40K Breaking: Necromunda Returns!

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Necromunda is back in a big way. Come take a look.

Grab your guns, gangers. It’s time to head back to Hive Primus. The Houses await.


That’s right folks, just announced from Games Workshop, a return to Necromunda. Originally produced in 1995, the fame is set on the eponymous Hive World of Necromunda. Players take on the role of scavengers and gang members belonging to one of the great “Houses” of the Hive City, and battle for resources and supremacy.

And now, the game is getting an update. Take a look.

via Warhammer Community

Necromunda dives into the underworld of the Imperium, allowing players to control their own Hive Gang – a pack of ruthless criminal killers augmented with black-market cybernetics, gene modifications and scavenged weaponry. Where Warhammer 40,000 puts you at the head of an army, in Necromunda, the scale is much smaller but the action is just as intense – every single Ganger counts.

Well, now it looks like we know what both that strange Aquila-esque skull and mysterious transmission were all about.

Adorning the cover is that same image. And now the industrial machinery has its proper context. I’m very excited, actually. We’ve recently seen the announcement of Path to Glory–which was basically Necromunda, but it’s in the Age of Sigmar. Prior to that we had Shadow War: Armageddon, which was this weird 7-8th hybrid (look at how many rules concepts for 8th are in SW: A). But what everyone kept saying was, “like Necromunda, but…”

Well but no more.

Between intense skirmish battles, your gang will grow from a pack of battle-hungry Juves to a feared and respected syndicate of hardened veterans. To get there, however, you’ll have to battle against your fellow players, each with a gang of their own.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about taking a small squad and upgrading them into hardened combatants. There’s a world of narrative possibilities that can emerge from this style of play–especially since this is a game where every model counts. In 40K, certain characters stand out and get a personality all their own on the tabletop, but here, it seems like that same kind of character is present in every model, because they all matter. And boy, are these new models gorgeous, take a look:

The Underhive is a big place, and the gangs that inhabit it are as diverse as the alien races that inhabit the 41st Millennium. We’re launching Necromunda with two classics.

These are the Warriors of House Escher.

Gangs from House Escher are fast, deadly, and cruel. While lightly armoured, these cunning warrior women hold their own in melee combat, while at range, they are notorious for their use of armour-melting plasma weaponry.

Sculpts have really come a long way. For comparison, here’s an older version of these figures.

Worlds of difference. Those new models are incredible. The same holds for the other Launch House, House Goliath.

The gangers of House Goliath are a living testament to brawn over brains. Every member of House Goliath is a slab of vat-grown muscle, armed and armoured with repurposed industrial gear.

I love the solid Mad Max vibe that all these minis give off. There’s a ton of character present in each of these models. It makes you wanna start playing–looking at their gear, you can feel the oppressive industrial wasteland closing in. It’s everywhere, even on the bases of the models. You can’t help but be transported, just a little.

Necromunda doesn’t have a solid release date, outside of “Very Soon,” which could mean anything, and does mean “not right now.” I think you’ll agree with me that this is unacceptable, but, I guess there’s not much we can do but wait.

So stay tuned for more News from Necromunda.

Hive City Warriors… come out to plaaaayyy. What do you think of the announcement of new Necromunda? Excellent news or time that should be spent faq-ing Spam Lists into oblivion?

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    • 6Cobra


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      • Jon Ow

        When I feel heavy-metal
        And I’m pins and I’m needles

  • Heinz Fiction

    Nice minis!

    • Mike G

      They look great! Even if there was no game attached I would just buy the minis for the fun of painting or stick them in Guard regiments. But there is a game and I am one happy camper

  • BaronSnakPak

    Can’t wait to see what they do with Van Saar and Cawdor.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      I’m looking forward to Spyre – loved that gang 🙂

    • D. B.

      Greatcoats… I am forseeing possible cheaper Death Korps/Valhallans/Steel Legion.

    • GWELLS

      Yeah I hope they have a The Matrix vibe.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Well, I feel this was the worst kept secret after Shadow Wars was released using the near same rules as the last edition of Necromunda. I would hazard this will be essentially a “expansion” book for Shadow Wars. Mini’s look to be the top quality stuff we get from GW plastics; my only hope is that the kits will be versatile enough to include different weapon load out etc…

    • euansmith

      I’m hoping that they come up with some very different rules to Shadow Wars. Something less clunky.

      • AEZ

        Then it wouldn’t be necromunda… Everything in swa changed from it got comments from oldtimers. New rules.. doubt they’d be happy.

        • euansmith

          I think that the setting and the minis are more important than the rules set, certainly for me. The Necromunda rules are certainly showing there age and were clunky even when they were new.

          • AEZ

            If they have 2 nearly identical rulesets I’ll be pretty annoyed.. I prefer having 1 competition instead of 2 with the limited amount of players… And I like my harleys and don’t intend to get a gang. The swa teams seem more diverse too which seems more appealing in the long run.

          • euansmith

            Good point. Maybe there will be a supplement to add SWA in the future; though the Hive Gang setting has traditionally been far more low level than SWA. A bog standard Imperial Guard would be quite a threat to Gangers, let alone a Harlequin or Genestealer. 😉

          • Ben_S

            I’m torn. There’s already a split between those who play ORB, LRB, and NCE. Another version of Necromunda would undoubtedly bring new players, at least in the short term, but also mean further divisions.

          • Rainthezangoose

            ORB, LRB, and NCE?

            Which means. I’m I just being thick or are these fan made rulesets?

          • Ben_S

            Original Rule Book
            Living Rule Book
            Necromunda: Community Edition

            Only the latter is fan made.

          • SacTownBrian

            Don’t forget Inquisimunda.

            I’d hope that this would tie in to the announced RPG. But my common sense is that is just a pipe dream.

          • AEZ

            I know what you mean.. but personally I don’t care much for gangers and their insiginificant squabbles :D. People like me.. we fight for more important things ;). Seriously though.. ganger DON’t do anything for me and I’m just annoyed that when I just got my first 40K models (for SWA) and now they’ll probably ruin my chances of playing this by dividing the player base. /grumble

          • euansmith

            There is that… of course, in the grim darkness of the future, there is only one life that matters… and he’s been sat on a Throne for 10,000 and is possibly no longer with us. 😉

          • AEZ

            Ah well… my only 6 40K models are just trying to become good enough to play a part in a play about how slaanesh came into being if I’m correct.. way more important than that whole empire thing run by some monkeys.

          • euansmith

            😀 😀 😀 It is surprising how seriously people take Amateur Dramatics. 😀 😀 😀

          • AEZ

            spaces aelves are like that 😀

      • Brandon Rutter

        GW mentioned on their FB page that the rules were different, as noted below. 8th edition rules with just ultra customizable gangers will be fine with me 2. Alternate activations I heard(anyone see that too?)

      • Xodis

        Im actually hoping its either ShadowWars 2.0 or the same ruleset. Would be great to have gangwars or gangs having to fight off a tyranid infestation, a Chaos incursion…or pretty much any other scenario that includes both the main line and gangers.

    • orionburn

      They said on their Facebook page it is not an expansion of SW:A and does not follow their rule set. It will be its own game.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        Fair enough. Colour me corrected. I get it being a separate box game with its own starter set and rule book. However, I personally expect the rules to fundamentally the Shadow Wars ones as that was Necromunda in all but name.

      • Xodis

        Hmmm that doesnt seem like a good idea to me. Hope it works out.

        • orionburn

          I think it’s to appease the old Necro players so that it’s closer to the old rules. I dunno…never played it so I don’t know how different it’ll be from SW:A. I can’t imagine there being that big of a difference.

          • Xodis

            Possible, just seems like a bad idea to compete with yourself.

    • memitchell

      Yep, you could not be more wrong. Not your fault, I would have not predicted one new detail, either.

  • ja_kub_sz

    Well ain’t that some $Π|+? I’m psyched!

  • Luca Lacchini


  • Painting Beauty

    YES! I creamed my pants!

    • euansmith

      Mmmm… Cream of Pants Soup.

  • euansmith

    Platform boots and mohawks? Count me in!

    • Snord

      In fact, you’re wearing them right now…

      I’m all for a re-launch of Necromunda, but the figures are underwhelming. There’s something very generic about the examples above – a lot of water has gone under the bridge since Necromunda was first released, and the Mad Max look is something of a cliche. They look dated – like WM models. I guess we’ll be able to build our own figures from the huge range of existing plastics.

      • euansmith

        I can see your point; but then, these guys are effectively the iconic designs, so, like the Primaris, they are an incremental change from the originals. I doubt that GW wanted to put people off too much by saying, “Hey, old timers, here’s Necromunda! All we’ve changed is the rules and the minis… and you don’t get the fantastic bulkheads from the original set… but it is still Necromunda!”

        I never wear my platform boots around the house (I mess up my mohawk on the skulls hanging from the ceiling if I do that), instead, I change in to a comfortable pair of slingback stilettos.

      • SacTownBrian

        I’m hoping the rules allow for extreme model customization. I want new players to start and to have really cool new models… but I want the capability to kitbash and customize my own ganagers too.

      • af

        The Mad Max look may be a cliché, but it’s a *good* cliché. It’s also properly generic and can be reused in other postapocalyptic games beyond Necromunda (which may not be in GW’s best interests, but definitely is in any gamer’s best interests!)

  • Mike G

    Wow! Amazing news. When I first saw the article I thought it was just going to be a video game. So glad to be proven wrong, I absolutely can’t wait to play this

    • 6Cobra

      If they make this a “limited release” like Shadow Wars I’m going to be irate.

      GW, if you’re listening.. we’re ready to bury you in money! Sell us this game – all of us!

      • Mike G

        Agreed! Still mad at not getting a box set for Armageddon and having to buy all the terrain separately and for way more money. Not gonna happen

      • Stefan Pietraszak

        This time they want to sell the minis, too, so I’d bet it’s not a limited release. “Pre-order the Delaque and Van Saar gangs now. Oh, you didn’t get the boxed set? Sorry.”

  • orionburn

    Since was announced at the FW Open Day does that mean FW is handling the minis or will it be through GW?

    • I_am_Alpharius

      I imagine it will be like Blood Bowl with them sharing the models. “GW” helping with plastics and “FW” doing resin special characters etc.. At the end of the day its all GW.

      • orionburn

        True, but what they’ve been doing with Blood Bowl is good. Plastic to build up your core guys and leave the specialty stuff to FW. So far it’s been working pretty well.

    • Thomas

      A certain reliable rumourmonger whose name, last I checked, is blocked on here said that is fully plastic-supported.

  • memitchell

    New details:

    NOT your father’s Necromunda. And, I ain’t your Father, get off my lawn!

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Sounds fishy. Return of Rogue Trader stats? Seems a bit off.

      • Thomas

        Apparently it’s from the mouth of Andy Hoare himself.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          We’ll just to wait and see. If I was a betting man I would say that Necromunda will fill the boots of the Blood Bowl release month from last year – so end of October first week of November.

    • ZeeLobby

      Hmm. Skeptical. Not liking the “Based on 8th edition but detailed up”. Hoping that means detailed up to 11.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        based on 8th rules would make me not interested.

    • 6Cobra

      That sounds perfect. Perhaps too perfect…

  • Patriarch

    Those Escher models look lovely. Very happy to see this.

  • Ben_S

    “Sculpts have really come a long way.”

    I prefer the original Eschers by some distance.

    Not so sure about the Goliaths – I don’t particularly like any of the three versions of them.

    • kloosterboer

      Honestly, it’s really hard to compete with Jes Goodwin sculpts, regardless of age.

      The plastics will provide something we struggled with back in the day- not just conversions, but weapon swaps, etc

      • Ben_S

        Yes, indeed that’s true. These days I only use plastic miniatures (though I still have old lead ones, including Necromunda ones, tucked away somewhere). I’m very happy to see multi-part plastic kits. But still, I prefer the original Eschers to what I’ve seen of these new ones.

    • 6Cobra

      To each their own. Those Jes Goodwin Eschers are still some of the best classic minis anywhere – a very high bar to follow. I give GW credit in this case for having the new sculpts with a different look that adheres well enough to the original aesthetic.

      I do think the new Goliaths blow the old, fugly metal (and barf-worthy monopose plastic!) ones away.

  • The old Eschers are still awesome.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    No Astarter or Kayos so meh for me…

    Butt I’m happy for the community because i have heared that many people wanted this for a long time.

    • Dan Wilson

      These are just the first two out of the starter gate. Expect your faves following up!

      • Brian Griffith

        Yeah, I really feel that if you wanna sell people on how different the various gangs are, Escher versus Goliaths is a good contrast.

      • Rafał Pytlak

        Yeah but I just don’t kinda see Marines and Chaos running amok on Necromunda. Just isn’t the same feel. This game is more for the Mad Max criwd than “big power armour battles”

  • Jared Swenson

    I’ll be honest, I am not as excited about this news as I would have been a few years ago. I’ve played shadow war: armageddon, and I really don’t like it. It’s the core game engine that kills it for me. It’s clunky, shooting is extremely overpowered, and overall feels like a really old game, but not in a good way. If they plan on keeping the old game mostly intact (like with blood bowl), I will not be picking this up. The kits seems exciting though.

    • Ben_S

      They’ve said it will be loosely based on 8th edition 40k.

    • af

      I really really hope this Necromunda reboot actually sports a brand new ruleset, written using modern design guidelines.

  • georgelabour

    So…anyone looking at that Goliath gamer and then comparing his revolver to the gun carried by Mortarion?

  • Garr Davies

    The old Escher models are way better, they are some of the very few female sculpts GW ever got right. Still amped for this though, my original Eschers and Cawdor might have some opposition finally.

  • lunahula .

    *Laughs Maniacally!*

    Yes! Soon all these new miniatures will be mine! All mine!

  • PrimoFederalist

    Oh man, I can’t wait for Adeptus Arbites minis!!! By the Emperor I hope they give them 40k rules… Arbites and Exodites and my wishlist is complete.

  • ZeeLobby

    Get the F out of F town. So ready for this!

    • Brian Griffith

      I am insanely jazzed that Escher is one of the first two gangs.

  • Lion El’ Jonson

    Well…..that escalated quickly.

  • AEZ

    Seems kinda double up with swa read both rules (old necromunda rules ofc) and having them next to each other seems pointless

    • euansmith

      I guess it is different teams working on different projects started at different times by different managers. “Joined up” doesn’t seem to be the GW/FW way of doing things.

      • Brian Griffith

        And as disappointed as I might be to not just be able to mix and match the two games, it makes a lot of sense to make it more 8th based as the gateway game.

  • William Jameson

    What a conundrum. I can’t decide if outside of Necromunda I’d want to use these as Cultists or start a Penal Legion Guard army

    • Brian Griffith

      The armament most closely matches the Cultists entry.

      Though it can be represented exactly by the Renegades and Heretics list.

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  • Christie Bryden

    and thus we had models to turn into female chaos cultists.

    • Brian Griffith

      I think Necromunda in general is gonna show up a lot as alternative cultists.

      Keeps me from getting salty about them still making us rely on Dark Vengeance cultists.

  • georgelabour

    Look at the pistol in the right hand of the Escher ganer in the first miniature pic.

    That’s the laspistol we all saw a teaser of a few weeks ago.

    • Brian Griffith

      Exactly so. GW themselves pointed it out in their liveblog.

  • 6Cobra

    I’ve been waiting for these sculpts for d**n near twenty years. They look worth the wait.

    I know what I’m doing this fall and winter – Necromunda league!

  • Martin B

    Woop, multi part Escher gang. Loving it and orlocks and delaques and van stars. Necromunda gangs double up very nicely as hive militias

  • Senexis

    This is the greatest news GW has ever had – hope they don’t balls it up like they did with Shadow War and make it available over the internet for ten minutes, and that they have enough stock so the stores can get more than two copies each.

    • Brian Griffith

      It’s a whole game line, not just a single boxed set.

  • SWISSchris

    That first new escher appears to have the las pistol / gun from the recent sneak peak.

  • Graham Bartram

    Hopes of Arbites are peaking…..I need medication…NURSE!

  • Krunk Krumpa

    Dem finkin’ oomie gitz betta come out wif sum boyz roolz so’z we can Krump ‘eadz in dat big ‘ive fing, uddawize I’z gunna ‘ave ta get reel stabby like in dat waaagh ‘ammer world place.

  • Foxdonut

    Dear games workshop show me mad donna and i will show you the true power or of post navy deployment money.

    • Brian Griffith

      In all likelihood she’ll be a resin Forge World model. This is the Blood Bowl release model. Plastic gangs, resin characters.

      • Foxdonut

        Then the world shall behold my all resin conscript army and despair!

  • Kiskatona

    I’m torn on whether the old or new Escher sculpts are better. The couple they posted seem about the same in quality as the old ones, maybe a bit more lithe. I’ll probably end up mixing the new and some of my favourites and better conversions from the old in my gang. Though from memory, the new Goliaths are much better than the old ones. Less cartoony, more menacing.

    • Brian Griffith

      The biggest benefit is they’re plastic multipose.

      Loads earlier for personalizing and customizing weapons.

      • Kiskatona

        This is true. I was speaking as someone who already has done a number of conversions and probably wont be doing many more due to the number of options I already have in my collection. But from the view of someone starting from scratch, plastic will be a great help for customisation.

  • Rayna M. McCowan

    Well I now have a nice way to get some chaos cultists, I am happy. It is nice to see these return, though, I guess that teased laspistol from a few weeks ago was not teasing Codex: Imperial Guard, guess it will be a while longer until that comes out.

  • Timeends .

    Necromunda was always one of the coolest things about the 40k universe

  • Dhalgren Schroeder

    Maybe it is the paint jobs, or the close ups, but I think I prefer the old Escher by far.

    • BaronSnakPak

      Yeah, there’s a lot of different colors going on that makes it hard to focus on the sculpts. A more uniform paint scheme will make them look a lot nicer imo.

    • JPMcMillen

      Maybe we’ll get lucky and they will do one of those limited re-releases of the old mini’s… assuming the molds still exist.

  • Golden Yak

    Aah, spryers flashback!!

  • kobalt60

    Damn it, was going to put money aside for vacation this fall, now will be buying everything with a necromunda logo instead.

  • NightForce

    I’m torn on whether the old or new Escher sculpts are better. The couple they posted seem about the same in quality as the old ones, maybe a bit more lithe. I’ll probably end up mixing the new and some of my favourites and better conversions from the old in my gang. Though from memory, the new Goliaths are much better than the old ones. Less cartoony, more menacing.

  • mehdi renault

    Dem finkin’ oomie gitz betta come out wif sum boyz roolz so’z we can Krump ‘eadz in dat big ‘ive fing, uddawize I’z gunna ‘ave ta get reel stabby like in dat waaagh ‘ammer world place.

  • Rainthezangoose

    Best case scenario is that its a brand new ruleset, updated and amazing. BUT they release a PDF set off STATS for all the gangs for use in SWA so then neckbeards can just play SWA with JUST the gangs from the new necromunda and then EVERYONE wins.

    • NNextremNN

      I have no clue what you mean with neckbeards???

  • mgdavey

    I don’t understand why this and Shadow Wars has to be two separate games. Why not just combine the two?

    • NNextremNN

      Yeah dividing the gap between two GW skirmish systems makes no sense. It will only limit both player bases.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    First of all, SWA was not some hybrid 7-8th ed set, it was pretty much straight 2ED ruleset… Second the Escher gang models in my opinion are some of the best they ever made, and have held in age pretty darn well. The new ones will be a great compliment to what I already own, just I am not sure how I feel about them being beefy but we will see.

  • Finally! I’ve told my friends and we have 4 confirmed base set buyers besides myself(I’m getting 2 since Escher is my favorite). Hopefully they don’t do a limited release like SW:A
    I can already see the warm glow of a charging heavy plasma flickering in the eyes of my old Widow Maker gang. 😛

  • marlowc

    The big question is of course, will we get proper sustained fire dice, or is the ruleset going to be 2nd edition crapola?

    • Graham Bartram

      Based on 8th ed. plus action points for activation.

  • mafiacheese

    Time to start painting up all of my old Necromunda models now!

  • rrooster1977

    Although all of my regular 40k opponents have said they have no interest in this I will definitely be picking up some Goliaths. New World Eaters Cultists for the win. 😁👍

  • Richard Mitchell

    Probably the first GW product I am looking forward to buy in 15 years. Have to see how the rules and missions stack up with CMoN Dark Age.