The Horus Heresy vs Warhammer 40,000 10th Edition

Why Choose to Invest Time into Horus Heresy vs. Warhammer 10th Edition?

Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40,000 are two of the most popular tabletop miniature wargames in the world. Both games offer a deep and complex strategic experience, but they also have their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

If you're trying to decide which game to invest your time and money into, here are a few things to consider:

Horus Heresy

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  • More historical setting
  • More detailed rules
  • Larger scale battles
  • More customization options


  • More expensive
  • Longer games
  • Can be more difficult to learn (this can be drastically mitigated by finding a friend or a FLGS employee to teach you). Personally, Bob at The Gamer’s Haven in Spokane Washington, made this process entirely stress free and easy.

Warhammer 10th Edition

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  • More accessible
  • Shorter games
  • More balanced
  • More competitive
  • Larger play group (although Horus Heresy is growing)


    • Less historical setting
    • Less detailed rules
    • Smaller scale battles
    • Less customization options

    This leads me to the most important perk of WH40K from a player perspective:

    Why Warhammer 10th Edition is more accessible than Horus Heresy.

    • The rules are simpler. Warhammer 10th Edition has a much simpler ruleset than Horus Heresy. This makes it easier for new players to learn the game and start playing quickly.
    • The models are more affordable. The models for Warhammer 10th Edition are generally more affordable than the models for Horus Heresy. This makes it easier for new players to get started without breaking the bank.
    • The games are shorter. Warhammer 10th Edition games are typically shorter than Horus Heresy games. This makes them more accessible to players who don't have a lot of time to commit to a game.

    Why is accessibility important?

    Accessibility is important for a number of reasons. More people can enjoy the hobby. Accessibility means that more people can get involved in the hobby, regardless of their background or experience level. This can help to grow the community and make the hobby more vibrant. The hobby becomes more competitive. When more people are able to participate, the competition becomes more intense. This can lead to higher-quality games and more exciting results.
    The hobby becomes more inclusive.
    Accessibility can help to make the hobby more inclusive, by removing barriers that might prevent some people from participating. This can make the hobby more welcoming to everyone, regardless of their background or abilities.
    In conclusion, Warhammer 10th Edition is more accessible than Horus Heresy for a number of reasons. This makes it a better choice for players who are looking for a more streamlined and beginner-friendly experience.
    So, which game should you choose? Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences. If you're looking for a more historical and detailed experience, then Horus Heresy is the way to go. If you're looking for a more accessible and competitive experience, then Warhammer 10th Edition is the better choice. Of course, there's no reason why you can't enjoy both games. I know plenty of people who play both Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40,000, and they get a lot of enjoyment out of both. I'm so deep into tabletop miniature wargames that I've started to refer to my children as objective markers, so do whatever you find the most joy in, and remember the point of playing these games is to have fun and a little stress free competition.
    Hopefully I’ve helped you to decide which game is right for you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.
    Thanks for reading!