Assault on Black Reach

Assault on Black ReachAssault on Black Reach is the new Warhammer 40k starter set which pits the Space Marines against the Ork army in an epic 41st century battle.

If you’re new to Warhammer 40k, the Assault on Black Reach starter set is a great way to get started in the hobby for a couple of reasons.

First, it gives you a good start into the world of Warhammer 40k and lays a solid foundation for not only assembling and painting your models, but also teaches you the rules of game play.  This starter set allows you to dive into the hobby on a relatively small budget to see if you enjoy it and want to go further.

x When I got my first Warhammer Fantasy starter set about five years ago, right away I saw how much fun it was to assemble and paint the miniatures and I was hooked.

This starter set gives you a good starter army for both the Space Marines and the Orks, saving you quite a few bucks you can use towards tools and paints compared to buying these armies separately.

Secondly though, even if you don’t end up choosing the Space Marines or the Orks as your army, having a set of two starter armies on hand is a perfect way to get your friends pulled into the hobby as well.

This way if your friends come over and marvel at your painted models, you can invite them to play a game using the Assault on Black Reach starter set.  Getting your friends to actually try playing the game will significantly increase the chances that they’ll want to dive into the Warhammer 40k universe as well.

My Warhammer 40k Journey

I was first introduced to the Warhammer universe 5 years ago, originally starting out with the Warhammer Fantasy starter set. Then I eventually decided to move into the Warhammer 40k universe, but instead of getting a starter set for Warhammer 40,000 I ended up just buying some random army pieces to paint because I really loved the painting aspect of the hobby. This was a lot of fun, but it didn’t really teach me the basics and fundamentals of actually playing the game of Warhammer 40k.

Then, as my wife and I moved to our new house I packed up my WH40k stuff into some boxes and they’ve been sitting around for years now as I haven’t had a lot of time to get back into the hobby after the move, until now.

When I decided to get back into the Warhammer 40k hobby, this time I wanted to start out right so I ended up getting the Assault on Black Reach starter set box instead of just buying random units from different armies just because they looked cool. I want to use the set to learn how to play Warhammer 40k and as a standby set of armies to have on hand in case friends come over and want to play a game.

Assault on Black Reach Unboxing – What’s in the Box?!

In the above video I go through an unboxing of the Assault on Black Reach starter set.  This new Warhammer 40k starter set comes with the following inside the box:

  • Assault on Black Reach Guide – This full color illustrated guide to the Assault on Black Reach starter set walks you through everything you need to get starter with this box set.
  • Warhammer 40k Mini Rulebook – This is a mini version of the Warhammer 40k rule book, which teaches you all the rules you’ll need to know to play the Assault on Black Reach game, and is a handy tabletop version of the full rulebook you can use as a reference for future battles.
  • Dice and Gaming Aids – Included in the set are six 6-sided dice, one scatter dice, range rules and plastic dice for making special attacks.
  • Space Marine starter army including:
    • Space Marine Captain
    • 10 Tactical Space Marines
    • 5 Space Marine Terminators
    • Space Marine Dreadnaught
  • Ork starter army including:
    • Ork Warboss
    • 20 Ork Boyz
    • 5 Ork Nobz
    • 3 Ork Deffkotpas

Assault on Black Reach – Tools and Accessories You’ll Need

Here are the tools and accessories you’ll need for Assault on Black Reach which I covered in the video above:


  • Side Cutters
  • Files
  • Tweezers
  • Craft Knife
  • Plastic Glue (Optional)
  • P.V.A. Glue
  • Sand
  • Tape Measure (Optional)

Assault on Black Reach – Paints and Paint Supplies You’ll Need

Paint Supplies:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Lamp / Light Source
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper or Paint Station
  • Water Pot(s)
  • Palette


For Space Marines

  • Chaos Black
  • Mordian Blue
  • Boltgun Metal
  • Shining Gold
  • Blood Red
  • Ultramarines Blue
  • Mithril Silver

For Orks

  • Chaos Black
  • Boltgun Metal
  • Orkhide Shade
  • Scorched Brown
  • Goblin Green
  • Bleached Bone

For Stands

  • P.V.A Glue
  • Sand
  • Graveyard Earth
  • Bleached Bone

Assault on Black Reach Assembly and Painting Tips

In this video I share a few quick assembly and painting tips I picked up while getting started with the AoBR starter set.  Check out this video so you don’t end up making some of these mistakes that I did.

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Assault on Black Reach Painting Tip – Undercoating

Another few painting tips for AoBR.  This time I discuss your best options for undercoating your Space Marines and Ork armies.

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Assault on Black Reach Buyer’s Guide

To help those just getting started with the Warhammer 40k hobby, and who are wondering if the Assault on Black Reach starter set is the right choice for them I have created an Assault on Black Reach buyer’s guide.

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Assault on Black Reach – Where to Buy Online

There are several places you can buy the Assault on Black Reach starter set for Warhammer 40k online. One place I would recommend checking out is Amazon as they show the regular price for the item as well as the best price available in stock from the many retailers that now sell through Amazon.

Also, another reason I love dealing with Amazon is because they are a secure place to buy online, have great shipping rates and get the stuff to you very fast.

Click here to buy Assault on Black Reach from Amazon

Another place to buy Assault on Black Reach online is from Mini War Gaming.  Often times they will have prices even lower than Amazon.

Click here to buy Assault on Black Reach from Mini War Gaming

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