Is there any backstory to the different races in Warhammer 40K...?

  • Why not ask on the Sci-Fi stackexchange site?
    – Pureferret
    Jan 4 '12 at 18:25

A basic introduction is available via Games Workshop, and a general overview can be found on the Warhammer_40,000 page on Wikipedia.

Beyond that, there is an enormous amount of information available in the Codexes. Games workshop produces a Codex for each race which contains a lot of backstory as well as units and rules specific to that race.

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    There's also a huge amount of backstory in issues of White Dwarf magazine, and the Black Library range of novels. Oct 27 '10 at 5:06

You can also hit up the Lexicanum for relatively detailed historical entries; just bear in mind that being a wiki, there is some information on there that is of disputed quality.


On the official part, GW has also the Astronomican with some articles

On the unnoficial, apart from the already mentioned Lexicanum, warhammer40k.wikia.com has also a lot of background (generic, not as unit-level deep as Lexicanum).



  • Could you please expand on this at all? A single link shouldn't really suffice as an answer
    – Pureferret
    Sep 1 '12 at 23:24

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