GW: Shadow War Armageddon Retailer OP Kit

Participating Retailers are getting a fantastic new introductory kit for Shadow War: Armageddon – check it out!

If you’re new to the idea of Warhammer 40,000 Skirmish games or have never played Necromunda then you’re going to want to head to your FLGS this week. Games Workshop has sent out Retailer Kits and they are the perfect intro into Shadow War: Armageddon!

These Retailer Kits are pretty awesome for veteran fans and new players alike. Why? Because not only did the retailers get a copy of the rules (which we’ll cover in detail later) but they also got special cards and (this is the big one) Faction fold-outs! In the video we cover the Tau and the Tyranids in detail, but there are many more:

  • Tau
  • Tyranid
  • Necron
  • Genestealer Cult
  • Dark Eldar Wych Cult
  • Craftworld Eldar
  • Harlequin Troupes
  • Chaos Space Marines
  • Grey Knights
  • Skitarii Rangers

That’s not counting the Space Marine Scouts, Orks, and Astra Militarum included in the rulebook!

Each faction fold out contains the needed rules for that faction such as recruitment costs, any special rules, an armory of weapons & armor, other wargear, upgrade costs, skill charts (what skills they have access to) and Special Operatives.

Special Operatives are pretty cool – initially we thought that they were mission based because they have not point cost for recruitment. But that’s only partially true – you can bring them to a mission but it costs you 1 Promethium Cache. They only stick around for 1 mission and you can’t recover the Cache afterwards, it’s spent. They tend to be really powerful units to bring so spend those Promethium Caches wisely!

The one downside is that if they are removed from play they typically have a negative impact for your Kill Team – or a bigger bounty for your opponent. We’ll cover those in more detail when we go over the rule book at a later date.

The Retailer Kit is a pretty great addition to the core Shadow War: Armageddon rules. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a source book with all this info as another product or digital download from Games Workshop*. But for now, go to your FLGS/GW store and see if they have a copy for you to check out. While you’re there get a game in! SW:Armageddon is really quick (once you build your 1000 point Kill Team). Rules wise, GW did streamline the Pre- and Post-fight phases as well. But other than that, it’s pretty much the Warhammer 2nd/Necromunda rules.

If you were looking for an excuse to pick-up a box of troopers from another army just to build and paint them you can now use them for Shadow War: Armageddon. I know I’m looking forward to all the conversion possibilities! See you in the Promethium mines!


These kits are Retailer Exclusive – so get out to the store this weekend and check them out!

*Your Litanies to the Emperor have been answered – Games Workshop has released all the rules for SW:Armageddon Kill Teams online for free!
  • Mike Forrey

    So no Deathwatch even though there’s a DW card in the kit? I’m baffled by GW’s marketing strategy.

    • ZeeLobby

      DW already sells though. Haha.

    • Ak318

      you buy the it the store gives you the card as a promo item same with all the other card units

    • Xodis

      Deathwatch are so awesome you only need to bring in 1 specialist, having a whole DW Killteam (despite being the origin of the name really) would probably be too OP.

    • memitchell

      DW is a Special Operative. Would you have it any other way?

    • JQ

      No regular Marines either.

  • Steve Billups

    Not to mention that the game sold out in an hour…

    • which is stupid as hell. or it’s a test run for something else. like a real re-release of Necromunda.

      • DJ860

        Or they didn’t expect it to be so popular, and can easily do another run.

  • Xodis

    At least the announced on FB that the Rules and Terrain will be available separately later. They didn’t anticipate it to be this popular so I expect there will be another print of the box.

    • Karru

      Yeah, I am certain that they will do another set of it. If nothing else, they could just do it like they did with the “Made to Order” stuff. Give people a week to order and they’ll see how many they need to make.

  • EdgarRoutine

    already sold out.. no longer avail.. I mean.. wtf?

    • dave long island

      Something stinks about this. GW did this on purpose. There’re not that stupid, to short sell this kit. They knew how popular it’d be. Something happened here.

      • Alpharius

        Yeah! Evil Gw at it again! It’s not like they actually want to sell as much of this kit as they can but underestimated its popularity! Of course they did this on purpose just to spite their own customer base.

        • dave long island

          “That’s right” said the blind man to the deaf man, who nodded in reply.

        • DJ860

          I can picture the CEO right now, sitting there rubbing his hands together.

          “Think of all the extra money we could have made, mwahahahaha, this’ll please the shareholders”

  • bfmusashi

    The /pdf is available on the kill team pages.