GW: New Gangs & Teams Heading Your Way

The Gangs of Necromunda are heading your way along with the Elven Union for Blood Bowl!

Games Workshop has been cranking out the updates for all their (formerly known as) specialist games. Blood Bowl is getting a new team before Christmas and more Necromunda Clan Houses are coming in 2018!

via Warhammer Community

In the world of Blood Bowl, another team will be joining the fray just in time for Christmas. Combining the talents of the Elvish races into one force, Elven Union teams are fast, well coordinated and insufferably arrogant, albeit mostly justifiably so! This multipart plastic kit is one of the most advanced for Blood Bowl so far, with modular face-masks allowing for great depth of customisation.

That’s right – the Elven Union will be arriving “just in time for Christmas” and will be a full plastic kit! I already know one player that is looking forward to them – and I know a few more folks have been eying them as starting points for Eldar/Harlequin conversions…

On the other end of the spectrum Necromunda’s base set is going up for Pre-order November 11th. And players like myself have been wanting more info on the OTHER houses and when they will be making an appearance with fancy new plastic sets. Well GW has heard us!

via Warhammer Community

Finally, we’ve had loads of questions from Necromunda fans about when Delaque, Cawdor, Orlock and Van Saar will be joining Goliath and Escher in glorious plastic. We’re pleased to say that Necromunda: Underhive and Gang War will be but the first of many Necromunda releases. While Goliath and Escher will be available in their own boxes from day one, they’ll be followed by the four other Clan Houses in 2018.

YES! All the houses will be making an appearance in 2018! I’m pumped up after seeing the redesign for both the Goliath and Escher gangs. I wonder how the Orlocks will look with a redesign and the Van Saar with their “high-tech” body suits?! I might end up swapping loyalties…

These guys updated with new plastic tech? YES PLEASE!

Unfortunately we don’t have a firm release date or schedule for when these houses will hit stores. I’m hopeful we’ll see them roll out at a faster pace than the Blood Bowl Teams were released. But I know it takes a lot more to roll out a product that just hope. There is also a pacing issue with those releases – if you dump all the products out at once you risk folks getting overwhelmed and backing out (see: FFG’s L5R Rapid Fire Release reactions on their forums). If you slow roll it (say one new gang ever quarter) folks lose interest.

It’s a balancing act that these games have to sort out and I don’t envy the team/person making that decision. You’ve got to strike while the iron is hot to maintain interest, but also not rush to get things out that aren’t “up to snuff” so to speak. All I know is that I want my plastic crack, please!


Are you excited for these Games to get some attention? Are you ready for Necromunda to return in all new plastic-crack glory!?

  • ZeeLobby

    Super super cool! The minis alone look awesome. If the rules are slightly more evolved but still complex it’ll be a real winner. I already see this doing better than any other GW side game locally.

    • zeno666

      Don’t worry, GW will screw it up somehow 😉

      • memitchell

        Dude, they figured out how to incorporate the box lid into the boardgame. It’s a whole new astral plane here.

      • Gorsameth

        A bunch of veterans at my club saw the 2 gangs + flat terrain and let out a collected sigh.

        They spend last week rebuilding the old cardboard multi story kits in preparation. I think their a little dissapointed.

        • Bluewater1976

          I think the book Gang Wars will bring the use of 3D terrain and how to use it in the game.

          • I_am_Alpharius

            Don’t think, because it does! As stated in the released promotional blurb form GW.

        • Ray Long

          Why can’t they enjoy the fact that Kirby is no longer leading and that Specialist Games are receiving support? Also, 40k is seeing a new level of response with GW taking feedback into account. And faster than ever. You may not agree with the decisions on a rules basis, but can we agree that the 8th Ed. FAQs are remarkable in the context of GW’s history?

          But I get it. I, too, enjoy the bearded way of the venerable Grognard.

        • memitchell

          What would happen to the Internet if GW released 3D cardboard and plastic terrain in 2017? And, why would GW want to compete with its own plastic fantastic terrain? Things change.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Well the classic ones were fairly monopose too, so, at least I am not disappointed there! I am stoked though!

      • ZeeLobby

        Haha, well considering I had to saw metallic pistols off, I’m disappointed with both, lol. But plastic is def better.

  • AEZ

    Any experienced blood bowlers here? How do you think these elven union guys would work as woodelves? They seem fitting for the regular roles but ofc not as treeman or wardancers but I guess I could just use an old metal (small) treeman and fantasy wardancers as proxies.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Personally they’d be fine, as long as your opponent knows what they are – I certainly would not have a problem with. Certain would need to be converted a little to represent a Wardancer player. For a Treeman I would suggest a Kurnoth Hunter model for now.

      • Hagwert

        Wyrd do a fantastic multi part plastic treeman figure called Strange Emmisary which is perfect as a BloodBowl treeman .

    • Sonic tooth

      At the moment I honestly think 3rd party are making better blood bowl proxies then gw/fw

    • Ben_S

      I’d say use the Blitzers as Wardancers, though you’ll probably be needing more Linemen. If you have other Wardancers, then I guess you can use the Blitzers as extra Linemen – but Fantasy Wardancers will probably look small next to these guys.

  • Chris Hateley

    I don’t give a damn about Blood Bowl, but some of those elves are going to make great Harlequin conversions.

    • Hagwert

      My mum has been a wood elf player since the mid 1990’s but she has never liked any of the wardancer figures they have produced . I reckon these elf union figures with a bit of kit bashing and a good paint job could be just the ticket as wardancers . I just hope GW bring them out in time for her big 40th birthday on Dec 23rd as they will make the perfect pressie for her .

  • I_am_Alpharius

    The other 4 main gangs in 2018 you say…..I’m shocked I tells ya, SHOCKED! I would hazard that will be either one a quarter or 2 roughly every six months.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Sounds like a good and normal delivery, about what we are getting with BB.

  • euansmith

    Oooh, those plastic elf Bloodbowl players look just a few hand swaps away from being a cool gang for Necromunda or Shadow War.

    • Bakvrad

      I saw some nice conversions of the humans as well. A shotgun here, an Admech helmet there and you have some awesome henchman for an inquisitor.

  • frankelee

    Wow it’s only going to take a whole year to get all of the original gangs out. I don’t think they’ll have the Blood Bowl teams all out within a decade.

    • pulpapocalipsis

      Their release schedule for Blood Bowl is pathetic

  • Ryan Miller

    I may pick up a munda box…

  • Ben_S

    “While Goliath and Escher will be available in their own boxes from day
    one, they’ll be followed by the four other Clan Houses in 2018”

    I very much hope that means the other four being released in the first quarter of 2018 (maybe four months, if it’s one per month). Any longer will majorly limit the game.

  • palaeomerus

    Van Saar
    Bounty Hunters
    Rat Skins
    Gladiator Slaves
    Arbites Squads

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Yes yes, eventually we may see some of those, but the core original game only had the six houses. Your list also is lacking Redemptionists.