A Parent's Guide: 6th Ed Warhammer 40,000 - Bide Your Time

So, a new edition is on the shelves. Well, the rulebook and various ephemera are out at least. The big question right now is whether to buy the rulebook or not. I'll try and talk around that, because I know now I shan't come to a full answer.

As things stand there is no official word on the release of a boxed game for 40K. The Internet rumours suggest it'll see a September launch, and the contents will definately by Dark Angels Space Marines vs Chaos Space Marines. If you want to collect those armies and are happy with a cut down A5 sized rulebook then I'd go for that. If you want the big rulebook, then by all means get it now. Games Workshop prices never go down, so it's not as though you can wait for a price drop.

For those players not interested in the Dark Angels or Chaos models then the choice is between the big rulebook and the A5 book. It's impossible to do one of those at the moment, so if you've got a desperate need to have the rules you're going to have to shell out for the big book, or possibly, given the amount of articles floating about about 6th Ed, you could distil it from the √¶ther. If you can stand the wait then the choice gets harder. When the A5 editions hit eBay, as they inevitable will, it's going to be a harder decision. To split it into hard numbers you've got £15 for the rules in A5 format, and if you go for the bigger version it's £30 for being hardback and A4, and for the inclusion of background sections, colour art and galleries. You'll have to make up your own mind if it's worth it.

Which ever version of the rulebook you go for, it's only the tip of the iceberg. There's a Codex to get (with new ones rumoured to be hardback (so that will be £25)), and then models, and paints and brushes and glue and, and, and.