How to get started Warhammer 40k – Where to start ?

The Warhammer 40k universe is so vast and evolutionary that it’s only natural that as a beginner you don’t know where to start. But don’t worry, by consulting basic documentation such as the Warhammer 40k book and the rule book, you’ll become an expert much faster than you think.

Presentation of the Warhammer 40000 Game

Immerse yourself in the Warhammer 40k universe

There is no better way to get acquainted with the magical world of the Warhammer 40,000 Hobby than to simply start! Visit a local shop or a miniature web shop like

Get a copy of the Warhammer 40k beginner’s book, some miniatures and the essential rulebook if you want to play with your own miniatures. And don’t forget some model making equipment.

The must-have Warhammer 40k book

Published by Games Workshop, the Warhammer 40,000 Introductory Book is the first instrument to be searched for by any hobbyist who wants to try Warhammer 40k. A true beginner’s guide, the book explains as simply as possible how to collect, assemble, paint and play with your citadel miniatures.

Starter box with miniatures Warhammer 40k

You’ll also learn about the framework of the game, its history, the different factions or armies present, a detailed report of the battles, as well as the basic rules for playing.

A miniature box or starter set

Probably the easiest way to get started in Warhammer, get a starter set which includes 2 small armies, assembly instructions and a starter booklet with several scenarios to start the game.

Starter box with miniatures, rules and scenery for Warhammer 40k

A starter set is really one of the best solutions to get started, there are several of them whose main difference is the number of miniatures inside the box and the presence or not of scenery to play with.

The rules of the game

In addition to the above-mentioned introductory book, you will need to read the rule book (8 to 15 pages). It provides details on how to organize a Warhammer 40k game. But above all, it gives information on the different movements and fighting techniques: hand-to-hand combat, shooting, psychic abilities, ..

Complete rulebook for playing Warhammer 40k

Note that there are more complex, faction-specific advanced rules contained in the CODEX and INDEX that you must have to command your army.

What you need to start playing

To start in Warhammer 40k you need to gather :

One or more other players

Warhammer being a multiplayer battle game, you won’t be able to play solo. It is imperative that you find at least one or more other players to form armies opposed to your own.

A playing surface

You will then have to find a suitable playing field as a battlefield: a table or a flat surface (floor) that you can work on at your convenience. Please note that more improved scenery is available for purchase in online shops.

Miniatures and game material

The most important thing is to have well-assembled and painted miniatures, ready for the battlefield. Of course, after choosing your side between Chaos (4 factions including the famous Death Guard), Imperium (14 factions including the Imperial Space Marines) or Xenos (10 factions where the OrKs are found). For this purpose, Games Workshop has designed several boxes of miniatures for each faction that you can buy to build an army to start your game, there are of course basic boxes with everything you need or Warhammer easy to build miniatures.

Last but not least, you’ll also need the game material:

  • 6-sided dice for game rounds
  • Small rules for measuring movement.

Game modes

Warhammer 40k offers 3 game modes corresponding to as many styles of play, guaranteeing a fairly original experience. You will enjoy deploying your different strategies in Free Play, Narrative Play or Even Play.

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