Tabletop Spotlight: Dark Imperium

It’s officially in stores now – Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Dark Imperium is HERE!

The day is finally here and Warhammer 40,000 has a new 8th Edition starter set. Our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over a copy of the new set and one Index book to show off what you can expect. Check it out on today’s Tabletop Spotlight:

Now, we’ve unboxed the set before and shown off the Indexes as well. That’s not really the point of this Tabletop Spotlight – the point is that it’s now available in stores everywhere. The release date was this past weekend so if you have been living under a rock or where just plain busy all weekend, make some time this week to go buy a copy of the Box/Rules/Index of your choice. Seriously, this is one of the most exciting times to play Warhammer 40k – it’s the start of a new edition and everyone is learning together!

In the core box you get the hard back 280 page rule book as well as 50+ models, dice, a measuring device, and the quick reference guide. There are totally enough models in here for two players to get some games in. It’s perfect for new players and vets who want to add some of the Primaris Marines or Death Guard to their existing forces.

Death Guard Sprues

As far as the models themselves, again, they are fantastic and covered with details. You’ll want to clip and clean them with a good sharp hobby knife. I recommend plastic glue for assembly – most of these models already have a really tight fit. Plastic Glue will help those seems disappear when applied correctly.

Space Marine Sprues

But let’s say you’re not interested in the Marines or the Death Guard, what are your options? Well that’s where the Index books come in. All the different factions are represented in the Index books. They each cost $25 which is a pretty good deal to get you started. the Index books also cover more than just 1 army, so they are great for folks who might own multiple armies. The Indexes all contain datasheets that are specific to the factions listed on the front. For example, Evan brought over Index: Xenos I which covers all the different Eldar factions (Craftworld, Drukari, Harlequins, Ynnari) and the Necrons.

Overall, Games Workshop has managed to release all the things any player needs to play 40k. New players can jump in with a new box set, vets can pick up the rule book and their respective indexes, and everyone can play right now. Again, everything is out now – so what are you waiting for?! Warhammer 40,000 8th is HERE!

Dark Imperium $160

The ultimate Warhammer 40,000 boxed set

Across the war-torn battlefields of the 41st Millennium, Mankind battles for survival against myriad horrifying foes. Beset on all sides by hostile aliens and threatened from within by traitors, Humanity’s only chance for survival rests with the continuation of the cruel and bloody regime known as the Imperium. Yet few among Mankind’s untold population realise the full truth of their situation. If there is any future at all, it is a grim one…

Dark Imperium is the ultimate Warhammer 40,000 boxed set – a beautifully-packaged set of 53 detailed Citadel miniatures, the complete and unabridged hardback Warhammer 40,000 book, two supplemental softback books containing the rules and background for the included miniatures, and all the extra bits needed to get started with gaming as soon as possible.


Did you grab a copy this past weekend? Gotten any games in? What are your first impressions of 40k 8th Edition?

  • Rémi Bruneton

    Sweet… Did I just dream it or did GW promise us a free wk40 8th app and a new faction day one?

    • Thor OdinSon

      they promised free rules, which we got in the digital and physical 12 page basic rules. App will come eventually. And we got two new faction, Primaris marines and Death guard, might not feel new but it is in the same way that thousand sones are now their own faction.

      • ZeeLobby

        It’s kind of a shame the advanced rules weren’t free. I mean the basic + advanced is basically the basic ruleset of almost every other game. I don’t know anyone who won’t be using the advanced rules. At least we have battlescribe.

        • Richard Mitchell

          That is true, for a 160$, which is really steep for a game. Especially the whole 4 page then 8 page rulebook setup. Seems too much like a pyramid scheme. Yes you just paid 160 bucks for some models, and you got the 8 page rules but if you really want to play…you need the full rulebook.

          Even with other systems you get the full rulebook. And in Warmachine it is not just from the two player set, but the boxed single player battelgroup starter sets. And the two player retails at 80 bucks. Half as much. Even other companies provide the entire ruleset for free online (CMoN Dark Age and Infinity), with campaign play. There is a big Deadzone scene at my LFGS, and I bought a set for 80 bucks that came with two forces, terrain, playmat, command dice, and a hard back rulebook. And now starter and force boxes other companies come with play mats with terrain features or 2d terrian for learning how terrain is important. Missing those items but something as basic as “the full rules” is a big miss in my book.

          And as a new player who was actually interested in the two player set, paying 160 bucks for what basically amounts to an incomplete Monopoly game box is absurd.

          Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of veteran players who are going to buy this up but man 160 dollars to play (80 if your buddy splits it), then the rulebook. When in other games the investment is 40 dollars if you split the cost and both players have access to the full rules is a missed opportunity to bring in players who are not only new to 40k but wargaming.

          GW’s choice to do that, when there are so many competitive options out there is not really lowering the bar of entry, if anything the 40k model (when compared to the AoS) is doubling down on it.

          The whole “so easy my wife can play” is creepy too. In other systems, I am not a stranger to teaching women (who are not my wife) how to play, but to have them as my competitors. I have played against women in Warmachine, Malifaux, X-Wing, and Deadzone. Deadzone is pretty beer and preztels, but Warmachine and Malifaux are no slouches in tactical depth and really spending time knowing your army and women have been some of my hardest competitors. There is woman who plays Everblight at our LFGS and I haven’t won a single game against her in two years. She owns her husband at the game too. I don’t know if women in 40k is…well unusual but highlighting it, when it is not unusual in other systems or at least if it not “unicorn” status is wierd.

          The new edition is not that bad however. It has brought a lot of veteran players who gave up on wargaming period during 7th back out. They are buying the indexes and playing their models again. Which is good, I don’t want any who spent thousands of dollars to lose in a system they didn’t realize was a pay to win system to have wasted their money and time. Now that 8th has dropped they can go out there, field their armies, and win some games.

          • Matt Razincka

            ??? The box comes with the full rulebook.

          • Richard Mitchell

            Yep, for Warmachine, the two player starter set and one player starter set comes with full rulebook (the only thing it lacks is fluff for the cards), playmat, rules introduction book, and a hobby book for the faction with some background, dice, and ruler. Then league (narrative play) and tournament scenarios are free for download online.

            For Deadzone, the two player set comes with a hardcover rulebook with the full rules, command dice, dice, tokens, 3d plastic terrain, and playmat.

            Dark Age has full rules for free download online with updated cards every time an FAQ is released, as does Warmachine/Hordes.

            So, as potential new player, and someone who has experienced other systems, I really have a hard time coughing up 160 bucks for something that should have at least a playmat, 3d terrain included, and the a full rulebook. Yes you can play with the 8 page rulebook, but Warmachine’s 2-player and 1-player set comes with an intro rulebook too that is about 8 pages and the rule rulebook.

            Like the one you need to play a real game of Warmachine period.

            Like you don’t need to purchase the separate hardback or softback rulebook unless you want to read the fluff. And if you want to do that it is better to just buy the books, anthologies, and novellas at Skull Island Expeditions.

            But if you really want to play 40k you need the rules to do matched play, narrative, or power levels, with scenarios. Well Warmachine’s 2-player and 1-player set comes with that rulebook. And with Deadzone it comes with a full hardback rulebook that includes rules for campaign play.

            Don’t get me wrong, if a player is a veteran GW customer and they are a brand loyalist, then the starter set is a good buy. I am just saying that between the industry standard and the real 400 lb. ape in the room, X-Wing and its starter and free support, GW really missed the bus on getting a reasonably priced starter set that will be difficult for players who are alien to the hobby or those who play other games to buy into.

            They raised the bar of entry, and though they will see a huge spike in sales and even starter sets from veteran players for 40k (this is a new edition release after all), sales from AoS will taper off (since most of the players there are already veteran GW customers who wanted to get away from 7th but stay loyal to the brand). And once all indexes, rulebooks, and starters are sold, then sales will dip because veteran players have large collections and not an incentive to buy as much as new players. But games of 8th will be played and in the hobby shops the product will retain brand visibility.

  • Marcus Langdale

    It’s great- i played a game as Admech with Ork allies against a chaos alliance. Very quick and brutal.

  • Seienchin

    Great box set which unfortunately again misses the actual “beginner” audience. Sure the Space Marines are as always a solid choice to paint for beginners but the Death Guard is WAY to complicated.

    • ZeeLobby

      LoL. As a gamer for 20ish years, that was the first thing I thought after putting them together. “How the heck am I going to paint these”. I mean totally doable as pieces, but that’s not really a starter set thing.

    • Thor OdinSon

      so… I painted one of the store demo copies of the set before the release. The death guard where super easy to paint and looked great at a table top standard. 3-5 collors and a wash and they are done, the primaris in that few steps… looked completely unremarkable.

  • piglette

    I’m making my marines into Iron Hands. I might sell the Nurgle stuff.