First Strike Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature wargame, figure and scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop

The First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop is a starter set for Warhammer 40.000 Ed8, that includes miniature figures, and scenery to build a complete battlefield. It was first produced in 2017.

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Details - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

Miniature set: Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set, Product type: Game base set, Game expansion: unit, Game expansion: miniature, Game expansion: cardboard sceneryGame expansion: game mat (Game expansion: scenery), Company: Games Workshop company, Production: 2017-2019? (out of production in 2020.08)

Product name: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set, Product code: 60010199018, Range: Warhammer 40,000 (Ed8) / ChaosNurgle - Death GuardImperiumAdeptus Astartes (Space Marines)Primaris Space Marines (Futuristic fantasy), Series: Warhammer 40,000 universe, Company: Games Workshop company, Production: 2017-2019? (out of production in 2020.08)

Miniatures
Species:
Poxwalker (Modified human), Space Marine (Human - Modified human), Primaris Space Marine (Human - Modified human), Scale: 1:56 (28mm / 32mm) / 1:64 (28mm/32mm) scale, Proportions: Realistic / Heroic scale, Size: various, Material: cardboard, Hard plastic (blue, green), Priming: Primer is not necessary
Assembly: Multi-piece (Tight fit peg), On sprue, Needs cutting, probably Needs glue, Posing: ?, Paintjob: Unpainted figures, printed scenery, Base: Tabbed for Slottabase, Design: ?, Sculptor: ?

"First Strike is the ideal first purchase to those new to the Warhammer 40,000 hobby – an exciting fusion of collecting, painting and playing with highly detailed Citadel miniatures. The box is packed with everything needed to begin your hobby journey – 2 sets of miniatures to battle with, and a double-sided gaming mat, a scenery piece, a book of rules and all the extras you need to play" [Games Workshop]

 

Contents - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

First Strike Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature wargame, figure and scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop

Miniatures

1x Easy To Build: Primaris Space Marine Reivers sprue

3x Easy To Build: Primaris Space Marine Reivers

1x Easy To Build: Primaris Space Marine Intercessors sprue

3x Easy To Build: Primaris Space Marine Intercessors

1x Easy To Build: Death Guard Plague Marines sprue

3x Easy To Build: Death Guard Plague Marines

1x Easy To Build: Death Guard Poxwalkers sprue

6x Easy To Build: Death Guard Poxwalkers

Transfers

1x Space Marine Transfer Sheet, with Ultramarine iconography (GW 99510101151)

Scenery

1x First Strike Armoured Containers (99270199099)

1x First Strike Playing Mat (99260199002)

Rules

1x Warhammer 40,000 First Strike Rulepack (Eng) (60310199028)

1x First Strike Read This First

1x First Strike Core Rules

4x Datasheets with artwork

1x Poxwalkers

1x Plague Marines

1x Intercessor Squad

1x Revier Squad

1x First Strike Assembly Guide

Accessories

6x d6 dice in self sealing plastic bag

1x 6" range ruler, transparent

 

"The Miniatures

15 easy to build push-fit (no glue required!) miniatures in blue and green coloured plastic, representing the heroic Ultramarines and putrescent Death Guard: 

Ultramarines  - 3 Primaris Intercessors – clad in Mk X power armour, they are each armed with a bolt rifle and carry grenades. 1 model is a Sergeant, who leads the unit – he has a holstered pistol and is easily identified by his bare, unhelmed head; - 3 Primaris Reivers – again clad in Mk X power armour, these Space Marines carry heavy bolt pistols and combat blades – they distinguished by the sinister skull motif on their helmets, with the Sergeant featuring a half-skull faceplate. 

Death Guard  - 3 Plague Marines – each festering and bursting out of their armour due to the malign corruption of the Plague God Nurgle. 1 wields a boltgun, 1 is armed with a blight launcher and 1 – the Champion, who leads the unit – has a plasma gun, power fist and plague knife; - 6 Poxwalkers – these are the cursed victims of the plagues, transformed into living weapons. Each is armed with an improvised close combat weapon, with hammers, chains, planks of wood and metal pipes with nails in represented. 

Gaming Content  Everything you need to learn to play with your new miniatures is included in the box: 

- a 24-page booklet containing the core rules for playing Warhammer 40,000, with each phase of the game explained in a clear, easy to follow manner from the initial setup to one side’s victory; - a 56-page book that guides you through the background, history and current state of the Warhammer 40,000 galaxy, with introductions to the Primaris Space Marines and Death Guard, as well as 9 other armies. It features step-by-step guides to painting your miniatures, with guides to the paints and brushes you need, along with a showcase of beautifully-painted miniatures to inspire your hobby journey. It also includes explanations of the different ways to play Warhammer 40,000, along with training missions that gradually introduce the core concepts to the total beginner;

- a 22’ x 22’ double-sided gaming mat – one side is specially designed with icons showing you where to place miniatures in order to play the training missions, and the other has no markings, so you can play your own games. Each side is printed in full colour with an evocative design of a ruined Imperial city;

- a scenery piece! The inside tray of the box is designed to look like a set of armoured containers, meaning it can be placed on your mat as a piece of scenery for your miniatures to battle over;

- datasheets for the miniatures in the box – these are handy cards with the information on movement and weapons for each model printed on, meaning less flipping through books for information and more actual gaming; - 6 6-sided dice, and a 6” translucent measuring ruler, each vitally important for games;

- a decal sheet for your Ultramarines, featuring army and troop iconography;

- 9 32mm and 6 40mm round plastic bases for your miniatures to stand upon." [Games Workshop]

First Strike Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature wargame, figure and scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop First Strike Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop - Miniature wargame, figure and scenery set reviewimage © Games Workshop
First Strike Playing Mat First Strike Armoured Containers

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Review - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

Unboxing video of the WH40K First Strike set

Review

When I've received this set, I was surprised how small this set is, but it's really full of content.

Opening the pack

The inner box - that's also a scenery piece - is inside a sleeve that was thin enough that I tore it while opening the box for the first time. I got a used box later, that had the same tear, so it seems like it's a typical problem for this kind of boxes. Later I've seen an unboxing video of the Warhammer 40,000 Ed9: Recruit Edition set, that started with tearing the opening up, so it's still true for that box.

First Strike Read This First

The first half of the booklet is advertisement and a how to paint guide, that would have had a better place in the assembly guide.

The second half are the scenarios, that are not very imaginative, but they might be useful to teach the game for a beginner.

First Strike Core Rules

This looks like a booklet version of the fold-out rules from the Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: Dark Imperium set.

First Strike Playing Mat

Read my review here: First Strike Playing Mat

First Strike Armoured Containers

Read my review here: First Strike Armoured Containers

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Video - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

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Resources - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

Official

Games Workshop: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set (on Archive.org): Official webpage. (2020.08: The article is offline.)

Contents overview

Larry Vela (from Bell of Lost Souls): 40K First Strike Starter Set – A Peek Inside: Contents overview article.Ł

WargamerOnline: Games Workshop First Strike Warhammer 40,000: Contents overview video.¤

Contents overview - Russian

THE STATION: FFH Unboxing: Warhammer 40000 Starter Set First Strike (in Russian): Contents overview video in Russian.¤

Scenery

WargamingHobby.com: "Know No Fear" paper terrain unboxing and crafting tutorial: Review video.¤

Review

Drive Thru Review: Getting Started With Warhammer 40,000: Review video.¤

Master Bryss (from Wargaming Hub): Review: First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set: Review article. Includes size comparison of Death Guard marine to a Chaos Marine, and Intercessor to Poxwalkers.

Michael (for Miniature Market): Warhammer 40K: First Strike Starter Set Review: Review article.Ł/§

Spikey Bits: 40k's Most Affordable Starter Yet? $40 First Strike: Review video.Ł

Sup3rSaiy3n: First Strike - A Warhammer 40K Starter Set - Review (WH40K): Review video.Ł

Size comparison

 

Building

 

Painting progress

 

Showcase

 

Gameplay

Rage Against The Dice: Warhammer 40k first Strike Mission 1 - teaching my son to play 40K (Good for beginners): Gameplay video. System: Warhammer 40,000 Ed8, Forces: Imperium - Primaris Space Marines vs Necrons. Points: ? Power (3 Intercessors vs 6 Poxwalkers). Mission: Warhammer 40,000 First Strike: Strike Mission 1.Ł

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Buying the product - First Strike: A Warhammer 40,000 Starter Set for Warhammer 40,000 Ed8 from Games Workshop

Price

Company Set price (2017-2019) Price/model (2017-2019)
Games Workshop

Warhammer 40.000 Ed8: First Strike Starter Set (60010199018) (32,5 EUR / 25 GBP / 40 USD)
Contains:

2,2 EUR / 1,7 GBP / 2,7 USD

Where can you buy it?

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