now let’s get into the supplies needed to play and paint. Note that what I recommend is purely my opinion, but I do believe this is the way to go with what you need. First off let’s start with the game set. I recommend either Dark Imperium, which is the more expensive one, but it has a lot to keep you busy. If you want the smaller, cheaper version, I would get the Know No Fear set. Please find the Amazon links at the end of the article.

You’re going to need paints to paint your miniatures. I recommend three paint sets. All three are part of the same paint line so if you were to get them all you wouldn’t have any doubles of paints. The three sets I would get are the Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Adventurer’s Paint Set, the Dungeons and Dragons Official Paint Line Monsters Paint Set and, Dungeons And Dragons Nolzur’s Marvelous Pigments Underdark Paint Set. All three together will give you a nice range of fifty-six colors. A bonus of the sets is that you get one miniature with each set, so you will have three miniatures to practice on before you work on your armies. The miniatures are all high quality and high detail for how small they are.

If you are really serious about the hobby, you will have fun for a good while if you get the supplies recommended. Below is a list of Amazon links. Don’t get both Dark Imperium and Know No Fear. Get either-or. They are the same game, but Know No Fear is the smaller, cheaper version.

Warhammer 40k Dark Imperium: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0714QN4MZ/ref=ox
Warhammer 40k Know No Fear: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073VSFWY9/ref=ox
Monsters Paint Set: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DWL5JZZ/ref
Underdark Paint Set: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XYDS48F/ref=ox_sc_save
Adventurers Paint Set: https://wwwamazon.comArmy-Painter-Dungeons-Official-Adventure