A year after its initial release, Games Workshop’s fantasy skirmish battle game Warhammer Underworlds gets its second Core SetWarhammer Underworlds:  Nightvault will release later this year.

Advancing the storyline to account for the events occurring in the wider world of Warhammer known as the Shyish Necroquake, Warhammer Underworlds:  Nightvault adds new factions and playing options to the game while remaining fully compatible with the original game and its expansions.  This version of the game introduces the first magic using characters to the game, along with a new system of magic spells that they can use to gain an edge over their opponents.

The boxed set includes everything needed to play the game, including two all-new warbands.  The first warband features ghostly Chainrasps lead by a wraith-witch called the Briar Queen.  Opposing them are three members of the Sacrosanct Chamber of the Stormcast Eternals.  Both warbands feature characters that can take advantage of the new magic rules.

Click on the gallery below for a sneak peak at the miniatures and some of the cards from the new set.

The new Core Set is fully compatible with all previous releases, allowing players to mix and match their game boards, warbands, and cards between them.  Games Workshop has hinted that Nightvault will launch a second “season” for the game, which will feature a total of eight new warbands, including monstrous squigs and eldritch horrors freed from an ancient arcane prison.

GW launched Warhammer Underworlds with the Shadespire Core Set last October (see “‘Warhammer Underworlds:  Shadespire’ Offers Fierce Battles”), supported by a half-dozen warband expansion packs, most recently featuring chaos worshipers and Stormcast Eternals (see “New Forces Invade ‘Warhammer’ World”).