Grand Skirmish Germany 2019 – Herford, 30.11.-1.12.2019 is co-hosting Germany‘s first Grand Skirmish for WHU along with the head-organiser TG Play! Herford which is taking place on the last weekend of November!

While we try to get as many international players on board as possible I came across some doubts which I want to clear with a short FAQ.

What the f*** is „Grand Skirmish“? Is that stuff official?

Games Workshop invented a new tournament system for big events (60+ players) which is supported by GW in terms of prices, but not organised by them or part of a convention with a trade show (which would be the „Grand Clash“). I hope I got that right.

That means: Yes, it is an official tournament with fancy prices from GW.

How does the event work in terms of rules and schedule?

The main event will run on Saturday and Sunday. Day 1 will be five rounds of Swiss best of 3. Top 16 cut will play for the shiny trophy on Sunday.

Didn‘t make Top 16? Fear not! After the cut a full skirmish tournament will take place for the other players.

An official rules pack is available at

You wrote „official price support“. What will we get?

1st place will obtain the „Grand Skirmish Trophy“ by GW which even we do not know what it looks like (yet).

Tokens, alternative cards, etc. will be given to players according to their ranking similar to Grand Clashes.

On top of that we will have the official shadeglass trophies for 2nd and 3rd place, as well as shadeglass for the side event on Sunday!

That‘s not all: Frederick from TG Play! also organised fantastic tokens (for the Top 12) and playmats which every player will receive!

Objective tokens (you first place the normal ones and them replace them by these fancy shadeglass ones)
Playmats of Grand Skirmish Germany 2019

Ok, price support is fancy… but which other reason is there to travel all the way to Herford?

First of all: there is enough space to sleep at the venue! Just bring your sleeping bag and pad. No hotel cost, no further traveling.

Second: I have been to their tournaments before. The venue is fantastic and TG Play clearly know how to run big events. They also have the best food I came across (playing WHU tournaments). The entry fees include drinks and food!

Third: You can arrive Friday afternoon already and play friendly games at the venue.

Where do I register?

You can register at

Early bird discount is available until end of September and will save you 10€!

Also join our Whatsapp-group to ask questions and keep in touch with us and other players:

The earlier you register the more fancy stuff we can add to the price pool.

Will we use official rules?

Yes, we use the official Grand Clash rules.

Is there a cut-off date for errata, BAR-updates and such?

Yes, one week before the event players have to submit their lists. Any errata, etc. published by GW until that date will take effect.



That‘s all for now. Hope to see you in Herford! Let‘s make this big together 🙂

Rob playing Queens of the Briar Queen at ETC 2019.

European Team Championships ETC 2019 in Serbia

In August 2019 the European Team Championships featured a single and a team event for Warhammer Underworlds.

While the ESC (European Single Championships) did not differ from other big events the ETC is a unique happening and Team Germany enjoyed playing rough matches against seven different teams over two days.

One of the most important and interesting parts of the team event was the pairing at the beginning of each round. Every team had five players each piloting a different warband. First the team capatains would place an Attacker and reveal it simultaneously. Then the oposing team would place two defenders next to the attacker – of which one must be chosen to complete the pairing. This would be repeated until all attackers and defenders had been placed.

Smart choices during the pairing could decide about win or loss for the whole team which made this part of the ETC really thrilling.

Our first match was against Team Italy who eventually won the event with the increadible score of 7:0. Congratulations! It was a tight fight and we lost this one 2:3 by timeout.

Most of the other matches were equally fierce. So who else made it to Novi Sad?
England, France Blue, France Red, Poland, Russia and of course our host Serbia! We enjoyed each and every match-up and want to say thank you to all players, our judge (poor guy – hope he is fine!) and the organisers.

Award Ceremony – Team Italy placed 1st – Team France Blue made Best Painted

I will not write a detailes report about all the matches, but will quickly sumarise which meta was played.

Most teams played Mollog, Profiteers, Guardians and Coursebreakers. It is fair to say however that the MVP title goes to Mollog the Acolyte of the Katophranes.

I think Mollogs only lost matches against other Mollogs as it was almost impossible to stop him from scoring Acolyte of the Katophranes with 7 tomes in his bag.

The same technique was also used by Eyes of the Nine and Gitz (with good results, but not nearly as impossible to beat).

Apart of that Cursebreakers did what they are best at and Profiteers and Guardians showed that they are pretty well ballanced against every other warbands (except Mollog the Acolyte).

I played Thorns of the Briar Queen and think I did a pretty decent job winning matches against Coursebreakers and Guardians – but my deck was really bad against Mollog and the Profiteers.

That being said Hold Objective based playstyle did not really stand a chance against the strong and aggressive decks at the ETC. If I had chosen an aggressive Mollog deck instead it would have been better for our team – but on the other hand it would have taken out the diversity of the games. We are already starting to test new strategies for 2020 – and Team Germany will be back with a new Bag of Tricks!

You can download all teams’ decklists from the official ETC drive!

Next year’s ETC will happen in Luxembourg and Team Germany is looking forward to meeting all the new friends again! If you are interested in coming to the ETC 2020 and need help with establishing a team – feel free to get in touch with me.

Next up: Event overview – First Grand Skirmish Germany in Herford.

WHU around the world

Warhammer Underworlds in New Zealand

It is time to take a look on how WHU is doing in Middle-Earth New Zealand. Bryn Jones shares his insights with us:

In which country/region/city are you mainly playing WHU?

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, you know the place they made the Lord of the Rings, (we’ll probably never let that one go). [Red.: Me neither!]

Do you have access to all warbands? How easy/fast can you obtain WHU supplies?

It’s a mixed bag that one… It’s very easy to buy all the different official Warhammer Underworlds products. We have two great GW stores in the immediate region, together with ‘Mighty Ape’ the NZ version of Amazon, if you don’t mind waiting a few days to get a 10-15% off the prices.

However… The prices in New Zealand are the most expensive in the world for GW products, and it does limit what people are necessarily able to spend, making what is a pretty affordable game in other parts of the world somewhat less accessible.

Is there a competitive scene? Who organises events: players, Games Workshops, Local Gaming Stores?

The local GW stores run leagues that usually last six weeks, usually timed with the release of the new war bands and the quarterly organised play kits. That’s about the limit of the scene currently competitively.

How many players attend these events and how often do they happen?

There are about ten active participants across both stores and it is usually a combined league for the region as both stores are within twenty minutes drive of each other.

If you should summarise your regional meta, how would you describe it?

The meta is pretty casual! People play what they enjoy and the whole thing is pretty small fry in the global scene. A couple of the players (including me) have jumped on the Profiteers, and we have had a few people playing Mollog’s Mob recently. The vast majority of the better performing decks are aggro based. There is very little defensive play; people just seem to like going at each other and chucking dice.

Is your regional community influenced by the “global” meta (e.g. by Grand Clashes in the UK, Europe, USA, etc. or perhaps from facebook groups)?

I imagine so, it is hard to know what other people do, but I certainly try and follow what is going on.

Is WHU growing or declining in your region?

Probably remaining about constant currently.

WHU: Online – Yes or no?

I would love to be able to use it to practice the game, or play against people online, but for me it will most likely be down to how they manage the release of universal cards. I expect to have to pay for each warband separately (after whatever is included in the base game) but I would rather not have to pay for all the warbands again to get access to all the universal cards – just to be able to replicate the decks I already play (unless of course the cost is small enough to be negligible).

I fully expect it will be done the same way as in the physical game though to drive sales, so at that point it will depend on price I guess.

Thank you, Bryn! I already heard shocking nightmare tales about the GW pricing in Australia and New Zealand. Glad you guys still manage to stay in the game and I hope to visit Wellington again in the future to join you for some roll-offs.

Thundrik’s Profiteers will go for the glass on June 29th. Read you then!

WHU around the world

Warhammer Underworlds in USA / SoCal

David Cutts send in his thoughts about the WHU-scene in SoCal, USA. From my perspective the community over there always looked thriving so I was really curious about the following answers.

In which country/region/city are you mainly playing WHU?

I play in Southern California, specifically the Inland Empire.

Do you have access to all warbands? How easy/fast can you obtain WHU supplies?

Yes we have access to all the warbands, and we get them as soon as they are released from all the local game stores.

Is there a competitive scene? Who organises events: players, Games Workshops, Local Gaming Stores?

There is a great scene, mostly organised by local game stores, but a few GW stores have held events. We have 4-6 tournaments a month.

How many players attend these events and how often do they happen?

It depends on the location and whether or not there is a store kit on the line, but we have seen from as few as 4 player to as many as 16 at a local event. We can get to 4-6 events a month if you are willing to drive 70 plus miles. This year we are having a “local” Grand Clash at The SoCal Open, October 26th and 27th. Come check it out!

If you should summarise your regional meta, how would you describe it?

We have got some great players who are looking creatively at the game and the meta. As a whole some of us took the game a little to seriously mid to late season one, and that may have driven a few players away, but we have self corrected, and shied away from crushing souls.

Is your regional community influenced by the “global” meta (e.g. by Grand Clashes in the UK, Europe, USA, etc. or perhaps from facebook groups)?

It is impossible not to be! We all read the Facebook pages and blogs and listen to podcasts.

Is WHU growing or declining in your region?

I fear we are entering a dark time, season three should kick start Warhammer Underworlds again.

WHU: Online – Yes or no?

F*** yeah.

Thank you, David! I hope season three will bring even more players to the SoCal WHU-community.

Upcoming on I am going for the glass with Thundrik’s Profiteers and throw some Contrast on my inspired leaders!

WHU Decklist Eyes of the Nine

Eyes of the Nine Tournament Win – Decklist and Strategy

I was back at the Battlezone Dubai (they run WHU evenings every Tuesday now) for another tournament. Since the last event I worked on an Eyes of the Nine deck. I changed it every single day without even playing it once.

Eventually I came up with this decklist. It main purpose is gathering base glory (check Tony’s article on “base glory” in case you missed out) while shooting with Vortemis and the Blue Horror. Since both do not deal lots of damage most of my gambit cards will deal additional damage.

This article contains both the decklist as well as a shortened tournament report.

The objectives

Easy to score: Well-Guarded, Keep them Guessing, Change of Tactics, Calculated Risk, Eyes of the Master

All these objectives can be accomplished without rolling dice (or at least it does not matter if your rolls succeed or not). Keep them Guessing is easy to score with The Eyes of Nine escpecially when the Blue Horror has not been summoned yet. Well-Guarded is attractive as I would try to place Vortemis and K’charik adjacent to each other due to their inspiring condition. Eyes of the Master turned out to be less easy to score, but mainly because I always had better ones to score. I would still keep it in my deck.

Holding objectives: Supremacy, Our Only Way Out, Bind the City

The Blue Horror is actually one of the best characters in game to hold objectives. Why? You spawn him anywhere so he can even reach the other edge of the board. When he is on an objective and someone tries to hit him down this is what usually happens: it dies and you turn around the card to spawn the Brimstone Horrors. The great thing: they will not be not pushed, which means the objective is still being held.

Reason enough for me to put the three high scoring objectives into my deck (and it worked just fine).

Shooty objectives: Master of Magic, Rising Inferno, Death from Afar, Sorcerous Scouring

I figured if I made attacks in the games to come it would mainly be spells cast by Vortemis or fireballs shot by the Blue Horror. Turned out these are really easy to score! I kept away from the objectives which require four or more successful spells per round though.


Did someone say “one damage”?: Reflected Injury, Shardgale, Trap, Abasoth’s Withering, Encroaching Shadow, Pit Trap, Sphere of Aqshy, Stand and Shoot

These are a lot of cards which spit out single damage points. Keep reading to see how a single wound attack killed a full-grown Stormcast Eternal.

The other two: Transfixing Stare, Haymaker

Haymaker is simply wonderful especially when used with the last activation. As it does not specify “attack-dice” it can be used with Vortemis as well. Transfixing Stare is a good counter if most of your warbands can attack from range 2. I only used it once in my games though and might replace it with another damage dealing spell.


Staying alive: Acrobatic, Deathly Fortitude, Champion’s Fortitude, Sudden Growth

I used two restricted slots to make sure Vortemis and the Blue Horror pull through all three rounds. Acrobatic and Champion’s Fortitude would support this task.

Giving +2 health to the Blue Horror creates a mollogesque 7 wounds monster (as both sides of its card get +2 wounds). I did not dare to give him +4…

We need more damage: Empowered Sorcery, Gloryseeker, Blessing of Argentine, Archer’s Focus, Well of Power

While Empowered Sorcery and Gloryseeker add one damage to your damage dealt, Archer’s Focus and Well of Power make sure you hit in the first place.

Blessing of Argentine is a wonderful card and one of my favourites in Nightvault in general. It might look useless against characters using ranged weapons, but that is not 100% true. If you charge them first and stay adjacent they can a) attack you and take the damage, b) do not attack you or c) move away before attacking. Which makes the blessing a strong card for board controll. This especially works fine with cards like Shardgale, Reflected Injury, Encroaching Shadow, etc. Against characters with range 1 this card is bonkers.

You might ignore a model with Argentine’s Blessing, but not if it is the one holding the only objective in your range which will score the opponent objectives like Supremacy.


For the LOLs: Duellist’s Speed

Well… I understand that this card is not considered strong by many players. But given the fact that 4 out of 5 characted in Eyes of the Nine have a range 3 attack and many warbands in WHU have characters with movement 3 (or even below), this card gives you the possibility to shoot and move out of range. Or shoot and move into range for the next target (I used both ways during the tournament).

Apart of that it is a lovely combination with Stand and Shoot (David Hayes called it “Poor man’s Quick Thinker“! I liked the idea a lot and had to steal it!). I had a dream about combining Haymaker with Stand and Shoot and Duellist’s Speed. Never happened though.

Running the Deck

To summarise the weekend tournament: my deck left without a loss thanks to the many damage dropping gambits.

My board choice was Forbidden Chambers and I placed Vortemis adjacent to two other fighters. He has a great threat range to attack if required (4 movement + 3 range) and from there it is almost impossible to escape him. On the other side he can not be easily charged by multiple characters. That being said: if you are up against Mollog or other aggro warbands you might take him to the back of your board.

I used to drop Shardgale as early as possible before summoning the Blue Horror deep in opponent’s territory and holding one of the objectives there.

During the first match I encountered Skaven and Shardgale worked like a blessing against them. Each gambit card used resulted in a kill and a glory to a point I felt bad about what was going on.

3D boards for Warhammer Underworlds with Eyes of the Nine & Spiteclaw's Swarm

Eyes of the Nine fight Spiteclaw’s Swarm

In the final I was up against defensive Stormcast Eternals and it turns out the deck copes with defensive play quite well. I closed the second round with a combination of Shardgale, Reflected Injury, a three crits ranged attack by Senior Le Bleu for one damage and Encroaching Shadow killing Brightshield in full health. For the record: It was the first time I rolled 3/3 crits.

It was a wonderful afternoon at the Battlezone and I look forward to the next tournament and Tuesday’s WHU nights. Not sure yet which warband I will take up now, but I might choose something with beards. Stay tuned!

Blue Horror holding objetive against Spiteclaw's Swarm

Blue Horror vs Skritch Spiteclaw in WHU

WHU around the world

Warhammer Underworlds in China

The next destination on our journey around the globe brings us to China! More specifically we are speaking with players in Southern Mainland China. Two nice fellows answered the questions which I hope to meet during my next stay in China: Alf and Laurent. Thank you, guys!

I combined their answers to the questions for a convenient read:

In which country/region/city are you mainly playing WHU?

Alf is from France but living in Shenzhen and plays WHU since it release in places all over China. Laurent is mainly playing in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

WHU kicked off with what we used to call the “shadies night” in a known bar once per week, it was a great excuse to get some beers and games going with friends, which ultimately started to spread.

Alf is also the creator of one of the biggest miniature painting groups in China and people were coming to visit Shenzhen and catch the virus, spreading it even further.

Do you have access to all warbands? How easy/fast can you obtain WHU supplies?

Yes of course, but it had ups and downs. In order to understand why, one must be familiar with things like taobao (added by red.: Chinese online sales platform). The continuous struggle with the customs, translation check ups in order to verify it doesn’t disturb the integrity of the party, or even simply if you are located in Shanghai/Shenzhen/Hong Kong due to the fact those cities own a GW store vs the rest of the territory.

Even something like Chinese New year had some terrible impact on the release pace of some warbands like Spiteclaw’s Swarm and the Chosen Axes.

At some point, GW also decided not to stock English products any longer, which ultimately led to a certain backlash from the community.
Now that it is solely produced in china, most problems got solved, and we can expect the products on release day, although in limited quantity still when it comes to English.

Direct orders from local gaming stores take 3-4 weeks leadtime.

Casual three player match of WHU at a local pub in China (picture by Alf)

Is there a competitive scene? Who organises events: players, Games Workshops, Local Gaming Stores?

There is indeed a competitive scene, mostly in Hong Kong and Shanghai, while Shenzhen is still far behind.
There’s very few LGS in China due to the fact it remains a very young hobby, it’s mainly organised by the different GW stores in those cities.

Laurent pointed out that some local clubs run their own events as well.

How many players attend these events and how often do they happen?

There were events with 20 players, yet some others with only 4. It’s a bit difficult to quantify since China is so big.
On average there are two or three events per store yearly. In some place they run tournaments once per quarter.

If you should summarise your regional meta, how would you describe it?

Alf points out that mainly the games in China are friendly. In Shenzhen they do not play it so much anymore sadly. Having personal issues made it hard for me to keep the interest going, “shadies nights” (now called the “undies nights”) kind of died end of 2018. Our local GW tried to keep people motivated, but it turns out to be too competitive, and loses the friendly and chill set up.

Laurent describes the meta as mixed with everything included from very casual to competitive. There really is a large range of ages and skills.

Another casual WHU play at the pub in China (picture by Alf)

Is your regional community influenced by the “global” meta (e.g. by Grand Clashes in the UK, Europe, USA, etc. or perhaps from facebook groups)?

Many people tried to copy paste some decks found on internet; without a clue on how to play them. Most of the time it didn’t go well against the more experienced players we have around. Other than that, there’s a lot of experimenting. Competition should not exclude the fun!

Is WHU growing or declining in your region?

A bit of both. There is renewed interest to finally just crumble back down as everyone is busy with their own lives. It is truly up to people to get organised. On the large scale it could be described as growing Laurent added.

WHU: Online – Yes or no?

Both Alf and Laurent agree on “Yes!”. TTS was already a great way to remotely play, but an official game is even better. Alf’s main contern is that the game might be cluttered in over-priced DLC.

I have been writing with Alf on WeChat (In a nutshell a Chinese version of WhatsApp – please don’t beat me to it) for a while and he mentioned that there are two groups of communities in China: the international one and the Chinese one which is much bigger. Oddly both worlds rarely mix together due to the language barrier.

I hope to get some insights from the Chinese community in the future as well!

That’s it from China (for now!). Thank you both for taking your time to get through these questions. Next up: USA (South California)

WHU around the world

Warhammer Underworlds in Canada

We are kicking off the new series of short articles about “WHU around the world” with a spotlight on Canada. Today’s guest author is Carl Hubes from Toronto, Ontario.

In which country/region/city are you mainly playing WHU?

I am based in Southern Ontario (mainly playing in Toronto).

Do you have access to all warbands? How easy/fast can you obtain WHU supplies?

It is fairly easy to obtain the warbands. A fair number of players have all the warbands. All of the stores carry Nightvault.

Is there a competitive scene? Who organises events: players, Games Workshops, Local Gaming Stores?

There is a healthy competitive scene that is organised by both players and GW stores.

How many players attend these events and how often do they happen?

The events are highly variable in player numbers. There are a few dedicated players who attend most of the tournaments and others who attend tournaments that are closer in geography to them.

Largest tournament I’ve attended in Southern Ontario had 21, but most tournaments are held with 8-12 players. When a new Organized Play kit is released there’s a tournament almost each week for a month or two then it becomes one tournament per month till the release of the next kit.

If you should summarise your regional meta, how would you describe it?

The meta is highly competitive. Players take warbands that are known to have higher win percentages. All players have a desire to win and thus put together competitive decks. We’ve also had players who have placed in the top three during Grand Clashes come to play at our local tournaments and have had a tough run.

Is your regional community influenced by the “global” meta (e.g. by Grand Clashes in the UK, Europe, USA, etc. or perhaps from facebook groups)?

Yes, I personally see many Grand Clash decks in my local meta as well as experimental decks that have been theorycrafted by local players (e.g. Godsworn Katophrane).

Is WHU growing or declining in your region?

The number of players was the highest with the release of Season 1 and dwindled until the release of Season 2. There aren’t as many players as the start but the ones who play are highly dedicated to the game.

WHU: Online – Yes or no?

Definitely yes in regards to WHU online. There are players who play WHU on tabletop simulator to practice and perfect decks.

Thank you Carl and all the players from Canada for these insights!
Up next is the article from our friends in China.

WHU around the world

Warhammer Underworlds around the world

Shadespire.Blog will launch a series of guest articles written by fellow players from around the world. All of them will answer the same set of questions giving us insights into the local meta and competitive scene in their region.

These are the questions:

  • In which country/region/city are you mainly playing WHU?
  • Do you have access to all warbands? How easy/fast can you obtain WHU supplies?
  • Is there a competitive scene? Who organises events: players, Games Workshops, Local Gaming Stores?
  • How many players attend these events and how often do they happen?
  • If you should summarise your regional meta, how would you describe it?
  • Is your regional community influenced by the “global” meta (e.g. by Grand Clashes in the UK, Europe, USA, etc. or perhaps from facebook groups)?
  • Is WHU growing or declining in your region?
  • WHU: Online – Yes or no?

If you would like to write a guest article about your region, drop me an email to
Would be great to add some pictures which can be published along with the article (no faces of other people though – you must hold the right to publish the picture).

Looking forward to seeing how WHU is played elsewhere!

Forbidden Chambers Board Pack for WHU (Nightvault)

Forbidden Chambers Board Pack – Part II

A few days ago I published part one of the Forbidden Chambers Board Pack review. No it is time to turn the board and take a look at the other side of the board pack.

Board with adjacent starting hexes for Warhammer Underworlds
Forbidden Chambers Board with three adjacent starting hexes

How to use this board?

From my personal perspective there is exactly one strong point about this board: 3 adjacent starting hexes.

Until end of season 2 (Nightvault) several warbands have been released which benefit from placing multiple characters adjacent to each other.

These are mainly:

  • Zarbag’s Gitz
  • Stormsire’s Cursebreakers
  • Steelheart’s Champions
  • Farstriders
  • The Eyes of the Nine

Three gits can move at the same time when placed on the three adjacent starting hexes. All sigmarine warbands can be played in a turtle formation and score easy passive objectives. Starting adjacent to each other might save them activations or ploys. K’charik from the Eyes of the Nine would only inspire if an adjacent mage successfully casts a spell. Starting adjacent is a given for this warband. As Vortemis needs to be protected placing Turosh or Narvia next to him is no bad deal.

Let us check some simple examples on how the good old Sigmarines synergise with this board.

There are three objectives which can only be used if the condition is met that three fighters / all remaining fighters stand adjacent to each other. Obviously hese are best to be used with the Sigmarines.

  • Unbroken Wall
  • Well-Guarded
  • United

They are more or less triggered by the same condition as long as your warband consists of three fighters. While all of them only provide one glory they can be combined with other objectives such as

  • Perfect Planning
  • Hold What We Have

You will be rewarded for not spending activations on movement enabling you to draw cards, cast spells or shoot from afar instead. There are also ploys supporting the Stormcasts while being placed adjacent to each other.

  • Sigmarite Wall
  • On Your Feet

This is only one example on how to make use of the board. Other warbands can draw profit from this opening as well. Playing Skaven? Place Skritch in between two fellow skaven for a free charge with Momentary Boldness.

Which synergies do you see or use with this board?

Next time I am back with my Eyes of the Nine decklist. Read you soon!

Forbidden Chambers Board Pack - WHU

Forbidden Chambers Board Pack – Part I

Today I am taking a quick look at the Forbidden Chambers Board Pack released by GW in Spring 2019. Both sides of this board pack have interesting features.

This first article focuses on the side with the three lethal hexes. Let me take a brief moment to appreciate the fabulous work of Terres D’Exil who designed the customised 3D version for (as seen in the featured image). Thank you, Vincent!

Forbidden Chambers Board with three lethal hexes.
Forbidden Chambers Board with three lethal hexes

How to use this board?

This board is very strong when you win the roll for board placement and be allowed to rotate boards. If you have to place first your opponent could ruin your match by forcing you into bad starting positions. I believe there are better options for the first placement.

If you won the role-off however there are two extremely powerful ways of placing this board.

  1. Aggressively
    As we have three starting hexes on one of the long edges you could decide to place this long edge adjacent to the opponent’s board (see picture below) not leaving a spot to hide for your opponent. This board is the only one with three starting hexes on one board edge!
    Forbidden Chambers Pack - WHU - Aggro placement
  2. Defensively
    Rotate the board 180° compared to the aggressive placement so the three starting hexes are as far away from your opponent. Then shove the two board until only three connecting hexes are left next to the lethal hexes. I am calling this placement “The Gandalf”.
    It is obviously less defensive than connecting the short edges, but it leaves only a small corridor for your opponent which can be blocked easily and now and then will allow you to push the balrog characters into the lethal hexes.
    Forbidden Chambers Board Pack - defensive Setup
    I would recommend this placement for warbands with a mix of strong characters who want to get into a brawl midgame and weaker characters who need to stay back and be saved (e.g. to hold objectives). Good examples would be Spiteclaw’s Swarm or Eyes of the Nine. Imagine a Blue Horror with a grey beard screaming at Mollog “You shall not pass!”.

That’s it for now. Part II will examine the other side of the board pack. Stay tuned for the next article!