Shadespire Pics: From GENCON 2017

Shadespire is being demoed at the GW booth at GENCON 2017.  Here’s our first patch of pics of GW’s upcoming skirmish boardgame.

You can read our previous coverage of Shadespire from back at Adepticon here.  We got to spend a little time with the game today and have some quick thoughts. The interior components are quite nice, especially the doublesided hextile board artwork and of course the minis.  We will be getting a full gameplay demo tomorrow from Phil Kelly and will be getitng that to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy the pics, including a turn sequence summary and better shots of the components:


Box Front

Box Back – note the 30 minute playtime.

Primary components laid out.

5 Bloodreaver fighters – in red plastic

3 Liberator fighters – note the scenic bases.

Take a close look at the quick reference with the turn sequence.



Stay tuned for our full gameplay demo coming soon!

~ What do you think? 

  • CloakingDonkey

    looks nice. But I’m still not sure what the logic is behind releasing the 40K one, AoS skirmish, AoS Path to Glory, this and Necromunda within what? half a year? They’ll just cannibalize eachother…

    • Luca Lacchini

      I guess GW wants to step into every skirmish niche possible, be it MOBA-style games with just a handful of models, to larger skirmishes with up to 20 pieces.
      Shadowspire is aimed towards the competitive arena scene, which makes sense given the very limited number of minis for each faction (I recall an undead faction too).

      • ZeeLobby

        I cringe every time Shadespire is coined as “competitive”. I mean has GW ever released a system that would be considered high competitive caliber? I mean who knows, I guess this could be it, but I’d be pretty shocked. Part of me feels like they should just embrace what they’re good at.

        • R. Fernandes

          I mean it’s more that like….aren’t these ALL competitive!? We ever see a warhammer box that’s about sharing and working together? LOL

          • ZeeLobby

            They’re played competitively. I’m not sure I’d consider the rules to actually be written with competition in mind. I mean heck, 8th was the first edition where they even acknowledged competitive play in the rules. Just don’t be shocked when imbalances are ride and insta-FAQs are incoming. If they FAQ and update it though it could become good.

          • Griffin

            Yeah maybe you’ve heard of the hero quest box games or assassinorum execution force……….

        • Luca Lacchini

          I think that this time instead of a ruleset for friendly competitive games that can be used in tournaments, GW wants to put out a ruleset designed for tournaments that can be used also for friendly games. If that makes sense.

          Results may vary. 😀

          Embracing what one’s good at is surely satisfying, but an unwise practice for a commercial enterprise.

          • ZeeLobby

            True. But doing what your not good at can also be a waste of time and resources. This happens in commercial enterprises all the time. Still interested to see where this goes though.

        • thereturnofsuppuppers

          there are plenty of warhammer tournaments, what are you talking about?

          • ZeeLobby

            Sure. Whose rulesets had to be re-written and clarified by TOs since the beginning of time. Lol

        • Ben_S

          Blood Bowl can be played pretty competitively (although not all teams are equal).

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. BB is also very RND heavy. Guildball is definitely the most competitively designed sports game out there. Not saying it’s impossible for GW, it’s just something they’ve never done.

      • Captain_Garadon

        *Sepulchral Guard

    • Sleeplessknight

      Step 1: Throw out as many games as possible and see which one makes the most money.

      Step 2: Continue milking those games that make money for more money while the others are forgotten in time.

      Step 3: Profit.

      • Grasshopper

        That sounds like a reasonable business practice (no irony). You just outsource the step where your products are audience tested, survival of the fittest style in the wild (kind of). Of course, it will draw the ire and rage of people who liked the more niche games and would have liked them to be continued. But either way, fans will have more games to choose from. Even if some will be forgotten by GW. Heck, there are still people playing Gorkamorka.

        • luke snell

          not to mention if the games never take hold, the minis are easily repurposed and fit for use in other games under their umbrella.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      I see it as GW going back to its roots in away. Having lots of more and low cost ‘board-game’ type products that can act as a gateway into the hobby as a whole. All these games (Gorechosen, Lost Patrol etc..) are better suited to be sold to more general game and toy stores who perhaps don’t wish to take on the risk of the 40K or AoS ranges

      • Grasshopper

        The more the merrier I say (up to a point of course). We see a general boardgame surge so why not introduce people to AoS etc. through more condensed boardgames without troubling their poor souls (and wallets) with the sprawling infection that are miniature games. 🙂

    • Severius_Tolluck

      They are just copying FFG at this point. Which saturate an IP into every category even if there is overlap…

  • Brian Brodeur

    I’ll have to wait till the rules or another set comes out seperately. No want for Khorne or Simarites …. again.

    • Grasshopper

      Hope for Boyz vs. Skeletons.

      • Brian Brodeur

        Ya the new Skellies coming for this game look wonderful

        • Dan Wilson

          IMO only the Sergeant Skelly looks fun and different, the rest look like they could be made from a standard box of skellies.

    • Graymantle

      Agreed, though I would totally be into a Sigmarite army if they made more of those Hammer Sisters.

      • Brian Brodeur

        Hammer sisters with different helmets I could deal with. I bet they would be solid.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    All looks pretty sweet. Usual high caliber miniatures and game components GW does well. Looking forward to seeing what the play is like. I image we’ll see a demo video from WH-Com in short order.

  • Krizzab

    “well the new meta is use the gear card ‘smashing smasher turbosmasher strikemasher strike’ the bad thing is that i need four to my Chaos warband and that card only exist in the ‘buy me im famous green grot warboss in ultratitanic squig with metacard’ box at 45 bucks each”-.

    Welcome to the FFG games workshop era.

    • Grasshopper

      Would buy the green grot warboss on ultratitanic squig. I hear the Forgeworld model is very intricate!

  • Derek

    Well, with the new Femcast assassin in blightwar, kinda make the femcast in this set less special. These minis are… after all, just a special troops unit if they was ever use in normal AoS (liberator, bloodreaver and skeleton warrior)

    Also, of all the possible Liberator load out, the first ever femcast mini use the most boring one. Two hammers, sword/shield are way better.

    • Grasshopper

      Where are the upgrade kits for Lady Stormcasts? THAT would be nice.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      I’m starting to think that next time the Stormcast gets a large release and “open” another Chamber. That that Chamber may well be an all female themed chamber – which would be awesome!

      • euansmith

        The Thunder Maidens! The Lightning Lasses! The Gale Girls!

        • Xodis

          Matrons of the Maelstrom!

          • euansmith

            Oooh, nice. Hurricane Harridans!

          • I_am_Alpharius

            Oh dear what have I started…Oooh, Tempestressi

        • Graymantle

          Adepta Sigmaritas!

          • euansmith

            Thank you, I think we have a winner with “Sigmarettas”

          • I_am_Alpharius

            Sounds like a Spanish drink.

  • Sonic tooth

    Worst gw artwork I’ve seen in quite some time.

  • euansmith

    I like the base on the minis.

    • Graymantle

      All of thier scultped bases have been pretty great so far. Another set based on these would be fantastic.

  • Edmund Chamberlain

    Shadespire = X-Wing
    AOS Skirmish = Frostgrave
    Necromunda/ Shadow War (assume they will merge?) = Infinity

    • Luca Lacchini

      Not really willing to sound like a GW fan, but this seems a solid plan.
      I’m not into X-Wing (I prefer Wings of Glory), but Frostgrave is a great game to build upon, able to withstand quick games and narrative campaigns while remaining very easy to grasp and play with some mastery.

      • palaeomerus

        yeah Frostgrave is similar to the Necromunda/Morheim though you only grow your wizard/apprentice and the crew is expendable, configurable, and replaceable based on your funds.

    • palaeomerus

      necromunda was always about campaigns and growing your gang and then getting wiped one night and starting over. Infinity is a skirmish game with lots of chances to react that at its higher levels is about counters countering counter counters that counter the counters that are supposed to counter something and cheap units that exist just to generate order tokens.

  • marlowc

    To be honest, this doesn’t look very interesting to me. Seems to be just a straight fight between two small warbands, with no follow-on character development, storyline, or campaign?
    Nobody I know ever played one-off games of Necromunda for example.

    • Ben_S

      If it can be played in half an hour, it’s something that could be played in otherwise dead time at the start or end of a club night, before or after a full AoS game or something.

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  • palaeomerus

    I thought this was supposed to be the city of the dead so why is it more of the same ol’ stormcasts vs. korne dudes? Where da undead at?