In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only WAR!
Warhammer 40,000 (abbreviated to 40k) is a table top strategy game produced by Games Workshop. 38,000 years in the future, the Imperium of Man has spread among the stars conquering as it has went. Of course humanity discovered a variety of foes with which to wage endless battles in galaxies untold. The Warhammer 40k universe is rich in lore, characters and conflict. This makes it one of the most developed table top war games to date. The game is played with miniature soldiers like these guys…
whose actions are directed on the battlefield by each player. Not only are there infantry units but there are tanks, bikes, stationary platforms and so much more that add to the level of complexity of this game. The in depth universe really adds to the playing experience of Warhammer 40k. If you would like to know more then check out Warhammer: 40k.
Maybe science fiction isn’t your thing. Space fairing aliens and giant humans encased in bulky armor just doesn’t appeal to you? Well, Games Workshop has got something else for you. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, is yet another table top miniatures strategy game. What’s the catch? This time, instead of fighting battles on far away worlds in the darkness of space, you are the general of fantasy based forces. If you like dwarves, elves, demons, and sorcery with a liberal sprinkling of arms and armor, then you will love the fantasy battles of Warhammer. But wait, it doesn’t stop there, you can also command greater weapons of destruction from catapults to cannons. Everything a general needs to destroy his opponent. Plus…
they just look so darn cool.
But what if I don’t like either of the games produced by Games Workshop? Well there are other options. For instance, if the large number of units and the unit size of Warhammer prove to be too much for you. Or, if you just plain don’t like the GW games. Then Warmachine from Privateer Press may be for you. The games are smaller in scale but just as much fun. In addition, the miniatures produced by Privateer Press rival any of those put out by other miniatures manufacturers. Aren’t Warmachine and Warhammer the same thing? Heck no. They are both fantasy based miniatures games yes, but Warmachine differs in the content and setting for its games. Warmachine is more akin to Steam Punk than to that of a more traditional fantasy setting.
Warjacks are monstrous devices used for waging war in this setting and are powered by a combination of steam and magic. It’s almost like blending science fiction and fantasy all into one. We get it, you may not be into the tech scene (steam scene?). That’s okay because Privateer Press has another game based in the same world, Hordes.
Actually, they are sister games whose rules are interchangeable. The two games have lovingly become known by the term “Warmahordes” (did you get what just happened there?). Rather than taking place in the many nations of Immoren (the world of Warmahordes), Hordes focuses on what occurs in the wilds of the world. A place where battle wizards control savage beasts and push them into battling on behalf of their faction. Where arms and armor have been replaced claws and teeth…and you know, occasionally the two sides come in contact.
Pretty awesome huh?
This is by no means an exhaustive list of table top strategy miniatures games. It is, however, the most commonly played among us here at RDB. We would not be doing our job of exposing you to this aspect of gaming if we did not at least make mention of some of the other games in this genre.
Flames of War – World War II table top battles at their best
Battle Tech – The bad boy of mechanized warfare
X-Wing Miniatures – You know you want to play as an X-Wing
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, than this miniatures games is for you
As always, take a look around and find what might interest you. Then heck, go find your friendly local gaming store and play a game since a lot of them have armies that they can/will loan out.