Warhammer 40K: The Basics

By | January 12, 2014

Warhammer 40,000

“In the future, there is only WAR!” This is the line seen on many a book from the Black Library and on many of the products from Games Workshop. For those of you that aren’t in the know, I am talking about Warhammer 40,000! This is a miniature based table top game that is set in the 41st millennium and can be played with a minimum of two players and could go as high as eight… or higher still in special instances! I know have talked mostly about Role Playing Games on here so I felt it was time to talk about another near and dear to my gamers hearts (if you are already a fan of this game you will catch what I just did there).

What is Warhammer 40,000?

As I just stated, it is a miniature based game. Most of the time you’ll see it shortened to just Warhammer 40K. You and a friend will each have your own army that you have built up to face one another with. Each game has a different point value. Points? Yes, each miniature has a point value. This is how the games are balanced. You agree to the size of the game by settling on how many points worth of your army you intend to field. Usually, the most common point value is around 1500 points.

Grey Knight Army - Warhammer 40K

How do I get started?

There is a ton of reading material available through the Black Library, the book publishing company that publishes anything and everything Warhammer 40K. Although, these are fiction stories it does give background and flavor to the world of the game as well as give insight to the different armies the game has to offer. Of course, if you don’t wish to read these stories then there are always the specific books for the various armies of the game. I would recommend finding the older edition army books if you are just wanting to get an idea for what army you want to play because the new army books are going hardback and cost around fifty dollars each.


What armies are there?

There are so many to choose from, but I will highlight the top ones.

  1. Space Marines: These are the ultimate warriors of mankind. They are the original Spartan II’s before Halo was even a thought. They are the best of the best that the Imperium of Mankind has fighting at the fore front.
  2. Eldar:  Essentially they are elves in space. Somewhat mysterious, what they lack in brute strength they more than make up for in weapons and technology. The Eldar are a crafty race (again, those that are already fans will get the pun) and, if you get on their bad side, can be your worst nightmare on the field.
  3. Space Orks: If you have elves in space then you got to have the Orks. Much like in any other gaming universe they are strong, brutish, dimwitted, and very, very dangerous. They drift through the galaxies in volatile ships that shock the other races how they are able to do it without blowing up upon igniting their engines. They are an army that is not very good at shooting but very effective in hand-to-hand. Even the Space Marines prefer to shoot them then get into hand-to-hand combat.
  4. Chaos Space Marines: These heretics are Space Marines that have been corrupted by the Dark Powers of the Warp. They are just as strong as their former brothers of the loyalist Space Marines but tend to rely more on the gifts of the Dark Powers. If you do not fear the things that crawl around in the Warp or tire of the hypocrisy that is the Imperium of Mankind then Chaos Space Marines may be right up your alley.

There are other armies but these are the big ones that are the most know for the game. The other armies include Imperial Guard, Dark Eldar, Tau, Sisters of Battle, and Tyranids.

Battle Sister cosplay

Where can I find Warhammer 40K stuff?

There are many Games Workshop retailers all over the country and if you live somewhere where there isn’t one you can always go online to their website gamesworkshop.com or thewarstore.com. If you are just getting started then I highly recommend getting the Dark Vengeance Box Set. It retails for about $99.99 and it comes with two small armies, and the rules for each army, so they are ready to play once they are assembled.

Warhammer 40K is a great table top game. I, myself, have been playing it since I was eleven, so going on nineteen years. I started playing it in second edition and it is now in its sixth edition and it has only gotten better and better and not just the rules and armies but the miniatures have evolved as well.

If you would like to see how the game is played before you invest in a game like this, then please check out the following channels on YouTube.com: miniwargaming, StrikingScorpion82, and Blue Table Painting. In the near future I plan to make a few videos of gameplay featuring my army and my friends armies so be ready for that by subscribing to the AnonymousGeek YouTube Channel. Also, I will be doing a few more articles about Warhammer 40K in the very near future.

If you are already playing Warhammer 40,000 and have pictures of your army, share them to our Facebook, we’d love to see them!

See you soon and, to quote Wil Wheaton, “…as always, play more games!”


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About Brock

*dark, gloomy music begins to play* Greetings punny mortals! I am the Gargoyle Knight! I am geek supreme! You will tremble before me!!! ...*record begins to skip* Curses! Well, the mood was lost at the beginning. Hello, This is Brock. I am a gamer (Mainly Table Top) and am a uber fan of movies, books, and comics. I will post articles on each of these subjects and I hope you will find them informative and entertaining (especially my movies reviews). Enjoy the site!

One thought on “Warhammer 40K: The Basics

  1. Doyle

    Great article Brock! I’m a HUGE fan of the Sisters of Battle. More specifically of the Inquisition ruleset for Witchhunters that was previously used with Sisters of Battle. That’s why I keep an old Army book for Witchhunters lying around. One day I’ll actually finish an army. Going on 7 years now… LOL!

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