The Most Fun Warhammer Miniatures of 2019
In the most recent year, retail businesses continued to decline, taking out several institutions of the recreational market including that paragon of toy franchises, Toys ᴙ Us. It was the worst year for retailers since 2008. But one leisure-goods company reported gains instead of losses last year: Games Workshop, makers of Warhammer 40K. Founded in 1975 in Hammersmith, west London, the tabletop gaming company has gone on to thrive through the rise of video games and the decline of brick-and-mortar retail.
Like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40K has become a thriving game culture whose player base steadily climbs every year. Tabletop gaming in general is ironically on the rise – it seems maybe solitary video gaming, even in multiplayer, can’t gratify all our leisure-time needs after all. It gets you out of the house and into some face-to-face interaction with new faces and old friends. If your local game shop feels more crowded every week, this helps explain it. We all make geek jokes while we’re doing it, but the fact is this hobby isn’t just for geeks anymore.
Warhammer 40K has risen to the top because, like the most successful tabletop games, it puts fun first. While many games try to stick to a script, be it historic accuracy or faithfulness to a franchise, Warhammer’s philosophy is “if it’s fun, throw it in.” You end up with a universe incorporating everything from the sci-fi and fantasy kitchen sink, whose only motto is “In the grim future, there is only war.”
Another thing keeping the hobby going is that it has a little something for anyone. Some players get more bang out of the collecting and custom-painting end, with play being mostly a formality. Other players are in it for the action (you know who you are) and will pretty much charge into any situation waving a chainsaw sword, win or lose, and their figs are painted in a head-down dunk. Still others like to take their time and treat it like the deep, tactical war-game it is, because there is a menagerie of strategies to deploy.
How can a universe filled with psychotic, fanatic, blood-thirsty lunatics feel so happy? Even though the narrative in lore douses any idea of hope, the cheerful cynicism of Warhammer 40K shows that, no matter how futile, everything alive is willing to serve some purpose and therefore it has something to hope for. Maybe gnawing on its enemy’s tasty brain post-battle, but something to hope for none the less. The fact is, real life is war – a Darwinian struggle for survival where there’s always a bigger fish in the pond and a bigger rat in the race. Play enough Warhammer, and you might feel all your stress about day-to-day aggravations put into perspective.
Now that we’ve softened you up, browse the merch. Here’s the newest miniature sets for Warhammer 40K‘s latest expansions:
Warhammer 40K: Kill Team Starn`s Disciples
- A multi-part plastic Expansion set for Kill Team that makes 6x Genestealer Cults miniatures, rules and scenery. Includes a brand new plastic Kellermorph, exclusive to this set, with Commander rules.
This expansion for the Genestealer Cults Faction nets you six plastic miniatures, including the Kelermorph, a new addition exclusive to the set. Comes with a set of Ryza-pattern Ruins scenery.
Warhammer 40K: Kill Team Theta-7 Aquisitus
- A multi-part plastic Expansion set for Kill Team that makes 6x Adeptus Mechanicus miniatures, rules and scenery. Includes a brand new plastic Tech-Priest Manipulus, exclusive to this set, with Commander rules.
This set includes six plastic miniatures for the kill-team Adeptus Mechanicus Faction. This includes an exclusive unit, the Tech-Priest Manipulus. Also includes a set of Ryza-pattern Ruins scenery.
Warhammer 40K: Kill Team Arena
$76.50 in stock
- An expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team based around balanced, competitive play
- Includes four gameboards, each with their own new Killzone Environment rules
- Learn how to run and participate in Kill Team tournaments for single players or teams of two allies
- Kit delivered un-assembled and un-painted
A full set-up for experiencing the newest variant on classic Warhammer 40K rules, this set includes four game boards and rules guides for the Killzone Environment. It’s a new take meant for quicker, more casual gaming with simpler rules that are easier to absorb for new players.
Warhammer 40,000: Urban Conquest
- Contains everything you need to run a Streets of Death Campaign
- This is an expansion for Warhammer 40,000.
A full set-up for the Urban Conquest expansion, this set provides the Urban Conquest rulebook, the Streets of Death cityscape map, all the cards you’ll need, Cities of Death objectives, and a set of plastic miniature ruins, rubble, and accessories to populate the game landscape. Everything you need to start campaigns in the latest expansion.
Warhammer 40K: Death Guard and Paint Set
- Includes: 3x Easy-to-Build Death Guard miniatures, 4x Base Paints, 1x Shade Paints, 1x Texture Paints, and 1 painting brush.
- Assembly and painting required.
- Contents may vary.
This small set includes six paints and a brush – you needed those anyway – and three miniatures of the Death Guard. This faction of Chaos Space Marines are beholden to the Chaos God Nurgle and are thus mutated to Plague Marines. Color them grim!
Citadel Sector Imperialis: Manufactorum Warhammer 40,000
- all items are new and original packaged
This is a scenery set that builds a manufactorum, with pieces kept compatible with the Sector Imperialis and Sector Mechanicus kits. You can also customize the design with the new Manufactorum sprue, or chum it with the parts bin to mix-n-match with Sector Imperialis or Sector Mechanicus kits. Awesome, detailed, and atmospheric artwork!
Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team Core Manual
- Includes detailed infomation on Kill Team background, rules and campaigns
- Along with background explaining the importance of kill teams to the wider battle for supremacy.
The Kill Team Core manual is the key guide you’ll need to play any variations of Warhammer 40K Kill Team. Kill Team is the variant that’s gotten positive reviews from unboxers, being both a simpler take on the whole game and a great introduction for new players, with a focus on what makes the game fun rather than rules trivia. For your Warhammer-curious friends, this is the perfect bait to rope a new player into your circle!