Clash of Titans: Warhammer 40k vs. Legions Imperialis - Which Game is Right for You?

Clash of Titans: Warhammer 40k vs. Legions Imperialis - Which Game is Right for You?

For veteran tabletop wargamers, the arrival of Legions Imperialis might conjure images of familiar grimdark battles from Warhammer 40,000. While both games share the same rich universe and feature epic clashes between colossal armies, they offer distinct experiences worth exploring. Personally, I’ve been able to play a few games representing World Eaters using the core set (check it out here )  and a few expansions. Let's delve into the key differences:


Games Workshop Legions Imperialis Epic Battles in the world of Warhammer 30,000

Scale and Pace:

Warhammer 40,000: This iconic game utilizes larger models (typically 28mm-40mm) and focuses on squad-level skirmishes. Games can involve dozens or even hundreds of miniatures, offering tactical depth and intense close-quarters combat.

Legions Imperialis: Embrace the spectacle! This game utilizes smaller models (10mm) and emphasizes large-scale battles with hundreds, even thousands, of units on the table. It prioritizes speed and cinematic clashes, allowing you to recreate iconic battles with fewer models and quicker playtime.

Focus and Flavor:

Warhammer 40,000: Explore the vastness of the 41st Millennium with diverse factions and narratives. You can command Space Marines, Orks, Necrons, and more, each with unique units, abilities, and playstyles.

Legions Imperialis: Immerse yourself in the iconic Horus Heresy (best game ever obviously), the civil war that shattered the Imperium. Choose between loyalist and traitor Legions, each reflecting the distinct doctrines and personalities of their Primarchs. Shameless plug here for our Horus Heresy Podcast  : 

Accessibility and Cost:

Warhammer 40,000: With a vast range of factions and units, the initial investment can be higher. The smaller scale offers detailed models but demands more painting time.

Legions Imperialis: Smaller models mean a lower entry cost and faster painting. The simplified rules focus on large-scale clashes, making it easier to learn and play.


Games Workshop Legion Imperialis Epic Battles in the world of Warhammer 30,000


What to be Excited About for Legions Imperialis:

Expanding Universe: Future releases promise new Legions like the White Scars and Salamanders, offering even more tactical options and narrative possibilities.

Titanicus Integration: The game seamlessly integrates with Adeptus Titanicus, allowing you to unleash towering Titans alongside your massed armies for truly epic battles.

Narrative Campaigns: Upcoming campaign systems promise to weave stories into your games, immersing you deeper into the Horus Heresy.

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In conclusion, Warhammer 40,000 and Legions Imperialis offer distinct yet thrilling tabletop experiences. But its more like comparing oranges to apples, or Chaos to the Imperium of Man. Whether you crave tactical skirmishes or large-scale cinematic battles, there's a game for you. With promising future expansions and narrative campaigns, Legions Imperialis is poised to carve its own unique path in the world of grimdark warfare. From personal experience, I am really enjoying Legions Imperialis, especially since it allows me to play my Horus Heresy  army in a different scale and format. So, grab your hobby tools, choose your allegiance (to the World Eaters if you choose to win), and prepare to experience Horus Heresy on a scale that will peak your combined arms interests.