GW: Shadespire Gameplay & More Pics

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Shadespire looks pretty amazing, here’s more looks at gameplay and what’s in the box.

Our man on the floor of Adepticon (it’s AdamHarry) just keeps on taking pictures for you.

Let’s start with the short official description of the game from GW:

“Warhammer Underworlds is a new tactical arena combat game on its way later this year. This is a system designed for balanced, small-scale tactical games, that can be played quickly and easily by anyone, but which even experienced players will find challenging to master. The game rules are designed with competitive play in mind; matches can be played in under 45 minutes, on a smaller surface than our larger-scale games, and will be ideal for club or tournament play.

…The game is played using unique dice and card decks, and these will, to an extent, be unique to each faction. Both decks of cards used in the game are fully customisable – meaning you can choose to create all manner of combinations of overlapping abilities to use and objectives to achieve.”

Today we bring you the latest look at GW’s upcoming tactical arena game, Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. We know a few basic things about the game already, and a few of the heroes and villains will be battling each other. Now let’s take a look at what the actual game will look like.

Here are the villains, color-coded for your convenience…

Alternate title: Smite-guard, for all those hard to clean Chaos messes…

“Okay we need some abilities. Whaddya got?” “Maybe something about zeal and lightning?” “Print it.”


All it takes to win this game is just a token effort…

Shadespire looks a little dicey, guys.

“People say I’m overcompensating with my sword. I say nay–my sword is undercompensating with me.”

“Stop. Hammer time.”

A blacksmith in her former life–looks like Kate from A Knight’s Tale ended up doing alright!

One collar you wouldn’t want to pop.

He looks more boned than blooded…

Garrek MOREbeard if you ask me…



“A Fast-Paced Game of Tactical Arena Combat (Core Set)”

Games Workshop has a new poster to go along with the previous quick tease for a brand new game set in the mortal realms during the Age of Sigmar.

via Warhammer Community



More on Shadespire soon. Check back often!

  • CPENinja

    The puns in this article should constitute a hate crime

  • Talos2

    LOokspretty much like gorechosen to me which was fun, for a while

    • Aezeal

      Well.. this got cheaper models but is considered a core set.. which pretty much implies they’ll be following up on this release.

      • ZeeLobby

        it kills me a little inside that they chose these two factions again :/

        • They said they’re doing new pushfits for all the *edit* CORE factions

        • Carey_Mahoney

          Like, same stuff, different day…

  • Geko747

    I wish GW would put the time and effort into making 1 great board game rather than 20 crap ones.

    • This isn’t so much a board game as a new Xwing competitor

    • rtheom

      I dunno. I’d say that the GW games are better than about half of the official “board games” I’ve purchased in the past. But it would be cool to see more complicated games like an Eclipse equivalent as well as these smaller, faster games.

  • ZeeLobby

    Starting to look like FFG games, haha.

    • Theodosius

      Yeah, instantly made me think of the WHQ Card Card.

    • Aezeal

      But less detail on the models.. should be perfect for you.

      • ZeeLobby

        Pretty sure they’re the same amount, just blue and red colored, lol.

        • euansmith

          Red State vs Blue State?

          • Andrew

            General Chaos?

  • Theodosius

    Garrek Gorebeard sounds like the result of a Khorne name generator posted on Facebook.

  • Aezeal

    So these models.
    If I’m nog mistaken they are prebased and 1 piece so no glue, ready to play.
    But they also seem a little less detailed right? Less small bits and stuff? (Hey Zee something you’d like?)

    • ZeeLobby

      Hehe. it looks like they glue onto the base.

    • They are designed to be played with out of the box, push fit etc. that said these are prototypes not the final models

    • Derek

      The Female stormcast have different arm pose.( picture at adepticon compared to the trailer one)

  • Xodis

    So this totally looks like Descent in GW form.

    Wonder if we will get Star Wars the War/Skirmish game then.

    • Zethnar

      That exists already. Go look up Imperial Assault. It has a dungeon crawl component but there is a second ruleset in the box for fighting skirmish games.

      • Xodis

        Oh no, I own IA and most of the expansions. I meant a 40K/AoS version of StarWars where we can have a full Rebellion vs Empire ground war.

  • bfmusashi

    Arnulf is a mystery to all.

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      Lol just realized what you mean by that. Who’s that guy? Oh he’s Arnulf, he just started following us around.

  • Jim Morr

    Female stormcast… shall we see female Space Marine 2.0 next? Would’t be surprised.

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      I’d rather see 1 Plastic Sisters of Battle and 2 Female imperial guard if GW does female units.

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      Female stormcasts have been a thing from ages ago. Even back during the introductory articles on White Dwarf Stormcasts were refered as men and women. Godbeasts mentioned already a mixed-gender warrior chamber. They haven’t laid upon a lot on the ladies, though.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    I would have preferred the Stormcasts to be some kind of phantoms underneath their armour, not just Space Marines without backpacks. Maybe an appropriate paintjob can go that way here. Or just a headswap with a Spirit Host. Hhhmmmm….

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      They… had never been phantoms? And they don’t really resemble 40k space marines that much, once you go read the novels and campaign books.

  • Emperor’s Champion

    y’know what, you can whinge on about the khorne v stormcast malarky but I welcome this whole GW returning to the game systems market. We’re getting new games, even if they are just marketing tools for people to buy more minis but also fan service games reintroducing armies and board games for greying oldies still hugging their rogue trader collections.

  • JL

    Yay. More Sigmarines vs. Bloodgores.

  • Golden Yak

    Hooray for lady Stormcast!

  • Jon Barnes

    The dice make me think it plays a bit like Blood Bowl’s blocking rules.

  • Jon Barnes

    I just noticed the horrific armoured boob tube on the female Stormcast. That’s awful!

  • DrunkCorgi

    “A set of ‘best out of 3’games takes 40 minutes.”

    So… each game is less than 15 minutes? Did they decide AoS was still too complex? That’s crazy.

  • ZeeLobby

    The more I see about the Armageddon game, the more I”m excited about this, haha.