Getting into Warhammer 40k starts with choosing an army, and then building and painting that army before you jump into battle. For beginners, buying a starter set is very helpful in getting the feel of the game. A starter set contains almost everything you need to start playing the game.
For example, the Assault on Black Reach starter set focuses on the epic battle between the greatest defenders of the human race, the Space Marines, against the crude and barbaric Orks. The set contains a compressed, pocket size version of the Warhammer 40k rule book. The mini rule book is very similar to the full version 40k rulebook with the main difference being the full version one also contains information on each of the many armies that can be used to play the 40k tabletop game, with background and lore on each one.
The mini rule book gives you everything you need to get started and is convenient for carrying around during tournaments and battles as it’s much smaller. The Assault on Black Reach starter set also contains a set of dice, a scatter die, as well as range rulers so you can actually start playing the game.
Warhammer 40k game play is basically divided into turns made by each player. Each turn is further divided into three phases: the moving phase, the shooting phase, and the assault phases. In the moving phase, a player can move his army across the board using the range rulers or a tape measure as a guide. In this phase, the terrain plays an important role as it can sometimes block the path of your army or slow them down.
Next is the shooting phase, where the player can use his gunmen to shoot at the enemies. The weapon hit and miss is determined by rolling dice as well as each model’s abilities.
Then finally, the assault phase. This is where the armies engage in close-combat battles with nearby enemy units. For close combat battles, the distance between each model plays a vital role, as does each model’s toughness or ability to absorb damage, which is stated in the rule book. Each player takes a turn until the game ends. The winner is determined by the number of points gained by each player for each goal he completes and/or for every unit of the enemy he destroys.
Although it may seem complex at first, the Warhammer 40k tabletop game rewards its players with a rich and fun playing experience.