Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 First Strike
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- Ideal for those new to the Warhammer 40,000 hobby
- Includes 2 sets of miniatures, gaming mat, book of rules & more
- Includes 6 Primaris Space Marines & 9 Deathguard
- Tools, paints, and glue sold separately
- Designed and manufactured by Games Workshop
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First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set, designed and manufactured by Games Workshop is an ideal starter set for Warhammer 40,0000. Included in this set are 15 easy to build push-fit miniatures representing the Ultramarines and Death Guard, a double sided gaming mat, dice, and a measuring ruler. You'll also receive a 24 page rule book detailing how to play in easy steps and a 56 page book that guides you through the rich history and background of the Warhammer 40,000 galaxy. Models come unpainted and require assembly. Paint and tools sold separately.
Not suitable for under 3 years due to small parts
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You get 3 Primaris Rievers, 3 Primaris Intercessors, 3 plague marines, and 6 poxwalkers. The models are all of the snap-together, easy-to-build, variety, but you should probably still have some modeling glue on hand, just in case. You'll also need a pair of snips to cleanly get the models off the sprues. The models come in blue and green colored plastic, but of course you still can paint them if you want.
The models look very nice and assemble pretty easily. They have a lot of detail to them and they all are different in appearance from what is included in the Dark Imperium starter set, so this is a good way to add some variety to that set. The plague marines in particular look super detailed and nasty, in a good way.
The other major plus of this set are the two mini books that it includes. They are both nicely bound and have a lot of useful information. Having the core ruleset in a nice little book is particularly neat. The data cards are cool too; they're sort of like the Age of Sigmar warscrolls and they come on nice thick paper.
Unfortunately the other components aren't quite as high quality. The dice are rather small and feel cheap in the hand, and the playmat, while it's nicely printed, is made of pretty thin paper. It's a little disappointing that GW went cheap with these components. I know this is a bargain starter set, but it wouldn't kill them to throw in some decent dice.
Overall, this set is kind of like a scaled back, casual version of version of the Dark Imperium box. You have everything you need to play a small, quick game of WH 40k with a friend, and it's not a bad starting point for someone curious about the hobby, particularly if you're not sure about painting your models. I could see this being a good set for kids that are interested in tabletop gaming, or something that you keep with your other board games for a casual game here and there.
If, however, you're a longtime fan of the 40k universe and you're serious about getting into the tabletop game, I think you're much better off saving up some more money and getting the Dark Imperium set. You'll get the full rulebook, bigger armies, and the full experience of gluing and painting your models.
Addendum: Gaps. The tolerances of these miniatures is such that if you add glue to the pushfit holes the glue will take up space and cause the pins not to go all the way in. gaps. 1 don’t use glue, press fit
2 if you use glue cut a small piece of the plastic pin off before pushing it into the hole to make up for the room the glue takes up. Now you know a secret.
I’ve been a 1:20 scale modeler, Formula cars were my focus until I discovered these little gems.
Lots of fun to build and paint. I just worry about the psychological makeup of the designers of these little beasties!
I’ll add bases when I decide what to do.
A decent starter set for WH40K but what I recommend this kit for is supplementing you Primaris Space Marines or Nurgle Death Guard Kill Teams
Each starter kits comes with a Primaris Space Marine 3 man Intercessor squad and 3 man Reiver squad whuch can field out of box in a 100 point match play in Kill Team
It also comes with a 3 man Death Guard squad and 6 Poxwalker infected for a Nurgle army.
First Strike retails from Games Workshop at 40 U$D with each squad solo retails by GWS for 15 U$D for an underlining savings of 20 U$D not including the ruler, dice, and paper terrain box lining
I also recommend this in combination with the Warhammer Kill Team rulebook, as this box gives you enough miniatures to play a full game with two teams.
The box itself doubles as terrain as well, and it includes a nice little paper mat to play on. All in all a very good deal.
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I bought this to attempt to get my other half into gaming. So far it is working.
The guide of how to play the three scenarios on offer is very clear and takes you through the basics of moving and attacking step by step. There is even scope to make up your own scenarios afterwards using the basic functions.
If you are returning to or looking to get into 40K then I would recommend this product
2 sets of models to play with, blue and green,good guys and bad guys.
Models meant to just snap together but easier and better to glue them. A Shortened set of rules (not too complicated), dice, 2 printed rulers for measuring small distances, printed data sheets of the soldiers stats for playing and a printed paper table play sheet. Also part of the box is a piece of terrain so that you have to learn move your men, rather than just stand and shoot. I'm using it as a taster to get my 6 year old grandson Mathias interested in 40k. It's working, very happy with it. For the Price very good value. Now we are going to paint the figures together. 10/10
I did get an error though, I received 6 Space Marine Reivers and not 3, but no Space Marine Intercessors. There is supposed to be 2 different blue sprues and I got 2 of the same one. I can still use the kit to play but did not get and Reivers to look different from the Intercessors.