Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition – What You Need To Know

May 31, 2017 by brennon

So Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition is around the corner and that means that we've got a lot of stuff to look forward to from Games Workshop. The pre-orders for this begin on June 3rd with the release of the game coming on June 17th.

Warhammer 40k

This piece therefore is ready to bring together all of the awesomeness you need to know about the new Edition so far and what you can look forward to with the new boxed set.

Getting Started & Prices

The main thing you're going to need to know is how to get started in the new Edition and Games Workshop are planning that Dark Imperium is going to be your way into this universe.


The new boxed game that you see here is going to retail for £95 which seems reasonably priced considering a number of plastic soldiers you get in the set as well as the rulebook to boot. These Starter Sets have always been a great entry point and while it might seem like a steep cost to begin playing, splitting a box or sharing the contents is a good way to go.

As well as the new Dark Imperium box which you see above they are also going to be bringing out a range of other products to supplement the release.


The full costings are here in Pound Sterling...

  • Dark Imperium Starter Set £95
  • Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Rulebook £35
  • Tactical Objective Cards £8
  • Sector Imperialis Objectives £20
  • Command Dice £12.50
  • Wound Trackers £8
  • Combat Gauge £6
  • Indices £15 each
  • Dark Imperium Novel £18

...so hopefully, this gives you a good starting point to get stuck into the game. Important to remember, if you have an existing army, or you're buying into the game for the first time the rules for your force will be included in one of these new Index Books which focus on the Xenos, Chaos and Imperium.

Make sure to find out which book contains your army rules and then you can get playing with the models you already own.

New Miniatures

If you'd like to get a better look at the models which are going to be included with this set then you can find our article HERE all about the new models where we took a look at each of the units. However, for a taster here's some of our favourites with the Captain in Gravis Armour...


...and the Lord Of Contagion which we thought was a fantastic new direction for the Death Guard to go in.


One of the big hitters of the new Edition, however, are the Primaris Space Marines. As mentioned above there some more images over on the link above but here we have the Primaris Space Marines in all their glory for the Intercessor Squad.


The Chaos Space Marines are not to be left out however as they are also matching their Loyalist Brothers in stature with some new models. Here are some examples from the upcoming Death Guard set in Dark Imperium.


We also got to see some more previews of some additional units coming out way over the last few days thanks to Warhammer Fest. One such model was the new Redemptor Dreadnought which will be coming out later this year.


This was quite a hit and really did seem to get people interested in the Primaris Space Marines if they weren't already! All of these new Space Marines are certainly interesting for new players and old veterans but there might be a little bit of a gap in your knowledge, or maybe you'd like to know more about the fluff of this new Edition.

Rules & Background

Well, the Warhammer Community website has been trying to keep us filled in on the new rules, new tactics, and some of the fluff behind 8th Edition and the current storyline. The key to remember firstly is that the Core Rules will be FREE to download but you will have to buy your race specific Indices and such.

Galaxy Map

Interesting in this you will see the great rift which has split the Imperium in two. This makes for quite the dividing line between allies and enemies and forces us into an entirely new battlefield.

Helping you understand the background and such of the new Edition the Warhammer Community Website has pulled together all manner of links to guide you and get you up to speed.

The last link there, The Ultima Founding, might be one of the key articles to look at from the folks at Games Workshop as it goes into detail about the way the new Space Marines came to be and how they fit into existing Space Marine Chapters. Plus, they talk about some of the new Chapters being formed as seen below...

A Thousand Chapters

This also gives you a link through to a downloadable sheet which will allow you to begin planning out your colour schemes for your new Space Marine chapter. As we've said in the past this new Edition of the game does give you a lot of chances to start gaming in the gaps.

When it comes to Rules the folks at Games Workshop have also been talking about the different aspects of this across the last month or so. You can find all of the articles throughout the...

Warhammer 40,000 Warhammer Community Site

There are also ways for you to find the links to the Core Rules and more online if you can find them. Rules for some of the new models have also appeared via various outlets including those for the Captain In Gravis Armour you saw above...


...and the Inceptor Assault Squad which come with some rather snazzy looking new Bolters.


You can find more over on the Community Site we linked above as they tend to show off snippets of the stats and rules on a daily basis as well as keeping you informed as to the new direction for the background and fluff too.

Realm Of Ultramar

So, if you want to keep up to date with everything on Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition there are plenty of ways to do so. With a full list of prices for the pre-orders to this should give you a nice way to plan ahead and think about the different armies you want to explore.

A Note On Forge World...

You will need to get your hands on some new Index Books for Forge World models too in the near future. As you can see they are collecting rules together for you to use your Horus Heresy Era models and the like in new books...

Imperial Armour Index Imperium

...for the Imperial forces of the Adeptus Astartes and the Forces Of Chaos.

Imperial Armour Index - Chaos

So, make sure to keep that in mind as you're looking at the new Edition.

Drop your thoughts on the new Edition so far in the comments below and help each other out with links and more to what you think is helpful.

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