Do Accessories Really Make the Game? 40k Flashback

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Hey guys, we’re checking out some really awesome 40k gaming accessories from the past!

We knew X-Wing was big when they had all those luxury turn dials and tokens. Different game, same story, Warhammer started becoming big time when they released these sweet accessories back in 2007.

40K 5th Edition in 2008 was the year of the accessories. They did the counter set, templates, the first foray into mats with their grass mat, a limited edition line of sight laser and some craters which looked good in the picture but when in your hands wasn’t so great.


What was really cool about this was that you could prime them a color and dry brush them to match your army.


The line of sight laser sold for about 10 bucks, it was a bit expensive but this was super cool. This thing put out a really cool reticule.


This was even the heyday of Gale Force 9, John K., was the first in the trenches and were producing a myriad of tokens and measuring templates. They had put a big dent in the market. You could buy a whole Gale Force 9 rack with everything you needed; even wine and cheese tokens.

Nowadays, he’s moved into board games, which sales wise does better than tabletop war gaming. They’ve moved on and I’m super happy for them.


The vehicle damage dice set was also pretty cool. You could just roll the results and set it on the vehicle. I was a big fan of the mushroom cloud because I knew I had just blown up a whole unit and the guys inside.

Truly a Blast from the Past!

If you’re looking for some audio and would like me to regale you with some tales of a time gone by, check out the video!

~What’s your favorite piece of totally awesome GW swag/game accessory from the past?

  • Walter Vining

    that mat existed long before 5th edition

    • Horus84cmd

      plus they had the 6ft roll out mat for something like 5+ years before that

      • Walter Vining

        that’s the same one that’s in the picture, that was around since like 3rd

        • Horus84cmd

          nope the one in the picture is the fabric 6ft one, they had prior to (and for a short while, alongside) the plastic realm of battle. The one I am talking about it this….

          Which was pretty much thick brown paper covered in static grass – it malted horrendously

          • Walter Vining

            none of those worked for me FYI

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha, yeah. That thing was trash. The fabric one was great. Still have 3 of those.

  • Lion El’ Jonson

    The Servo Skull tape was the best thing I have ever bought. Now every phase of my games has that extra grimdark touch!

  • Nyyppä

    Simply put: No.

    • Walter Vining


  • Rainthezangoose

    The laser pointer was rubbish and broke in 10 seconds, and Iv always been the type to look after stuff. Such a disappointment for barely teen me as that was the price of a metal blister at the time.

    • Horus84cmd

      I’ve still got mine. Works fine, had to change the batteries and thats about it. A adage about workmen and their tools comes to mind…

    • Luca Lacchini

      I still got mine, and works fine. Oddly enough, was never used for 40K, but rather for 1:48 Combat (a WW2 skirmish game).

    • ZeeLobby

      Ours broke pretty fast as well. Then we went to harbor freight and picked up a bunch for a fraction of the price.

  • euansmith

    The craters worked well in conjunction with the Cities of Death buildings. I made up a bunch with the crater placed where the building had been destroyed. Based up, textured and painted, they looked pretty sweet.

    • Mike X (Official)

      Yeah, they were horrible quality but when touched up they became perfectly fine quality. I do remember the disappointment of them arriving and how flimsy and cheap they felt in my hands. Plus all that friggin’ flash around the edges…

  • Damistar

    I still use the turn counter.

    • John Bower

      Ditto here. Usually in big games that might go on for a day I use 2, one for each side. That way if I get interrupted I can see quickly whose turn it should be.

  • Alistair Collins

    What’s the data behind this statement?
    “Warhammer started becoming big time when they released these sweet accessories back in 2007”

    • SYSTem050

      Presumably he means this was when the author started to be involved.

      • SYSTem050

        Pretty sure 2nd edition had more “accessories” than you could shake a large dead tree at. I am still finding random tokens in my folks loft

  • Lord Elpus

    This wasn’t their first foray with mats. .They did grass mats and gaming tables 6×4 in the late 90s early 2000s…

  • Mike X (Official)

    Great concept, terrible execution.

    Every time they release accessories or expansions (Apocalypse, Cities of Death, etc.), GW is very quick to make them obsolete when a new edition arrives.

    The vehicle damage dice and those super-hard tokens were released only MONTHS before 5th edition invalidated them.

    Thus, I don’t buy accessories any more because it seems like they intentionally do this to irk players for a quick money grab.

  • D. B.

    I still use the green tokens today. Super useful.

  • Paul Mattingley

    I still use tokens from the 2nd edition. Got so many of the bloody things between us we’ve never run out.

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    I do break out my BFG Order dice to mark objectives. Great reminisce and school the yutes opportunity.