In this guide, I will help take you through everything you need to know in order to take your first steps into the Grim Darkness of Warhammer 40,000. With the release of 8th edition, there is no better time to start!

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Choosing your army

One of the main reasons everyone gets into Warhammer is because of the models, and by now, you’ve probably seen a few armies that you like the look of. When it comes to choosing your army, I’d recommend basing your decision on that over anything else. Don’t worry about who is the best and who isn’t.

For now, I would recommend heading over to the Games Workshop website and taking a good look through all of the armies and their units (if you haven’t done so already!). This will give you a great idea what each army is composed of, and the type of models you may have in your collection. Another thing I would recommend, is visiting your local store. You’ll be able to get a look at the armies first hand and get some advice on them.


After you’ve had a good look through everything, you’ll probably have idea of which army you like the look of most. In fact, you’ve probably made your choice already, or at least narrowed it down to two or three.

The reason why I say important to choose your army based on what you like the look of most, is because you will likely spend a lot of time building and painting it. And there is nothing worse than working on something you’re not too keen on, just because it might be good in the game. It’ll give you some major hobby-block.


There are a few other things to consider when choosing your army, and this can help if you’re having a tough time picking one. Each army has its own style of play. Some rely on speed and aggression, while others hold their ground and focus on firepower. Some will have lots of infantry, and others will have lots of vehicles. There really is a good mix of variety and flavour in the game, which is why you often see people collect multiple armies.

I wouldn’t worry about this too much for now, though it can be helpful in making that final decision. I’ll give you a few basic examples below, just so you get the idea.

Space Marines
Generally a jack of all trades army. They have a wide variety of units, some specialise in combat, some in shooting. You can’t really go wrong with them. They can adapt to different situations, and you can tailor them to how you want to play.

More close quarters based. They have a good amount of shooting, but they’re more of a ‘spray and pray’ army. What they are good at though, and what they love, is a good fight. Get them close, and with their high number of Boyz, they’ll smash things to pieces.

These guys are all about their technology and firepower. Primarily an army that shoots its opponents off the table. Battle suits, drones, stealth, you name it.

They are just some very straightforward examples, but you can see how it could help make your decision easier. My formula for picking your first army though, is simple. See what you like the look of most, and then see if you like the sound of them.


The final thing I would recommend, is taking a look at the new Warhammer 40,000 website. This website alone provides a lot of information on the hobby as a whole. You’ll find everything from collecting and painting, to background information on the setting and the armies. There’s also a whole bunch of tutorials on there too. There is also an abundance of Warhammer wiki pages out there too.


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