Games Workshop has revealed its next step in simplifying the Warhammer 40,000 experience with three new starter sets aimed at various types of players. These sets, along with exclusive Leviathan miniatures, will be available from next week.
The new edition of Warhammer 40,000 follows the principle of being simplified, not simple, making it more accessible to newcomers while preserving the depth that has made the game a staple of the tabletop gaming community.
A compact hardback book containing the core rules of Warhammer 40,000, revamped for the new edition, will also be available exclusively from the Games Workshop webstore. The 64-page book, slightly smaller than the A5 format, offers a handy companion for gamers, and will be available for as long as stocks last.
The first product, the Warhammer 40,000 Introductory Set, is tailored for beginners. It includes five Infernus Marines, 10 Termagants, a Ripper Swarm, tools, and paints to help newcomers dive into the world of building and painting miniatures. A 48-page introductory handbook also offers tutorials and basic missions.
For those seeking a deeper dive into the game, the Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set offers additional miniatures and materials. Besides the contents of the Introductory Set, it includes a Captain in Terminator Armour, five Terminators, a Winged Tyranid Prime, a Psychophage, three Von Ryan’s Leapers, and 10 more Termagants with a Ripper Swarm.
The Warhammer 40,000 Ultimate Starter Set provides the most comprehensive introduction to the game. Besides all the materials of the Starter Set, it includes six extra miniatures to create two full Combat Patrols of Space Marines and Tyranids. Additionally, it features terrain and two double-sided gaming boards.
Alongside these sets, Games Workshop will also release several miniatures and painting sets. Notable among these are the Librarian in Terminator Armour, a powerful and well-protected psyker, and the Barbgaunts, monstrous creatures that expand the Tyranids combat patrol.
Furthermore, Games Workshop is releasing painting sets for both Infernus Marines and Termagants with Ripper Swarm, each complete with a Citadel starter brush and five paints. There’s also the Warhammer 40,000 Paints + Tools Set, which contains 13 paints and tools to get started with push-fit miniatures.
The Decurion Lanius, a unique tank commander to the Sons of Horus, and Ripper Bolgrot, a smart Troll star player in Blood Bowl, will also be available for pre-order.
Next week will also see the launch of the Black Library Character Day 2023, featuring five new stories by various authors, and the release of the French and German editions of the Leviathan novel. Finally, the upcoming issue of White Dwarf will explore the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 and introduce the White Dwarf Bunker, a worldwide gaming club.