First foray into Shadow War: Armageddon

Recently I was invited to play a campaign in a day of Shadow War: Armageddon. Having only had a few games of it beforehand, I was a bit trepidatious; but I donned my finest Inquisitorial Hat™ and jumped in all the same.
You may remember, dear reader, these from a long time ago.

No one expects them

Well I’ve been adding to them and they now number seven miniatures, which is a pretty good starting force for Shadow War. Naturally they’re not painted however…

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So what is it?

I’m glad you asked. Shadow War is a skirmish game where you’re fighting for resources in the smog-ridden underbelly of a city on a planet in the 40k universe.

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That sounds an awful lot like Necromunda

Yes. Yes it does. In case you haven’t heard yet, Geedubbs is doing Specialist Games again. Awesome.

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So veterans of Geedubs will already know that their games are “I go, you go” and I think if there was anywhere where we could see a break to that tradition, it would be in a skirmish game like this. Bolt Action by Warlord Games (and presumably their other main titles) has a novel method of taking turns, that of drawing tokens from a bag blindly; you put a token in the bag for each of your units, and whoever’s token comes out of the bag selects a unit and takes their turn with it.  I’ve mentioned before that I think this would make 40k epicº brilliant, but with 8th…its not needed. AS 8th IS ALREADY BRILLIANT

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Veterans of Geedubbs will also say that balance has almost always been an issue with a lot of the games, and sadly I am here to tell you this is the case for Shadow War as well. Some armies are simply better than others. I think the Inquisition really suffer, as the weapons available to them aren’t as varied, or as simply powerful as you’d expect or want from a force that technically can call on help from anywhere else in the Imperium and they can’t really be refused. That isn’t to say that they don’t have a workable list, but rather exactly that: they have one workable list. 2 snipers, 2 crusaders, a storm shield equipped Inquisitor* and some ablative wounds (read “minions”) to keep them alive.

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I chose to go in a slightly different direction with the Inquisition though, so I had:

  • Inquisitor with storm shield, power sword and shotgun, Davos Viscerion
  • Crusader with storm shield and power sword, Repentant Soul
  • Crusader with storm shield and power maul, Kahrdel the Preist
  • Acolyte with autogun and red dot, Arras – Senior Tech Acolyte
  • Acolyte with bolt pistol and power sword, Ishmael
  • Acolyte with shotgun and red dot, Leo the Witcher

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And during the campaign I managed to get another

  • Acolyte with bolt pistol
  • Acolyte with storm bolter
  • Grenades for everyone! YAAAAY
  • Rad grenades for three people. Which I REALLY like, btw

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However, I cannot stress how much fun this game is. You really do fear Heavy Bolters or Genestealers – both of these perform exactly as they should. By way of an example, one Genestealer held off 3 Deathwatch Veterans, 2 Crusaders and my Inquisitor in combat? Not all at the same time, but Dayum.

During the campaign things did not go to plan, but then again do they ever? Amazingly I didn’t lose anyone, but there were a few headwounds to go around. I either came 3rd, joint 3rd , or 4th out of 4 people,  but I’m mainly putting that down to my guys being unpainted, and nothing at all to do with poor leadership.

PEACE

Twibz


º Joke aborted – they’re two different scales

*Ok, so running around with a 3+ invulnerable save is nothing to be sniffed at, but I can’t give my henchmen plasma, melta, grav, galvanic guns or even carapace armour as an upgrade.

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