Armies of Warhammer

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Armies of Warhammer are components of the table-top games Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and Warhammer 40,000. The armies have been defined into a separate "army list," and they are described in more detail in the Warhammer Army Book, Age of Sigmar Battletome, or Warhammer 40,000 Codex. Players of either game, or their spin-offs, have a wide variety of army choices and each army can be customised to suit a particular playing style. All games are produced by Games Workshop.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar[edit]

Armies in Age of Sigmar are divided into four Grand Alliances: Order, Death, Destruction, and Chaos. Each player's army in Matched Play may consist of a particular army and a certain percentage of units from specified allied armies or a combination of units all from the same Grand Alliance. Rules for legacy armies that were discontinued in the transition from Fantasy to Age of Sigmar, such as Bretonnians and Tomb Kings, are available for Open and Narrative Play as well.

Current Armies[edit]


  • Stormcast Eternals
  • Free Peoples
  • Sylvaneth
  • Seraphon
  • Daughters of Khaine
  • Idoneth Deepkin
  • Dispossessed
  • Fyreslayers
  • Kharadron Overlords
  • Aelves


  • Legions of Nagash
  • Nighthaunt
  • Flesh-Eater Courts


  • Ironjawz
  • Bonesplitters
  • Greenskinz
  • Gloomspite Gitz
  • Beastclaw Raiders
  • Gutbusters


  • Everchosen
  • Slaves to Darkness
  • Beasts of Chaos
  • Creatures of Chaos
  • Skaven
  • Blades of Khorne
  • Maggotkin of Nurgle
  • Disciples of Tzeentch
  • Hosts of Slaanesh

Warhammer Fantasy[edit]

For a list of Army Books at the discontinuation of the game, see Warhammer Army Book.

Final Armies[edit]

Discontinued Armies[edit]

The following armies have been discontinued or replaced:

  • Dogs of War (Mercenaries. This army was released in 5th edition and updated online for 6th. The rules were taken down during 7th, and the army listing was deleted on the website, though many models remained listed as part of various armies and under miscellaneous until the purge of metal models in early 2014.)
  • Kislev (Units were part of the Empire in 4th/5th edition. Had a White Dwarf rules pamphlet in 6th edition that could be fielded as an allied force with the Empire. Models have since been discontinued from Games Workshop at the end of 7th edition. Kislev also had a full Warmaster Force until the discontinuation of that game.)
  • Araby (Araby was a fully playable Warmaster Force until the discontinuation of that game.)
  • Beasts of Chaos (Replaced by Beastmen during 7th edition.)
  • Hordes of Chaos (Split into Warriors of Chaos and Daemons of Chaos during 7th edition.)
  • Realm of Chaos (Split into Hordes of Chaos and Beasts of Chaos at the start of 6th edition.)
  • Undead (Split into Tomb Kings and Vampire Counts at the end of 5th edition.)
  • Slann (Discontinued at the end of 3rd edition and replaced by Lizardmen at the start of 5th edition)

Forces of Fantasy, written by Richard Priestley and Bryan Ansell and published by Games Workshop, was a supplement to the original Warhammer Fantasy Battle Rules (1st Edition) and detailed the following armies:

  • Men of the East
  • Men of the North
  • Men of the Orient
  • Men of the West
  • Dwarfs
  • Gnomes
  • Halflings
  • Dark Elves
  • High Elves
  • Sea Elves
  • Wood Elves
  • Giants
  • Great Goblins
  • Night Goblins
  • Red Goblins
  • Hobgoblins
  • Orcs
  • Lizardmen
  • Slann
  • Chaos
  • Undead
  • Goodly Hosts
  • Marauding Monsters

The armies listed below are not considered 'official', although some may have experimental rules published either in print or on the Games Workshop website, or may have fan made army books. A few of these forces have models for sale and current legal rules in the monsters supplements for the Storm of Magic expansion.

Warhammer 40,000[edit]

For a current list of codices, see Codex (Warhammer 40,000)

Current Armies[edit]

Discontinued Armies[edit]

  • Squats (scrubbed from the background and setting at the end of 2nd Edition, though they are mentioned for the first time in almost 20 years in the 6th Edition main rulebook)
  • Daemonhunters (replaced by Space Marine Grey Knights Chapter during 5th edition)
  • Witch Hunters (replaced by Sisters of Battle during 5th edition)

Warbands of Mordheim[edit]

Campaign battles between small 'warbands' (typically 10-20 models) in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Uses 28mm scale.


Campaign battles between small 'gangs' (typically 5-15 models) in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Uses 28mm scale.

  • Cawdor
  • Delaque
  • Escher
  • Goliath
  • Orlock
  • Van Saar
  • The Cult of the Redemption
  • Pit Slaves
  • Ratskins
  • Scavvies
  • Spyre Hunters
  • Enforcers

Man O'War[edit]

Naval battles in the Warhammer Fantasy world.

All Fleets are discontinued, as is the game itself.

  • The Empire
  • Bretonnia
  • Elf
  • Dark Elf
  • Dwarf
  • Orc
  • Slaanesh
  • Khorne
  • Nurgle
  • Tzeentch
  • Plague Fleet (Combined Chaos)
  • Skaven
  • Chaos Dwarf
  • Norse
  • Undead (Rules published in Citadel Journal 6. No models released.).

Blood Bowl[edit]

An ultra-violent version of football in a world which, depending on one's interpretation, may be the Warhammer Fantasy world, or may merely bear a remarkable resemblance to the Warhammer Fantasy world. Uses 28mm scale.

  • Albion (discontinued)
  • Amazons
  • Bretonnians (discontinued)
  • Chaos
  • Chaos Dwarfs
  • Chaos Pact
  • Dark Elves
  • Dwarfs
  • 'Pro' Elves
  • Fatties (discontinued)
  • Goblins
  • Halflings (note: halflings are found in WFB but only as Dogs of War units)
  • High Elves
  • Humans
  • Judges (discontinued)
  • Khemri
  • Lizardmen
  • Necromantic Undead
  • Norse
  • Nurgle
  • Ogres/Snotlings
  • Orcs
  • Skaven
  • Slann
  • Undead
  • Underworld (combined Skaven & Goblin)
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves (Now part of the Necromantic team)
  • Wood Elves


Large battles in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Uses 10mm scale.

Epic (Armageddon)[edit]

Large battles in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Uses 6mm scale.

  • 'Codex' Space Marines
  • White Scars Space Marines
  • Imperial Guard Armageddon Steel Legion Mechanised Regiment
  • Imperial Guard Baran Siegemasters Regiment
  • Orks
  • Feral Orks
  • 'Speed Freek' Orks
  • Eldar (Biel Tan Craftworld)
  • Chaos Space Marines (The Black Legion)
  • Chaos mortals (The Lost and the Damned)

In addition, the following army lists have been published, but are not considered 'official'

  • Adeptus Mechanicus Titan Legions
  • Necrons
  • Tyranids
  • Tau Empire (Third Phase Expansion Force)
  • Imperial Guard Catachan Regiment
  • Orkimedes' Gargant Big Mob
  • Black Templars Space Marines
  • Blood Angels Space Marines
  • Daemon Hunters (Grey Knights)
  • Eldar (Saim-Hann Craftworld)
  • Eldar (Ulthwë Craftworld)
  • Eldar (Alaitoc Craftworld)
  • Chaos Space Marines (Thousand Sons)
  • Chaos Space Marines (Death Guard)
  • Chaos Space Marines (Emperor's Children)

Battlefleet Gothic[edit]

Battles between fleets of spaceships in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

  • Imperial Navy
  • Chaos
  • Ork Pirates
  • Eldar pirates
  • Space Marines
  • Ork Waaagh! fleets
  • Craftworld Eldar
  • Dark Eldar Raiders
  • Tau Empire (including Demiurg, Nicassar and Kroot ships as well as Tau vessels)
  • Necron Raiders
  • Adeptus Mechanicus
  • Space Pirates (discontinued)
  • Rogue Trader Fleets
  • Tyranid Hive Fleets


Campaign battles between small 'mobs' (typically 5-15 models) in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Uses 28mm scale.

  • Gorkers (Orks)
  • Morkers (Orks)
  • Diggas (Human)
  • Muties
  • Rebel Grots

Space Hulk[edit]

Small battles on derelict spaceships in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Uses 28mm scale.

  • Space Marine Terminators
  • Genestealers

Unofficial Armies[edit]

Several publications, such as Warhammer Chronicles 2004, and White Dwarf Magazine, list several armies that are in existence but are forbidden in major tournaments such as Rogue Trader and Games Day Grand Tournament (convention tournament).


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