I have been playing Games Workshop games for over 25 years and I have realized a few things, most importantly that there are a lot of Games Workshop games and information out there. So I thought this might be a good time to delve into various ways to enjoy Games Workshop and the Worlds of Warhammer.
So What is Games Workshop?
Games Workshop is the parent company that creates Warhammer games. Theses games are many and varied and the company encapsulates books, hobby supplies, rules, games, plastic miniatures, and much more. The company started many years ago with a few people and a desire to make some cool miniatures and grew into one of the best companies in the UK last year. Suffice to say, they are doing some awesome stuff these days.
What games are you talking about?
I am glad you asked…. There are 2 primary games and a ton of games the exist inside the basic two games. Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar are the two primary games. These two games are miniature games, where players come to a table with two armies and battle on the table for various objectives. Warhammer 40,000 takes place in the far future where the universe is in a constant state of warfare with various races (humans, space marines, Orks, Eldar, chaos, Tau, Tyranids, Necrons), while Warhammer Age of Sigmar fits into the realm of standard fantasy. Age of Sigmar takes the standard fantasy races, elves, orcs, barbarians, goblins, ogres, knights, and turns it up a notch creating really interesting battlefield dynamics.
Inside the two universes, Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar, there are multiple other games that allow people to access the overall worlds and hobby with varying degrees of buy in.
Inside the Warhammer 40,000 universe there are several smaller games that allow you to play without having to buy and entire army. Warhammer Kill Team is a game where small, elite teams of warriors battle for objectives. Kill Team only requires a handful of models to play, it is likely once you start a Kill Team you will eventually move into a full army for Warhammer 40,000. Additionally, there are other specialist games like Adeptus Titanicus and Necromunda which exist in the same universe but do not intersect directly with Warhammer 40,000, as Kill Team does. These other games allow people to play small games with giant robots or with gangs that grow and have much more “character development” and have more of an RPG feel.
The world of Warhammer Age of Sigmar follows a similar trend. They have a small scale game Warhammer Underworlds, that focuses on small warbands of models fighting for glory in a lost city. Warhammer Underworlds warbands can be used directly in Age of Sigmar. Additionally, they have released several set of skirmish rules that allow you to battle with just a handful of models instead of a large army. To get that narrative/RPG feel, you could play Bloodbowl which is a fantasy take on American Football. In Bloodbowl teams try to outscore each other (or just bash each other’s faces in) and gain skills and become star players.
There are even more games, like Horus Heresy and Middle Earth Strategy that allow players to explore other areas as well. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Middle Earth would be a place to explore. The Horus Heresy explore the darkest part of the history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
That is intense! Now what?
Another great question reader! There are literally no wrong ways to get involved in the games.
Some people really love the painting and modeling aspect of the games. They don’t play as often as others, but they love painting and crafting amazing models.
Some people love to play super competitive games where every move has significance!
Other people love the story and focus their hobbying and gaming on creating unique characters with colorful backstories.
Other people create forces from novels and stories and continue their exploits on the table top.
Some people just enjoy quickly painting their army and playing games with their forces as soon as possible.
Some folks enjoy just chatting about the games and collecting their favorite models.
You have me intrigued… where do I start?
These games are all community based. So come down to the store and talk to people. Ask questions and explore your options. The models are amazing, but can also get pricey, so you want to start with a force that you really enjoy the look and feel of, otherwise you might find yourself getting bogged down and frustrated.
Overall, the Games Workshop brand is a meant to be a hobby that people find enjoying. So come down and figure our what ways you can join the hobby!
Why should I come to The Bolter Hole?
Another great question! We are a community based store and we try to cater to a variety of different needs. First, we know how expensive it is to get started. With that in mind we offer 20% off all Games Workshop trade items, and 10% off any direct order items. This allows you to get the best deals to get started. Additionally, we have hobby materials (paints, brushes, and tools) available for customer use so new customers can start without having to purchase a lot of paint initially.
Plus we have loads of events for multiple games for Games Workshop. We have casual games, competitive tournaments, narrative campaigns, and regular events exploring lots of different games.
Stay tuned to the blog or the Facebook page for more information and posts that delve into the worlds of Games Workshop!