New to W40K? No problem!

A lot of people has been taking on the hobby lately pushing GW sales to the roof during Covid, including lots of returning players, but getting into W40K can be quite overwhelming since there are so many parts to tackle the hobby from. Here at 40K we have some experience on that and we would like to offer some advice to all that people starting or returning to the hobby and what to focus on.

First of all, you have to be honest to yourself and decide, what part of the hobby are you most attracted to? Is it painting? Is it gaming? Is it the lore and narrative? Whatever it is, is where you should start, even if there’s more than one thing that you like.

Once you have decided what part will you start from, you need to pick an Army to start with. You can make your decision in aesthetics, lore or play style, the first 2 being 100% subjective. Depending on the play style, you could go, for example with:

  • Shooty/ Ranged focus: Tau, Astra Millitarum, Necrons…
  • Hordes: Orks, Tyranids…
  • Close combat/melee: Blood Angels, Space Wolves…
  • Movement/flexible: Drukhari, Ynnari…(anything with pointy ears)
  • All round armies: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Adepta Sororitas…
  • Psyckic/ Magic crap: Thousand Sons, Chaos Daemons, Craftworlds…
  • “Elite” armies: Adeptus Custodes, Imperial Knights…

Once decided what YOU want, is time to move to the next stage of the hobby.

Start collecting

Depending on your budget, you could go with a troops box, a “Start collecting” box or an starter box like Indomitus. Games Workshop released a few boxes that we review here.

In my opinion, the best choice is either a Star collecting box, if you are mainly interested in painting, or a Starter box with Rules if you will be interested in gaming as it gives you everything to start playing straight away. Although, keep in mind that the Core rules are currently available digitally for free.


Painting can be a huge part of the hobby, but challenging and scary if you haven’t done it before. Like everything, it takes practice and hours to get better at it, and even though it can be intimidating and discouraging at first, it’s also one of the most rewarding when you finish your models.

If you are not interested in painting your models, all you will need is:

Keep in mind you can get those tools anywhere and the links are just examples. With just those 2 things you will be able to assemble your army and get your models ready to fight.

If you wanna go an extra mile and you would like to paint your models to a Battle Ready standard, you will need:

  • A scalpel or a mouldline remover
  • Spray-can to undercoat your models(black or white usually do the trick)
  • Brushes, a small and medium will do for starters
  • Some contrast paints or base and layer colours. You can get away with 5-10 paints and get good results. Even one technical paint for the base to go the extra mile.

With just those few things you will be ready to go. Think that at first it can be a pricey investment, but most of those things will last for a while, so you are building the foundations of your hobby.

I hope you guys found this helpful either for you or any mate that is thinking about jumping in the hobby. Feel welcome to reach out for advice if you want on Facebook or contacting us 😉

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