GW: Shadespire Is Now Available

Shadespire is out in stores – the “Fast-paced Tactical Arena Combat” has begun!

Games Workshop deep-dive into the tactical turn-based arena combat miniatures games has launched – Shadespire is out in stores. We’ve talked quite a bit about the game in the weeks building up to it. So if you’re wanting to get an idea of what to expect here is a quick primer:

First off, we have a a demo game hosted by Phil Kelly himself which we shot at GenCon 50! It was a ton of fun and great to have Mr. Kelly show us the ropes. From the video you’ll get a pretty great idea of how the game is played and an explanation of the rules/components. Speaking of components…

Just what the heck is in the box? Check out out Unboxing video so you know exactly what you’re getting. It’s two warbands, two double-sided boards, dice, cards, and all the tokens/other components you could ever want to play this game. It’s great for two players to just dive right in.


Ironskull’s Boyz is the Orruk Warband that is coming out at later date. If you were wondering what is in that box, we’ve got a copy and we’ve even gotten some games in with them.



The Sepulchral Guard is the Undead Warband that is stalking the cursed city of Shadespire. They might lack the staying power of some of the others, but they more than make up for it with the number of bodies they put on the board.

We’ve been pretty happy with our games of Shadespire – it lives up to the tag line for sure. It’s out in stores now so if you want to dive in go pick-up a copy this weekend and start playing today!

Shadespire $60

Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is an action-packed combat game for two players. Build your warband, construct your deck, and defeat your rivals.

Shadespire was once a city of wonder and magic, a mercantile metropolis whose rulers defied death, to the fury of Nagash. This fury was made manifest in something worse than destruction – drawing upon the mysterious power of the shadeglass that gave the city its power, Nagash tore away the light and glory of Shadespire, leaving it a twisted reflection of its former splendour. Those adventurers foolish enough to set foot within its walls are trapped, with all hope seemingly lost. Yet not all will accept their fate without a fight…

The Game

In Warhammer Underworlds, you and your opponent pick a warband – 2 are included in this box – and build a deck of power and objective cards. After placing your warband on the hex-tiled game boards, you take turns making actions – movement and attacks – until 3 phases are played. Between actions, you can use the power cards to introduce effects and reactions that can swing the battle in your favour; building the best deck you can and using cunning to deploy these abilities at the perfect time is the secret to mastering the game and dominating your foe. Merely vanquishing your opponent’s warband does not guarantee victory – capturing objectives, standing your ground, making the best tactical choices and deploying the right cards at the right time will gain you the glory points you need to win!

Once you’re familiar with the rules, games will take around 30 minutes – you’ll always have time for a rematch.

In The Box

Everything you and a friend need to play games of Warhammer Underworlds is included in this box. Contained within:

– A Stormcast Eternals warband, made up of 3 push-fit, blue plastic Liberators (Angharad Brightshield, Obryn the Bold and their leader Severin Steelheart);
– A Khorne Bloodbound warband, made up of 5 push-fit, red plastic Bloodreavers (Karsus the Chained, Blooded Saek, Targor, Arnulf and their leader Garrek Gorebeard.) Both of these warbands are Easy To Build, with no glue necessary and a comprehensive, easy to follow construction guide;
– A 32-page rulebook, including the story of Shadespire’s rise and fall, and all the rules you need to play; – A quick-start sheet, featuring a brief introduction to the game;
– 2 double-sided game boards, featuring hexes and objectives;
– 2 pre-built decks of power and objective cards, for use with the included warbands;
– 8 double-sided Fighter cards, providing the stats and information needed for the fighters in each warband at a glance;
– 5 attack dice and 3 defence dice;
– 9 double-sided objective tokens;
– 1 Katophrane Artefact token;
– 2 Shardfall tokens;
– 30 wound tokens;
– 46 double-sided glory point tokens;
– 15 double-sided move and charge tokens;
– 15 Guard tokens;
– 8 activation tokens.

Extra Rules

Warhammer Underworlds has an intense, fast and fun core ruleset, but the book contains a host of extras – new game modes, competitive and multiplayer rules:

– Matched Play: designed for competitive play, this is a set of rules that level the playing field to the finest degree – perfect for fast, friendly rivalries and tournaments;
– Capture the Artefact: use the included Katophrane Artefact token as a discovery to battle over – glory points are awarded for holding it, but your opponent will be sure to take it by force;
– Multiplayer games: extra rules that allow you to combine 2 core sets of Warhammer Underworlds to create 3-or-4-player games, with clarified rules for resolving attacks and adjustments to victory conditions.


Bring out yer dead!

  • zeno666

    “Designed for competitive play”
    Well now GW, we all know what this means already…

  • More deckbuilding.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. I mean if it really is a tight competitive game, mad props to them achieving that after a long era of rampant rules systems. That said, I’ve never had all that much interest in playing this type of game. Corvus Beli is also coming out with Aeristia. What game started this craze?

      • Frank Krifka

        Just played a 4 players game about 20 minutes ago. Took us just over an hour. The ruleset is indeed quite tight and winning depends on how you use your turns. For example, I failed far too many roles to have won in a normal tabletop game, but ended up eeking out a win by playing carefully to my objectives. All in all, quite fun.

      • Magic the Gathering lol. Especially when their world championships were aired on ESPN.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World! Long live Mordheim!

  • benn grimm

    Every time they do one of these I just think, darn it, where’s updated Man o War? Where’s Space Marine? I’m sure it’s a lot of fun, just not sure I have room in my life for another here today, forgotten tomorrow gw standalone game. Maybe if it’s still going next year I’ll check it out. Especially if they can some how incorporate fantasy battles on the high seas…