This week has seen the biggest update to the game along with new maps and missions we now have our first new warband, Skaven. Who (what!!) are the Skaven? Skaven are ratmen, the mutant spawn of an older age of chaos and mutation. For thousands of years, these creatures have worked away in secret, burrowing beneath the world of man, undermining his great cities, infiltrating his sewers and cellars, and joining all up into a vast world spanning labyrinth of tunnels and nests. Skaven crave Wyrdstone, it is quite literally in their blood, for they feed upon it and make use of it in their foul sorceries. Warpstone, as the Skaven call it, is extremely rare and the abundance of it in Mordheim will make a clan very rich and powerful. There are none better amongst their verminous kind than Clan Eshin, the Assassin masters, to gather up the treasure of Mordheim but they must be silent, swift and efficient. If rival Skaven clans where to discover the secret of Mordheim there would come not hundreds, not thousands, but millions upon millions to contend for the Wyrdstone in the City of the Damned. The Warband Verminkin is the rank and file of Clan Eshin. Those in the clan dream of rising to the dizzy heights of an Assassin one day. You can help them along this path if you choose by using our RPG advancement system. Take your fresh whelp that has not long been taken from his breeder’s teat and pick what direction you take their training: mighty warrior, skilful silent shooter or initiated into the secrets of the clan to become an Assassin. Compared to a human mercenary, Verminkin are much faster and have a higher initiative, enabling them to move first and spot hidden enemies quicker. In combat, they start more generalised having not picked the shooting or fighting specialisms yet, but all start with basic close combat training. Their biggest weak point is leadership. Our percentile based leadership gives them exactly the same chance of routing as in the table top version (which is high). As soon as these little guys are isolated or start to take punishment, they will squirt the musk of fear and scarper (especially if the Assassin Adept is not about). The Assassin Adept is a monster, a Verminkin who has acquired lots of advancements in movement, weapons skill, ballistic skill, strength, initiative, leadership, and the coveted “perfect killer” skill (which reduces enemy defence by 15). Unless you are up against another Skaven warband, you can be assured that in your first mission he will be the fastest and strongest warrior there. His combat and ballistic skills are comparable of any mercenary captain. Weapons To suit their nature Skaven naturally utilise weapons that are used in packs. Some of which include: Spears Halberds Crude hand weapons There is generally a Skaven equivalent of every human weapon with the same stats and chance of appearing in the shop. In addition, Skaven have their own specialist weapons: “Weeping Blades” and “Fighting Claws” (gives extra critical attacks when mastered), silent longer ranged throwing weapons and a “Warplock Pistol” (literally the most powerful weapon in the game). Skills Like the original table top, Skaven won't get access to bows or crossbows and dependent skills but do get access to specialist skills that only Skaven have access to. Perfect Killer: -15 def modifier to any attack. Tail Fighting: gives an extra attack. Infiltration: able to move before any other warrior. The Art of Silent Death: gives two attacks with bare paws. Black Hunger: an extra attack and extra move range for the chance of taking some damage. Friends and Allies Skaven have none and as such will not be able to get access to any hired swords. We will soon be adding rat ogres, giant rats and a clan Eshin Sorcerer to the roster to make up for this. Skaven is an iconic race and has a really different playstyle to the mercenaries.They are fast, sneaky, and can really dish out the punishment. They can’t take much of a beating and will falter and run if they meet stiff resistance. They were well loved in testing, we really hope you enjoy them and we look forward to hearing your feedback.