Warhammer 40,000 spin-offs include the many side projects, copies, derivatives and other forms of spin-off, the creation of which has been influenced by the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniature wargame or its fictional universe. These come in many forms, including other tabletop games, board games, card games, books, comic books, computer games, and even music. Some of these are officially supported by Games Workshop and Citadel Miniatures, but many are not, rather being fan expansions of or additions to the original game.

Miniature based games

Specialist games

These games are available from a sub-division of Games Workshop known as "Specialist Games".

Battlefleet Gothic 
A spaceship combat game using unique scaled ships. An earlier version of this was known as Space Fleet.
Originally released as two separate games (Adeptus Titanicus, focussing on battles between huge walking forts called Titans and Space Marine, detailing the battles between Space Marine Legions during the Horus Heresy), these were later expanded and combined to become Epic. The most recent (4th) edition of a much larger scale war simulation, using 6 mm miniatures instead of the 28 mm miniatures used in Warhammer 40,000. This edition of Epic is also known as Epic:Armageddon, while the 3rd edition was known as Epic 40,000. There is also the fan-created NetEpic game.
A smaller scale fight simulation, which uses relatively large 54 mm models. Described as a narrative wargame, it uses elements of roleplaying.
Originally developed under the title "Confrontation", this is a simulation of gang fighting in the depths of an Imperial Hive City using 28 mm models.

Other miniature based games

Other miniature based games in the Warhammer 40,000 universe include:

Aeronautica Imperialis 
A game produced by Forge World that focuses on air combat using Epic-scale aircraft.
40K in 40 minutes 
A 'light' version of the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game. The rules were published in White Dwarf magazine. The idea is to limit the choices of units and upgrades for each player so the game can be completed in a short amount of time (about 40 minutes). A streamlined version of these rules, called Combat Patrol, is present in the 4th edition of the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook.
Advanced Space Crusade 
A board game, released in 1990, where 28 mm Space Marine scouts raid/sabotage modular Tyranid bio-ships. In 1993 Games Workshop re-released the game under the title Tyranid Attack.
Bommerz over da Sulphur River 
Board game where Epic-scale Ork aircraft bomb Imperial installations along a river while avoiding defensive weapons, Imperial fighters and rock formations. Rules and board pieces recently re-published on the GW Specialist Games Website.
A 28 mm game of Ork gangs fighting based on a desert planet, with a focus on scavenging and Ork vehicles. Later received an add-on, titled Digganob. It has been re-released on the Specialist Games website.
Space Crusade 
Up to 4-player board game (published in conjunction with Milton Bradley Company) where 28 mm Space Marines fight various enemies on board-based enemy space ships. Considered a sci-fi version of Heroquest (also a joint Games Workshop-Milton Bradley endeavor). Space Crusade received two addon boxed sets, Mission Dreadnought and Eldar Attack.
Space Hulk 
A 2-player board game with modular interlocking room tiles where 28 mm Space Marine Terminators fight Tyranid Genestealers on an abandoned maze-like spaceship (a "space hulk"). There were 3 editions, add-ons (for the first edition) titled Deathwing and Genestealer.
The 1981 precursor to Warhammer 40,000 using Citadel Miniatures Spacefarers line of 25 mm miniatures. The squad-based game mechanics are more similar to Necromunda than that of Warhammer 40,000.
Space Fleet
A beginners game that preceded Battlefleet Gothic and established a lot of the BFG background although most of the ship designs were completely replaced.
Ultra Marines 
Board game that uses the same modular interlocking room pieces as 1st edition Space Hulk. Each player (box supports up to 4, any number can play) controls a competitive scout squad raiding abandoned maze-like spaceship (again a "space hulk") for artifacts. The game uses the same board pieces as Space Hulk, and uses an original method of rolling dice that involves throwing dice onto a printed grid.

Non-miniature games

Board games

These were all released at around the same time, having near identical gameplay mechanics with minor variations.

Battle for Armageddon 
Map-based board game (1993) with numbered cardboard counters, acting out the (first) Ork invasion of the planet Armageddon. Add-on (Chaos Attack) was released soon after, acting out the Chaos invasion of the planet before the Ork invasions. Both were re-released as free PDF downloads from Games Workshop during the Third War for Armageddon worldwide campaign in 1998.
Not to be confused with the wargame of the same name, Warmaster is a counter based board game originally published in White Dwarf as an introduction to the board game idea. The game recreates the climax of the Horus Heresy with the final assault on Horus' battlebarge (later named the Vengeful Spirit in canon storyline). Recently republished on the Games Workshop Spain website.
Doom of the Eldar 
Map-based board game from 1993 with numbered cardboard counters, recreating the Tyranid invasion of the Iyanden craftworld.
Horus Heresy 
Map-based board game from 1993 with numbered cardboard counters. Recreation of the invasion of Earth during the Horus Heresy.
Arena of Blood 
Gladiator-style game published in an issue of White Dwarf magazine. Players would pit teams of Dark Eldar Wyches against each other in combat.

Card based

Citadel Combat Cards 
Non collectible card game from early 1990s with photographs of various GW models. Originally based on Warhammer Fantasy Battle models, later included Warhammer 40,000 cards as well. Gameplay mechanic very similar to the card game War.
Dark Millennium 
A collectible card game currently produced by Sabertooth Games. Dark Millennium shares its name with an expansion set published for 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000.
Horus Heresy CCG 
A collectible card game formerly produced by Sabertooth Games. Recreation of the events of the Horus Heresy
Warhammer 40,000 Collectible Card Game 
A collectible card game formerly produced by Sabertooth Games.
Space Hulk: Death Angel 
A cooperative card game for 1-6 players designed by Corey Konieczka. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, players take on the roles of Space Marines pitted against the increasing hordes of Genestealers.

Roleplaying games

Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay 
Fantasy Flight Games has produced four games set in the Warhammer 40K universe. Dark Heresy, in which the players are agents of the Inquisition. Rogue Trader, in which the players are the crew of a starship captained by a Rogue Trader, charged with exploring and expanding the Imperium of Man. Deathwatch, in which the players are Space Marines charged with protecting the Imperium from hostile alien species. Black Crusade, in which the players are the forces of Chaos.


Lost Patrol 
While this 2-player game uses 5 Marine Scout miniatures, the rest of the game uses counters. Scouts explore hex-based jungle tiles avoiding generic "lurker" monsters.

Warhammer Warriors

Video games

Non-wargame products


Warhammer Monthly was a comic book, published by Black Library, which ran for over 5 years. These comics have been collected together and released as a series of trade paperbacks. These comics themselves have been the source for a series of miniatures and new rules (see Black Library gaming (Warhammer 40,000)).

A comic independent from the Warhammer Monthly is the comic Deff Skwadron featuring an Ork fighta-bommer team and their battles.

In 2006, Games Workshop licensed the comic books rights to Boom! Studios. That publisher's first Warhammer 40,000 release was Damnation Crusade, written by Dan Abnett.


Several years ago, Games Workshop announced that Exile Studios would produce a CGI movie based upon the Bloodquest graphic novel. A trailer was released, but the project was later put on indefinite hold. Exile Studios since disbanded. [1]

For the 25th Anniversary Games Day, Games Workshop released (for limited sale) a short movie entitled Inquisitor. This movie was created using clips and footage that was created as a pitch to G.W. for a movie deal. There were also trailers for two other films, "Hive Infestation" and "Blood for the Blood God". "Hive Infestation" pitted Space Wolf terminators against a genestealer cult infestation of a hive world. "Blood for the Blood God" was the second trailer released, and portrayed orks and Dark Angel marines fighting along with an inquisitor, much in the style of the Epic 40,000 video game cut scenes, but little information was given on this short film aside from a shot of a berserker of Khorne (available in YouTube but flagged by Games Workshop, removing the movie).

Another one was Damnatus, a German fan film developed over four years. Games Workshop announced in July 2007 that they would not give permission for the movie to be released because of copyright issues between Anglo-American copyright and Continental European Droit d'auteur. Games Workshop claim they would not have been able to grant permission for the film to use Warhammer 40,000 IP without giving up their claim to it.

In 2010, Games Workshop with Codex Pictures released a 70 minute downloadable movie called Ultramarines. The screenplay was written by Black Library author Dan Abnett. Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt head the cast of voice actors.[2]

Gaming magazines articles

White Dwarf magazine follows various aspects of Warhammer 40,000 with battle reports, variant rules and miniature converting and painting. It also contains short stories and background articles. White Dwarf promotes and covers various artistic works along with the miniature lines.


In the late 1980s the death metal band "Bolt Thrower" wrote lyrics dedicated to the Warhammer 40,000 universe and used 40k artwork on their second album cover.

In the early 1990s, Games Workshop created its own short-lived record company, Warhammer Records. The only band under this label was D-Rok (who published one album, Oblivion, in 1991). A fragment of D-Rok's song "Get Out of My Way" was used in the computer game "Space Hulk", published by Electronic Arts in 1992.

In early 2000s, the German label Art of Perception produced a 12 part soundtrack vinyl series followed by three CD compilations. The task for the artists involved in this project was to conduct a theme for a species from the Warhammer 40.000 universe.

In 2009, the Singaporean Death Metal band, Deus Ex Machina released I, Human, which makes numerous references to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, particularly the Adeptus Mechanicus faction.[3]

Games Workshop produced CD recordings and soundtracks for several of its collectors' edition novels, including the Gaunt's Ghosts.


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After initially publishing the Warhammer and Dark Future books themselves Games Workshop's sister company, Black Library, began publishing novels, comic books, and art albums based on the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universe. Novels include the Gaunt's Ghosts series and Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett, the Space Wolf series by William King, and the Inquisition War trilogy by Ian Watson.

Short fiction

From 1997 to 2005, Black Library published INFERNO!, a magazine of short stories, artwork, and other features set in the various fictional universes of Games Workshop, and regularly featuring that of Warhammer 40,000.

Starting in 2010, Black Library has started producing a monthly eBook only publication, called "Hammer and Bolter' with the focus on short stories set in the different Games Workshop universes.


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