Hey there, fellow hobbyists! So, you’re ready to dive into the exciting world of Warhammer, but you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and uncertain about where to start. Trust me, I’ve been there, and I wasted a ton of money before finding the perfect approach. But fear not, because I’ve got you covered! In this guide, I’ll share my personal experience and the lessons I’ve learned to help you kickstart your Warhammer journey without breaking the bank.

The Mistake I Made:

When I began, I was captivated by all the cool-looking armies and ended up buying four combat patrols on a whim. That set me back a whopping $700! The problem was, I had no idea where to start with building and painting them, and it took the joy out of the hobby. But don’t worry, there’s a better way to go about it.

Planning Our First Army:

Let’s be strategic about this. We need an army that performs well in both small and large games and remains enjoyable throughout the journey. For less than $50, we can kickstart our Warhammer adventure with the Thousand Sons Rubric Marines. It contains an entry-level army, which will provide a solid foundation for us.

Choosing Your First Army:

With so many factions to choose from, it’s easy to get lost. However, Space Marines are a fantastic choice for beginners. They are versatile, popular, and budget-friendly, allowing you to explore different playstyles without splurging. Meanwhile, the Necron models from the box can serve as perfect practice models as you improve your skills.

Your Chapter:

Now, it’s time to get creative! Choose a chapter for your Space Marines. I suggest going with the Ultramarines, as they’re not only iconic but also flexible and easy to paint. I initially went with a custom chapter, and it complicated things for me, so learn from my mistake and go Ultramarines for your first army.

The Core Of Your Army:

In the Thousand Sons Rubric Marines box, you’ll find the core of your army: ten units that can be armed with either Inferno boltguns or warpflamers. These are great starting units to get you going. Remember, we want a balanced mix of close combat and ranged units for a versatile army.

Your Paints and Tools:

To bring your miniatures to life, you’ll need paints and tools. The Warhammer Paints and Tool Set at $44.99 is a smart investment, as it contains all the paints you need to paint your Necrons, along with some essential tools. While the models in the box are push-fit, grabbing a tube of glue (I recommend Army Painter Super Glue) for $5.99 is a good idea for future assembly needs.

Planning Your Next Models:

As your army grows, you’ll want to expand your forces with new models. Start by adding Intercessors for ranged firepower and an elite unit that appeals to you visually. For example, I love the Redemptor Dreadnought for its multi-weapon awesomeness, but Eradicators and Terminators are also solid choices. Remember, the rule of cool applies here!

Next Steps:

Finally, keep in mind that the Warhammer landscape is ever-changing. New units become popular, and metas shift. So, focus on building a diverse collection of models you love. And if you need some nifty hobby tools, check out my favorite hobby tools video for some ideas to enhance your hobby experience.


Congratulations! You’ve now got the perfect blueprint for starting your first Warhammer army. By being mindful of your budget and choosing wisely, you’ll enjoy a rewarding hobby experience that brings you endless hours of fun and creativity. So, grab those paints, wield that brush, and let the battle commence! Happy wargaming, my friend!

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