Warhammer 40K

Set in the grim dark future of the 41st Millenium, Warhammer 40,000 is the most popular miniature/wargame available on the market. Warhammer 40K covers the deep and rich lore of humanity and its expansive galactic empire, called the ‘Imperium’. With the 10th Edition of the game now in full swing, Warhammer 40K has countless factions to pick from, each with its own bespoke sculpts, style, and gameplay-defining special rules. Start building your Warhammer 40,000 army here at Gathering Games.

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Warhammer 40K Starter Set: The best jumping on point for anyone new to the hobby is, without a doubt, the Warhammer 40K: Starter Set. This new 10th Edition starter set includes two different starting armies, the first for Space Marines and the second for Tyranids. As well as a core rulebook, the Starter Set also comes with a handbook that works as a step by step guide for new players on the basics of Warhammer 40K. This is one of the most value packed box sets available for 40K!

Warhammer 40K: Paints + Tools Set: The 40K Paint + Tools Set is a great place to start for painters. It includes everything required to get you started with Warhammer painting. The selection of paints includes everything required to get most Ultramarines and Tyranids painted up to a ‘battle-ready standard’. It even includes sprue cutters and a nail file to help you build your miniatures to a high standard.

Kroot Hunting Pack: Games Workshop continues to work their way through the 10th Edition faction refreshes, this time showing some love for the T’au Empire. While the Kroot are a separate race from the T’au, they were accepted by them due to shared hatred for the Orks. The Kroot have been ever present throughout 40K lore though actual models have been sparse… until now! The Kroot Hunting Pack is an army set packed with brand new Kroot models and the brand new 10th edition codex for the T’au Empire. Whether you’re just starting your T’au army or looking to flesh it out, this army set is a great choice packed with all the value expected from a typical army set.

Dark Angels - Combat Patrol: The Dark Angels have been a prominent chapter of the Space Marines since the beginning of 10th Edition Warhammer 40K and have now received a brand new Combat Patrol to reflect their updated playstyle and strategy. Like many other Space Marine chapters, Dark Angels are best played when up close and personal. Their focus is using devastating melee attacks and more interaction than 9th Edition.

Adeptus Mechanicus - Combat Patrol: The Adeptus Mechanicus are originally from Mars, though integrated with Imperium of Man as an alliance faction. The part machine, part organic faction is also known as ‘The Cult of the Machine’ recently received an updated Combat Patrol. It now includes a Tech Priest Manipulus, a core unit that gives huge benefits to other units, as well as some brand new units that can fit into many other Adeptus Mechanicus lists.

Warhammer 40K Buying Guide

The Starter Sets are arguably the best starting point for anyone new to the hobby, as they are designed to provide great value and to provide a guided experience from the Handbook which helps to learn to play the game. No prior knowledge is required before picking one of these boxes up! There are 3 different tiers to choose from. The Introductory Set is the cheapest option and provides 2 squads and all the paints required to get them to the table top. The second tier is the Starter Set, which is the most popular option and gives the best balance of value and gameplay as it comes with 2 small sized armies for Space Marines and Tyranids as well as some dice rulers and a board. If you’re looking for the top tier starter box, then Ultimate Starter Set is the best option. This box set comes with two armies each equivalent to Combat Patrols, as well as some terrain pieces and everything else included in the Starter Set.

Combat Patrols are a great way to start a Warhammer 40K army and even have their own ruleset to ease players into full scale Warhammer battles. They provide core units of a given faction and are perfect for starting any 40K army. In total, they usually sit around 500 points which provides a smaller scale battle experience. It’s also a perfect way to test out playing and learning a faction without the large investment that’s usually attached to building a full scale 40K army.

Codexes are the books required to play each faction and provide all the unit data sheets. They also include chapters on the lore around the faction, helping you immerse yourself into the 40K universe. The codex is a must for anyone planning to battle their army.

Citadel Paints are designed with miniatures in mind and are perfectly tuned to ease the process of miniature painting.The Citadel range covers every step towards getting your army onto the tabletop, from priming and base coating to edge highlighting and varnishing.

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Why Choose Warhammer 40K

While many options exist for miniatures and wargaming, none have been supported for nearly as long as Warhammer 40K. Warhammer has the largest player base of all wargames, so you’ll never struggle to find a place to play. In fact, the competitive scene for Warhammer remains very strong with frequent tournaments across the country. But, playing the game is only part of the hobby. Many people exclusively collect and paint miniatures. It’s this part of the hobby that allows expression and creativity makes it unlike most other tabletop games. It’s even celebrated with the annual Golden Demon award which has recognised some of the most talented painters in the hobby.

The lore created around 40K has always been at the centre of the hobby. The motivations of each faction are explained in great detail in the wider fiction of the Warhammer universe. Every named character feels like a nuanced and scarred anti-hero. Every battle is contextualised. Every alliance is praised, and every betrayal is never forgotten. This creates more than just a game, but an immersive, narrative experience that cannot be captured by any other medium.

Additionally, with the highest quality plastic miniatures available on the market, it’s easy to see why Games Workshop has been so successful in growing this colossal franchise.

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