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Warhammer 40,000’s Battleforce sets aim to be an entry point for the miniatures-curious

Start a solid army for Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Necrons, Astra Militarum, T’au Empire or Tyranids.

If you’re looking to jump into the miniature wargaming hobby or want to beef up your existing troops, six new boxed products newly announced by Games Workshop could be the perfect opportunity. The upcoming Battleforce line will provide a sizable collection of units from six popular armies in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Each box is labelled according to the included army’s modus operandi - you get a Tyranid “Brood Swarm”, while the classic Space Marines arrive as an “Interdiction Force.” Regardless, every Battleforce will contain at least 21 miniatures that constitute an army fit for skirmishes or competitive play right out of the box.

It is no secret that miniature wargaming hobbies like Warhammer 40,000 can boast a somewhat difficult entry barrier if you don’t have a more seasoned player to point you in the right direction. Starter sets offer much in the way of teaching the game but limit you to Necrons and Space Marines. The Battleforce boxes could be that next step: you understand the rules but want miniatures that aren’t undead or bright blue.

Johnny found the current Ninth Edition rules and lore comprehensive without being overwhelming for the uninitiated, making this a great time to dip your toes and paintbrushes into the wargaming waters.

Along with the Battleforce boxes, Games Workshop teased a 15-unit Combat Patrol for the Crimson Legion, but no date has been announced.

While there is no retail price for the Battleforce boxes, a recent Combat Patrol for the Space Wolves faction, containing 19 miniatures, released on November 11th for $140 (£105). Adjust your expectations based on that maths.