Back in April of this year, we reviewed a fantastic game called “Warhammer 40,000” on our website (see review). We continue to play the game today, and have even come up with some battle strategies of our own that we believe has raised our level of expertise considerably compared to just a few months back. Although playing the game has been particularly rewarding, our staff and readers wanted more. The question was how could we learn more about the world of “Warhammer 40,000?” Well, we decided that we needed to read and study the game in a bit more detail. As a result, we got our hands on several of the hardcover books sold by the creators, “Games Workshop Limited.”
The first of the books is actually a 3 volume set entitled “Warhammer 40,000-In the Grim Darkness of the Far Future…There is Only War.” The first title in this set highlights some of the most beautifully painted and photographed miniatures you will ever see, the second includes a complete history of the 41st Millennium, while the final volume is the absolutely best set of game rules we have ever encountered. These books are not the type of books to be quickly read and hidden on a bookshelf. Instead these magnificent books should be displayed and considered the ultimate reference material to the world of “Warhammer 40,000.” Each of the books is over 125 pages long, with the rules volume stretching to just over 200 pages.
Additionally, we also had a chance to look at two other “Warhammer 40,000” books. The first was entitled “Codex…Space Marines,” and the second was “Codex…Chaos Space Marines.” Your first question is likely what does “Codex” refer to anyway? The general definition of “Codex” refers to a type of ancient manuscript in book form, usually some type of collection. In the case of these two books, “Codex” basically provides the ultimate guide regarding the two opposing armies and even contains historical information and tips regarding game play. Each of these volumes assumes that you have a basic knowledge of the game and understand the rules well enough to have played a game or two. Each book takes the teaching to another level, describing in superb detail all of the various characters, weapons and equipment associated with the heroic Space Marines and the horrific Chaos Space Marines. Each book exceeds 100 pages in length, with “Codex…Space Marines” reaching 176 pages.
The Toys Bulletin staff has been reading and studying these books for well over a month and we love how the authors have totally succeeded in immersing us in a magical, violent world that somehow seems absolutely real. After reading these books, we can honestly believe we have been transported to a different time and place. The quality of the books can only be described as “perfect” starting with the binding to the finely worded text, and the colorful photos. For fans of “Warhammer 40,000,” these books should be considered a “must own” type of item. Yet, for others interested in the world of fantasy and conflict, it is simply fun to read, learn and explore. Overall, we found it to be an amazing experience.
These books do command a premium but fair price. The 3 volume set retails for $85.00, while ‘Codex…Space Marines” comes in at $58.00 and “Codex…Chaos Space Marines” carries a $50.00 price tag. All can be bought directly from the Games Workshop website, which is another journey worth taking.