What is the Best Warhammer 40k Starter Army?

Warhammer 40k is a tabletop game of epic proportions. From the humble beginnings of a few soldiers, you can grow your army into an unstoppable force that destroys all in its path.

But where to start? What is the best Warhammer 40k starter army for beginners?

Necrons are the best army for beginners due to their great balance of firepower, survivability, and easiness of painting. In this blog post, I will go over several good options for Warhammer 40k armies as well as what kind of player they are good for!

4. Chaos Space Marines

The Chaos Space Marines are one of the most powerful of all armies in Warhammer 40K. They have access to some very strong weapons and armor as well as some of the best psychic powers available in the game.

Unfortunately, they do have some drawbacks. While their melee units excel in close combat, they can sometimes be on the fragile side. On top of having pretty limited weapon ranges for many units alongside few options for getting past units with heavy armor, this can be a problem for beginners.

Luckily, with their access to Daemons and other entities from the Warp with strong psyker abilities, some of those drawbacks can be overcome! If you combine your Chaos Space Marines with Daemons, you can use special auras and buffs to make your army stronger.

When it comes to the models, these can be a little on the hard side for a newbie to miniature painting. They usually have lots of spikey bits and grouse fleshy areas that take some work to make them look good.

Because of their versatility and unit options, as well as their amazing aesthetic and sheer badness*, Chaos Space Marines would be a great choice for anyone wanting to jump into Warhammer 40K and be the “Bad Guys!”

3. Eldar

The Eldar are a race of psychic, elf-like beings in the Warhammer 40k galaxy. They have an affinity for ranged combat and their units generally excel at this type of combat, with some exceptions such as Wraithguard who can take on melee opponents better than any other unit!

Eldars also rely heavily upon casting spells to support themselves or hurt enemies from afar. This is why they’re so good against armies like Orks (who don’t use psykers) but struggle when facing off versus Tau forces.

And when it comes to mobility, the Eldar are at the top! This allows you to get your units around the battlefield and catch your enemies where they least expect it. But all these goodies come with a downside, most Eldar units are low on the hitpoint side making them easy to kill.

Similar to Chaos Space Marines, Eldar miniatures can be on the harder side to paint. They have lots of small details and harsh angles to deal with, with can be frustrating for beginners.

While not as resilient as the Space Marines or as versatile as the Chaos Space Marines, Eldar are still a great choice for any new player that likes to be able to dish out damage and get away fast!

2. Space Marines

Space Marines are the most popular Warhammer 40k army, and for good reason. They have a powerful ranged attack with their bolters as well an incredible melee weapon in power swords that can cut through any enemy like butter!

Space marines also come equipped to take on hordes of enemies at once thanks to either flamers or heavy weapons such as missile launchers, which are also handy against mechanized units like tanks!

When it comes to gameplay, Space Marines units can take a heavy pounding while dishing it out at the same time. Plus, with all the different weapon and vehicle options available you can customize your Space Marines to fit any of your needs.

When it comes to painting, Space Marines are awesome for beginners. Their armor is simple, with relatively few hard angles to paint. But they also have great little details that give each unit a unique flair and can help you improve your painting skills.

If you’re a beginner to Warhammer 40K and you want your first army to be versatile enough to handle anything thrown its way then Space Marines is a great choice for you!

1. Necrons

The Terminators of Warhammer 40K! Necrons are, in my opinion, the best army to play as a beginner. From a fantastic look to a fascinating backstory, Necrons have something for everyone.

When it comes to firepower and durability, they are on par with Space Marines. They are not as mobile, but they make up for this by having some of the best saves. And thanks to their Reanimation Protocol, that hoard of Necrons that just got blasted could stand back up and start fighting again!

They have excellent HQ choices that can buff your troops like the Necron Lord and Immortals provide great fire support. Just remember to plan accordingly when deploying these guys into battle because of how slow they can be.

Plus, they’re easy to paint! Being a beginner, you may not have the painting skills to make all your models look like the ones you see online. The great thing about Necrons is you can get away with spraying them black, then layer them with silver or lead to give them some cool highlights.

With strong firepower, the ability to take the hits and keep coming, as well as the ease of painting, Necrons are definitely the best choice for any beginner getting started with Warhammer 40k.


In my option, Necrons are a solid choice for anyone looking to get into Warhammer 40K. And then once you’ve got the hang of playing it, and have a grasp of the rules, then you can start thinking of what your second army would be. Whether that is jumping into Space Marines, Tau, Orks, or just expanding your Necrons, the choice is yours.

In the end, pick the army you think is the coolest! Remember that Warhammer 40K is a total hobby, a wargame and miniature collecting. You are going to spend your hard-earned time and money on starting your army, you want to pick the one that interests you the most.

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