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Warhammer 40,000: Getting Started With The Space Marines Faction

Warhammer 40,000 (often known as Warhammer 40K or just 40K) is a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop, set in a dystopian science fantasy universe. The game involves battles between various factions, one of the most iconic being the Space Marines. This guide will help beginners understand the Space Marines, list essential items, and introduce you to where you can potentially find your Houston Warhammer 40K community and play groups.

Understanding Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000

Space Marines are superhuman warriors created by the Emperor of Mankind. They are one of the strongest and most versatile factions in the game, known for their powerful armor, advanced weaponry, and fervent dedication to the Emperor.

What You Need to Get Started

Joining your Texas Warhammer 40K playgroup as a Space Marines player requires an investment in miniatures and associated materials. Here's what you'll need:

Basic Equipment:

Space Marines Start Collecting Box: These boxes are a cost-effective way to start your army. They usually contain a versatile selection of units.

Rulebook: The core rulebook provides essential information on gameplay. There's also a codex specific to Space Marines which details their units, rules, and lore.

Recommended Items:

Paints and Brushes: Part of the joy of Warhammer 40K is painting your miniatures. Once you get together with the other players of your Texas Warhammer 40k group, you'll find that how each member paints their army can tell you a lot about one another's personalities. Games Workshop produces a range of paints and brushes specifically for their miniatures.

Modeling Tools: Paint brushes are not the only tool needed to assemble your figures. Sprue cutters and a file are essential for removing models from their sprues and cleaning up the models.

Dice and Measuring Tape: Essential for gameplay.

Optional Items:

Battle Mat and Terrain: These add to the immersion of the game and can provide tactical options during play.

Carry Case: Good for transporting your miniatures.

Popular Space Marines Figures

Space Marine Tactical Squad: The backbone of any Space Marine army. Versatile and well-armored infantry.

Space Marine Terminators: Heavily armored Space Marines that are tough and pack a punch.

Primaris Intercessors: A new breed of Space Marines that are larger and more powerful. A good addition to any force.

Space Marine Dreadnought: A large combat walker piloted by a critically injured Space Marine. It's a centerpiece to any force.

Getting Started with Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines

Step 1: Learn the Basics

You'll need to familiarize yourself with the basic rules of Warhammer 40K. The core rulebook is the best resource for this.

Step 2: Assemble Your Army

Start with a Start Collecting box and assemble your miniatures. You can then expand your army with additional boxes.

Step 3: Paint Your Miniatures

Painting your miniatures can be a rewarding part of the hobby. There are many guides and tutorials available online.

Step 4: Find a Group and Start Playing

Warhammer 40K is best enjoyed with others. Find a local Houston Warhammer 40,000 group to start playing and learning the game.

The Houston Warhammer 40,000 Community

You will find a thriving Houston Warhammer 40K community with several game stores that support the game. Here are some places to check out:

Game Stores:

Asylum Comics & Cards on Westheimer Road has Warhammer materials and gaming space.
Asgard Games on Shepherd Drive hosts Warhammer events and has a selection of materials.
Montag's Games on Pearland Parkway is another great store that supports Warhammer 40K.

Clubs and Meetup Groups:

Houston Warhammer Meetup is a group dedicated to Warhammer. They host regular meetups and welcome players of all experience levels.
Friday Night Warhammer (FNW): Check local game stores for FNW events. These are casual events held every Friday and are a great way to play and meet other players.

Online Platforms:

Tabletop Simulator: An online platform for tabletop games, including Warhammer 40K. Useful if you can't find a local group.
Facebook Groups and Meetup: Check for local Warhammer 40K groups.

Remember, the Texas Warhammer 40K community is about having fun and connecting with other players. Always contribute to a positive gaming environment. Now, for the Emperor, charge!

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