Tale of Painters review Warhammer 40k 2nd Edition Starter Box

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Jun 24th, 2013
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Tale of Painters goes to Nostalgiaville with this review of the 40k 2nd edition box set.
Man… that’s the box set I started with all those decades ago.

From the review:

Recently we at Tale of Painters acquired a shrink-wrapped starter box of Warhammer 40.000 2nd Edition. Enjoy a trip down the memory lane when we unbox and review this iconic box set.

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  • 4tonmantis

    Think I’ve still got everything from that box set. Hm.. I wonder if that cardboard dreadnought counts as a GW model…

    On a side note.. how many people hit e-bay looking for wrapped boxes because of this article?

  • Nightbee

    Was that really 2nd edition? Weird. I think of that box as when 40k started to become unappealing to me, and had no idea it was so early.

  • Marauder

    Lol, retro reviews!

    -Tim

  • I have no idea how many times I stabbed my own thumb trying to get those Goffs and Gretchin into those slottabases…

    • 4tonmantis

      lol, I can’t remember if I clipped off the tabs or widened the slots.. but somehow I managed to avoid that. The plastic chaos stuff that had the really sharp points was what got me.

      • 4tonmantis

        Oh.. and we had a guy almost put his eye out on the Cities of Death spikey terrain when he was leaning in to try to get a “model’s eye view”.

      • With how tight the models went into the slots and same for the arms on those Goffs, I don’t think I ever ended up even using glue on them. Splitting that box set with my friend was my first ever set of minis I owned.

  • cannondaddy

    The “Red Period” was an all around stylistic nightmare. Awful minis with awful paint jobs. I started back with GW when third edition came out.

    • Ghost

      The Age of Accountancy; when GW was correctly told that children had more money than unemployed university students.

      I too was lured back with 3rd, and rightly so – it was a much-loved return to grimdark and a rare example of a new edition which was actually new.

  • keltheos

    My 40k army still sports many of my old Goffs and Gretchen from this boxed set. I love that I’ve got a range of figs from all the editions in there, gives it a very Orky look.

    The Goffs even make good conversion fodder for adding on hand weapons and guns from the current range.

    • Yeah. I’ve still got some of the Gretchin hanging around, for sure.