Royal Mail's Warhammer post stamps.
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There are fewer better ways to determine the significance of a product and its cultural importance than seeing your favorite tabletop miniatures games arrive on two-pound stamps by the Royal Mail. Now, the Royal Mail is releasing the commemorative stamps to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the game which was introduced by Games Workshop in 1983 and has become an indelible part of games expositions and miniatures clubs. 

The original game was known as Warhammer Fantasy Battle, and it was later succeeded by Age of Sigmar, its modern-day iteration. The fantasy franchise quickly branched into an identical one based on science fiction, with once again a central figure known as the Emperor of Mankind in Warhammer 40,000. 

Meanwhile, the game is preparing a third iteration, with Warhammer: The Old World revisiting the original theme, which is a sort of a Total War series cast in a medieval setting. There are a total of ten stamps that fans of the game will be able to pick from – and those loyalists among you may consider even scooping the whole lot of them altogether. 

All the Famous Artwork and Characters Revisited 

These stamps will include artwork from the original games as well as their rulebooks. There will be a first-edition Rogue Trader, 40K’s Emperor of Mankind, Battle for Skull Pass from The Old World, and plenty of others. You will see signature characters from the Warhammer universe make their appearance in the stamps, including Stormcast Eternals, Slaves to Darkness, High Elves and Dwarfs, Space Marines and Orks.

The stamps are due to arrive on June 8 and they will come in standard as well as collector’s packs, and arrive as postcards, medal covers, metal stamp ingots, and more. The stamps are also arriving at a moment when the rules of Warhammer 40K 10th Edition have been leaked, although Games Workshop has been able to contain the rules so far under wraps and away from the public eye. For those of us who have them, however, it’s safe to say that the entire Warhammer franchise is heading in a very good direction. 

Stoyan entered the hobby over seven years ago and his collection has been growing at a pace his spouse has described as “concerning.” Willing to push the boundaries of the connubial bliss to its extremes, Stoyan is here to bring you the latest updates and developments from the world of board games.