Where do I start? When jumping into this hobby, most people are faced with that simple question. Like most activities, there is a wealth of information available and innumerable things to spend your money on. The first thing I needed was an updated rule book along with a book for the army I was going to be playing. Since the 6th edition of Warhammer 40k includes a rules book and also Chaos Space Marine models, I decided to pick it up along with Codex: Chaos Space Marines. If you have your eye on another army, or you are playing an entirely different game, this may not be the best option for you. Do some research, talk to some people at your local gaming or hobby store, and pick an army you are interested in.
So now you have a rule book, a codex (or equivalent), and hopefully some inkling of how to play. The next thing you need to do is buy your first model(s) and some basic tools to assemble them. (Click on the pictures below for a direct link to the product on Amazon)
Sprue Snips – Used to cut the models out of the sprue and clip away excess material.
Hobby Knife (and replacement blades) – Used to clean up the pieces you’ve snipped out.
Small Files – Used to clean mold lines of individual model pieces and to blend the joints after gluing together.
Plastic Model Glue – Use on anything plastic to ensure a very strong bond. The set-up time is longer but you will typically be handling these models a lot over their lifetime and don’t want them popping apart every few months.
Gap Filling Super Glue – Use on anything not plastic or as a quick fix. As the name implies, it also has some thickness to help fill minor gaps in a model
These next items aren’t necessarily needed but are nice to have.
Pin Vice – used when pinning to pieces of a model together for additional strength. Drill a hole into each half and use a paper clip or similar small gauge wire to pin together with glue. You can also use a pin vice to add more detail to models by drilling gun barrels or any holes that have a false bottom.
Hobby Mat – Snip, cut, file, drill, and glue your models on this self-healing mat to protect your work surface underneath.
Green Stuff – Used to fill and blend gaps and seams in models. This is also the standard epoxy used for creating your model additions (tentacles, armor, ribbons, anything you can dream of).
Sculpting Tools – Basic tools used for working with Green Stuff.
Once you have acquired these tools, it’s time to start on your first models. By this time, you should have a decent understanding of what you want to build and how your models are to be equipped (i.e. weapons/armor/extras). For my next post(s), I will begin showing what models I am working on, any modifications I made during assembly, and how the finished product looked after painting. I will also try to relay any tricks or tips that I think may help others.