Warhammer 40k Starter Sets Announced By Games Workshop

Published: July 3, 2023 3:49 PM /


Artwork for a Warhammer 40k Starter Set on a dark background.

Recently, Games Workshop officially launched Warhammer 40k 10th Edition. The launch has garnered a renewed interest in Games Workshop's grimdark sci-fi tabletop miniatures game, thanks to streamlined rules, the launch of helpful apps, and the convenience of the new Leviathan box. But what about people who have always been interested in the hobby but have no idea where to start? What are the first steps of building an army, learning the rules, or even how to paint your growing army of miniatures? Games Workshop has these new potential fans covered with Warhammer 40k Starter Sets.

The Warhammer 40k Starter Sets announcement

In a Warhammer-Community post, Games Workshop goes into detail about the Warhammer 40k Starter Sets. As mentioned before, these sets are intended for complete newcomers to Warhammer 40k and tabletop miniatures games. There are three different kinds of starter sets: Introductory Sets, Starter Sets, and Ultimate Starter Sets.

The Introductory Sets are the most convenient. The set contains a handful of Space Marine and Tyranid models: 5 Infernus Marines, 10 Termagants, and a Ripper Swarm respectively. All of these miniatures are push-fit; no glue is required. In addition, the set will include a set of clippers, a starter brush, and five paint sets: Abbadon Black, Wraithbone, Balthasar Gold, Naggaroth Night, and Macragge Blue. Finally, the set includes an Introductory Handbook, a 48-page booklet containing hobby guides, and background information on your models. It even includes a tutorial for Warhammer 40k, including tutorials and training scenarios.

The Starter Set is meant for more intermediate players. This Warhammer 40k Starter Set is for people who know about the tabletop hobby but haven't played Games Workshop's game specifically. This starter set contains a 64-page Starter Handbook, which holds more advanced rules than the Introductory Handbook. The set also contains two rules reference sheets, 10 dice, two range rulers, and a cardboard gaming mat. As for miniatures, this set contains 38 plastic push-fit figures: a Captain in Terminator Armor, 5 Terminators, 5 Infernus Marines, a Winged Tyranid Prime, 3 Von Ryan's Leapers, a Psychophage, 20 Termagants, and 2 Ripper Swarms.

A screenshot of the Warhammer 40k Ultimate Starter Set, its contents displayed on a white background
It's effectively a Combat Patrol box with a starter guide.

Last but not least, is the Ultimate Starter Set. designed for people that want to dive into the deep end of Warhammer 40k. It contains everything from the Starter Set with a few extras. These include a 72-page Ultimate Handbook, and a 72-page Core Rules booklet which contains all core rules, combat patrol rules, and all six combat patrol missions from the Core Rulebook. In addition, this set contains a Librarian in Terminator Armor and 5 Barbagaunts, bringing both factions up to Combat Patrol size. Lastly, the Ultimate Starter Set contains an extra cardboard gaming board, an STC Hab-bunker, and eight stockades, allowing you to create a fully-featured battlefield.

All three of these Warhammer 40k Starter Sets are coming soon.


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