Do you want to start exploring Warhammer and want to learn more about the universe to get started? You are in the right place.
More than just a miniatures game, Warhammer is a real hobby. To get off to a good start in the universe, it is strongly recommended that you immerse yourself in its general framework. You have to get to know the different factions and get to grips with the different rules to get the most out of each game played.
What is Warhammer?
Warhammer refers to the game of fantasy battles, most famous in its version of a strategic tabletop game with buildable, paintable and collectable miniatures. It immerses you in an imaginary world in the grip of wars, where each player embodies a faction armed with miniatures that he coordinates on the battlefield according to well-defined rules.
Since the launch of the first Warhammer Fantasy War opus in 1983, the universe has continued to evolve and enrich itself with the addition of new content. In particular, the creation in 1987 of Warhammer 40,000, followed by Age of Sigmar in 2015 and the release announced since 2019 of Warhammer Old World.
Who created Warhammer?
We owe the world of Warhammer to Games Workshop, a British company founded in 1975 by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston.
She specializes in the creation of miniatures as well as in the edition of fantastic, futuristic and medieval wargames of which Warhammer is the most famous. The studio is based in Nottingham, UK.
Games Workshop has its own official store through which it markets its miniatures, as well as products related to its universe under the Citadel Miniatures brand.
What are the best Warhammer armies?
Whether you play in the futuristic branch of Warhammer 40k or the medieval one of the Age of Sigmar, you will find that the Warhammer universe has an impressive number of warring factions. Which makes the game both interesting and complex.
If all armies are not equal, we note an effort by Games Workshop to establish a relative balance in the skills and weaknesses of each faction that it is up to you to know how to exploit tactically. That said, some factions seem to be better highlighted in the hobby: either by their prominent role in the story, their abilities and numbers, or by the popularity they know with players.
This is the case, for example, with the army of the Imperial Space Marines, the Death Guard, the Chao Space Marines, the Orks … Whatever your faction, you can find the bitz that will complete your army.
How to start your Warhammer army?
To get started, it is recommended that you begin by familiarizing yourself with the game world. You can do this by purchasing the Warhammer Introductory Book to learn more about the different races and factions, their history and fighting style…
You should then learn about the main rules and how the game works through the Rule Books. These prerequisites will be useful for you in choosing the faction that will constitute your army.
All you have to do is buy the corresponding pack of figurines from the available ranges, the game material, as well as the model kit needed to assemble them.