Cheap Warhammer 40k is there such a thing!
However many competitors appear, gamers seem relentless in their pursuit of Games Workshop’s wares. There’s no doubt that Warhammer 40k is the stand out miniatures game in the world from a fantastic company from Great Britain. Buying the tiny little plastic guys is quite addictive but miniature games and Warhammer 40k seems pretty expensive to the average Joe. I mean, you open a box and you’ve spent a good few quid on a sprue with a 28mm man on it, then you need glue, paint, rules etc etc.
So, if you’re starting out where should the beginner go to to get started with some cheap Warhammer 40k?
A couple of option I’d suggest is to go look at either the Warhammer 40k starter sets or the Start Collecting! boxed armies. There’s value to be found in either option and you’re reasons for looking at either option for cheap Warhammer 40k starter armies may be influenced by where you want to start.
Warhammer 40k Starter Boxed Sets
The Warhammer 40k Starter Boxed Sets come in three flavours, known as Recruit Edition, Command Edition and Elite Edition. If we first look at the cheapest of these options which is the Recruit Edition and has everything you need to start you on your Warhammer 40k journey.
Does the Recruit Edition get you some cheap Warhammer 40k?
So, if you go through the contents of the box, you get twenty push fit miniatures as a starter. These will come on sprues so you will need some clippers from somewhere (you don’t necessarily need Games Workshop branded clippers to get through plastic). I can’t say I’m fond of the idea of push-fit minis. I guess you wouldn’t need glue but I’d be gluing them anyhow but each to their own.
Anyhow, the box comes with twenty miniatures which includes a bunch on Necrons and some Space Marines. In fact you get ten Necron Warriors which retail at £30 and pretty much half a box of Intercessors, so more than £15 worth of plastic. You also get a Royal Warden and a Primaris Lieutenant plus the dice, bases, a bit of cardboard scenery, a good looking manual to get you going and some range rulers. So this to me is a really cheap way to get started with Warhammer 40k. The kicker is… you get Necrons and Space Marines and if you’re not interested in these factions you’re going have to look elsewhere.
What about the Elite and Command Edition
So these, Warhammer 40k starter sets basically follow the same route as the Recruit edition but as you’re effectively paying more you’re getting more minis. For example, in the Elite edition which retails at £65 comes with three Outriders which cost £37.50 if you bought them on there own (so the value is there already), plus an Overlord for the Necron side that could easily cost £15.
The Command Edition doesn’t come with any minis above and beyond the Elite edition but does have some nicer scenery etc, so taking the three editions I’d say the Command box set of Warhammer 40k hits the sweet spot.
Other ways to get Cheap Warhammer 40k – Start Collecting! boxes
Another option for getting hold of some cheap Warhammer 40k is having a look at the Start Collecting! boxes. These compendium of miniatures let you get your hands on a starter army of your favourite faction. Start Collecting! Warhammer 40k come in the following flavours:
- Start Collecting! Chaos Space Marines
- Start Collecting! Daemons of Slaanesh
- Start Collecting! Genestealer Cults
- Start Collecting! Militarum Tempestus
- Start Collecting! Daemons of Tzeentch
- Start Collecting! Daemons of Khorne
- Start Collecting! Start Collecting! Astra Militarum
If we break down that Start! Collecting! Chaos Space Marines as best we can you can get a gist of value. So, one Master of Possession lets say £18, a Chaos Space Marine unit costs approximately £36, a couple of Obliterators are approximately £20 retail, so the everything else in the box is free beer (another £20-£25 worth of units.
Again though, you’re limited to what boxes are available but Games Workshop have started also doing Combat Patrol! boxed sets which offer similar great value.
So, in summary if you’re a beginner getting into the hobby and want a taster then you can’t go wrong with one of the starter boxed sets. To flesh out an army look at Start Collecting! and Combat Patrol! boxes. For everything else, visit Maelstrom Games for your cheap warhammer 40k and modelling accessories.