Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2: Issues 3-6 Review

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Warhammer Imperium Delivery 2 is unquestionably one of the best-value drops we will see during the Warhammer 40,000: Imperium. Packed with paints to get you started slinging colour at your models, and enough figures to kick-start any pile of shame, Issues 3-6 really up the hype for the rest of the Imperium series.

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Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2: Issues 3-6 Review – Introduction

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since the last delivery. I don’t know about you guys, but the only thing I’ve painted from Delivery 1 is the Primaris Lieutenant from the first magazine – the Necrons have sat untouched.

This isn’t due to the quality of the product in Deliver 1 – oh no, not at all. Delivery 1 was an excellent two-issue teaser into the full Imperium series, and it is with Delivery 2 that this really begins to kick off.

This month, along with four magazines packed full of information and activites, we get no fewer than 11 miniatures, one of which is the Imperium magazine exclusive figure: the Primaris Captain who comes with Issue 5. The brand-new and ever-growing FauxHammer.com Discord server has been ringing with the cries of hobbyists desperately after their Captain. Ther have been some awesome paint jobs on display too, so if you feel like taking a gander at some truly excellent hobbying – or feel like showing off your own – come on over.

Anyway, Imperium. There’s a lot to get through, so let’s get down to it.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2: Issues 3-6 Review: Contents

There’s a huge amount of stuff to get through in this very generous delivery, so strap yourselves in and prepare for a whistlestop tour of Delivery 2’s contents. We’ve got paints, we’ve got figures, and we’ve got four magazines worth of rules, lore, and other content to get through.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issues 3, 4, 5 and 6

As with the previous delivery breakdown, we’ll go through the magazines thematically, starting by looking at their written contents, then move onto the miniatures included. After that, we’ll have a run-down of any paints, tools, or brushes that come in the delivery, before finally looking at any stuff designed to help you play the game itself.

The Magazines: Issues 3-6

As you’d expect, following on from Issues 1-2, magazines 3-6 are filled with these new character sheet-style datasheets for the host of new miniatures you receive as part of the second delivery. Imperium really is all about personalising your Warhammer 40,000 armies and making them your own, so these sheets are a nice inclusion and encourage you to engage with the narrative and roleplay aspects of the tabletop game.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 3 Inside 1

Issue 3 has some more background on the Imperium of Man and its place in the galaxy, as well as some similar info on the Necrons and their Great Sleep that has brought them into conflict with the races of the 41st Millennium. We also get a short story: Assault on Drakthyr. After the expected building and painting guides – where novices can start putting their Macragge Blue on their Assault Intercessors – there are a few pages dedicated to playing the game and introducing new rules.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 3 Inside 2

Issue 4 has some background stuff on the creation of a Space Marine, as well as more rules for you to get your head around playing with now you’ve got a unit of devastating Skorpekh Dstroyers to start butchering your comparatively puny Intercessors with.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 4 Inside 1
Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 4 Inside 2

Issue 5 takes a closer look at Space Marines and their close-combat weapons, followed by the usual building and painting guides for the Captain, as well as some rules for playing games with him.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 5 Inside 1
Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 5 Inside 2

There’s also a nice big fold-out insert on how mean Necrons are.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 5 Insert

Issue 6 doesn’t have as much lore in it as the other magazines in this delivery. Sporting a single double-sided spread about Necrons, the majority of the magazine is given over to building, painting, and playing with your new Aggressors.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 6 Inside 2
Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 6 Inside 1

Next up, the plastic.

Miniatures

Issue 3 nets you your first trio of Assault Intercessors. We’ll be seeing more of these guys cropping up in subsequent issues. They’re great models for cutting your teeth on if you’re an inexperienced painter: lots of wide spaces and sharp edges to practice your techniques on.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 3 Miniatures

The only caveat with this little group of chainsword-wielding Space Marines is that the left shoulder comes with a pre-sculpted Ultramarine “U” on it. If you were hoping on painting these guys up in the colours of another chapter, you’ll have file it off or cover it up with something else.

Issue 4 comes with three Skorpekh Destroyers and a Plasmacyte. The destroyers themselves are a little bit of a pain to put together.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 4 Destroyers

Including them this early in the series is a bit of an odd decision. Whilst, they suffer from the same malady as just about every other Necron unit in existence (they’re flimsy as hell) they also happen to be some of the fiddliest models currently available, and require certain components to be twisted around each other in order to be attached properly. It can also be very difficult to figure out which way round their central pelvis component goes, and in both these instances the guide doesn’t help much.

I noticed, however, that the sculpt of the pelvic component has a small clue as to which was round it needs to go. In the image below, (excuse the nubs and mould lines) you can see that the rear side of the pelvis has a slightly longer sculpt to it. This needs to be facing backwards.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Destroyer Detail

Still, once they’re together, they make an impressive unit.

Issue 5 comes with the Warhammer 40,000: Imperium exclusive miniature: the Primaris Captain. He’s an excellent figure, not too difficult to put together, and will look awesome leading your new (or existing) army.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 5 Captain

Finally, Issue 6 comes with three Aggressors. These are the push-fit figures you can no longer order from Games Workshop’s website, so it’s quite likely this may be the last opportunity you have to get your hands on them. In spite of being push-fit, there are quite a lot of components to them, and their lower legs – which are attached by peg-like protrusions (that’s a horrible phrase and I instantly regret it) – do have a habit of twisting and turning even once they’ve been attached. I used glue on mine in order to ensure they stayed in place.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 6 Aggressors

This is a particularly miniature-heavy delivery, and as a result the value of these four magazines is second to none. There’s a great selection of stuff in here

Paints and Hobby Tools

Alongside its trio of swole spacemen, Issue 3 also comes with a pot of Macragge Blue – the perfect paint for Ultramarines. Issue 4 comes with a pot of Leadbelcher, the ideal paint for basecoating all those metallic details. Finally, ssue 6 comes with a pot of Abaddon Black paint.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 3 Macragge Blue
Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 4 Leadbelcher (1)
Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 6 Abaddon Black (1)

Of course, you don’t have to paint your Space Marines and Necrons as Ultramarines and the Szarekhan Dynasty. There are plenty of other paints out there, and hundreds of guides available on how to get the most out of your miniatures. If you do settle on a colour scheme that isn’t Ultramarines or Szarekhan Dynasty Necrons, though, it is likely you will need to scource your paints from outside of the Imperium magazine.

Not a fan of these pots? That’s ok, nobody is. You can always transfer your paints to dropper bottles instead.

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Issue 4 – the one with the Skorpekh Destroyers – also comes with a new fold-out gaming mat.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2 - Issue 4 Mat

The double-sided mat comes printed with big objective markers on it, and the print itself is of reasonably high resolution so it doesn’t look distorted. The card it is printed on is not of the best quality in the world, but it’ll give you a much larger surface to play on than the one you received in your previous delivery. Also, because it folds down, it’s far easier to tuck away in storage somewhere than a thick cardboard playing surface may be.

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2: Issues 3-6 Review – Price and Availability

There are some serious savings to be made across this delivery. Have a look at the tables below, which shows a breakdown of costs and price for this delivery. All this info and more can be found on our Warhammer 40,000: Imperium Magazine Contents List.

Issue no.Issue Price (GBP)Total Value (GBP)Total Savings
3£8.99£9.50£0.51
4£8.99£37.25£28.26
5£8.99£22.50£13.51
6£8.99£22.75£13.76
TOTALS£35.96£92.00£56.04
Issue no.Issue Price (USD)Total Value (USD)Total Savings
3$11.95$22.55$10.60
4$11.95$61.40$49.45
5$11.95$35.0$23.05
6$11.95$50$38.05
TOTALS$47.80$168.95$121.15

Big savings this early on in the series is a good sign: hopefully we’ll see even more deliveries like this going forward!

Warhammer 40,000 Imperium Delivery 2: Issues 3-6 Review – Final Thoughts

ProsCons
The cash savings in this delivery are second to none
Excellent selection of miniatures with this delivery
Good selection of paints
Some of the figures are a little fiddly to assemble

Issues 3-6 set the bar very high for the rest of the Imperium collection. Packed full of excellent miniatures at a knock-down price, you’ll find it hard to be disappointed with the contents of the second delivery.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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