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Beastgrave Playmat

I was sent a neoprene Beastgrave Playmat for review by Games Workshop! Now I bought the Nightvault Playmat and was sorely disappointed that it was folded up and had some horrendous crease lines. I basically just dumped it into the cupboard and forgot about it, but this is something different…

This improved packaging allows the playmat to roll out straight from the box and you can put it to use almost straight away!

The playmat’s layout has room for:

  • Objective Deck
  • Discarded Objective Cards
  • Power Deck
  • Discarded Power Cards
  • Activation Tokens
  • Turn Counter
  • Unspent Glory
  • Spent Glory

Unfortunately the designers opted to repeat the Nightvault design rather than go for the optimal layout in my opinion! Which of course was the Shadespire Grand Clash layout which had room for Scored Objective Cards!

Overall this is a brilliant product and I recommend picking one up…if you’ve not won a Shadespire mat that is.

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Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave

Welcome to Katophrane Relic; a Warhammer Underworld Blog. I’ll be unboxing Beastgrave which was sent to me for review by Games Workshop Ltd.

As I recieved this extremely close to the embargo date I have written more of a first impression style article and will dive deeper into the factions once I have had a chance to build them and put them on the table.

Beastgrave Token Boards

Upon opening the box I was greeted by three double-sided token boards. I found the quality of all cardboard to be exceptional and Warhammer have continued their high level of finish yet again.

Game Boards

To my excitement I also found two new game boards, both double-sided which brings the total available board faces to a whopping 16! I do wonder if Warhammer are going to rotate out any boards as well! Once again these boards are of a high quality finish, though I do find the artwork quite busy compared to the more muted tones of Shadespire and Nightvault.

Skaeth’s Wild Hunt and Grashrak’s Despoilers Miniatures

The miniatures found in the Beastgrave Starter Set are Skaeth’s Wild Hunt and Grashrak’s Despoilers. Both faction have a rich story contained in the rulebook and an overarching story that explains the Katophrane’s Curse which is definitely something I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did.

I’m sure you can already guess it but these a high quality miniatures designed to be built without glue, and in coloured plastic so that you don’t have to paint if you don’t want to. Should you? That’s for you to decide.

Beastgrave Rulebooks

The rulebook has been updated and new rules have been added. As this is an unboxing and first impressions article I’ll cover these in a more in-depth blog once I’ve sunk my teeth into it.

A collection of booklets in Beastgrave.
Collection of booklets found in the Warhammer Underworlds: Beastgrave Starter Set

A new addition to Beastgrave is a comprehensive timing sequence! Something that I have been crying out for since Shadespire was brought to life! A heartfelt thank you to the developers and playtesters who made this official!

The timing steps for combat.
The timing steps we’ve all been waiting for have arrived in Beastgrave.

Beastgrave Neutral Cards

No Warhammer Underworlds set is complete without some neutral cards that you want to pick up. I’ve taken the time to sort out the new neutral cards for existing players. Obviously you’ll want this set for the boards, tokens, rulebook and two new factions, but these five cards will expand your card pool for existing warbands.

Five new cards for your Beastgrave Collection.
Juicy new neutral cards!

New Upgrades

  • Predatory Instinct – Make your fighter a Hunter to gain access to all the Hunter Only cards. Gain the benefit of dice re-rolls against a Quarry.
  • Caltrops – IF you survive an attack against you then you can trigger this reaction to cause a damage to your attacker. This will block Pit Trap and potentially other reactions, combo with Blessing of Argentine to whack out a 2 dmg volley.

New Gambits

  • Marked – Make a fighter into a Quarry. Useful if you have some upgrades or gambits that benefit someone being a Quarry.
  • Snare – Hunter only Pit Trap.
  • Eldritch Haze – Spell – +1 Defence for the round/out of action and cast on a Focus. This is a great spell to Inspire Stormsire and be rocking three defence dice!

Final Thoughts

I’m really looking forward to getting some games of Beastgrave, and have managed to line up a few tomorrow at The Forge Manchester. I’ll have more articles in the pipeline after I’ve used Skaeth’s Wild Hunt and Grashrak’s Despoilers tomorrow.

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I Can Hear the Call! | Beastgrave

Hey Trophy Hunters!

I’m back at the wheel of Katophrane Relic once again. I burnt out at the end of Nightvault. The Mollog/Thundriks/Cursebreaker score immediately meta bored me. The rate at which my written content was becoming out of date hurt. I’d also set myself some unrealistic goals with regards to content frequency and I’d kinda lost sight of the aim of the blog. I use it to track my personal progress as a competitive player and now I have a higher calling than just winning another Grand Clash – the 2020 Grand Masters!


Beastgrave appears to be breaking the meta I hated, and with the rotation of Shadespire cards out I’m actually PUMPED to write some deck lists again. No longer will I immediately grab; Ready for Action, Escalation, Change of Tactics and something for flavour.

It also didn’t help that all the local players around me had moved on to other games, but I’m going to give running events another go at The Forge Manchester to see what sort of turn out I get.

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