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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Here you can jump to any specific army you’re after:
Not the best deal out there, but it’s almost like getting that Dreadnought for free; so, it could be worse!
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.
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
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.
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
4 Echoes of War missions
Point values for every miniature included
Speaking of, for miniatures Tooth and Claw has:
1 Genestealer Cults Abominant
1 Acolyte Iconward
5 Hybrid Metamorphs
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.
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.
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
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:
5 Nobz w/Ammo Runt
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!
1 Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun
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.
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.
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.
Also, I feel this is important to mention. Please be sure to also support your local hobby store(s). Getting deals online is great, and we all want to save money, but remember that it’s the local stores that are the lifeblood of the gaming community. Be sure to spread your business around a bit and help support the places you play.
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