40K: Enhanced Shadow Wars Rulebook Coming!

GW is working overtime on a new enhanced version of the Shadow Wars Armageddon rulebook. It’s coming very soon.

Every Grimdark fan out there is trying to lie, cheat or steal to grab a copy of the Shadow Wars Armageddon – but the demand is just outstripping the supply. We all know GW wont let a potential mega hit fall down on the job, so they are rushing a new product to market to sate customer demand.

via GW Community

“Following the unprecedented demand for this game, our book team have thrown themselves into creating a new rulebook you’ll be able to order separately. Not content just to make the book a copy of the one that appears in the boxed game, though, they have also added in all the extra content too: all the factions that have had their rules published as PDFs will be included. And, following numerous requests we’ve received from the community (that’s you), we’ll be adding in two new factions – the Battle Sisters of the Adepta Sororitas and warbands from the Inquisition.”


Warbands Included

So it will include the following factions:

  • Space Marines
  • Astra Millitarum
  • Orks
  • Ad Mech – Skitarii
  • Chaos Marines
  • Craftworld Eldar
  • Dark Eldar Wyches
  • Harlequins
  • Tau Pathfinders
  • Necrons
  • Grey Knights
  • Deathwatch
  • Genestealer Cults
  • Tyranids
  • Sisters of Battle
  • Inquisitorial Warbands


They must be doing a rush job at the printers – GW says to look for the new book April 22nd (in 2 weeks)!

No word on prices but I’m hoping it’s cheap and clicks in at about the price of the General’s Handbook.

~Get ready for the underhive folks!




  • Shawn

    I’ll start right here and right now and I’ll call shenanigans, or, at the very leas,t BS. Instead of making an extra rule book and include pdf bla, blah blah. They could simply reproduce new boxed sets. It’s not like they don’t have the money . No. This is a marketing scheme through and through to seemly assuage the poor folks who couldn’t afford to get a copy of the game.

    • Ronin

      Or there’s people like me who already have nearly 20 scouts, no interest in orks, and think the terrain looks ugly. 😛

      • ZeeLobby

        Man. I have not met one person who didn’t like the terrain. This is honestly the first good piece they’ve put out in years imo. Way better than the Wall of Skulls, Skull Fortress or Blood Distillery.

        • Ronin

          Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fantastic in terms of details and a technical standpoint! Unfortunately, it doesn’t really fit with the architecture I have in mind for my table. Maybe it’s also the way they painted it which reminds me of Bad Moonz orks.

          • ZeeLobby

            With admech colors I think it’d look great. Maybe because it’s Armeggedon they painted it in like wasteland browns.

        • Matzomatic

          I also don´t like the aestetics of the terrain.

        • TenDM

          I appreciate the quality of the terrain, and the ability to easily reconfigure the set is brilliant, but visually it’s not my cup of tea.
          I’ll have fun playing on it and I hope to see more in the future, but I don’t think I can love it.

          That said I’d never bust GW’s chops over it. Maybe if down the line they’ve done dozens of these and they’ve all been Imperial designs I’ll get annoyed but for now it’s all good.

          • ZeeLobby

            People I know are just clamoring over it because it’s the first terrain that really takes advantage of the 3rd dimension.

          • TenDM

            Yeah, that’s one of the main reasons I got it and a few of the support sets. It’s very playable terrain, especially when we’re talking about games like Shadow War.

        • Like for the Blood Distillery and the other names. 🙂

        • Heinz Fiction

          I think the terrains looks ok but is not all that great in terms of usability. A separate rulebook is the best solution for me

        • Zethnar

          Eh, it’s fine I guess. I’d personally have preferred something like the original Necromunda boxed set. More terrain but made out of cardboard. What comes in the box is practically useless for setting up a decent skirmish table.

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh. I love that terrain as.well, but then everyone would be complaining that the cardboard isn’t sturdy enough, or too expensive, etc. There’s no pleasing the masses I guess.

        • zeno666

          As 40k-terrain its nice I guess.
          I don’t like it as Necromunda-style terrain.
          Because the levels are too high. You would only get stuck on the middle of a ladder and then shot at.
          The classic Necromunda cardstuff had each level around 4″.

      • Shawn

        Yep, that too.

    • Stealthbadger

      They’re not producing any more box sets BECAUSE they can sell all the same components for more money. It’s like they’re some sort of money making organisation driven by profit or something…

      • Matzomatic

        AND, even as a Box owner, i´m allready tempted to get that “new” rulebook aswell 🙁

        • Stealthbadger

          I got one too, I’m not fussed, not like I have all the factions anyway so why do I need them. Also I have access to a printer for any PDF I do want which will also come in handy as the roster at the back of the rule book can be photocopied. List building is a bit more detailed so a written list may help.

          People say GW has no business sense. They can sell the game for £80 or the component parts for slightly more. This does two things. Makes them more money, and allows customers to cherry pick the bits they want.

          People are just whining again for whinings sake. The facebook comments are hilarious. Literally the day after release GW have managed to implement a solution which involved booking a print run in, checking design, getting sign off from above etc.

          And people now complain GW have done the very thing they asked for. Yes it sold out, demand was higher than expected and presumably far more than the other box sets.

          Wait two weeks, buy the rule book and terrain. Enjoy and be grateful this is the biggest source of strife in your life at the moment.

          At the very least smile that the scalpers just got screwed. Good luck shifting those rules books for £50 on eBay and the whole box for £160…

        • Keith Wilson

          yeah my worry is that the “new” book may contain info that the box set rules didnt above and beyond the sister and INQ. which would mean we would have to but it. that would be very upsetting

      • frankelee

        Them and used car dealers mate.

      • ZeeLobby

        Just because it’s a business doesn’t mean it’s practices should all just receive a free pass. “Well that company that sells.protective children’s jackets just murdered a bunch of children to show why the jackets are a good buy, but they’re just trying to make money so…”

        Why so many people defend a company this way is beyond me.

        • Stealthbadger

          I’m not defending them. I just see it as being rational. A toy company sold out of product. That’s it.

          As for the life jacket thing, I’m not sure it really suits your point, in fact it more supports the view that those complaining really have lost perspective on this issue.

          I know it’s cool to hate GW and all that but they’re not exactly killing kids here. What part of my comment gives licence for businesses to make money at all costs?

          Really, they sold out an allocation of a box set. People wanted a rule book, they’re printing one. People wanted sisters rules, they’ve added one. People want a discount, they’ve declined because it’s more profitable (presumably) or at least much less hassle to just direct people to buy the individual components.

          • ZeeLobby

            It was just generalized point. Not a comment on severity. How bout the new MacBook Pro having only USB-C ports and then selling a bunch of overpriced dongles to connect to the accessories you have. In the end it’s still a bait and switch. They hyped the product for several months, released details and images, talked about how awesome the box contents were going to be, and then released drastically few, but don’t worry, cause the contents will all be available at a significantly more expensive price. But free pass cause hey, they just want our money.

            Don’t get me wrong, im not saying a company shouldn’t want to make more money, but clearly it comes at the cost of alienating customers who were fervently excited about a product prior to it’s release. I mean that’s just bad business. Them looking apologetic afterwards and offering stuff to appease those they have upset does little to improve those relations when there’s an upcharge attached.

    • NagaBaboon

      I love the terrain but don’t think it’s worth buying the whole game just for that, I don’t really need more skirmish terrain and I don’t need the minis or templates at all, I’ve been hoping they’d release a book like this.

      • memitchell

        You begin every sentence and phrase with “I.” My teenage daughter does that.

    • Le_smee

      Yeah who wants choice. What about all those literal ‘poor folks’ who don’t have enough cash spare for the whole box, or people like me who don’t need it, now I can just buy the rule book and get some x-wing stuff, I think what you meant to say was ‘oh good they should have done this from the beginning as having more choice is pro consumer’.

      • memitchell

        They didn’t have to do it. They don’t have to sell a 120 page rulebook separately. They don’t have to make the faction rules available free. You are complaining about the good things they are doing for their customers. The things you want them to do. Now, you can just buy the book, etc. And, then go complain about getting other things you want.

        • Le_smee

          I think we’re making the same point here, original poster was the one who was against this.

          • memitchell

            My bad. Thanks.

    • orionburn

      It’s easier said than done. When you plan/schedule things weeks to months in advance you can’t simply dump your schedule on a whim. I don’t know what their capacity is for manufacturing but even running the molds 24 hours a day doesn’t solve everything. You still have to get the boxes reprinted, likely from a source that already has their own schedule, redo the books, get everything in to package, then get it shipped.

      But then again what has common sense in running a business or understanding a manufacturing process ever mattered on here.

      • Keith Wilson

        the boxes themselves are pretty nice 🙂 …. add some battlefoam and you got a mini storage case

        • orionburn

          lol…I was thinking the same. That is a seriously well built box.

          • generic eric

            Is it better built than the space hulk box?

    • AnomanderRake

      Or the people who don’t want to be forced to buy Orks to get the rulebook.

    • stinkoman

      Scouts and Orks, Meh. Terrain, while detailed and modular, looks too busy and not much in the way of level complexity (unle$$ you buy a $hit load of it). I probably would have bought the box set for the savings alone and used the terrain for 40k, A rule book only is nice, because now i dont have to spend a dime!

      • Shawn

        I know what your saying. I love the terrain, but don’t need the figs. And if the rule book is anything like what they’re doing for 8th edition, I probably wont need that either.

        • stinkoman

          im just bitter because i spent a few hundred getting back into the game buy only books for the models i already had. the rumors of 8th lend most to think that the codexes and campaign books are going to be invalid as soon as 8th drops. im not spending another dime on books from GW anymore. ill get my rules with cleaver google searches.

          • Xodis

            Wont have to if they follow suit like AoS. All your unit rules will be free online,and you will only need/want the books for specific formations, missions, etc…
            It sucks to be sure, but its better than every other edition because at least this time you dont have to buy another new codex.

          • Shawn

            I hope they go to that format. I like the way space marines run now, but kind of leery of it being completely invalidated. Having free rules to start with will help alleviate the pain of Codex Nullification, and allow me to play while I save to get a new one.

          • Xodis

            My thoughts exactly. Hopefully it will force them to make any future campaign books worth it more for the content and not just to use the new shiny models being released with it too.

          • Shawn

            I understand. I learned my lesson from 3.5 to 4th ed D&D when they made a sudden and drastic shift, after 10+ PH, MM’s, and supplements. Now I always buy at discount, so when a new edition drops, I won’t be agonizing over all that money lost.

          • Bjorn Hasseler

            So with 7 editions in 30 years, you’re upset they’re sticking to a pattern of a new edition every 4-5 years?

  • Dan

    Man all those people who already bought it are going to be salty.

    Also still no Scions? I get they’re already a Specialist but it’d be really cool to play them. They *are* an army, a little group of them would be ace.

    And don’t say you can build them with AM vets. the point outlay for that looks super noncompetitive, though it may end up necessary…

    • YetAnotherFacelessMan

      You can build them from AM vets.

      I’ll say it again if you need it. Vets with carapace armor, hotshot lasguns, and red dot sights still come out to be cheaper than scouts. You can get a half dozen including a powersword sarge and a plasmagunner. That’s not bad.

      • SupraGenius

        And in this game, bodies matter. A lot of the first games played locally got some bad reviews because they used elite armies. Space marines are actually at a detriment. When we start a campaign, I’m sure things will change.

        • YetAnotherFacelessMan

          Again, you’re still able to get 6 guys that hit on a 1+ and reroll 1s. If that’s too elite for you, you can always tone it down… but that’s what scions are. Congrats scion players, they’re elite, good at their job, but still cheaper than marines.

    • Le_smee

      Maybe in the inquisition force they’re adding, seems if Scion’s would be anywhere that’s where they’d be.

    • knightsanguis

      Yeah, this seems like the type of game Scions would be perfect for, both from a game and lore perspective.

  • Nick Silver

    Inquisitor warbands. Now im interested

  • kevinharoun

    Start pre-order in two weeks, and pre-order runs for seven weeks. They are doing a print on demand style of print run on this book.

    • It says the pre-order will last “a few weeks, rather than the usual 7 days”. Though this still sounds like a print on demand option.

  • Simon Chatterley

    I think GW has done a fine job of managing what I believe is an unprecedented demand for a product they made.

    • David Leimbach

      There’s no way of knowing which way people would go since it’s Necromunda without gangs. For all they knew it could have been the next Dreadfleet.

      • Not with the great deal you got on the terrain. That alone would have made it a hit.

        • Parthis

          Well, maybe. I’m not actually a fan of the terrain and decided not to buy because of it. A rulebook however is something i’ll snap up.

          I can’t be along in that.

          GW have handled this pretty well IMHO.

      • orionburn

        And for what it’s worth they said on their Facebook page that they could just the IG stats for the old gangs. Given how well this is taking off I really think they’ll end up doing a made to order run of the old gangs.

        • Keith Wilson

          now that is something that i would really like

        • SupraGenius

          Indeed. If the old (extremely dated looking, IMO) blood bowl teams are warranting a reprint, the much better looking Necromunda gangs will see a reprint.

          • orionburn

            It would be foolish of GW not to offer it. No worries of leftover inventory, and like you said, if people are willing to plunk down money for some of that BB stuff then the old Necro stuff should be a no brainer.

      • SupraGenius

        I agree. It’s been almost 2 decades since they rolled out Necromunda and Mordheim. They did fail at being aware as to how many people wanted the product, but with that sort of gap, it’s hard to get a solid number. I think the initial run was simply testing the waters, and the result was far more demand than an average release merits. Our local indie store got 5 copies in and they sold out within 2 hours. That said, they have been awesome about making sure that everyone that wants to run a demo game is getting a demo in, and everyone is loving it. Printing just the rulebook is like printing money. A lot of us that have been around since Necromunda have no desire to buy two small squads of units that we will never use just to get a rulebook. The terrain is nice, though! Now they need to print some counters for stealth and pinned/down, otherwise the 3rd party option is going to rock them.

    • They’ve dealt with this far better than the community at large, which has devolved into yet another battle between the self appointed knights of GW and disgruntled obsessive man children. My biggest takeaway from all this was a reminder of that the real reason I don’t play GW games isn’t the price of the models or the quality if the rules. It’s that the community is rotten.

      • Xodis

        I feel the same sometimes, but my local club is pretty rational when it comes to GW. I fully agree when discussing the internet “community” though.

      • Parthis

        The vocal community is rotten. The rest of us are looking forward to the rule book and rolling some dice.

        Just find some people you want to play with. Your stated real reason for quitting is actually the one thing you can control.

        • I have people I enjoy playing other games with. I imagine I’ll play a game or two of Shadow War with a friend that will pick it up. I’ve got no interest in being part of a larger group of GW gamers at the moment and honestly, at least locally, they seem to have no interest in new players.

  • Fomorian

    Awesome! Iam a bit sad that i got the SW:A box with a now oudated and not complete rulebook, but thats complaining on a high level xD …

  • Adrien Fowl

    Adepta Sororitas included!! Oh, YASSSS!

    • Kritarion

      *Inintelligable shouting about the need for plastic sisters*

  • Andrew

    Perfect. Will preorder this from my local!

  • frankelee

    I figured they were high-fiving each other in Nottingham when stocks ran out, “$175 dollars for the terrain, $90 for squads, and now let’s charge them $40 for a rulebook we copy and pasted and are printing at a $1.50. And the dumb ***** will all actually pay it!”

  • dreamwarder

    “We all know GW wont let a potential mega hit fall down on the job”, no, I think that’s exactly what they have done, and will do again many times

    • Boondox

      Like they did with Space Hulk….

  • SacTownBrian

    Everyone knows that the kits sold for the terrain, not game, right.

    • Jasko

      I’m not sure, folks were really missing Necromunda, and not for THAT terrain…

  • Jasko

    The rebirth as SW:A is fine and all, but for me it’s not really Necromunda (I know, Duh!). It’s 40k units in a different scenario. There could at least be one faction exclusive to the game, simply a “hive gang”. I would expect the local powers would at least try to enter the fray here. And I would have loved the reappearance of Adeptus Arbites! I alway felt they were completely out of place on a regular 40k battlefield, but they fit better into a hive-world skirmish than any other imperial faction.

    • Commissar Molotov

      I don’t have the rules for Scouts yet (they were in the boxed set) but I’m planning on using my Arbites as counts-as Scouts.

    • memitchell

      Except for their Special Operatives, the Genestealer Cult is basically an SW:A Delaque gang. Now, I their SO’s were the likes of Mad Donna or Kal Jerico…

  • Xodis

    Really wanted a boxset, but I’ll be fine with the rulebook and all the terrain I already have so it’s not THAT big of a problem. Keeping “gangs” free online is a big step forward though.

  • Infamous Wendigo

    Damn! They listened to the fans and instead of stubbornly standing their ground and leaving it as a splash release, they are expanding and supporting the game! How dare they!

    • memitchell

      Yeah, it’s really funny to mock them for doing the right thing.

  • Nuno Castilho

    “They must be doing a rush job at the printers – GW says to look for the new book April 22nd (in 2 weeks)!”

    That’s not what they said – they said that preorders would begin on April 22nd and would run for MORE than seven days.

  • JPMcMillen

    But will they be releasing the Inquisitorial Warbands and Sisters of Battle in PDF format for those who already bought the boxed set. I can probably find a print shop that could make nice hard copies.

  • Deathwatch listed as a different faction?
    Or is it still the veteran for the Marines?

  • Ravingbantha

    I wonder if this whole ‘limited release’ was just a way to drum up interest in the game. Not saying people were not excited about it coming out, but people got a lot more excited when they found out it was limited sales. Now with all that hype, they can release the full content and get better sales from all of it.

  • Ben_S

    Adding in all the faction rules will presumably make for a thick – and expensive – book. Personally, I’d rather have the option to buy the original one from the box.

  • GnomesForge

    Cuck-a-doodle-doo! Now tell GW how much you love giving them your money.

  • gridespider

    I have the old Necromunda rules for gang fighting. I suppose I could use the guard rules …or the genestealer rules for my gangs.. wonder if the points value match.