So today I’m doing a Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium Unboxing and unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months you’ll know that Dark Imperium is the new starter set for the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000.
The new Warhammer 40,000 is proving to be quite a substantial rules overhaul with some of the biggest changes to the core rules set since 3rd edition way back in 1998. Especially as everything since then has been more or less a refinement, with the occasional core rules updates more than anything else.
Like most, we’ve been following the steady stream of daily informative tid-bits from the Warhammer Community website on the new edition with a lot of excitement.
What’s in the Dark Imperium box?
Games Workshop have a reputation for doing some great deals, with some of the best miniatures available in their boxed sets and Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium is no exception. For the price of £95 you get quite a lot in this boxed game, with enough models to start two separate armies.
In a bit of a change up from their previous boxes, upon opening Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium we find that there is a smaller box inside that takes up half of the space and contains all of the plastic sprues for each of the models.
Under the sprue box we find a cardboard insert, much like you would see in board game boxes that houses the new rule book, faction books and gaming accessories. I’m really impressed with the level of tought and detail that has gone into the box. The artwork is great and I love the fact that the sticker that sealing the box of sprues has a picture of the Inquisition Seal.
Now onto the fun stuff, after breaking open the imperial seal we get a look at all the sprues and all the new models that come with the new starter kit, which includes the following;
- 1 Primaris Space Marine Captain in Gravis Armour
- 1 Primaris Space Marine Ancient
- 1 Primaris Space Marine Lieutenant with Power Sword
- 1 Primaris Space Marine Lieutenant with Auto Bolt Rifle
- 5 Man Intercessor Primaris Space Marine Squad
- 5 Man Intercessor Primaris Space Marine Squad
- 5 Man Hellblaster Primaris Space Marine Squad
- 3 Man Inceptor Primaris Space Marine Squad
- 1 Death Guard Lord of Contagion
- 1 Death Guard Noxious Blightbringer
- 1 Death Guard Malignant Plaguecaster
- 7 Death Guard Plague Marines
- 1 Death Guard Foetid Bloat-drone
- 20 Poxwalkers
- Warhammer 40,000 Hard Back Rule Book
- Primaris Space Marines Faction Book
- Death Guard Faction Book
- 1 Transfer Sheet
- 12 Dice
- 1 Range Ruler
Primaris Space Marines
These came as a shock to me when they were first announced. I never expected Games Workshop to move ahead with a scale increase, especially to their main range of models. I am liking it though, however I’m under no illusion that the updated background on this new set of space marines is just a cover to justify the scale increase and fully expect them to slowly phase out ‘normal’ sized marines. Truth be told I’m quite happy with that really and despite having loads of space marines (who doesn’t after all), I’m pretty excited by the new ones.
So lets have a look at what Primaris Space Marine models you get as part of the Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium box.
Primaris Space Marine Captain
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this guy, I suppose he’s alright. His armour looks like a half way point between power armour and terminator armour, which the rules sort of reflect. I do like the powerfist with inbuilt bolter, it’s pretty cool and is a nice nod to Guilleman who is front and centre in the new edition.
Primaris Space Marine Ancient
I’ve always been a fan of banner bearers, admittedly it’s not the most efficient thing to have in a sci-fi themed war but cool none the less and brings in that Roman Empire feel for the marines. All of the model are wearing some variation of the Mark X Power Armour that looks a lot more futuristic and high sci-fi than marks of armour we are used to. Again this is something I’m quite happy with as it gives a more distinct look and feel between marines from different eras. With the heresy marks of armour looking quite baroque and almost feudal by contrast.
Primaris Space Marine Inceptors
These guys seem to have garnered a little bit of a love/hate response from the community, I imagine that it’s more a minority that really can’t stand them. I for one really like the idea behind them and think that the new unit adds a lot of flexibility for the marines acting pretty much as a mobile gun platform.
Primaris Space Marine Lieutenants
The first time that the rank of Lieutenant has been introduced to the Space Marine Chapters, I’m liking these models and they act as secondary characters within your force. The poses are pretty good and I am really liking the detail in the Mark X Power Armour.
Primaris Space Marine Intercessors
These come in 3 squads of 5 men. With two squads of Primaris Space Marine Intercessors, these guys are armed with the new Bolt Riffles, which look a bit more menacing than the humble Bolter. I’m liking the elongated barrel on the guns and a quick glance at the rules shows them to have a longer range and better AP value than the standard.
Primaris Space Marine Hellblasters
The Hellblasters are basically beefed up Plasma guns. For those that have been keeping an eye on the new edition leaks or been through the rules already Plasma weapons now have an overcharge ability, so if you like to gamble to make the weapons slightly more deadly you can do.
As an avid Chaos player myself, I absolutely love these models! I personally think it’s great to see another of the big four Chaos powers getting some love following the awesome amount of support that came out for the Thousand Sons not so long ago. The days of Khorne being the singular God that got any love are a distant memory now.
Death Guard Lord of Contagion
This guy is gorgeous in all his putrescent, decayed beauty! For me it’s pretty much to a tee how I would picture Typhus if/when they get round to redoing him. I love the axe on him, it certainly looks like it could do a lot of damage once it connects with something! Overall I’m really pleased with this model and it comes a close second to being my favourite model in the Warhammer Dark Imperium box.
Death Guard Noxious Blightbringer
This guy is ok, in my opinion he’s a bit too static and reminds me of the old 3rd and 4th ed character sculpts that we are still plagued with the remnants of today. He fits with the theme of the army, I just find the model a bit “meh”.
Death Guard Malignant Plaguecaster
This guy is pretty interesting, I do like the action pose and there is a lot going on here, I really like the swarm of flies amongst the power he’s casting, really helps with that dirty feel. I’m not overly keen on the almost baby face though but this is something that can be easily changed with a headswap and some greenstuff.
Death Guard Plague Marines
The Plague Marines look very gnarly with lots of putrescent sores, growths, mutations and damage. I always felt that they weren’t given quite enough justice in the way they looked in previous incarnations and this new one has gone full on corrupted. They do look as if they belong in a filth encrusted swamp and can easily imagine swarms of flies buzzing about them. You certainly wouldn’t want to bump into these guys at night.
The kit itself is extremely detailed with lots of sores, boils, mutations, battle damage and more. These are a huge improvement over the Plague Marine models of old. The only drawback is that they are pretty monopose but if your comfortable with some light conversion work you can make these look different without too much hassle.
Death Guard Foetid Blight Drone
This was the biggest surprise for me, now I love Daemon Engines and already own quite a few from Forgeworld and am always happy when more show up. I didn’t expect to see them make the jump to plastic with a Drone but am extremely happy that they did. As far as I am concerned this is the most exciting model in the box as it’s something pretty new and unlike the Hellbrute we seen in the previous boxed set, the mono-pose won’t be as much of an issue with this model. As it should be fairly easy to do a few simple conversions from weapon swaps to other little tweaks even for the less skilled converter to make them look different if needed.
Like everything else in the box the kit is pretty easy to go together and looks great once it’s assembled. I for one think that I’ll be picking up a few of these little beauties.
Death Gurad Poxwalkers
Some cultists that will fit in brilliantly with Nurgle themed armies or make for great mutants. This was another surprise for me, I’m always happy to get more variations on human-esc type models. Don’t get me wrong I like Space Marines but as the most popular models that Games Workshop shifts we tend to have an abundance of them. Therefore, it’s nice to see the little guys get some attention and expanded on every now and then.
The New Warhammer 40,000 Dark Imperium Rule Book
The interesting note here is that Games Workshop have moved away from the small pamphlet sized rule book that we have seen before in previous editions of the game. Also, instead of releasing the new Warhammer 40,000 rule book on it’s own a good 5-6 months before they have decided to include it within the starter box itself! That’s quite a big change from the old ways of doing it. The new rule book is also available on it’s own, and if you don’t want that Games Workshop have also released the core rules online for free.
Advancing the Storyline & Background
The new rule book contains a huge amount of material in it as well, advancing the storyline that little bit further, something that fans have been crying out for for a while. With the launching of the Indomitus Crusade, headed up by Robutte Guilleman and the arrival of the Great Rift that has torn across the galaxy. Every faction sees an advancement in their storyline as well as a huge amount of information on the Warhammer 40,000 setting.
The faction books are pretty handy and allow you to easily find the rules to play as either of the two armies in the box. From my experience so far it’s much easier to play with these than to always be flicking through an Index book trying to remember the rules for different units.
There is also a small instruction book showing with CAD drawings how to assemble the models in the box.
I was kind of expecting to get some Death Guard markings on these but I suppose when their models are extremely detailed with not many flat areas for transfers to go it kind of makes sense. What you do get is enough transfers to mark up your marines as any of the main Space Marine chapters.
Gaming Accessories & Bases
Everything you need to play the game. I think the range ruler is an improvement over the plastic sticks of old that back in my youth were wielded as dangerous weapons against one’s mates.
If your a Death Guard or Space Marine player or interested in starting either of those factions then this is a great set to pick up. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 and the updated rules, something that I’m keen on getting more stuck into myself too. So much infact that I have been drawn away from my usual Horus Heresy scene and for the first time in three years I’d rather play Warhammer 40k instead!
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Thanks for reading and see you in the Dark Imperium!