As a youngster, trying to collect a decent army to play 40k with nothing more than a paper route was nigh-on impossible. So I hit upon a cunning plan…

What scale of miniatures are the cheapest, and most ubiquitous? Dear old Airfix and Matchbox 1/72, of course. All of a sudden an impressive Imperial Guard force could be raised with an investment of less than £30, AND an 8″x 4″ games table could be replaced with something roughly the size of my mum’s dining table.

A few pics to whet your appetite:

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Guardsmen of the Hazzard 1977th prepare to sell their lives dearly against an Ork assault
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Orks from Da Skooderia close in on their objective
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Close combat as the Hazzard 1977th assault a crucial Ork-held hill
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Orks bellow their defiance
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Crimson Fists Space Marines attack a stalled Ork battlewagon
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Crimson Fists Space Marines lead their brethren in the Imperial Guard against entrenched Orks
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Pitched battle between Orks and Imperial forces within a ruined temple

 

 

 

WIP Khorne Chaos Cultist

 

Of course, CheapHammer isn’t just about downsizing scale. There are many fantastic modellers and resources out there to help the wargamer on a budget, and I’m pleased to be able to present a few for your perusal:

Luke’s Affordable Painting Service: Coming at you from the heart of Yorkshire, this YouTube channel is an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration

Wyloch’s Crafting Videos: If Leonardo Da Vinci worked with hot glue and insulation foam, he’d be this guy. DIY minis, fantastic terrain ideas and more!

The Terrain Tutor: The ever-affable Mel, who can build seemingly anything from insulation foam and foamboard

Games Workshop: Yep, you read that right – that’s a link to the FREE core rules for 40k 8th Edition!

Check out this post on how we built and painted our ruined buildings:

Terrain Talk Pt. 1

And hills:

Terrain Talk Pt. 2

And a whole new board:

Terrain Talk Pt. 3

 

This page will keep evolving as we delve deeper and deeper into the hobby – the beauty of it is, there’s always something new to learn!

 

 

 

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