GTM #219 - Necromunda: Underhive
Reviewed by Thomas Riccardi


Necromunda: Underhive

Deep within the bowels of every hive city there lies an abandoned section that caters to the criminal element. This decaying part of the city is home not only to rusting structures and flooded sections but gangs as well. These gangs vie for supremacy as they fight with various weaponry that they have scavenged in order to control their own territory. Will you take up the mantle and lead your gang to victory?  This is the world of Necromunda: Underhive a new skirmish war-game from the folks over at Games Workshop. 

First let us discuss what you get in the core set which is quite substantial. You get two of the well-known gangs in the underhive and they are House Escher and House Goliath. House Goliath are hulking brutes that use their strength and ferocity to their own advantage while House Escher is entirely composed of women that have mastered the art of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Each gang has ten figures that can be customized with a variety of heads, chest plates, bodies and of course weapons. The figures are amazingly detailed and will look gorgeous when they are painted with Citadel Colour paints. Also included in the box is 9 double sided tiles that can be arranged in various scenarios whether provided in the book or one of your own. 2 frames that consist of everything from traps, bulkheads, doors and other obstacles and events to keep you on your toes. Dice, templates and even a ruler are also included so you can keep track of the action without having to purchase anything else. 

Also included is a 104 page book that is split into sections as the first one deals with the history of the Underhive. It not only has an introduction to the imperium of man but also describes the vast hive cities as well as the history of Necromunda and the shady inhabitants that live there. This is a great resource as you can use this section of the book to plan out further scenarios past the six that are given to you in the game rules. And speaking of the rules they are real easy to learn as there are three types of actions you can take on your turn and they are basic, simple and double actions. A model can make a basic and simple action once per turn or one double action which takes an entire turn (examples are blind fire and crawling). Each of the models attributes are displayed on cards which tells you how far they can move, how accurate they are, etc. Along with these attributes are the characters special abilities if any and how many wounds they can take. If a character takes equal to or over the wounds on his card the model is removed from play as it is considered killed. What I love about this system is that they have introduced tactics cards that can be played in battle. There are cards that cater to your own gang as well as general tactics cards and the effects can turn the tide of battle as they range from special abilities to traps that you can lay. This gives the gameplay an unexpected twist as you can spring unsuspecting cards on your opponent to shift the odds in your favor. 

The folks over at Games Workshop are committed to the Necromunda brand and have already released two supplements for the game. Entitled Gang War and Gang War II these tomes will have extra rules and information to giving you an enhanced gaming experience. From new weapons and scenarios to feature articles like how to run a campaign or how to create your own gang these supplements will have you and your friends playing Necromunda for months to come. 

Another release is a third gang that has come to makes its mark in the Underhive. The house of Orlock is also known as the house of Iron as they are in control of the slag pits that are dotted along the surface of Necromunda. Rigorously trained to fend off various enemies such as ash waste nomads they have trained their gang to be fearless fighters with a tenacity that is unrivaled. This new boxed set contains everything that you would need in playing house Orlock in the Necromunda: Underhive universe. These ten figures can be customized in many different ways as there are 20 heads along with an assortment of death dealing weaponry that would make any ganger quake in his shoes. 

If you are looking for a game that shows the harshest side of the 40k universe then you need to look no further than Necromunda: Underhive. With an amazing boxed set that contains all you need, two supplements that will have you adding more content to the game and a new gang house Orlock to make things interesting. For information on this and other games head over to www.gamesworkshop.com and get ready to vie for supremacy in the Underhive.


Fast Facts:

  • MSRP: $125.00
  • # of Players: 2
  • Age range: 15+
  • Duration: 30-90 minutes