In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war
Warhammer is big. Very big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to… Ok, ok, I’ll stop with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy quotes now, but I’m sure you understand my meaning.
With such a vastly massive game filled with an insurmountable level of lore that is still continuing to expand, it’s understandable that people may feel a little intimidated when first dipping their toes into its proverbial waters (I know I was). So, with this In mind, Games Workshop have introduced their Warhammer 40,000 Starter Sets. So, hello there everyone, I’m Build Monkey and I welcome you all to join me in today’s article where I’m going to be taking a look at the smallest of the bunch: the Start Here Warhammer 40,000 Introductory Set, and seeing whether or not it’s worth it.
So, what do you get in the box?
Inside this kit you will find 16 miniatures (broken up into 5 Infernus Marines, 10 Termagants and 1 Ripper Swarm), 1 48-page handbook, a set of the old-style basic Citadel Clippers, a starter brush and set of 5 paints, 6 dice, 1 range ruler and 1 playing mat. Everything you need to get started in the hobby, and for its size this is an incredible little package.
The handbook not only has rules for how to play the game, but also has handy painting and build guides to help you figure out what goes where and how to paint them up, giving you a real feel for some of the key areas of this hobby right from the get-go.
For those of you that really like getting value for money you might have to take our word that this boxset is really good value. Overall, it’ll only set you back £40 and you get everything you need to learn how to build, paint and play 10th edition Warhammer 40,000. But before we look at some more figures, it’s worth me just mentioning that all of these models are the push-to-fit type, so literally the only items in this boxset that can be bought as a stand-alone product are the paints. Therefore, I'm going to be using some figures from sellers on eBay to give a rough guess as to what an approximate value might be.
5 Paints - £13.75 (with each pot being roughly £2.75)
5 Infernus Marines - £8 (eBay price)
10 Termagants and 1 Ripper Swarm - £27.50 (note: this is for the standard multipart part kit)
Paint brush - £5
Citadel clippers - £13 (eBay price)
Overall, this gives us a total value of approximately £67.25, however please remember this doesn’t include the 48-page handbook, 6 dice, range ruler and playing mat. But even so, you’re making a saving of roughly £27.25 which is almost enough to buy yourself another whole box of miniatures, which is great! This box is a great little deal for what you get, and at only £40 it’s also a fairly cheap way of getting someone into Warhammer 40K who is maybe a little unenthusiastic about paying that amount alone just for a box of mini’s that they think look great on the box, but aren’t necessarily as good or as easy overall to build, paint and play with, such as the Kill Team Cassius, which is a great looking boxset of models but it just unplayable on it’s own without the rest of a basis of an army.
So all in all, what is our verdict here at Grey Paints?
The Start Here Warhammer 40,000 Introductory Set is an absolute steal. This is easily the best starter set Games Workshop have released in recent years, and elements in this boxset you will continue to use even after you’ve had your fun and moved onto bigger models and begun to expand your army, such as the clippers, paints and brush. It doesn’t cost much, it’s great value for money, and it’s just a very good little set.
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