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How to Save Money on Warhammer 40K (The Guide You Need)

    Veterans will already know these tricks for how to save money on Warhammer 40K, but if you’re new to the game then there’s a lot to be learned because Warhammer 40K is expensive.

    There are a lot of little ways you can save money when you buy for Warhammer 40K, especially when you’re just starting out. When you’re new to the hobby you’re in need of everything. The range of things you need to buy is large, so it’s easy to find most of it at a discount.

    Anyway, let’s jump in!

    Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The commission earned helps maintain this site.


    This is probably the most obvious, eBay. This is where I do most of my shopping when I’m starting a new army because with some luck you can find some insane deals. Granted, often you’re buying used models in various states of disrepair, but nobody said saving money didn’t require a little work ;)


    If you don’t mind having to strip paint, fix damage, or reassemble models, then eBay is where you’ll save the most money for any army – hands down. Also, sometimes you’ll have to settle for older models, like earlier sculpts (often metal). However, if you’re like me, then you’ll find having classic models mixed in with newer ones just makes things more visually interesting.

    eBay Stores

    Here’s a list of specific sellers on eBay worth checking out. Thanks to Dave for providing most of these.

    These are listed by country, but you’ll find most will ship internationally.



    • Blackdagger Games – Bits seller with a fair collection.
    • Hoard O Bits – Used these folks a few times for bits. Great selection and fast shipping.
    • The Warstore – Same shop you’ll see listed below in online retailers, but this is their eBay shop. I’m not 100% sure they’re still using it though, FYI.


    For the longest time I overlooked Amazon; probably because eBay is cheaper. However, if you’re after the current range of models then Amazon is a great place to buy them.

    Amazon will have a handful of retailers selling new packaged boxes of almost every kit that Games Workshop offers. The discount tends to be anywhere from 10% – 25%; sometimes more and sometimes less.

    Online Retailers

    These are the folks who sell the product through their own website. Generally you’ll save a bit off retail when you buy 40K products through them.

    AU Stores

    • Black Cultist

    ES Stores

    Thanks to Cylde for the list for Spain.

    UK Stores

    Some of the UK stores I know nothing about, however, they came at the recommendation of Dave, so I’ve included them.

    US Stores

    • Chaos Orc’s Superstore – I haven’t bought from them in a while, but they were always great when I did.
    • Hoard O Bits – Same folks mentioned above in the eBay stores. You can save a little more by buying direct from them.
    • The Bitz Barn – They used to have their own store, but apparently now they’re selling on Amazon. Good selection of bits anyway.
    • The Warstore – The biggest and best discount retailer in the US for wargaming.

    Rulebook & Codex

    The major focus on this article is on the models. That’s where you’re going to spend the vast majority of your money in the hobby of 40K. However, new players will need to buy a rulebook and a codex for their army.

    Now, the starter sets below will cover you on the rulebook for cheap. However, if you aren’t going that route then your cheapest options would be eBay, as mentioned, Amazon, and the online retailers above.

    If you would like a list of every 40K army with their respective codex then I’ve got you covered.

    Optionally, you can go the digital route as well and get them cheaper than the physical equivalent.

    40K Starter Sets

    These starter sets can be rare gems. I say rare because these don’t come out often and they get bought up quickly when they do.

    A starter set usually comes out when there’s a new edition of 40K. The starter set will contain dice, rules, and two small armies so you can learn the game.

    The models used in the starter sets are unique to the starter set, so you can’t buy them on their own. This makes buying one appealing to veterans, but there’s other reasons veterans like them as well.

    The other reason, the major reason, people like buying these 40K starter sets is the cost. Often times these starter sets will save hundreds of dollars over buying the components on their own.

    Plus, these tend to include a smaller, more portable version of the rulebook, which is appealing for travel; plus, it saves you from having to dish out money just for a rulebook.

    If you’re new to 40K then a starter set is a great way to jump into the game, assuming you’re interested in one of the armies in the set that is. A lot of people will go halves on a starter set with a friend who wants the other army. Veterans will buy the 40K starter set to get the few things they want and then eBay the rest for a profit.

    You really can’t go wrong with getting one.

    Dark Imperium

    This is the 8th edition starter set containing two armies, the Death Guard and Ultramarines. It also contains the rules for the game, psychic powers, and everything you need to get going in 8th edition.

    For the Ultramarines there is:

    • 1 Primaris Captain (exclusive)
    • 2 Primaris Lieutenants (exclusive)
    • 1 Primaris Ancient (exclusive)
    • Two 5-man Intercessor Squads
    • 3-man Interceptor Squad
    • 5-man Hellblaster Squad.

    For Death Guard there’s:

    • 1 Lord of Contagion (exclusive)
    • 1 Noxious Blightbringer (exclusive)
    • 1 Malignant Plaguecaster (exclusive)
    • 7 Death Guard Marines
    • 1 Foetid Bloat-drone
    • 20 Poxwalkers.

    There’s is a HUGE savings in this starter set.

    It’s a pretty amazing deal. Find someone to split the set with to save money, or put the army you don’t want on eBay and make a profit. You can’t lose!


    The latest offering from Games Workshop featuring something new, Necrons and Mechanicum. There’s some exclusive models inside too, which is making it really popular.

    For the Mechanicus there is:

    • 2 Armiger Warglaives (exclusive mini-Knights)
    • 10 Skitarii Rangers
    • 1 Tech Priest Dominus

    And for the Necrons:

    • 1 Cryptek (exclusive)
    • 5 Immortals
    • 5 Lychguard
    • 3 Canoptek Wraiths

    It does also contain the core rules for 8th, and some supplements to play a campaign featuring those two armies.

    This is a good deal and has some very cool exclusive models.

    Dark Vengeance

    This is an old starter set for 40K that originally came out for 6th edition, and was later revised for 7th edition.

    So, this will contain a defunct rule book, but it’s still a great buy. It has miniatures for both Dark Angels and Chaos Marines.

    For the Dark Angels, it contains:

    • 1 Captain (exclusive)
    • 1 Librarian (exclusive)
    • 10 Tactical Marines
    • 5 Terminators
    • 3 Bikers

    For Chaos it has:

    • 1 Chaos Lord (exclusive)
    • 1 Aspiring Champion (exclusive)
    • 6 Chaos Chosen (exclusive)
    • 20 Cultists
    • 1 Helbrute (exclusive)

    You can buy Dark Vengeance and save a fair bit of cash with it.

    Again, go-in on this with a friend to save money, or sell off the other army on eBay for a profit.


    Released in 2019, this is a starter set featuring Chaos Daemonkin and Ultramarines.

    The boxset features:

    • Campaign Book
    • Codex: Vanguard Space Marines
    • Codex: Daemonkin
    • 2 Transfer Sheets
    • Fold-out 40K Core Rules

    The breakdown for each army is as follows.

    Vanguard Space Marines:

    • 1 Captain
    • 1 Librarian
    • 1 Lieutenant
    • 3 Suppressors
    • 3 Eliminators
    • 10 Infiltrators

    For the Daemonkin:

    • 1 Master of Possession
    • 1 Venomcrawler
    • 2 Obliterators
    • 2 Great Possessed
    • 10 Chaos Space Marines

    The best part of the miniatures is that they are all unique and this is the only place to get them so far.

    Start Collecting/Army Bundles

    Most every army has one of these, a box that bundles a few units together and offers it at a discount of around 25%. These army bundles, now called Start Collecting!, are perfect for newer players. The units offered tend to be fundamental units to that particular army, so ones you’ll want to own.

    As such, it’s a bit less appealing to veteran players, as they often own those units in quantity already. However, sometimes the Start Collecting! sets will contain units of interest even to veteran players.

    Below I’m going to attempt to break down each army and the bundles available to them. Note though that not all armies have bundle deals, so you won’t see every army below. Also, all the pricing is in USD, so you’ll have to convert as needed.

    Adeptus Mechanicus

    Start Collecting! Skitarii

    This is a solid starter set with units you’ll be using. It’s a smaller starter set that contains:

    • 1 Tech-Priest Dominus
    • 10 Skitarii Vanguard
    • 1 Onager Dunecrawler

    If you’re new to Mechanicus then this is a good buy.


    See the Start Sets for the breakdown of this.

    Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard)

    Start Collecting! Astra Militarum

    A good start to any Guard army:

    • 1 Officio Prefectus Commissar
    • 10 Cadians
    • 1 Heavy Weapon Team
    • 1 Leman Russ Battle Tank

    So, there’s some great savings on units any new Guard player will want.

    Blood Angels

    Start Collecting! Blood Angels

    This contains:

    • 1 Terminator Captain
    • 10 Tactical Marines
    • 1 Baal Predator.

    A great buy-in for new players with all the units being useful. You’ll have a solid foundation to build your army up from with this.

    Blood Angels Archangels Orbital Intervention Force

    This is another defunct formation set from 7th edition. Still, if you like Terminators then this might be worthwhile.

    There are:

    • Two 5-man Assault Terminator Squads
    • 5-man Terminator squad.

    This honestly is not an amazing deal but it’s something.

    Death Company Strike Force

    Another 7th edition box set. This one has:

    • 10 Death Company Marines
    • 5 Death Company Assault Marines
    • 1 Death Company Dreadnought
    • 1 Death Company Champion.

    Not the best deal out there, but it’s almost like getting that Dreadnought for free; so, it could be worse!

    Space Hulk

    This is a classic board game from Games Workshop. It’s gone through a few different versions and remains a favorite of many gamers. Oh, it’s also not available unless you find people who stocked up on it; and you will.

    Other than being a good board game, it also has some really nice models.

    • Sergeant with power sword
    • Sergeant with thunder hammer
    • 6 Space Marines with storm bolters
    • Space Marine with heavy flamer
    • Space Marine with assault cannon
    • Space Marine with lightning claws
    • Librarian with force axe
    • 22 Genestealers
    • 1 Broodlord

    So, you can buy Space Hulk and save a fair bit of change.

    Chaos Daemons

    There’s quite a few ways to save with Daemons.

    Start Collecting! Daemons of Khorne

    This set has the following:

    • 1 Herald on Blood Throne
    • 3 Bloodcrushers
    • 10 Bloodletters

    All the units are useful in 8th, so it’s a good starter set for lovers of Khorne.

    Start Collecting! Daemons of Nurgle

    For Father Nurgle the set contains:

    • 1 Herald of Nurgle (exclusive)
    • 3 Plague Drones (exclusive)
    • 3 Nurglings
    • 10 Plaguebearers

    As with Khorne, these are all good units to have in a Nurgle army.

    Start Collecting! Daemons of Slaanesh

    The Dark Prince offers you:

    • 1 Exalted Seeker Chariot of Slaanesh
    • 5 Seekers of Slaanesh
    • 10 Daemonettes of Slaanesh

    Another set of useful units in here. Chariots are a lot better under 8th, and Seekers are extremely fast and capable.

    Start Collecting! Daemons of Tzeentch

    For the last god in the pantheon we have Tzeentch:

    • 1 Burning Chariot of Tzeentch
    • 3 Flamers of Tzeentch
    • 3 Screamers of Tzeentch
    • 10 Pink Horrors

    A pretty good savings on this one.

    With the changes in 8th, Tzeentch units have improved. This is really a great buy for any fan of Tzeentch.

    Chaos Space Marines

    There’s quite a few options for Chaos Marines. They’ve often been one of the armies in the 40K starter sets, plus they have a few other bundles.

    Start Collecting! Chaos Space Marines (2019)

    The newest collection set for Chaos contains:

    • Master of Possession
    • 10 Chaos Space Marines
    • 2 Greater Possessed
    • 2 Obliterators
    • Venomcrawler

    This is a better deal than the old set, but still not the most amazing way to jump into CSM I feel.

    Start Collecting! Chaos Space Marines

    The Start Collecting! set for Chaos Marines has:

    • 1 Chaos Lord in Terminator Armor
    • 10 Chaos Space Marines
    • 1 Helbrute

    Honestly, it’s not a great starter set. Chaos Space Marines aren’t terribly efficient despite being a core Troop for CSM. The Chaos Lord and Helbrute are good though, so it comes down to what you’re after.

    Burning of Prospero

    A 30K board game that focuses on the Thousand Sons losing their homeworld to the Space Wolves.

    • Geigor Fell-Hand (exclusive)
    • 5 Custodes
    • 5 Sisters of Silence
    • 30 Space Marines (MKIII armor)
    • 5 Tartaros Terminators
    • Azhek Ahriman (exclusive)

    You can buy Burning of Prospero and save some money for sure.

    Dark Vengeance

    You can find the details in the Starter Sets.

    Assassinorum: Execution Force

    More info on this in the Officio Assassinorum section.


    Burning of Prospero

    Check above in the Chaos Marines section for details.

    Craftworlds/Aeldari (Eldar)

    Start Collecting! Craftworlds

    If you’re wanting to jump in with the pointy-eared folks:

    • 1 Farseer
    • 5 Wraithguard/Wraithblades
    • 1 Wraithlord
    • 1 War Walker

    You can’t go wrong with these units. A worthwhile buy for any new Eldar player.

    Craftworlds Army

    Seems this one is now gone.

    A great starting point for any new Eldar player.

    • 1 Farseer
    • 5 Wraithguard/Wraithblades
    • 1 Wraithlord
    • 1 War Walker
    • 8 Guardians w/Heavy Weapon Platform
    • 1 Wave Serpent
    Craftworlds Army

    Yet another great deal for Eldar.

    As with the Start Collecting!, this is a worthwhile buy to get a great start on an army.

    Dark Angels

    Dark Vengeance

    Look above in the Starter Sets area for the breakdown on this one.

    Death Guard

    Dark Imperium

    Details can be found above in the Starter Sets.


    Start Collecting! Deathwatch

    A really simple set with some basics:

    • 1 Captain Artemis (exclusive)
    • Two 5-man Deathwatch Space Marines
    • 1 Venerable Dreadnought

    While this might not seem like a lot of models, and it isn’t, the value of them in the game is high. Deathwatch are a very elite army, so you are getting more than it would seem.

    Deathwatch Overkill

    Jump down to the Genestealer Cults area for more info.

    Kill Team Cassius

    This is the Deathwatch side of Overkill. All the models are exclusive to the set. Also, thanks to TheRhino for pointing this one out that I had missed.

    • Ortan Cassius, Ultramarines Chaplain
    • Vael Donatus, Ultramarines Sternguard Veteran
    • Zameon Gydrael, Company Champion
    • Rodricus Grytt, Imperial Fists Devastator
    • Antor Delassio, Flesh Tearer Assault Marine Sergeant
    • Edryc Setorax, Raven Guard Vanguard Veteran
    • Jensus Natorian, Blood Ravens Codicer Librarian
    • Drenn Redblade, Space Wolves Blood Claw
    • Garran Branatar, Salamander Terminator
    • Ennox Sorrlock, Iron Hands Sternguard Veteran
    • Jetek Suberei, White Scars Biker Sergeant
    • a teleport homer and a servo skull

    These are all exclusive models and a good deal at that.

    On a related note, if you’re interested in learning more about Kill Team then check out that great guide by Game Cows.

    Drukhari (Dark Eldar)

    Start Collecting! Drukhari

    A new starter set for Drukhari containing:

    • Succubus
    • 10 Wyches
    • Venom
    • 3 Reavers

    Well worth the buy for any new Drukhari players out there.

    Gangs of Commorragh

    Another side game of GW’s that people just buy for the models.

    • 6 Drukhari Reavers
    • 10 Drukhari Hellions

    This is the cheapest way to snag some Reavers and Helions.

    Genestealer Cults

    Battleforce Genestealer Cults Insurrection

    Included is:

    • 1 Patriarch
    • 1 Primus
    • 1 Magus w/Genestealer Familiars
    • 5 Acolyte Hybrids
    • 10 Neophyte Hybrids
    • 11 Neophyte Hybrids (Cadians)
    • 1 Goliath Rockgrinder

    Depending on your play style, this is a good buy-in. There’s some great support units in there if you’re after a more rounded force.

    Deathwatch Overkill

    This is one of those board games that people only buy for the models.

    Let’s start with the Genstealer Cult models:

    • 1 Primus
    • 1 Magus w/2 Familiars
    • 1 Patriarch
    • 2 Genestealers
    • 4 Aberrants (exclusive)
    • 28 Genestealer Hybrids

    For Deathwatch you have:

    • Ortan Cassius, Ultramarines Chaplain
    • Vael Donatus, Ultramarines Sternguard Veteran
    • Zameon Gydrael, Company Champion
    • Rodricus Grytt, Imperial Fists Devastator
    • Antor Delassio, Flesh Tearer Assault Marine Sergeant
    • Edryc Setorax, Raven Guard Vanguard Veteran
    • Jensus Natorian, Blood Ravens Codicer Librarian
    • Drenn Redblade, Space Wolves Blood Claw
    • Garran Branatar, Salamander Terminator
    • Ennox Sorrlock, Iron Hands Sternguard Veteran
    • Jetek Suberei, White Scars Biker Sergeant
    • a teleport homer and a servo skull

    Probably the best deal here if you want Genestealer Cult stuff.

    Space Hulk

    Check the Blood Angels section for a breakdown.

    Tooth and Claw

    A brand new offering containing Genestealer Cults and Space Wolves.

    Other than the models, the box also contains:

    • 40 Page book with background on both armies and the setting
    • 9 Datasheets
    • 4 Echoes of War missions
    • Point values for every miniature included

    Speaking of, for miniatures Tooth and Claw has:

    Genestealer Cults

    • 1 Genestealer Cults Abominant
    • 5 Abberants
    • 1 Acolyte Iconward
    • 5 Hybrid Metamorphs
    • 8 Genestealers

    Space Wolves

    • 1 Space Wolves Primaris Battle Leader
    • 1 Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought
    • 5 Primaris Intercessors
    • 3 Primaris Aggressors
    • 1 Space Wolves Primaris upgrade sprue

    For the price you’re getting a great deal on this, especially if you can find someone to split the box with if you don’t need one half of it.

    Imperial Knights

    These suckers are expensive, so thankfully you can get some savings.

    Imperial Knights: Renegade

    This is a box that comes with 2 Knights (Imperial & Renegade), as well as some cool industrial terrain.

    In addition, it’s a complete game as well so that you can duel with your Knights. The game itself is pretty simple, and people just buy this box for the discount on the Knights, but some people seem to enjoy it.

    If you’re in need of two Knights then don’t overlook this option.

    Militarum Tempestus

    Start Collecting! Militarum Tempestus

    The elite of the Guard! This starter set contains:

    • 10 Scions (5-man squad + 5-man Command Squad)
    • Officio Prefectus Commisar
    • Taurox Prime

    A great place to start with Tempestus if you’re interested.


    Start Collecting! Necrons (2016)

    A decent starter set with:

    • 1 Necron Overlord
    • 1 Triarch Stalker
    • 1 Scarab Swarm
    • 12 Necron Warriors

    It’s not the best bang for your buck, but it’s a good jumping in point for a new Necron player to get some core units.

    Start Collecting! Necrons (2018)

    Games Workshop just put out a new Start Collecting! for Necrons with:

    • Necron Overlord
    • Annihilation Barge/Catacomb Command Barge w/Lord on foot (exclusive)
    • 12 Necron Warriors
    • 3 Scarab Swarms
    • 5 Immortals/Deathmarks

    This is a pretty decent buy for new Necron players.


    Scroll up in the Start Sets section for a breakdown.

    Officio Assassinorum

    While not technically an army, there is a great deal for getting all 4 assassins.

    Assassinorum: Execution Force

    This is a board game that was put out in 2015. It focuses on the 4 Assassins and a small Chaos force. Included in the game are:

    • 1 Vindicare Assassin
    • 1 Eversor Assassin
    • 1 Callidus Assassin
    • 1 Culexus Assassin
    • 1 Chaos Sorcerer in Terminator Armor w/Familiar
    • 3 Chaos Marines
    • 15 Cultists

    Most people buy this just to get the Assassins. You’re saving a bit if you can sell off the other army, or have someone go-in on the game with you.


    Green iz best!

    Start Collecting! Orks

    For this set there is:

    • 1 Painboy
    • 5 Nobz w/Ammo Runt
    • 11 Boyz
    • 1 Deff Dread

    Overall the units are useful as well. Currently Orks are waiting on a codex, so the true merit of this set is yet to be determined.

    Battleforce Orks Kult of Speed

    My personal favorite way of running Orks – fast!

    Included is:

    • 1 Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun
    • 1 Battlewagon
    • 1 Trukk
    • 3 Warbikers
    • 11 Boyz
    • 5 Lootas

    I would seriously consider this kit if I were starting Orks again. If you like speed, and want some firepower, then this is a worthwhile buy.

    Space Marines

    Start Collecting! Space Marines

    First up, this can be useful to any Space Marine player, be it Blood Angels, Dark Angels, etc. Of course the models will be generic Marines, so no specific insignias, but if you don’t mind that then it’s a good buy for any chapter.

    This box has:

    • 1 Terminator Captain
    • 10 Tactical Marines
    • 1 Venerable Dreadnought.

    This is a great way to start off a new Marine army.

    Start Collecting! Vanguard Space Marines (2019)

    Here’s the Vanguard Space Marines, and unsurprising because it’s Space Marines, it’s a pretty good set:

    • Lieutenant in Phobos Armor
    • 10 Infiltrators
    • 3 Suppressors
    • 3 Eliminators

    If you’re starting Marines and you’re a fan of Primaris, then you really can’t go wrong with this one.

    Betrayal at Calth

    This is a 30K board game. Of course, everyone just buys it for the models.

    Now, being that this is set in 30K, not 40K, the Marines are wearing MK4 armor and the Terminators are Cataphractii.

    • 1 Captain in Terminator Armor
    • 1 Dark Apostle
    • 1 Contemptor Dreadnought
    • 5 Cataphractii Terminators
    • 30 Legion Tactical Marines

    You can buy Betrayal at Calth, save some money, and get some cool looking Marines.

    Dark Imperium

    Scroll up to the Starter Set section for more details on this one.

    Burning of Prospero

    Check above in the Chaos Marines section for details.

    Space Wolves

    Start Collecting! Space Wolves

    Inside this kit is:

    • 1 Wolf Lord
    • 3 Thunderwolves
    • 10 Marines.

    It’s not the most amazing starter set for the Space Wolves, but if you’re new to the army then it’s a consideration.

    There’s a bit of savings and they are all units you’ll likely use in a Space Wolf army.

    Tooth and Claw

    See the Genestealer Cults section for details on Tooth and Claw.

    T’au Empire

    Start Collecting! T’au

    A solid starter set with:

    • 1 Ethereal on Hover Drone (exclusive)
    • 3 Crisis Battlesuits
    • 10 Fire Warriors w/2 Drones

    All worthwhile units. The Ethereal is not the number one HQ pick for most, but this kit is worth it alone for the Crisis Team and the Fire Warriors.

    T’au Sphere Expansion Battalion Detachment

    This one may be gone for good now.

    If you want to get into T’au and get a good chunk of the army at once then here you go.

    • 1 Commander as XV85 Enforcer or XV86 Coldstar Battlesuit
    • 1 Ethereal on Hover Drone (exclusive)
    • 3 Crisis Battlesuits
    • Three 10-man Fire Warrior Teams w/2 Drones & DS8 Support Turret
    • 1 Riptide Battlesuit
    • 2 Broadside Battlesuits
    Tau Sphere

    There’s a lot in there and it’s a pretty reasonable buy.


    Start Collecting! Tyranids

    For the bugs you get:

    • 1 Broodlord
    • 1 Trygon/Mawloc
    • 8 Genestealers
    Start Collecting! Tyranids

    Every model in there is a solid choice with Tyranids as well. Genestealers are amazing in 8th edition.

    Tyranid Army

    Looks like GW removed this one.

    This is a great jumping in point for any new player.

    • 1 Broodlord
    • 1 Trygon/Mawloc
    • 8 Genestealers
    • 12 Hormagaunts
    • 10 Gargoyles
    • 12 Termagants

    This will get you well on your way to a swarm of bugs.

    Not the most amazing savings, but it’s something.

    Space Hulk

    Check the Blood Angels section for a breakdown.

    Foam Trays

    I figure foam trays for your miniatures is worth mentioning as well. Most of us use them to put our models into, and as long as you’re buying models you’ll need foam trays.

    There’s no denying that Battle Foam has become the gold standard of foam trays, but it’s also very expensive. I’m not saying it isn’t worth the money, however, if you’re looking to save a few bucks then you can check out my tutorial on making your own foam trays.

    I also have a site dedicated entirely to miniature storage solutions you may be interested in. That blog covers everything from foam trays, to carrying cases, and even paint racks. Not the most fun thing to read about, but I’d like to think it’s useful information.


    Warhammer 40K is a great game, but it can be imposing to get into when you start looking at the cost. So, definitely look over the deals above, use eBay and Amazon, and you’ll be surprised how much money you can save.

    That should cover the major deals on how to save money on Warhammer 40K. I will try to keep this updated and current, but if you know of something I’ve missed then please let me know in the comments.


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    Rory (Stepping Between Games)

    Well that was a superb article. Well thought out with a dozen ways to tempt me into new armies. I must resist. Cheers for taking the time to do such a good run down.

    Dave Weston
    6 years ago
    Reply to  Thor

    Amazing work, I honestly expected a series of shorter articles to spread it all out and reduce the burden but you’ve done an amazing job. Don;t know if you want to continually update it there are a few more 3rd party retailers out there [here are a few more]:

    Goblin Gaming:
    The Outpost:
    Triple Helix Wargames:
    Dark Sphere:

    Also on ebay there are a couple of well stocked stores for cheap items:
    The Troll Trader:
    AA Waargames:
    Wytchfire studios:
    Games Thriftshop:

    6 years ago

    The Dark Vengeance set is also noteworthy because some of the Cultists from it (functionally speaking, the Champions, Flamer, and Stubber) haven’t been released anywhere else.

    There are also a few places that Conversion can save some cash with fairly minimal work. SM Veterans are probably the best example. Slap some scopes on your Tactical Marines’ Bolters and as much other bling as you can fit and bam, now they’re Sternguard. Only you just got 10 for $40 instead of 5 for $50.

    The Burning Chariot of Tzeentch is also a fantastic deal. Beyond the options given, it’s also possible to convert it into a Herald on a Disk, which normally costs as much as the whole Chariot kit, and then leaves you with 3 Blue Horrors, an Exalted Flamer, and (with some cutting and trimming) a pair of Screamers.

    6 years ago
    Reply to  Thor

    Oh, yeah, and one more for the SM Players: Never buy Rhinos. $4 more for a Razorback sprue on top of the regular Rhino stuff is a steal, and it’s incredibly easy to leave the two top plates swappable.

    Dave Weston
    6 years ago
    Reply to  Thor

    And with a few Plasma Pistols you can convert the Ravenwing Bikes into Black Knights, even more savings.

    6 years ago

    I didn’t read the breakdown of everything once you got into the saved dollars, but FYI the entire Deathwatch side of Overkill is now available by itself in one box. Kill Team Cassius costs $65.

    6 years ago
    Reply to  Thor

    Also of note is that lots of the stuff Hoard O Bits sells on ebay is actually cheaper of you buy direct from their website. Usually about 10%, because they’re not having to pay the eBay fees for sales.

    6 years ago

    Spanish on-line shops with discounts

    There are a few more, but this two are the bigger ones

    And, what do you think of blightwar box to get daemons of nurgle?. Then you can sell the Sigmarines.

    6 years ago
    Reply to  Thor

    It is an AoS box, but nurgle daemons are the same. 160 $. Same daemos than start collecting nurgle, minus the herald and with a Horticulous slimux. And the stormcast eternals.

    6 years ago

    More interesting boxes for marines:
    Betrayal at Calth 150$. Comes with 30 space marines 5 cataphractii terminators, 1 Comptemptor dreadnought, one captain in atapharctii armour, and one “officer”.
    Burning of prospero 150$. 30 space marines, 5 tartaros terminators, 5 custodians, 5 sister of silence and two characters.

    6 years ago

    Drukhari: Gangs of Comorragh. 60$. 10 Hellions (50$) and 6 reavers (79.5$)

    6 years ago

    I think another way of saving money, or at least getting better value, is buying forces that can be used in more than one system. Chaos Daemons are the ultimate example, since they can be used in 30k (with Word Bearers), 40k and Age of Sigmar. Its also quite easy to build a Space Marine, Mechanicus, Renegades and Heretics or Guard force that is useable in 30k and 40k. Genestealer Cult forces can be used in 40k and Necromunda, and other Necromunda gangs could find roles as Cultists in a Chaos Space Marine army, as acolytes in an Inquisitorial warband in 40k, as part of an Imperial Guard army (depending on the gang), or even in a 30K Militia/Cults list.

    If you want to be truly flexible, using ‘Imperial’ vehicles with a simple single colour scheme, and keeping any icons/spikes/trophy racks removeable (use magnets or just blue-tack) means you could use the same vehicles for multiple armies and periods. Black vehicles for example could be used in Black Legion, Iron Hands, Black Templars or Raven Guard armies, and in 30k and 40k. Then you could play as Loyalist or Traitor for the marginal cost of the extra infantry.

    jack shrapnel
    6 years ago

    Great article! will be a handy resource to send people to when they’re considering venturing into a new army!