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Cheap Warhammer 40k – Great deals for beginners!

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.

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Games Workshop Changes and Kabuki!

It’s a sad day for us here at Maelstrom Games for we have the unpleasant task of informing all of our Rest of the World customers that Games Workshop will no longer allow us to sell their products to you, but here’s a couple of crumbs of comfort – shortly we’ll be able to sell their excellent Finecast range and we’ve just brought in the quite superb Kabuki Models stuff! 
Games Workshop’s new Terms and Conditions
Firstly, Games Workshop’s new Terms and Conditions, which come into force on the 31st of May 2011. These, among other things, restrict the sale of language products – i.e., rulebooks and codices that are not in English – and, most crucially of all, restrict the sale of all of their products to the European Union, although there are a couple of countries (such as Norway and Switzerland) that are geographically within Europe but not in the EU that we can still sell to.

The full list of countries that we can sell GW products to is as follows:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Obviously this means that all of our faithful Games Workshop customers from the Anglosphere – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States – as well as those from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Russia, Japan and South Korea (apologies for those countries I have missed out) will now miss out on our superb service and cheap prices, but I’m afraid the terms and conditions of our contract with Games Workshop mean that we have to say goodbye.

Goodbye 18% UK RRP Voucher
But it’s a cracking goodbye! From today until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of May all our customers will be able to use a 18% off UK RRP discount voucher code on Games Workshop products only, so you stock up on all of those items you’ll need for your Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 or Lord of the Rings armies – and of course all your paints and brushes!

The voucher will work on pre-orders and, crucially, you’ll still earn Moneyback – although tiered discounts are disabled when using a voucher of course.

Your voucher code is: GW-ROW

To use this voucher simply register on the webstore, (if you haven’t already), copy and paste the code into the appropriate field in your basket when you have selected the items you want, press ‘REDEEM’, and the webstore will do the rest. You are not limited to one purchase and, indeed, we would ask you to recommend us to your friends with this voucher!

Remember though that this voucher will only work on Games Workshop products – specifically, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40,000, Lord of the Rings, Citadel Hobby and Black Library products.

Phew! That should, at least, soften the blow for you all – and, of course, no other company restricts sales geographically, so you can always grab your Hordes and Warmachine and, of course, BaneLegions products from us!

Onto other Games Workshop news. We’ll shortly be stocking their superb Finecast range, which – if you didn’t know already – is most of their deleted metal models, re-released in resin but somewhat more expensive than the original. Those will be on general sale on the 28th of May, for Games Workshop do not wish us to put them up for sale until then so they can keep up with demand.

Kabuki Models
As well as all of the above, we’re now stocking Kabuki Model’s superb range of collectible miniatures that are simply wonderful to look at and which could form the superb centrepiece for your army or indeed your cabinet. Check them out, especially the Knights of Legend (the latest of which, the Gorgon Knight, is now in stock) and the 21st Century Pin-Ups – we love them!

More news when something newsworthy crops up. For now, we salute you all, Rest of the World customers, for your support in the past, and we hope that you can source your Games Workshop products from a retailer that will suit your pockets.