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Warhammer 40,000 has grown into a wide-ranging franchise spanning multiple media:

Spin-offs and games of Warhammer 40000 that have received indexes of their own:

    Other Miniatures Games 
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Space Is an Ocean naval combat involving the major powers in the game fighting over the Gothic Sector of Imperial Space.
  • Inquisitor: A 54mm scale RPG. Extremely detailed both in minature, rules and backstory and the narratives involved in the gameplay. The backstory discusses a factional civil war at the highest levels of the Imperial Inquisition, the most powerful organisation of humanity.
  • Necromunda: A skirmish level small unit combat set on the human Hive World of Necromunda, with mostly human factions fighting an underground gang-war. It is the Sci-Fi Counterpart to the Warhammer Fantasy skirmish game Mordheim.
  • Gorkamorka: A skirmish-level game similar to Necromunda but featuring Ork gangs fighting for fortune and power, to dominate the other tribes and lead the Waaagh! offworld. Considered a less serious game than the others, due to the Orks' role as what passes for comic relief in the setting.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team: A skirmish-level game that has a small team of elite units infiltrating and completing objectives.

    Tabletop Role-Playing Games 
  • Black Crusade: The fourth in the series, this switches the focus from Imperial heroes onto dark villians working for the ruinous powers of Chaos.
  • Dark Heresy: Spiritual Successor to Inquisitor and noted for eight gruesome pages of critical hit charts. Narrative revolves around the Inquisition, corruption and conspiracy.
  • Deathwatch: The third in the modern RPG series that started with Dark Heresy, this gamebook revolves around the Space Marines of the Ordo Xenos Deathwatch, a special operations group tasked with defeating alien horrors.
  • Rogue Trader: The first game by this name was the original name for 1st Edition Warhammer 40K. The second is the 2009 follow up to Dark Heresy, an RPG that is about exploration and adventure in what has been called a grimdark version of Star Trek.
  • Only War: The fifth in the series; it turns the focus onto the Imperial Guard and more traditional warfare.
  • Wrath & Glory: A new RPG from the team behind the Dark Eye.

    Video Games 

    Board and Card Games 
  • Space Hulk: Space Marine Terminators attempt to cleanse aforementioned Space Hulks of Genestealer infestation. Has video game and tabletop game variants, and is notable for being particularly beloved by gamers of a certain age in its native UK, for whom the game was a gateway entry into wider tabletop and 40K play.
  • Death Angel: A card game variant of Space Hulk.
  • Conquest: An LCG based on the franchise. It pits different armies against each other for the control of a planetary system.
  • Assassinorum: Execution Force: A 2015 limited-release board game in which a quartet of Imperial Assassins attempt to stop a Chaos Sorcerer from opening a Warp rift in the heart of the Segmentum Solar.


These pages are for tropes related to the literary fiction (novels, short stories etc.) and only this. Please resist the urge to shoehorn tropes about the Chapters the novels are following onto these pages. Tropes which are exemplified by the Chapter in Codices, rulebook fluff and the like go on the relevant Characters pages. Generally speaking, the subject of the story is the name of the entry, and each specific story, novel or audio drama should be entered into that subject's trope entry.

Book Series

  • Astra Militarum: A loose series of mostly stand-alone novels about the regular human soldiers of the Imperium.
  • The Beast Arises: An interequel between the Horus Heresy and larger 40k universe, depicting the cataclysmic war waged between the Imperium and the most powerful Ork Waaagh! to have ever existed.
  • Bequin: A sequel trilogy to the Ravenor and Eisenhorn trilogies, it follows pariah Alizebeth Bequin, raised from youth to be an agent for the Inquisition.
  • Black Legion: Previously known as the Luna Wolves and later the Sons of Horus, they feature prominently in the backstory, and are an essential element in the Horus Heresy series. They have an upcoming series written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden in the works.
  • Blood Angels: Covers the early history of the chapter, later moving to cover their inherent genetic flaws (the Red Thirst and Black Fury) and the effect they have on the chapter.
  • Ciaphas Cain HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!! follows the titular Commissar of the Imperial Guard through various conflicts. It is quite unique as these stories are written in a tongue-in-cheek dark comedic style while still maintaining the normal grimdark horror of the setting.
  • Dark Angels: Half the number of this Space Marine chapter rebelled during the Horus Heresy. These books follow the general idea of hunting their Fallen brothers and keeping the secret of their failure from the rest of the Imperium.
  • Dark Heresy: A series of novels written by Sandy Mitchell based on the tabletop rpg of the same name
  • Dawn of War: Novelisations of the Dawn of War video game series.
  • Eisenhorn: A trilogy of books, Xenos, Malleus & Hereticus, that follow Inquisitor Eisenhorn's adventures and attempts to avoid being named a rogue heretic.
  • Forges of Mars: A trilogy of novels centering on an Explorator Fleet of the Adeptus Mechanicus and its assorted hangers-on as it searches for the lost Archmagos Telok and the impossible technology he claims to have found.
  • Gaunt's Ghosts: The Tanith First & Only are an Imperial Guard regiment who had to evacuate their home planet Tanith after an invasion by the forces of Chaos. They were the only people to get off the planet alive, hence the name. With over a dozen novels in the series, and spin-offs, it has spawned a mini-continuity called the "Sabbat Worlds Crusade" inside the overall lore of the game.
  • Grey Knights: Follows the exploits of Justicar Alaric and his squad battling various daemonic and chaotic enemies of the Imperium. The Grey Knights are an ultra-secret, ultra-pure, ultra-elite chapter of Space Marines dedicated to fighting the most dangerous threats that the Imperium will face.
  • Horus Heresy: This extremely popular (showing up regularly on the New York Times best seller list) series of 50+ novels, audio dramas, and related books that cements the canon story of the Horus Heresy, the foundation on which the Warhammer 40000 universe is built around, set around 30,000 AD.
  • Inquisition War: A trilogy revolving around an Inquisitor's attempts to battle an insidious plot hatched by his fellow inquisitors, only to succumb to corruption himself. Written in 1990, its first installment was one of the first two books published by Games Workshop and is based on many elements of now-defunct 1st Edition lore.
  • Iron Warriors: Feature in a series of 7 novels as Villain Protagonists, a Chaos Space Marine legion dedicated to siege warfare.
  • The Last Chancers: A trilogy of novels concerning the 13th Penal Legion of the Imperial Guard, led by Colonel Schaeffer. The regiment is comprised of Imperial criminals that Schaeffer drags through hellish battlefields to build up an elite human suicide squad.
  • Night Lords With 4 novels, 2 shorts stories and an audio drama, these stories provide an Alternate Character Interpretation for the previous "deranged pyschopath" image of this Chaos Space Marine chapter.
  • Path of the Eldar: A set of two trilogies. The first is a "Rashomon"-Style story revolving around three Eldar of craftworld Alaitoc. The second follows the path of three Dark Eldar warriors.
  • Ravenor: A trilogy of novels featuring the heavily disabled psyker Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his Five-Man Band.
  • Salamanders: The Tome Of Fire trilogy follows the 3rd Company as they uncover a relic from the past, fight the Dark Eldar, and defend their homeworld.
  • Shira Calpurnia: An Arbitor Senioris of the Adeptus Arbites who is the central character of a trilogy of novels.
  • Sisters Of Battle: A series of books detailing the missions of Sister Seraphim Miriya and Hospitaller Sister Verity.
  • Soul Drinkers: A 6 novel series about this Marine chapter who nearly fall to Chaos, reject it, but do not return to the service of the Imperium.
  • Space Marine Battles: A series of novels about the various Space Marine Chapters' notable conflicts and battles against the many enemies of the Imperium.
  • Space Wolf: Vikings IN SPACE with a wolf motif. 6 novels centered on Ragnar Blackmane.
  • Thousand Sons: A Chaos Space Marine legion that makes extensive use of sorcery, has a trilogy centering around their most famous sorcerer, Ahzek Ahriman.
  • Ultramarines: The adventures of Captain Uriel Ventris of the Ultramarines, a mainstay of the Space Marines in the 40k canon.
  • White Scars: Featured in the Hunt for Voldorius, one of the few Asian factions in the entire Universe.
  • Word Bearers: A trilogy of novels regarding a search by Dark Apostle Jarulek and his apprentice Marduk as they search for an ancient artifact.
  • Warhammer Adventures

Standalone Novels

  • Brothers of the Snake: The adventures of the Iron Snakes Space Marine chapter, focusing on one Marine named Priad.
  • The Emperor's Gift: A novel covering the First War of Armageddon and the Months of Shame from the Grey Knight's perspective.
  • Fifteen Hours: A new recruit to the Imperial Guard gets his first taste of war.
  • Sons of Dorn: Follows three new Imperial Fists recruits through their training, and their first mission as Scouts.
  • Titanicus: Although considered a spin-off of the Gaunt's Ghosts series, the novel is a standalone story that has little connection to the series' plotline.


  • Published By The Black Library:
  • Bloodquest: Chronicles The Blood Angel captain Leonatos as he and his most loyal followers go on a bloodquest to retrieve the lost sword of Belarius.
  • Deff Skwadron: Follows the adventures of an Ork fighta-bomma squadron fighting a war against another ork Waaagh!
  • Kal Jerico: Follows the eponymous bounty hunter in his various adventures in Necromunda.
  • Titan: Follows the actions of the Imperius Dictatio warlord titan and its crew.
  • The Redeemer: Follows a Redemptionist priest and his followers in their never ending quest to purge the under-hive of Necromunda.
  • Deathwatch: Follows a squad of the titular Space marines fighting a Genestealer infestation.
  • Imperial Gothic: Short-story Anthology written by Dan Abnett.
  • Flames of Damnation: Another Shorty-story anthology, collects the earlier released Eternal War and Eternal Damnation, both of which are also Anthologies.
  • Macragges Honour: Takes place during the Horus Heresy shortly after Know No Fear. Follows the crew of the titular Ultramarine flagship as they give chase to Kor Phaeron during the battle of Calth.
  • Lone Wolves:
  • Daemonifuge:
  • Published By Boom! Studios:
    • Blood and Thunder: Follows the story of an Imperial Guard colonel during his captivity by orks.
    • Damnation Crusade: Follows the life of a Black Templar, from his initiation to his final fate.
    • Defenders Of Ultramar: Chronicles the titular ultramarine company as they defend Ultramar from an ork Waaagh.
    • Exterminatus: Standalone sequel to Damnation Crusade. Follows Inquisitor Alastor as he investigates chaos corruption in the sector following the events of said comic.
    • Fire And Honour: Follows the Cadian 71st hell hounds company in their war against the Tau.

    Web Animations 
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: A series of web videos, asking the question of what exactly would happen if the Emperor of Mankind could ask about the current state of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Hilarity Ensues as the Emperor proceeds to have some... colorful critiques about the universe as well as its numerous Retcons over the years, and begins some changes.
  • A Day in the Life of a Commissar: A machinima series detailing the horrible day Commissar Steeve is having, and how he Must Have Caffeine but he can't because Nathan Johnson bought (and drank) all the coffee on the planet.

  • The Tritone Gambit: An actual-play podcast of Dark Heresy, following an all-female group of Inquisitorial acolytes investigating a recently settled sector of space on the fringes of the Imperium.

    Spin-offs and games that do not have their own pages 

  • Aeronautica Imperialis: Air-combat spin-off tabletop game.
  • Epic 40000: Uses very small scale miniatures, allowing the players to field huge armies and extremely powerful units such as the largest Titans and Gargants and even Daemon Primarchs.
  • Final Liberation: Epic-based turn-based strategy video game, with FMV cinematics that look like a fan film.
  • Aspect Warrior: Isometric shooter video game.
  • The various counter-based Board Games, including Battle for Armageddon (and the add-on Chaos Attack), Horus Heresy, Doom of the Eldar, Warmaster, Arena of Blood, and Relic.
  • The card games.
  • Dark Millennium: Upcoming RPG, initially an MMO until THQ's financial difficulties forced cut backs. An unconfirmed rumor claims it has been passed to EA for further development.
  • Blood For The Blood God, Hive Infestation and Inquisitor: Obscure live-action shorts.
  • Rites of War: Turn-based computer strategy game starring the Eldar, using the Panzer General engine.
  • Armageddon: A turn-based computer strategy game, using the Panzer Corps engine, from Slitherine Games, about the Second War for Armageddon involving various Space Marine chapters, Imperial Guard & Orks.
  • Space Crusade: A board game somewhat similar to Space Hulk in which up to three players control a squad of Space Marines each, attempting to fight their way through a space hulk filled with a mix of Orks, Genestealers and Chaos troops controlled by another player. Although apparently set in the Warhammer 40K universe, including use of Space Marine chapter names, it was developed jointly with Milton Bradley and, as with other similar joint games such as HeroQuest, never makes any mention of the actual setting.
  • Warhammer 40000: Glory in Death: An obscure title for the ill-fated Nokia N-Gage handheld/cellphone combo released in 2006. Either nobody bought it or it had a hilariously limited release because it's got a stub on The Other Wiki and is mentioned on the N-Gage page, and not a lot else.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Freeblade Chronicles: A Rail Shooter/Action RPG hybrid for mobile phones, dealing with a dispossessed Imperial Knight rescued by the Dark Angels.
  • Space Wolf: A mobile phone card-battle Strategy RPG.
  • Battle for Vedros: A "beginners-level" version of 40K introduced in 2016, with greatly simplified rules. Pitting Space Marines against Orks, it uses the snap-fit models from the old starter set Attack on Black Reach.