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This will soon become a 'tactics' hub for Mordheim, the fun game of who-can-spam-the-most-slings - If you want to add to it, feel free to help out!

Mordheim is wellknown as the campaign Skirmish wargame, which has inspired many games like it, such as the Heralds of Ruin Kill Team system and the Malifaux universe. The game itself is set in the destroyed city of Mordheim, which was smashed to splinters by a comet of pure Wyrdstone (or as it has long been known to the Skaven, Warpstone), which in turn attracts mercs, chaos and other wicked things like a raunchy story thread attracts fa/tg/uys on a friday night. You can read about it here.

General Tactics[edit]

In the game, you create a warband of assorted models, gear them out and go on a happy adventure within the cursed city of Mordheim, collecting Wyrdstone, unique weaponry and fighting the other warbands over the spoils. It's not particularly balanced, but it sure is fun, and can be fukken great with a good band of friends, which might be the most important thing to remember - While the game, and the tactics on this site can be focused on winning and doing the absolute best, don't forget that the game is a friendly game and can easily be broken, if you're not careful... And by being careful, we mean 'be careful not to buy twenty Clanrats with Slings', so it's not that hard to keep yourself from making your campaign into the most hatefilled war of attrition ever to grace your gaming boards.

That said, Mordheim is a game meant for fun and games and for making your own band of heroes to adventure with, while creating stories about how your warriors fought over a stash of Wyrdstone, or how a Youngblood slew a great Possessed, or how you miraculously found that Hochland Long Rifle within the ruins. Mordheim is a game that creates stories, both fun and FUN*.


Creating your Warband[edit]

Making a Mordheim Warband in this day and age can range from being very expensive relatively to the size of the warband to be something you can do with the bits you have left around for Warhammer Fantasy. For some factions you have no choice but to go for the original models (Sisters of Sigmar and to some extend the Cult of the Possessed), while others can be made easily with existing kits (Mercenaries in particular, but Dwarves, Skaven and Undead can also be made with existing models from the modern day plastics). No matter what though, you'll certainly be doing a lot of conversion, unless the weapons the models come with suit you perfectly - For complete WYSIWYG, many models need to be scratch build in a way that no other game requires of you - Orcs with shortbows, Sisters of Sigmar with slings, Skaven with a Blunderbuss, all can be seen in the Mordheim, and often it's better to not accept the static nature of the models given. Especially ranged weapons are important, and if you can, sculpt some bows or slings on as many models you can - You never know if you'll need to fell an Ogre at range, 'cause close combat with such a beast ain't no good!

When starting a campaign (and playing Mordheim out of campaign is not really the what the game's for, so you're making one for a campaign), you start out with 500 Gold Crowns (or whatever currency your faction uses), which you'll then need to buy new warriors, new gear, pay upkeeps for big units and so forth. Gold is also what'll keep the Warband hummin' along during the campaign, and it's smart to have a little bit of Gold in your Treasury at all times, since it will help you get new warriors, if a battle doesn't go in your favour. A Warband must start with a Leader, who is the most powerful warrior in the Warband, and can buy more warriors from there: Heroes, who can gain equipment and have special abilities, and Henchmen, who can only gain experience. During the course of the game, the different models can move around the roster - Henchmen can become Heroes and gain special equipment, while Heroes may become Leaders for a time, if the Warband's Leader bites the dust.

A few notes to remember about Mordheim:

  • Combat is very dangerous and risky: While all tapletop battle games will make you remove models left and right, Mordheim isn't messing around - Few models have more than one wound and more than T 3, and armour is, as we'll cover later, both expensive and easy to negate. Therefore, you don't want to make your warriors too expensive, and you want dedicated models to go directly to combat - Anyone else should mostly stay at arrow-point and pepper the enemy for as long as possible. Most importantly though, your models are not necessarily made to withstand any hit, so expect your combat people to be as much at risk as those they charge. For this reason, many like to outfit regular dudes with little to no armour, maybe a helmet if they are important and two weapons, since it'll net an extra attack. Also remember that a downed model isn't necessarily out of the game, as they might just be stunned or crawling about instead. Still, that's not the best place to be, so try and keep your guys from falling over.
  • Don't go overboard with equipment: This shit ain't 40k - There's no way to make your guys so heavily armoured or give him so large a gun that nothing might stop him - All you get is a guy with a big sword at best, and he's only marginally better at punching people than if he were completely naked. Regular Henchmen are usually glad with just a weapon or two, and maybe a ranged weapon if they can take one, while Heroes can take some better gear, since they have a harder time dying and can use a lot of gear better than Henchmen. They also tend to have special abilities that are better to focus on rather than their weapons. Just remember to rein in you desire to go wild at the market - That Hochland Long Rifle might look nice, but it's 200 gc. Thats 40% of a starting Warband. Just... Don't.
  • Fear the Rout Test: When 25% of your Warband are down and counting, you'll need to roll a Rout Test on the Ld of your Leader, and if you fail the test, you lose the battle automatically. As we've already seen, losing models isn't hard, so this isn't just an unfortunate happening that comes around once in a while, it's the way the game is lost most of the time. This is the main reason why you don't want to risk models, unless you know you can force a Rout test on the enemy instead. For the Warband who wants to explore and survive, it can be quite easy to keep the Rout away, since a Mordheim board is very cover-heavy, but for those who want to see blood, be prepared to run for the hills.
  • Don't be a doof - Flee: When things don't go your way, or a battle simply doesn't seem like it can be won, give up. Rout voluntarily. Don't risk healthy warriors for the right to search for treasure, when said warriors can lose their healthiness very quickly. Sometimes things just doesn't go your way, sometimes your luck turns on you, sometimes you are just weaker than your enemy, or the enemy has the bonus of being Super Effective against you, and when that happens, don't sweat it - Just walk away calmly. Do mind though, that while this won't damage your Warband, it will definitely damage your growth, so if it happens too often, you might have problems later in the campaign.
  • Money is Everything!: Unlike many wargames, Mordheim isn't about winning battles and making the meanest mother-hubbard of a Warband - It's about makin' those sweet mons. Before EVERY action you take, ask yourself: "How is this going to benefit me?". Will it save an expensive model from dying, or maybe secure a piece of Wyrdstone? Well then, then it makes perfect sense for you to go do something about that wouldn't it! But don't stay in a battle that will cost you more in the long run to replenish from. If you want to have some fun and risk your high-Experience Troll Slayer against a Vampire or something that is fine, but always remember that every action in Mordheim can cost you; and for every thing you have to pay for, you get less gold to pay cool shit with.

And last, but not least...

  • Mordheim is supposed to be both fun and FUN*: If you wanted to play a wargame where every choice must make 100% sense and be optimized, Mordheim isn't for you. Mordheim is about creativity, stories your models make through game after game and loads of fucking random bullshit that'll make just wanna laugh at how stupidly awesome it is! When your Goblin charges an enemy Rat Ogre randomly and is made into pinkish paste, when your entire Warband is addicted to Crimson Shade and race across the table like an even-more shambling and bloodthirsty cover of Michael Jackson's Thriller (I mean what the fuck Kasper), and when a random critical hit causes your favorite Hero to bite the dust and have his eye gouged out so he won't be any use to you even though you gave him a Rifle, that's Mordheim - and it's fantastic. However, if that sort of thing infuriates you, maybe Mordheim isn't for you. Take the game lightly and laugh a lot, and Mordheim is some of the greatest fun you can have on the tabletop.

Movement[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Warbands[edit]

Official Warbands[edit]

Mercenaries[edit]

The Mercenaries are the Humans of Mordheim, the traditional Jack-of-All-Trades Warband that can do most things, but not as well as the other Warbands... Or so it seems at first. While it is true that the Mercenaries can make most types of builds, including hordes, Hero Warbands, ranged, choppy and so forth, Mercenaries can't be called a "Masters-of-None" Warband. Mercenaries are among the best Ranged Warbands in the game, as they have easy access to Ranged Skills and BS 4 Henchmen, which is capitalized on through their truly massive starting selection of ranged weapons they can buy - but if you want to go melee, they can do so as well with the Swordsmen (easily one of the best out-of-the-gates melee Henchmen choices in the entire game), especially if the Warband is Middenheimers. Mercenaries can do everything well, and sometimes better than the rest of the Warbands in the game, but they are also a little bit boring for it; they have no Special Skills to choose from and no items of their own. Either way, the Mercenaries can never steer you wrong, so if you just want a good, solid and simple Warband, the Mercs of the Empire have your back.

    • Mercenaries have the ability to choose what province they are from upon being created. Reiklanders add +1 to the BS of Marksmen (so BS 4 Henchmen. I shouldn't need to tell you why this is sweet) and a 12" Leader range instead of 6", Middenlanders gain S 4 for their Champions and Captain and Marienburgers simply start with 600 gc instead of 500 gc.

Witch Hunters[edit]

Witch hunters are very similar to the mercs, similar stats and weapons. The few differences there are make a massive change in playstyle, the big ones being they get a stock magic user in their base warband in the form of a sigmarite priest, they also get to skip the need to gamble with the weak Young bloods, getting three basic warriors for heroes, while not as powerful as champions, they advance faster and are not weaklings like the kiddies the mercs grab, also of note are most of the warband hates unholy warbands such as the various chaos and undead, or gets some other form of bonus against them, cbined with a fearless and HARD hitting henchman known as the flagellent, and the affordable, powerful warhound chaff units, the one drawback to them is they are limited in a few of their hired swords options, and capped at a max of 12 memebers in a band, making them more vulnerable to route tests.

Sisters of Sigmar[edit]

The sisters are a terrifying foe in close combat, with access to your average garden variety hammers and the elusive Sigmarite Hammers that will absolutely wreck the day of any unholy abomination unfortunate enough to get a taste of one. However as a tradeoff, your ranged capabilites are restricted to slings. Sisters of Sigmar benefit greatly from deploying around their Matriarch, who has access to Sigmarite Prayers that will boost your survivability or killing power to absurd heights depending on what prayers you roll. From there it's most often a steamroll if your enemy is unfortunate enough to get into hammering range. The Augur is a blessing in a Sisters of Sigmar Warband, while she's weak and fragile she starts with a rule to help gather your Warpstone post game easier, and once upgraded with a few select Speed Skills, she'll be running across the map grabbing objectives like no tomorrow. Unique to the Sisters of Sigmar warband is that all their heroines can choose Academic skills, meaning you can have 6 Wyrdstone Hunters in a warband, skyrocketing your income to ludicrous levels. Do note that the Rabbits Foot item also confers the same benefit, so you may not need to waste an upgrade on Wyrdstone Hunter if your campaign hasn't banned it.

Ranged Hired Swords are invaluable for the sisters, and starting out a warband with a Halfling Scout, Elf Ranger or a Tilean Marksman, isn't uncommon.


Skaven[edit]

A very fluffy warband that can be broken in the hands of a That guy, in comparison to humans the average skaven is superior in movement and initiative, with the trade-off of being cowards with poor odds of passing any leadership. They have lots of neat tricks and unique weapons, can start with the full compliment of heroes, including an upkeep-less spellcaster with access to devastating spells, champion proxies with strength 4, and Young blood equivalents who are average at shooting, and a healthy sum of henchman chaff easily, and have a warband cap at 20 members, you'll see an asshole run a skaven warband with nothing but slings, on occasion, these guysdont get too many games in before they get banned from the campaign. As far as weaknesses go there's the absolute trash leadership, and an inability to hire most hired swords, something your warband won't worry over much about as you can get a large target model in the form of an ogre. The most challenging thing about this warband is making sure you're building in a way that let's your opponent also have fun, as opposed to running 20 skavens with slings and shooting them on the board.

Undead[edit]

A very bipolar warband , you start with the vampire: a fear causing one man army who will murder anything that he charges, and anything that charges him if you give him a spear, you want this guy in close combat murdering heroes, and taking names, there's just one probablem: he's your leader who you naturally want to keep protected in the back hidden behind chaff henchman, on the bright side the undead do chaff well, with cheap henchman who don't need to purchase weapons: the human statline zombies who are very slow as they cannot run(but charge normally, the youngblood-esque gouls who are faster, but can make up for the poor weapon skill of theirs with fear, and the blindingly fast AND deadly direwolves, rounding out the vampire and henchman are anannnate spellcaster in the form of a necromancer who comes with a solid list of spells to use, back to the bipolar side the necromancer and vampire are complimented by the dregs, your average Young blood equivalent with the typical weaknesses and need to level up to he any good. The warband cannot take most hired swords, but can take the "essential" ones, which are the ogre-who synergizes well with their fear causing aura - and a warlock who can add some more bang at range, something that is lacking for our undead warband.

Possessed[edit]

A rather interesting warband, the possessed have a variety of tools at their disposal, ranging from Possessed and Mutants who have some absolutely trolltastic Mutation combinations, to crazed cult followers and finally to a few beastmen stragglers. Having played this warband a fair bit, it has its ups and downs like every warband (Well aside from Shadow Walkers, fuck 'em), early game they tend to be squishy and can get picked off fairly easily by other warbands though in the mid-late game you can really spiral upwards into a Mind-Rape train of destruction that ate its own breaks...

If your new to playing these, then i suggest either Min/Max your warband in 2 different styles:

"Cthulu's Cult" - This style of play is very simple, you start off with 500gc, firstly get your leader, a magister with H. Armour, a shield and a sword is a good start, it will cost 135gc which leaves you with 365gc, then comes the easy part, get AS MANY BRETHREN AS YOU CAN!. From this point onwards, once you have 8-10 brethren, which costs between 200-250gc depending on how many, you are left with 115gc, and at this point you may be worried that you have a bunch of guys who are going to have to fist-fuck their way through this campaign, but that little lump of gold at the end is all you need, you spend that on either twin axes for all of them, or an axd and the shield if you want a 6+ armour save, so now your set, turn up to the game and watch as your opponent either grins or despairs at the sea of lightly armoured models you bring, has he underestimated you? or is he simply revelling in the promise of lots of Experience points?, who knows, Hilarity will ensue. You should however remember that the magister cannot use magic while wearing anyt armour. "Upsides" With the sheer amount of models you have down all with axes(meaning you get a -1 save modifier on enemy armour without needing to be strength 4!!), and if you decide to take the pair of axes, you get an extra attack, which means that at best, you can churn out 16-20 attacks a turn at an average of hitting on a 4+ and wounding on a 4+/5+, so roughly 4-5 wounds will go through, of which one might be a critical. Now bearing in mind that most models at the start will have 1 wound, maybe 2 and an armour save of a 4+ (put to 5+ because of that sweet sweet -1 to their armour save), you can gang-rape a high cost enemy hero to death if you play it right and then go after the rest, Bon Appetit!, as for your leader, keep him at the back flinging spells and occasionally attacking if your ballsy enough.

NOTE* Always, always, always move in groups. If you leave people alone, they have to make all alone tests and will get smushed in a 1 to 1 with most enemy combatants, strengrth in numbers....strength in numbers....

"Downsides" Due to the high model count and how mordheim works, you get less warpstone when you sell it, meaning you have a slower progression as a warband, however once you have got enough gold you can let loose some of your brethren and evolve the warband into a playstyle you find more fitting, this style of play does not really work in the late-game unless of course you get each of them heavy armour and helmets and maybe shields.

"Sayl the Faithless, Nightmaw and......Dominique!"

This is my preferred warband of choice by a long way. why?. Because it consists of 3 models, those models are armed to the teeth and are absolute tanks, and it is gimmicky and fun to use, very much a Dick Dastardly and Muttley warband in the sense that 90% of the time you will fail, but that sweet 10% is all worth it(but no seriously, you can get stomped pretty easily so watch out!) Take the magister, a Mutant and a brethren, first give your magister a shield, H. Armour and a sword, this leaves you with 365 gold, then purchase a mutants, give them H.Armour, Shield, Extra limb, Gargantuan Size, Toughened Hide, Extra head and a few other things off the extra mutations chart which can e found somewhere on the internet, this racks up a cost of exactly 325 gold, and for it you get a multi-limbed monstrosity who gets 3-4 attacks in close combat, 3 wounds, a 3+ save and a bunch of other quirky and useful tricks, see that expensive hero? mince him!, see that poor zealot trying to flee? lunch!. Finally get a brethren with sword and shield, and boom there is your warband, use the 'Mutant' to barrel in and mulch combatants, use your magister as support and finally keep dominique by the magisters side to record the events and laugh diabolically.

"Upsides" - its FUN - You have a perfect excuse to use Sayl the Faithless and Nightmaw without doing any conversions to make a warband. - Dominique. - Very low model count means lots of moolah for your warband. - the mutant is fantastic for beating down just about everything, though be wary of minster hunting units such as trollslayers, they can dampen your day a little. - Since the Mutant is not a spawn, it can gain the benefits of all the mutations without the drawbacks, it is much more controlled destruction.

"Downsides" - Dominique may die - if one of your members die, it is problematic, if your magister or mutant die, kiss goodbye to the warband - easily swamped by horde warbands - all your eggs are in one basket with these three models, don't crack them early.

Averlanders[edit]

Ostlanders[edit]

These inbred variants on the human Merc theme come with a few neat advantages, namely having an ogre and a spellcaster available to their stock warband, upkeep free, the disadvantage of this is that since they are dirt poor and irresponsible with their newfound wealth, they must sell all of their warpstones and spend half of their income on one item. Ogther than that they are mostly just humans, with the noted exception that they start with two champion equivalent heroes, but no youngbloods, making them stunted in exploration until they can get a henchman to roll "lads got talent"

Kislevites[edit]

Dwarf Treasure-hunters[edit]

TOUGH. Everyone in the Dwarf Treasure-hunters have at least T 4 and a special rule that makes them harder to take Out of Action on regular hits... And if it wasn't clear, that makes them pretty much unkillable. No, this isn't the fun 1D4chan way of saying "oh dear they're slightly tough"; no Shirley, this Warband can actually be essentially, truly unkillable, and since this game is about relatively fragile Warbands that rout when a few of them drop, Dwarfs are close to broken. This author recommends removes the special rule regarding Out of Action and make the bearded buckaroos rely on their Toughness.

Aside from all this, Dwarfs hit fairly hard but move slow, as should be expected. They don't climb and do parkour well at all though they'll survive the fall much better. They have easier access to Gromril weapons and armor, but they're still very expensive, and can hire Troll Slayers, who will do absolutely wild and wacky shit every time you bring these orange-topped maniacs to the table.

Orcs & Goblins[edit]

The green, mean beating machines et al! Orcs and Goblin Warbands are positively spoiled for options: Orcs, Goblins, Ball'n'Chain so you can make your own Fanatics, Squigs and prodders and motherducking Troll; you can make pretty much any kind of Warband you feel like! However, the Warband has inbuilt issues though. The entire Warband suffers from Animosity, which causes them to stand around doing nothing, trying to kill each other or occasionally flying at the face of whoever you are fighting. The other issue is less obvious, as the Warband only starts with four Heroes! This all comes together to create an incredibly fun and wacky Warband that fits exactly into a light-hearted Mordheim campaign, but will probably get absolutely be run over by any competitive team. Also, your Orcs are actually decent shots, so buy them Crossbows, especially the Heroes! You can't sacrifice your extremely important money-makers in the grind of melee.

Beastmen[edit]

Carnival of Chaos[edit]

Think Possessed, but more fun and colorful. At least where their personalities are concerned. For your enemy, they can be an absolute nightmare. With access to unique spells and mutations, daemons and a Plague Cart, the Carnival is arguably the most unique warband in Mordheim. The Carnival has access to champions with the Strongman skill from the get go, allowing them to use 2 handed weapons without initiative penalties, along with Tainted Ones who can buy Blessings of Nurgle to become unkillable tanks or annoying little shits who throw said shit at the enemy. You can also recruit up to 2 Plaguebearers and 5 Nurglings in a warband, the only daemons in the game and your most terrifying fighters. Though they die more easily if taken out of action. IF being the operative word in that sentence. The Plague Cart is a gypsy carriage that helps mitigate the Daemonic Instability that makes your daemons go poof if killed, and raises the warband cap from 15 fighters to 17. Otherwise this clowncar works as a mobile cover and a great distraction. As a lovely bonus, Carnival of Chaos has access to pistols.

But that's just semantics and irrelevancies, what really raises the Carnival of Chaos to the top is Nurgle's Rot. As a spell AND a blessing, you can start spreading Papa's gifts like no tomorrow. Nurgle's Rot, once contracted, starts slowly eating your enemies away and spreading further. This works by rolling Toughness tests before battles, if failed they will permanently lose a point of toughness, and on a roll of 6, the disease spreads to another member of the warband. And yes, this can eventually kill when their toughness falls to 0. Expect any campaign that cares for balance to ban this immediately.

Unofficial Warbands[edit]

Bretonnians[edit]

Pit Fighters[edit]

Shadow Warriors[edit]

Alias; the big cheese, shadow the edgehog warriors, the thinking mans warband.

These guys used to be an official warband introduced in the lustria campaign until the creators committed ritual suicide. This warband is noteable for being so op it became banned officially and made unofficial. Anyone playing this warband either doesn’t know any better, or has just asked for 20 slings to the face.

Why are they op you ask, dear reader?

Bs4 baseline elves bs5 warband leader. Ws4 for heroes.

a magic lore that in addition to being quite easy to cast has wonderful gems such as ‘aoe hidden aura that cant be broken unless you move within 6 inches on a 6+’ this is not even the best spell.

I6 and at worst i5 in every fucking model and m5, and high ld.

Access to elf bows for cheaper and easier.

Common house rulings:

Cap elves at t3

Move house before your opponent comes over

Hire Assassins to kill opponent

Provide loaded die to opponent


If you must fight a player with this warband, kill his mage promptly, then his most expensive heroes, the only way to stop shadow warriors from quickly snowballing in campaign is to cull them early and brutally, once the mage is down ruin his most expensive heroes quickly.

Tactics FOR shadow warriors:

Abuse your insanely good bs,movement and initiative to be up high and run away from your vertically challenged opponents. Choose at least longbows, get quick shot then trick shot. If you instead desire a melee focused elf. Get the weapon master skill, then obtain a rapier(or 2) these work wonderfully with your high ws meaning you will get to roll far more attacks than is listed on the hero.

After 1-3 matches of this, congratulations you have won the campaign as you are now the sole player, don’t worry I hear Lucifer has a shadow warriors band just like you.


Shallow Beasts (Cthulu's crew)[edit]

To cut to the point it is a Cthulu cult in Mordheim, except instead of worshipping the giant dream Calamari, you worship a deified version of jaws. The little lore that there is on these guys indicates that they are pirates with a divine agenda. Stromfels being the pirate god of storms is your main divine figure, though for the sake of home-brew and fluff, it is noted that there are many sea-creature worshipping cults around, another notable one being the cult of the Promethean, essentially a group of people who worship the most Horrific, Primal, Gothic and downright scariest iteration of Mr. Krabs ever to grace the tabletop scene. Instead of serving you up an underwater burger, they are more likely to cut you in half and feed off you before sinking back into the ocean while the cult members do some 'Oonga-Bonga' chant.

So as i said, you have the freedom to pick whatever sea creature god you want and worship them, go nuts.

As for their playstyle, they incorporate a rather interesting style of play, they combine some of the best aspects of a chaos aligned warband such as the mutation side of things, with the horde aspect of say goblins or orks with decent-ish stats.

Special rules: this is where it gets good.

Aquatic Mutants This ability allows ALL of the heroes to buy a single mutation at the start of the game, which is unbelievably strong if you play your cards right, you can start with a warband of head-strong heroes that use mutations to make up for their inherent weaknesses.

Seafaring

Gives a bonus to boat stuff, only useful if there is boat and water combat, or boats in general, their heroes consists of:

Buccaneer: your cult 'leader' essentially, the big cheese with an even bigger starting stat-line having 4's across the board to begin with for all bar 2 of their stats, to put this into perspective, they are 1 attack and 1 initiative away from having the same stats as a vampire, a FUCKING VAMPIRE....

- add that on with the mutations and you are good to wreck ass.


Mutant Priest: your caster of the group, can use chaos rituals, though it is always better to home-brew a deep-sea spell lore and get it approved by your Opponent/DM, stats are pretty strong for a caster. The priest has one massive ace up their sleeves which is the item known as Stromfels Heart, long story short if you sacrifice 3 captives at one of your temples, you turn into a giant FUCKING SCARY OCTOPUS DEATH MONSTER that rapes everything you go up against, and even if it 'dies', the item is simply lost and the priest returns to normal, this item is funny as hell to use and gives you creative freedom to make a water-borne chaos spawn.


Foundlings: Children who are taken in by the cult and converted into cruel, devout ruthless killing machine's from a young age, stats are weak to start with, but can re-roll advancement rolls, which is kinda useful but is also a bit meh.

Renegades: Elite cult members, better than foundlings worse than Priests and Buccaneers, send in ones or twos to take out individual targets or small weak groups of enemies.

Wreckers: Standard warband soldiers, they are pretty good with base stats and fill in the role of regular cult members.

Fishmen: As the title suggests, mutated creatures/ humanoid individuals, they excel at going through water and don't have to take penalties for it, strong and situational, but expensive for what they are.

Swampers: Ocean-druids which heal your guys, basically sit them behind your fighters and watch your opponent writhe as your 2 wound miniature gets put up a wound on a 4+, oh yea, and you can have 2 of them.

Campaign-Specific Warbands[edit]

Lustria[edit]

Khemri[edit]

Nemesis Crown[edit]

Relics of the Crusades[edit]

Border Town Burning[edit]

Introduces the following warbands alongside a sparkly new campaign set in the Border Towns along the Old World's Silk Road. Chaos Marauders are moving south to reclaim relics of a great Chaos Lord, while mercenaries of all kinds do their best to gather riches from this pillaged land; some of them employed by Cathay to protect the border towns, others with their own, dark agendas. The campaign is made specifically so most Warbands can fit into it; all the original Warbands at least have reasons to be here.

The campaign has specific goals for each "team" that is advanced as the game goes on. For some it is simple; Scourge of the Land just needs to beat shit up forever, but others are really difficult. The Chaos team, for example, needs to find specific Chaos Artifacts only gained in super-difficult scenarioes that are hard to find. It is a very fun way to play that gives a good amount of texture and context to what you do in your games, with a set end-goal for all groups.

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The Restless dead[edit]

Are you disappointed by the lack of skeletons in your warband? Do you think sprinting is for sissies? Want a leader who can by mid game have 8 wounds? Then restless dead is for you.

Leader:

Lich: spellslinging, wyrdstone guzzling liche that CAN sprint, wear armour and never equip non magical weapons- this guy is your bread and butter. After the first few matches building up his wounds and pitiful melee score he quickly becomes a force to be reckoned with, aswell as the ultimate escape artist.

Heroes:

Necromancer: what’s that you say, 2 casters? He like the liche uses lore of undead. Is your warbands only living member.

Grave guard: 35g gets you almost baseline human stats but undead(so bs2 and crap initiative) , they also have the fantastic inbuilt ability wight blades: where any attack that rolls a 6 automagically wounds(still roll for crit chance if applicable)

Henchmen/hired sword

Bone Goliath: this bad boy costs 225 to construct(and sacrificing wounds from your liche, Unless you build him on warband creation, in which case he’s just the gold. S5,t5 3 attacks and non magical injuries discarded on a 4+ This guy eats ogres for breakfast and can absorb approx 1 gajillion enemy shooters fire. Get him on warband start if you can.

Wight:30g nets you a human stat line, but bs2/ws2. these very crappy skeletons are useful for only one thing, hiring in single groups and praying for a lads got talent roll as they are your only xp gaining minion. I recommend 2 clubs, or a sword and a club if you are feeling generous.

Skeleton: Can’t gain xp. This 20 gold skeleton has a weighty zombie stat line but with bs2, and in theory can be equipped with a bow. treat them like equippable zombies and send them to die in droves.

Zombie: It’s a zombie what do you expect? 15 gold and not needing equipment is very good for padding warband numbers though.

Scarecrow: fast moving animated constructs and a conversionists dream. 65g for a t3(6agsinst shooting and magic but flammable) s3 model with 1 wound, 2 attacks and can recollect non fire based injury rolls. They also need to be tethered to either your necromancer or lich meaning if the tetherering sorcerer suffers a wound then you take an ld test or these guys go out of action. Fluffy, but pretty shitty in the crunch.

Building a warband:

Liche, light armour and shield

Necromancer

3x graveguard( maximise their average stats by giving them 2 weapons early game, hide armour if you feel extra generous) more attacks=more chance of auto wound., also they can equip bows if you have the cash.

3 wights with dual clubs.

As many zombies or skeletons as you desire.

Alternate warband: big boiz

Lich

Necromancer

Graveguard x3 1x dagger 1x club.

Bone colossus


Chaos Marauders

Chaos Dwarfs

Ogre Maneaters

Battle Monks of Cathay

Merchant Caravans

Norse Explorers

The Sealed City[edit]

http://sealedcity.blogspot.com/p/setting.html The Sealed City is Is an unofficial supplement set in a once hidden city in the Great Ocean. Accidentally discovered by a Tilean carrack fleeing from Dark Elf slavers, the city is located on a vast plateau-like island, which seems to have emerged from the ground of the sea. The city itself could also be seen as a single structure of cyclopean size, streaked by several layers of walls and topped by a lithic roof.

When the carrack's sailors brought back a blueish glowing mineral and broken clockwork devices to Tilea, their worth was perceived by an alchemist of House Fierezza, a noble Tilean family, and he persuaded the family's patriarch Ricardo di Fierezza thereafter to fund an expedition to the discovered island.


This is still being made but has /will have rules for the following new warbands

Pristekk Completely cut off from their tunnels, the Skaven desperately defend their outpost in the city's rock.

Clockworkers Outcast engineers from the Empire decipher the city's wonders and build up a force of clockwork creatures.

House Guard The personal guards of the expedition's three financiers: Riccardo di Fierezza, Luca di Baluardo and Ginevra Halcon.

Maidens of Dusk and Dawn A prophecy is fulfilled and therefore every newcomer is treated like a deadly foe.

Pirates of the Great Ocean Ruthless and sinister seafarers, held together by hard cash and promised fortunes.

Silent Brotherhood Operatives, assassins, informers. They are everywhere and nowhere at once.

The Brood of Ghurash Too long these horrific Trolls have dwelled in the dark depths - or long enough to have little in common with trollkind anymore.

Warhammer 40.000: Death World[edit]

An unofficial homebrew written by User:TheWiseDane, Death World is a fully separate skirmish wargame based on Mordheim and the Border Town Burning unofficial supplement. The game is set on the dusty planet Pax Primus somewhere in the Halo Stars. Players take control of treasure hunters, raiders, cults and mercenary bands that traverse the Wastes to gain Loot and beat their rivals. It also features a campaign system that pits players into a story of survival and chaotic corruption; one that could end with the creation of another Great Rift...

The rules are mostly the same as Mordheim, barring a few changes here and there. The Warbands are the versatile Remnants, brutish Orks and kunnin' Meks, Witch Hunters sent by the Imperium, mysterious, Eldar Dunedancers, the Devoted to Chaos and disgusting Nurglites.

The game is still in beta and may need changes; if you find an issue or problem, feel free to write it to User:TheWiseDane.

Since the Rulebook, I have written a few additional expansions for those who want to test them. These have not been thoroughly tested.

New Rules[edit]

Mordheim is old and very VERY unbalanced, and thus many campaigns choose to use house rules to make the game a bit more fun. This is not a definitive list of what you need to have, but rather the most common ways to create more balance.

Common House rules in campaigns:[edit]

  • No elves (or limit them to max t3)
  • No Nurgles Rot (absolutely ruins campaigns and definitely not fun)
  • No Rabbits foot (makes Wyrdstone Hunter obsolete)
  • Armour starts going down at S5 instead of S4 (armour is overpriced for it's effectiveness)

Dual wield fixes

  • Shields give +5as or.
  • -1S for attacks made with a second close combat weapon aside from the dagger (There's no reason not to take that second sword for a second attack)

General nerfs

  • Slings lose extra attack or go down 1s

Campaigns[edit]

{Work in Progress - Feel free to add things yourself}