Now you’ve hopefully got an army in mind, we can take a look at some of the fun stuff. In this part, we’ll go over what you can buy to get yourself started.

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First models

After setting your sights on an army to collect, the big question that usually comes next is “Where do I start?”. It will be tempting to ‘buy all of the things’, but don’t. Trust me. It can be very easy to get overwhelmed in this hobby, especially for newer players.

Before rushing out and buying anything, there are a few things you need to consider. What models to buy? What tools do you need? What paints and brushes do you need? That’s only the half of it, and it all comes at a cost. I’m going to be straight up and say now, that getting started in this hobby isn’t cheap. I’m going to split this into two sections, and cover what I think is a good, low-cost, and efficient way to get started. And what your next steps should be.

First up, we’ll have a look at the models. After all, that’s why most of us are here!

There are a few ways you can start out, but what makes a good first buy? We’ll have a look at some ideas below and go through them.

Start Collecting! boxes
For me, these are easily the best choice when starting a new army. There’s a wide variety of them to choose from, and they contain a small force for you to get going with. You have enough to start playing games, and there aren’t too many models to get overwhelmed with. And those factors are very important. They typically contain a commander, a unit of infantry, and a vehicle or special unit.

The key thing with these sets is that they contain the typical units that make up the core of that army. Making it a very good base to start out with and expand on.

These boxes all retail for £50, and are better value than buying everything separately. Which is a little bonus when starting out.

Basic Troops
While the Start Collecting! boxes are an ideal entry point, if you want to start off with something smaller, and a little cheaper, I’d recommend looking at some basic troops. These usually make up a core part of an army and contain a good amount of models to start off with. You can easily expand from here as well, so you can’t really go wrong.

You’ll also notice that the majority of the Start Collecting! boxes contain a squad of troops, and they tend to compliment each other as next purchases.

These boxes usually retail between £20-£30.

Space Marines Paint Set

Space Marines + Paint Set
If you’re not too sure about the hobby yet and don’t want to dive right in, there is also the option of this little set. It gives you a few very basic marines to put together, a paint brush, and some paints. The models in here don’t require much assembly, unlike the other sets we’ve looked at. In this one, each model will consist of about 2-3 parts, and have a fixed pose. In the other sets, they are proper kits, and will contain multiple parts for you to build how you like.

In my opinion, this set is probably one you will look at for younger children, however, if you’re really on the fence about whether you’ll like the hobby side of things, this could be a good way to try it out. There’s little investment, and it gives a good idea about building and painting.

The retail price for one of these is £20.

Dark Imperium

Dark Imperuim
I saved this one for last because.. it’s quite a beast. This is the new 8th edition starter set, and it features everything you need to start playing the game. There are two armies, their corresponding books, all the rules, some dice, and a range ruler. The models in this set are the brand new Primaris Space Marines, and the newly redesigned Death Guard. And these particular models will only be available in this set.

So with all that in mind, why did I leave it until last? Well…

This set is perfect if there are two of you who are looking to get into the hobby. You can have an army each, and use everything else to play some games. You can pick this up by yourself, but in my honest opinion, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this for lone new players. My reasons for that are simple – There are a lot of models in here, and it can easily be a little too much to start off with, especially if you are new to the hobby. The other important factor, is that it has a much higher financial investment. You will need to buy a lot more to go with this when you start out, and that can easily push the price over £100. I would only recommend this to new players if you are really keen on either (or both) of the armies it comes with. Just be prepared to spend that little extra.

On the plus side, you will have lots of models, and all the rules, which will be something you’d need later on anyway.

The retail price for this set is £95.

I’m going to leave it there for this section. In the next part, we will look at all the tools and everything else you’ll need to start off with.


Continue to part 3…