Warhammer 40K is very unique. It needs a huge table, tons of miniatures, a lot of dice, a playing field, and an opponent. It's not always easy finding someone to play with, especially if you are new to the hobby and still learning how to play. Sometimes the best way to learn something is to practice it by yourself.\n\n\n\nCan you play Warhammer 40k alone? Yes, you can play Warhammer 40K alone. While you can certainly play as any or all of the armies involved, you might want to make a few tweaks to the rules to make it more viable.\n\n\n\nWe will discuss how you can play Warhammer 40k alone, what books are essential for this, and what kind of costs you are looking at so that you can move forward with confidence. \n\n\n\nWhat Books Do You Need to Play Warhammer 40k?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nAt minimum, there are 3 books that you are going to need in order to get started. You will want to obtain the following:\n\n\n\nWarhammer 40,000 8th edition rulebookThe Codex for your faction, for instance, \u2018Codex: Space Marines\u2019The Codex for the opposing faction, for instance, \u2018Codex: Necrons\u2019\n\n\n\nThese books will give you all of the rules and background information that you need, but you will still need to obtain the miniatures for your armies. Thankfully, the \u2018Getting started\u2019 and \u2018Start collecting\u2019 packs offered by Games Workshop can get you some basic troops which you can build on later but you are also going to need some paints for them if you want your troops to look good.\n\n\n\nIncidentally, customizing those pieces is another integral part of the fun!\n\n\n\nHow Much Does It Cost to Start Playing Warhammer 40k?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThis is going to depend on a few things, but basically if you search a bit on Amazon, or another favorite retailer, you can find codex books for around 7$ used or as low as $10 for a new, paperback copy. For your Warhammer rules, we\u2019ve seen them as low as $5 for a used, paperback copy or you can get a new hardcover for around $35 - $40.\n\n\n\nSo, what about the troops? Well, \u2018Getting started\u2019 and \u2018Start Collecting\u2019 can range anywhere from $16 to as high as $80, but you get a decent amount of starting troops with the latter option. As far as paints, you are looking at $30 - $80 for decent sets and there are some higher-end packages if you want to stock up.\n\n\n\nWe recommend going with \u2018Games Workshop\u2019, \u2018The Army Painter\u2019, or Vallejo as you can get some top-notch paints, often with brushes and primer so that you can ready your troops.\n\n\n\nIf we break it down to a minimal approximation then it might like this:\n\n\n\nWarhammer Rules (Used paperback) \u2013 $5Codex: Space Marines (used paperback) \u2013 $7Codex: Necrons (used paperback) \u2013 $72 \u2018Start Collecting\u2019 packs from opposing factions \u2013 $160Paint set for 2 factions \u2013 approx.:$80\n\n\n\nTotal \u2018getting started\u2019 estimate on the low end is about $259 but this is going with \u2018used\u2019 items whenever possible. Depending on what you select, starting with 2 armies instead of customizing a single one can be a little pricey. We do very much recommend getting hardcover rulebooks when you can find them. They are durable and you\u2019ll be using them often, so it is worth the extra investment.\n\n\n\nHow Do You Play Warhammer 40k Solo?\n\n\n\nSince you already know what both armies are up to, it\u2019s going to be hard to plan the kind of strategic surprises that really make Warhammer 40k shine. That said, there are a few things that you can do to help randomize things:\n\n\n\nD20 or playing cards \u2018motivations\u2019 listD20 or playing cards troop activationsPreset army strategies which you can playGive your \u2018enemy\u2019 extra points\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s explore these options in a little more detail!\n\n\n\nD20 or Playing Cards \u2018Motivations\u2019 List\n\n\n\nA 20-sided die is easy to get but if you don\u2019t have one, about 10 cards will do. Create some random motivations like \u2018Take X city last\u2019 or \u2018Establish large defensive wedge formation\u2019. Creating a list means you can draw a card for the \u2018enemy\u2019 and play them according to what you have drawn.\n\n\n\nPlaying Cards \u2018Troop Activations\u2019\n\n\n\nAnother list can help spice things up by deciding when you start moving certain troop types into play. This forces you to compensate for the new troops and since it\u2019s random then it may throw you off a bit so that you will learn some troop-specific countermeasures.\n\n\n\nPreset Army Strategies Which You Can Play\n\n\n\nYou can use cards or dice for some strategy presets as well, try starting with 5 to 10 strategies like this:\n\n\n\nAll units converge on the nearest enemy unitUnits lose card-based deployment and now deploy from left to right based on miniature groupings.All ranged units nearby converge on limited-range enemy units\n\n\n\nGive Your \u2018Enemy\u2019 Extra Points\n\n\n\nFinally, to make things tricky, give the enemy army more points to spend. This should help to keep you on your toes!\n\n\n\nFinal Thoughts\n\n\n\nPlaying Warhammer 40k alone is definitely viable, but it obviously isn't the best way to experience this tabletop game. It removes a lot of the strategy involved since you will know every move before it is even done.\n\n\n\nTweaking a few rules and randomizing some of the moves is the best way to go about it if you are going to try a solo run of the game. This is done by adding dice rolls or cards to make the moves for your opponent.\n\n\n\nAt its roots, Warhammer is a game of strategy. It requires overpowering your opponent by outthinking them as well as outplaying them. Although dice rolls add to the randomization, you can't replace playing with another real life opponent.