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40K: Shadow War: Armageddon Rules Confirmed

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Mar 29 2017

The quick reference sheets for Shadow War Armageddon have been spotted – It’s the return of the Necromunda rules!

As they say on the internet: Pics or it didn’t happen. Well now we can all stop speculating because the proof is in the pics:

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More pictures at the imgur link

As I correctly pointed out in a previous article, this is all (basically) the same as the Warhammer 40,000 Second Edition rules for Movement, shooting, and close combat (which was the same rule set used from Necromunda). The wording has been changed and some of the names have been updated – but compare the close combat steps:


Warhammer 2nd Edition Close Combat Reference

and the multiple combat rules too:

So, just to spell it out for the last time: Shadow War: Armageddon is using the core Warhammer 40,000 2nd Edition/Necromunda Rule Set.

Now, if you want to get an idea of what those core rules looked like back-in-the-day, we have done a couple of Retro Corner Reviews looking at those rules:


As I said before:

For a game in the scale of Necromunda the system works. Each model is acting independent and this type of combat feels appropriate. It’s more cinematic and narrative close combat that the modern 40k close combat rules. It represents a duel between two opponents and it works in that regard.

I just hope GW keeps these rules in Shadow War Armageddon and doesn’t bring all of them over to 8th. The CC rules just don’t scale very well to large games.


What do you make of the return Warhammer 40k 2nd Edition Close Combat Rules to the tabletop?

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