Look at what the mailman brought. A shiny new box of Shadow War Armageddon!
It has been a while since I played with my Warhammer 40K miniatures, but Games Workshop latest skirmish tease has me back in a flash, ordering a box of Shadow War Armageddon (which also sold out in a flash, so I’m clearly not the only one).
What’s Shadow War Armageddon?
Well, if you’ve been away from the miniature gaming scene, Games Workshop essentially bundled their old (some would say classic) rules for the Underhive skirmish game Necromunda, revised them a little bit to work with existing 40K miniatures and released it as a skirmish wargame set on the planet of Armageddon.
And it comes with a lot of cool new terrain!
The Shadow War Armageddon Terrain
Shadow War Armageddon comes with 8 terrain sprues, which build most of the three new Sector Mechanicus terrain pieces Games Workshop has released just following Shadow War Armageddon. It is very nice, 6″ high (minimum) set of modular terrain of walkways, supporting beams, turbines and more.
I am unsure how useful it will be in traditional Warhammer 40K, as this terrain does not appear to over much to block line of sight. However, it does look fantastic and will obviously be perfect for more vertical, Necromunda-style skirmish fights.
Aside from the terrain, the box also includes (old) sprues for 10 Space Marine Scouts and 10 Ork Boyz (not pictured).
Rulebooks & Templates
Of course, there are also rules. Or more precisely, a single sheet of quick start rules and a fantastic 120 page, full-colour rule book with the (mostly old Necromunda-) rules and campaign rules for fighting in the Shadow War in the Armageddon hives.
Finally, there are templates (in blood-soaked red), counters, bases, some dice (but, curiously, no range-ruler or whippy stick).
Why Shadow War Armageddon will be great!
I am very much looking forward to my first game of Shadow War Armageddon. I truly believe Games Workshop hit a sweet spot here, offering a game that allows people with a collection of 40K miniatures collecting dust (and those that regularly use them in games of Warhammer 40k) to get them out for shorter, fun skirmish games.
I know my Space Wolves Scouts will be seeing some skirmish action soon!
I still enjoy playing full games of Warhammer 40K, but it does take a good chunk of time out of your day. Complementing it with short skirmish games, possibly tied together through a campaign, is a fantastic addition to that particular hobby!
I plan to follow up this unboxing with a few more blog posts on my Shadow War Armageddon experience.
Let me know what you think of Games Workshop’s newest (and arguably also one of their oldest) game!