A Tale of Four Gamers

Warhammer 40,000 Tale of Four Gamers

Welcome to our Warhammer 40,000 Tale of Gamers Challenge page. Over the years there have been different iterations of these type of events. Most notably was the initial Tale of Four Gamers that originally appeared in White Dwarf from issues 218-223. Since then there has been numerous variations from a selection of different sources.

The concept behind a Tale of Gamers challenge is to create a fun experience, which encourages you to expand your new army steadily over time. This is done by adding new units to your army on a monthly basis with an incremental points increase.

These kind of events are best suited for small groups of friends that can meet regularly. We would advise aiming for 4-6 people, as this seems to be the ideal number.

Below you will find all of the details and rules for our Battle Brothers' Tale of Gamers Campaign. Feel free to use these yourself or as a basis for running your own events, tweaking them to suit your own requirements.

The Tale of Gamers Challenge

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See Our Tale of Gamers Rules Section for ideas on how to run your own event

We'll be keeping an up to date leader board over the coming months, allowing the progress to be viewed at a glance. We will also be keeping regular updates and posting articles throughout the Tale of Gamers challenge. Fancy getting involved or running your own Tale of Gamers Challenge? Check out our Rules page for more information.

Monthly ChallengesPoints
Playing a Game (Maximum of 2)1
Winning a Game (Maximum of 2)1
Increasing your army by adding more models/units1
Basing all of your models1
Having a fully painted force each month2

Tale of Gamers Progress

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Follow Our Progress

We'll be putting together articles as we go, keeping track of each of our own progress as we build our armies, sharing thoughts on what to add and how we have all fared against one another.

On top of that, we will be keeping our Leaderboard up to date on a monthly basis.


An End to our Tale of Gamers

An End to our Tale of Gamers Challenge

By Chris | May 3, 2019

Our Warhammer 40k Tale of Gamers challenge has now officially ended. It took us a little longer than expected, as we had to review and update our 6-month goal to a year-long one when it became obvious that none of us was anywhere near meeting the initial deadline. We all agreed that the Geekend would…

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Nearing the Finish

By Chris | February 26, 2019

So, it seems that we are pretty consistent and not terribly great at doing updates or getting as many Warhammer 40k games in for our Tale of Gamers challenge as we had initially hoped. Our 6-month long campaign quickly turned into a year long one. I can’t deny that there have been a few notable…

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warhammer world trip

Warhammer World Trip

By Chris | October 15, 2018

My gaming group had been threatening to arrange a trip to Warhammer World for the past 6 years. Admittedly very little ever happened towards planning a trip down, despite the subject coming up every year. Considering we’re only a 6-7 hour drive away from Nottingham, it’s not really a huge commitment to travel south for…

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Confessions of a Traitor

By Chris | March 30, 2018

Admittedly we’ve all been a bit lax of late in our hobby progress following the festive period. Life just seems to find new methods of getting in the way, with Euan moving house, Ian’s kitchen getting flooded and ripped out, then me receiving the gift of tonsillitis and a pretty severe sinus infection from Grandfather…

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The Opening Battles

By Chris | December 19, 2017

Myself, Ian and Kieran recently all met up to face off against one another with our new armies in the opening of our Tale of Four Gamers challenge. None of us have really played a lot of 8th edition, so it also served as a bit of a learning experience. Unfortunately Euan wasn’t able to…

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Death Guard Army

Expanding my Death Guard Army

By Chris | December 6, 2017

Last time I had talked about fully embracing Papa Nurgle and deciding to collect a new Death Guard army as part of our Tale of Four Gamers challenge. Since my last update I’ve been working away every spare minute I’ve had on my fledgling Death Guard army, outside of getting sucked into Warhammer: Total War…

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Meet the Gamers

Chris - Playing Death Guard

Chris - Playing Death Guard

Following the God of Decay

So I’ve been into wargaming and specifically Warhammer 40,000, on and off for almost 22 years now, boy do I feel old!

With the release of the new edition I thought I’d reignite my passion for the Death Guard, and how could I not with all the beautifully disgusting models that Games Workshop is putting out!

I was drawn to starting a Death Guard army as I had an older army of them back in 4th edition, which served me well both competitively as well as scratching that conversion itch. I’ve also always been a bit of fan of Grandfather Nurgle and tend to turn towards him before any of the other gods.

Being a devout follower of Chaos for many years, I just can’t seem to tear myself away from the dark gods. In actual fact, most armies I do seem to end up somewhat corrupted given enough time… not entirely sure what the cause is.

I plan to paint up the Death Guard in a similar scheme to that of Games Workshop's. Something about the colours they are using just really appeals to me, and painting the army gives me the opportunity to experiment with a few new techniques.

I picked myself up the Dark Imperium box as a good starting point and intend to have a rounded army that can do different things. So far am planning on fielding my Lord of Contagion, some Poxwalkers a unit of Death Guard and a Blight Drone as my initial force. This will give me plenty of options on the battlefield and let me see how some different units work before deciding on what to add.

With all the new releases coming for the Death Guard, I am a bit spoiled for choice when it comes to adding to the army. I’ve already ordered Mortarion but he’ll not be added till the end of the Tale of Gamers challenge. I can definitely see some Myphitic Blight-haulers and Plagueburst Crawlers becoming future additions as daemon engines have a special place in my heart. I also plan on picking up Typhus and some Deathshroud Terminators in the not too distant future.

Ian - Playing Ultramarines

Ian - Playing Ultramarines

The Avenging Sons March to War!

I’ve been attempting to get an army finished now, for well…  since forever! I’ve been involved with Warhammer 40,000 for a while, I’d say about 7 years, at least. Having had a number of different projects over that time, I'm hoping that the Tale of Gamers challenge should help me finally get an army finished!

With the new edition, I’m going to be starting a Primaris Ultramarines Force. I’ve never played as them and with the new codex, reckon they will be flexible enough for me to have some fun with, as well as offering some new painting challenges.

Since reading the Horus Heresy novels I’ve developed more of a liking for the Ultramarnies. In particular Guilliman himself, who isn’t as one dimensional as I first thought. I like how he actively encourages his warriors to think outside of the box, and his return to lead the Imperium of Man in it's darkest hour makes for an exciting time in the narrative as well.

I think I'll enjoy the flexibility of the army and seeing as I want a staple army to always have at the ready for games, which I never play anymore, I really want to be taking part more instead of watching!

I’m going to be dropping pics and progress, really going put myself out there trying new techniques and pushing myself. It’s the only way to get better is too push myself and actually finish a project.

I picked up the Dark Imperium Box and a couple sets of Primaris Marines, giving me a solid start to the army. I intend to do a pure Primaris Marine force, with little to no regular marines if I can help it. One addition in particular that I would love to add to this force would be the Avenging Son himself, Roboute Guilliman!

With Chris going for the filth ridden Death Guard, The Emperor's finest should look good across the table from them. I'll just have to make sure I whoop him! For the good of the Imperium of Man!

Euan - Playing Eldar

Euan - Playing Eldar

Blood Runs... Anger Rises... Death Wakes, War Calls!

I've been into 40k since 2005, since a friend showed me a copy of White Dwarf. I was hooked by the images of the Lizardmen for Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Although, after further investigation I found that most people played 40k in the area, so I picked up my first army - a small force of Tau, and the rest, as they say, is history.

For my Tale of Gamers challenge, I will be playing Craftworld Eldar although I haven't decided on a Craftworld yet. Specifically, I intend to do an army themed around the Aspect Shrines of Kaela Mensha Khaine.

I've always liked the look of the Eldar and I've dallied with the idea of collecting them a few times in the past, but have never quite taken the plunge. I have also read the "Path of the Eldar" books and I loved the insight into how the Eldar way of life works.

Something I like about the army is the toolbox of units, with each Aspect having a specific battlefield role to play. I think using Eldar is going to be all about precision, having the right Aspect in the right place at the right time.While they are a bit squishy, they do make up for it by being speedy.

In regards of painting them, I'm planning using fairly standard aspect colours but I might make a few changes here and there. I am known to be a bit of a hobby butterfly, so I'm hoping the different paint schemes and models will help to keep me focused!

For month one I decided to go with a Farseer, two squads of Dire Avengers (one 10 man and one 5 man) and a Crimson Hunter for a total power level of 24. I chose the Farseer and Dire Avengers as they will make up the core of what this army should be about. The Farseers guide the Aspect Shrines to strike against strategic targets and end threats against their race before the can be fully realised, scrying the runes for the path to victory. Dire Avengers are the most common form of Aspect Warrior and the mainstay of an Aspect War Party. They are the front line troops of an Eldar Host, where other aspects have more specific battlefield roles. Finally I chose a Crimson Hunter as it filled out the remaining  points nicely. With the Eldar getting a new codex soon there might (hopefully!) be some new models for some of the Aspects with older models to go along side it, so I'm holding off from buying them for now.

Thinking about expanding the army, an Autarch is bound to appear at some point and I plan to expand the 5 man squad of Dire Avengers to 10 men soon. Swooping Hawks and Striking Scorpions are two of my favourite Aspects, so I certainly hope to include them as well. Once we expand to the Battalion Detachment I'm tempted to add an Avatar of Khaine to lead the Aspects into war, but we'll have to wait and see.

Kieran - Playing Necrons

Kieran - Playing Necrons

An Ancient Empire Awakens

So I'm probably the newest comer to the world of Warhammer 40,000 from our group, having been into it now for a little over a year.  I hadn't really played much but enjoyed the dark background and universe. The release of the new edition, with the streamlined rules, creating a level playing field was all the incentive I needed to jump in! 

After looking at some of the different races and factions. I eventually settled on the Necrons as my starting army. I was drawn to them as I'm a bit of a gadget man, having always loved technology and well the Necrons are living metal. I don't think it can get much more advanced than that!

I do really like the image of an unstoppable skeletal force relentlessly advancing across the battlefield, stripping layers of armour, skin and flesh from their enemies with their advanced weaponry. Makes me think of that iconic scene in the opening few moments of the original Terminator movie.

I think I'm going to go with a traditional colour scheme for the Necrons, adding my own flair in there. So there should be lots of old worn rusty looking body’s with the piercing green weaponry and details.

To start off the force I picked up a Start Collecting box, with a few other purchases of units that caught my fancy at the time, the biggest purchase to date being the Ghost Ark.

I have some plans on what I intend to add, though for now intend to keep that one a secret, let’s just say it flies!