Warhammer Basics (21 Aug 2021)

I’d like to kick things off in this weekend’s post by thanking everyone who joined me yesterday on Google Meet for my very first Warhammer Basics online event.

I hope everyone had a good time and it was great connecting with like-minded folks as I shared a bit about what it takes to get into the hobby and we got to play a demo together utilising Mission One from the Recruit Manual that can be found in the Warhammer 40K Recruit Edition starter set.

One of our attendees had quite a few questions on how one can get started in Malaysia especially if they are on a budget which inspired me to write this post.

Here are some tips on how to get started:

Starter Sets

The paint sets and starter sets are a pretty decent place to start as you are guaranteed to get new models. Both Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar have got similar sets that are designed to help you learn to play both games at an easy pace.

Second-Hand Minis & Sets

Malaysian Mini Pasar is a closed Facebook Group that is a great place to pick up minis on the secondary market from fellow hobbyists who overcommitted or are just looking to split sets. It’s a great place to get started on minis but I would still recommend hobbyists support their local stores.

Why? Well local stores are essentially community hubs where you game & meet other Warhammer fans; and for the most part these stores don’t charge gamers for the use of their facilities.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/264118517018267

New Sets That Are Great Value

If you’re looking for new sets; Games Workshop has the following types of sets that contain a whole bunch of minis that are faction specific that can immediately start you off with a working army that can be fielded immediately. Here are some samples:

Start Collecting Boxes

These are probably the most value for money as they contain a host of minis and are priced within the RM370 range. I think you usually get something between 15 to 20 minis.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Combat Patrol Boxes

These are the newer format army specific starting points that give you a decent mix of minis that would make a good starting army. These boxes give you around 20 to 30 minis which also includes a vehicle of some sort. Combat Patrol Boxes would set you back by RM570.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Battleforce Boxes

These are probably the most value for money that gives you a pretty big army start point and contain a great variety of models. These sets are usually released at the end of the year and are great Christmas gifts! They are usually priced at around RM750 upwards.

Image credit: Games Workshop

Malaysian Table-Top Centric FB Groups

If you want to get connected to other Warhammer fans, here are some of the Facebook groups which I frequent.

Retail Outlets

Here’s a link to a separate page that curates a list of Malaysian stores which I will try to maintain regularly. The initial list was copied from Wargamers Malaysia so I’d like to credit the admins there for the initial curation. I have yet to verify all these shops so if there are changes please update me so the list can be kept up-to-date.

These outlets are great places to meet people to hobby & game with. Each outlet has its own community so do explore to find the right place that suits your personality & gaming style.

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