Shadespire: The Chosen Axes Warband

Games Workshop rakes the flames of the Chose Axes Warband with a new info dump on these Fyrslayers!

I hope your games of Shadespire have been as fun and intense as these new Fyreslayer models because they are heading your way soon enough. Today, GW is pulling back the curtain and showing off some more of these offensive juggernauts!

via Warhammer Community

“An ancient city filled with treasure. Terrors too awful to name. Packs of blood-hungry killers – and worse. Sounds like a job for the Fyreslayers!”

The Chosen Axes


Fjul-Grimnir is a beast on the objective. He becomes inspired if he holds an objective at the end of the action phase. Once that card flips, he attacks with a raw fury that can down the toughest foes!


Tefk Flamebrearer is a dual-wielding monster slayer and once he becomes inspired his axes will ignite the fear in all who face him!

Vol Orrrukbane gains some extra punch when he becomes inspired – it gets Knockback 1. Don’t get between Vol and that Ur-gold!

Mad Maegrim might appear to be the weakest fighter of the bunch, but his Scorching Axes allow him a measure of consistency that should make the other jealous.

The Fyreslayer Cards

As will all warbands, the Fyreslayers get access to some unique cards that can be added/swapped out in your warband’s deck.

The Earth Shakes helps to push the Fyreslayers where you need them to be. And Defiant Strike helps Tefk pack MORE of punch!

Grimnir has a quite a few cards dedicated to making him a truly terrifying opponent. Extra defense, extra speed and a last-ditch effort can really keep this Fyreslayer in the thick of things…right where he wants to be!

Tips & Tricks

The most distinguishing feature of the Chosen Axes is their Inspire condition – both one of the easiest and the trickiest to achieve in the entire game. Play correctly around objectives, and you’ll be able to Inspire your fighters risk-free. Get outflanked or fail to draw out enemy pushes, and you could easily get left behind.

In the first turn as Fyreslayers, it’s crucial to pick which two or three fighters you want to Inspire – or if you’re willing to risk not Inspiring them to bring the fight directly to your foes. Manage to Inspire your fighters, however, and you’ll be rewarded with an extra Wound and some devastating Attacks, meaning that your opponent will be dealing with a considerable amount of pressure! Cards that let you move and swap objectives, like Shardcaller and Shifting Shards, are invaluable in a Chosen Axes deck, while the Hold Objective cards work well by allowing you to score points when you empower your fighters.


These Fyreslayers are going to be able to knock-heads with the best of them. They might not be hyper-mobile or the best armored, but they believe the best defense is having a bunch of dead opponents! They can’t hit you back if they aren’t alive to swing back.

The Chosen Axes are coming to pre-orders this weekend and will be arriving the following week – are you ready for the flame-touched to bring the heat?

  • HeadHunter

    I don’t even play Shadespire (haven’t the time or the cash to spare) but I’ll probably buy these models.

  • EnTyme

    I’m adding a house rule to the game: When Fjul Grimnir becomes inspired, his controlling player must recite the Invocation of Grimnir – “Give me Fjul. Give me Fyre. Give me that which I desire!”

    • James Hetfield dwarf would approve.

  • ZeeLobby

    Guy’s Axe-hammer is clearly not big enough…

    • CloakingDonkey

      funny enough it actually is smaller than the Runefather’s axe-key thing 😀

      • euansmith

        I was going to make an “Arthur Axe-key joke” (“Ooh, Mr Grimsdale”), but I don’t think anyone around here is ancient enough to get the reference; so instead, here’s something more recentish.

        • Hagwert

          My dad has loads of Norman Wisdom dvd’s…isn’t Arther Askey the guy in charge of the dairy ?

          • euansmith

            Doh, my elderly brain is failing, you are right, Mr Gimsdale is in Norman Wisdom films. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my dotage.

        • Patriarch

          Where’s me washboard?

          Or am I confusing my Fast Show with my classic comedians…

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          I want this faction 😀

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Nice, Just picked up shadespire last night.

  • CloakingDonkey

    Awesome! I was hoping these would be a sort of aggressive yet slow mirror of the Orcs. These will be perfect for me =)

  • I really want to know which color the sprues will be for these and the skaven. Would be disappointing if they’d return to just grey with these.

    • Bakvrad

      Skaven are brown, Gw mentioned it yesterday
      The duardin are orange

    • Dooms Day

      well by looking at the cards, we can see these guys are Orange on the spure. Im gonna guess the skaven are brown

    • Patriarch

      It doesn’t matter, because only a goblin plays with unpainted miniatures!

      • Call me a goblin then, because my paints were old and dried up to the point where I binned them. I haven’t gotten around to seriously painting anything in years, I’m more of a fluff guy anyway.

        I was looking for an “easy” project to not be entirely reliant on me painting and glueing things together before I can use them, while gradually expanding a new, up to date paint collection. Shadespire should do the trick. Ready to play out of the box with smaller amounts of models that don’t need too many different paints right off the bat.

        • Patriarch

          Shadespire is pretty good from that PoV. Very small number of minis, so not too daunting if you’ve been out of it for a while..

          Also Stormcasts are dead easy to paint. Gold followed by brown ink and you’re there.

  • euansmith

    “Choose life.
    Choose a chop.
    Choose a slash.
    Choose a cleave,
    Choose a forking big axe-key,
    Choose mining machines, helmets,
    Compact Troll Slayers, and Vulkite Berzerkers.
    Choose dead orcs, low ceilings
    And flaming Magmadroths.
    Choose ur-gold runes hammered into your flesh.
    Choose a starter cavern.
    Choose your axe.”

  • Hagwert

    I hated the AOS Fyreslayers…but these are great miniatures and a massive improvement to the point of making me want to buy them just to put some paint on them !

    • euansmith

      These guys seem rather less drunken and flailing than the AoS minis.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        but but…LESS drunken dwarves?!?!? how can that be 😀 yeah I like these guys, but surprisingly as much as I dislike shadespire as a game, I do love using the “teams” in AoS with their profiles for skirmishes, its pretty good time.