Warhammer Fantasy 8.5 Alive and Kicking – With Stormcast Eternals!

  • Posted by
  • at

Are you dying to use your Stormcast Eternals for Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition?! The WFB fans are keeping the dream alive.

The Stormcast Eternals are part of the Warhammer Fantasy 8.5 Project, a project that is aimed at implementing minor rule updates and often requested changes that people wanted to see in 9th edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles.  The folks behind this are fans of the game, just like you.  I am happy to help spread the word to the blogosphere.

The project is not about a rewrite of the rules, but rather an update to the existing rules with balance in mind (with a few alterations to existing rules to cater for what some wanted 9th to be.)

Click here to download a 100% Unofficial, and free, Warhammer Fantasy 8th edition Army Book for the Stormcast Eternals.



Currently The Rulebook, Beastmen and Bretonnia have had Armybooks updated for 8.5 in the last 6 months with Skaven currently in Beta development that incorporates community involvement via the Warhammer Fantasy 8.5 Facebook Page.

The Warhammer Fantasy 8.5 Project has also released a wide variety of supplements such as The End Times Supplement, Civil War and Storm of Magic to name just a few.

A lot of casual gamers want this with 8th edition is no longer being supported by GW. The Stormcast Eternal list is just one in a series of Armylists that continue to be released to expand the game. Alternate Armylists from White Dwarf and Supplements such as Storm of Chaos are slowly being updated and released to be 8th edition compatible and are self-sufficient.

Currently Dogs of War, Grimgors ‘Ardboyz, and the Dwarf Slayer army are available, with more being added every month or two.

This is completely fan driven and independent of any company.  These guys just want to use their models the way they want!


Worried about the buy-in for a game of mates that was made popular by the ‘rank and flank’ aspects of the game?

Don’t worry, there are different ways to play with your models that will provide you with hours of enjoyment as you build up your army with a mate or two. Two supplements that have been released to provide a gateway are “Regiments of Renown” and “Warhammer: Skirmish”

Below are links to various files that people may find useful, however, for the full list (not to mention access to new supplements/lists as they are released, join the Warhammer Fantasy 8.5 Facebook Page.


WHFB 8.5 Errata & FAQ

WHFB 8.5 FAQ Beastmen 1.0

WHFB 8.5 Dogs of War 1.0

WHFB 8.5 Dwarf Slayer Army of Karak Kadrin 1.0

WHFB 8.5 Grimgors ‘Ardboyz

Warhammer: Regiments of Renown

Warhammer: Skirmish

Warhammer: Legendary Battles

Warhammer: End Times 8.5

Warhammer: Civil War

Do you have models just collecting dust on the shelf?  Check out the links and let us know what you think? Can Warhammer 8.5 go the distance?


  • Dwarl

    No thanks. I’d prefer not to play against Stormcasts in WHFB.

    • Adam Murray

      Im sorry I’m afraid it’s mandatory. All other armies are illegal it’s just Stormcast vs Stormcast.

      • rtheom

        Except for Khorne, of course.

        • Adam Murray

          They’re stormcasts just naughty ones.

  • DeadlyYellow

    Yet another replacement system emerges!

    • Aeonic

      It’s been around about the same length as the Ninth age (if not longer) and unlike Ninth age, this takes the minimalist approach to modifying the rules. Plus, no name changes to the units or fluff 🙂

      • Chris. K Cook

        You mean it’;s not just a bunch of horrible house rules and comp rubbish shoehorned in?

  • generalian

    9th age is better

    • Cergorach

      These ain’t the eighties: “There will be only one!”…

      There is room for more then one system to exist in the same niche.

    • deris87

      I’ll probably have better luck getting my friends who knew 8th ed but didn’t like a few things (Steadfast and Magic) to play this instead. Their Sigmarine army list already has one guy who plays Basileans in KoW interested.

    • Chris. K Cook

      If you like crappy comp and awful house rules. Sure.

      • Adam James Osborne

        The word your looking for is “balance”

        • Chris. K Cook

          No I think the words I’m looking for are Power Gamers unbalancing things in their army’s favour…

    • Moose

      Subjective at best. I think 9th age is a steaming pile of turds with sprinkles.

  • xxvaderxx

    No interested in squabble, a mirad discussions about whats legal and whats not, balance discussions, errata discussions, so on and so forth, i want a standardized, unified and supported system since neither whf or aos have that, then im not inclined to use their products.

  • deris87

    I don’t have my rulebook with me for comparison, but the big changes I think I see are 1.) Disrupting breaks Steadfast. Finally. 2.) A harder cap on only using 12 dice per magic phase, so fewer crazy dice generation shenanigans. Also, worse mishaps the more dice you use. 3.) Terror and Unstable both get a nice little upward tweak.

    There’s something mentioned about Cannonballs and Ridden Monsters but I don’t have the original text to compare. Anyone know what that’s changing?

    • Aeonic

      Cannonballs now randomise to hit the rider or the mount, it no longer hits both plus the firer needs to see what you are hitting (important as hills and impassible terrain are infinitely high similar to the ETC rules)

      In fact over half the changes made in 8.5 are ETC changes (including rules to fix issues raised in the ETC worst play document.)

      • deris87

        Okay, cool, thanks for the elaboration. It seems like they pretty much hit all the bases for people’s major complaints about 8th: Steadfast being too good, cannons being too good, and magic being too good.

    • Chris. K Cook

      I think they should have gone with one or the other. In fact I’d go for no cap but the more dice you use the bigger the boom!

  • Hamish

    Stormcast eternals in WHFB is heresy. Burn them all.

    • Shawn

      Say what you will, but actually creating a Battle Tome for Stormcast Eternals, actually has me interested in Fantasy, lol.

    • petrow84

      Phrasing, and a minor typo. Correctly:
      “Are you dying? Use your Stormcast Eternals for Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition!”

  • I actually like these minimalist changes compared to 9th age’s larger (and more tournament driven) changes. I may look at adopting some of these for my events for those that want to use rank and file still.

    Good job.

  • Anti-Gravity

    Inb4 Lawyers come swooping down on hang gliders right onto the game tables of anyone playing this.

    Only they won’t be called lawyers, they’ll be called ‘Games Workshop God-Lawyers of Celestial Shifting Bloodskull Battlefighters’.

    They’ll come in packs of 5 and cost $10,000 per second.

    • Drpx

      And they’ll all have the same pose of their briefcase raised to bash your skull.

      • Sebastien Bazinet

        With their briefcases made of skulls!

  • Beorthulf Gudmundsoetir

    Opened the dwarf slayer list, saw the option to take a giant, uh ?
    I’ll stick to 8th where the old world still exist and stormcast where just a bad dream. If anything the warhammer armies project is the closest I could play with for armies like cathay or kislev