The Sunday Preview: Warbands of the Mortal Realms

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The Warhammer-community team brings us a preview of upcoming Warhammer releases!

Next weekend, all eyes turn once more to warband skirmishes in the Mortal Realms, as new releases for both Warhammer Underworlds and Warcry arrive for pre-order. We’re taking a look at what’s in store for these two games, as well as what Forge World and Black Library have to offer. First, though, we have our regular video round-up of the Week in Warhammer.

Descend into Direchasm

The new season of Warhammer Underworlds starts here. Deep in Beastgrave, new caverns have opened at the living mountain’s roots. Here, in Direchasm, ancient treasures await those bold enough to explore – and powerful enough to survive.

Your clashes will move into these depths with the Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm Core Set. This awesome new boxed game features everything you need to start playing, including two warbands with ready-to-play decks, boards, dice, and tokens.

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Myari’s Purifiers are a band of Lumineth Realm-lords who have ventured into Beastgrave to try to calm the mountain and prevent it from fully awakening.

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The Hedonites of the Dread Pageant entered Beastgrave in search of Slaanesh, but stayed when they discovered the ecstasy that came from depriving the mountain of death and feeding on its primal emotions.

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As well as a pre-built deck for each faction, the box includes a pack of universal cards you can use to take your decks to the next level, customising them to suit your playing style.

You can pick up a bunch of accessories alongside the core set, including Order- and Chaos-themed dice packs, a set of tokens that include specific designs to cover a range of future warbands, and a deck box to keep your precious objective and power cards safe between games.

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Warhammer Underworlds enthusiasts in Japan will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on all these new goodies. A delay in shipping means they’ll be released in Japan on the 9th of January instead.

Black Library is also venturing into Direchasm with a short story anthology packed with 11 tales of nightmare clashes in the depths of the mountain. It’s headed by a story featuring Myari’s Purifiers and the Dread Pageant, locked in battle over the fate of Beastgrave, which makes it the perfect appetiser before you get stuck into the boxed game itself. The hardback edition of the anthology also includes three power cards to use in your games, each an alternative-art version of a card in the Core Set featuring Black Library-themed imagery.

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Anarchy at the Eightpoints

Far from Beastgrave, more warbands clash under the watchful eye of the Everchosen. Across the Bloodwind Spoil, warriors of Chaos, Death, Destruction, and Order hear the Warcry. 

Next week, you’ll be able to order four brand-new books that delve into the Grand Alliances and their warriors. Each includes a comprehensive list of the leaders, fighters, and monsters available to the various factions that make up each Grand Alliance. The books also feature thematic background tables for each warband, and campaigns that will test your mettle as you wage your battles – and reward you with powerful artefacts to use in your games.

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You can also pick up a themed dice set for each book, with all the dice you need for Warcry in colours sympathetic to each Grand Alliance.

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Four warband boxes will each give you the perfect way to start a new Warcry force. In each box, you’ll find a selection of models, along with all the fighter cards, ability cards, and tokens you need to use them on the tabletop.

Two of these sets feature the warbands from recent Warcry: Catacombs boxed set – the Scions of the Flame and Khainite Shadowstalkers. Each of these makes a perfect starting warband, and they’re great for reinforcing an existing warband as well.

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The Legions of Nagash and Sylvaneth boxes each present a range of Warhammer Age of Sigmar models that can be used to form a Warcry warband, giving you a bunch of options for how you build and equip your fighters.

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Whichever warband you play with, you’ll want the Tome of Champions 2020. This 112-page book is packed with new rules for open, narrative, and matched play, including multiplayer pit fights, new fated quests, and challenge battles, as well as a sprawling narrative campaign set in the city of Soroth Kor. You’ll be able to fight for territory and artefacts as you seek dominion over all the inhabitants of the city.

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If you’re in North America, you’ll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the Tome of Champions – it should be available to pre-order in the US and Canada on the 12th of December.

Black Library

The Direchasm anthology is just the tip of the iceberg for fans of Warhammer fiction. A beloved character from years past returns to action in the Imperium Nihilus in Ephrael Stern: The Heretic Saint, and the classic Space Wolves graphic novel Lone Wolves gets a new lease of life in a full-colour hardback!

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If you’re looking for Warhammer-themed Christmas presents, Black Library’s new Space Marine Legions pin badge set and Character Cloth Patches are both great stocking fillers. The badge set includes the icons of nine of the founding Space Marine Legions, and complements the set we released earlier in the year. The patch set features five iron-on cloth patches, each of them styled around a popular character from Black Library’s books, including Ephrael Stern, Gotrek Gurnisson, and Kal Jerico.

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Warhammer Community and TV

The big news on Warhammer TV this week is the Warhammer Preview Online: Black Library. Next Saturday, you’ll get a first look at some of 2021’s biggest books – revealed by the authors themselves! Keep an eye on Warhammer Community across the week for more information about the authors involved. There’s plenty more to look forward to as we delve into the new Warcry and Warhammer Underworlds releases in a series of articles, and fire up the Advent Rumour Engine.

You can see the times for the Black Library preview and the rest of the week’s Warhammer TV shows, including the ever-popular Hang Out and Hobby, on the schedule below.

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