Mount & Skaven: Warband Warhammer Mod Rides Out

By Alice O'Connor on May 9th, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Waaaagh!

If I were riding into battle, I’d rather be atop something fearsome like a wolf or a lion than a pony. And I’d ideally be an eight-foot orc or undead skeleton too. It just seems like common sense. If you’re also a sensible person, say, perhaps you’d fancy the newly-released Warsword Conquest mod, which fills Mount & Blade: Warband with races, places, and units from Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy setting. I understand the RPS Constitution means I’m obliged to say something excited about the Skaven* now but it’s Friday and I know for a fact that the RPS Guard will have been in the pub for at least three hours now, so blow that.

Warsword Conquest boasts 13 playable Warhammer Fantasy factions, from hoighty-toighty Empire and High Elves to grubby Badlands Goblins and, yes, Skaven. A handful of other races fill out the mercenary lineup. It all goes down on a new Warhammer-y world map, which is swarming with more bandits than usual because I understand the past is a pretty grim and dark too.

If you fancy a go, grab it from Nexus Mods. Be sure to grab the bug fix too. Alas, it’s single-player only, so you can’t pit your trolls against a pal’s Witch Elves.

If this all looks a bit familiar, that may be because it’s based on the Warsword mod for the original Mount & Blade. Warsword Conquest has been in beta for a while but this release at the end of April was the first “full version.”

* OMG SKAVEN!!!!!!11111oneone – Alec

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31 Comments »

  1. Einhaender says:

    no no no nononono NO! I’ve left my Warhammer years behind me and no game, no matter how good is going to make me get into it again.

  2. SkittleDiddler says:

    How long will it be before GW shuts this down? Litigious assholes.

    • Everyone says:

      Cease and desist in 5, 4, 3 …

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Since it’s singleplayer only they can’t do a damn thing about it once you have downloaded it, unless I’m mistaken. That’s one of the reasons I only play singleplayer games/mods, no one can shut them down and no one can see what mods I’m running.

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      Continuity says:

      If they have any sense they’ll approach TaleWorlds Entertainment to make an official version.

  3. Soulstrider says:

    Never heard of this mod till now, I thought the only Warhammer mod in the works for mount and blade was Grim Age

    http://forums.taleworlds.com/index.php?topic=133702.0

  4. Elmarby says:

    I never cared much for the over the top fantasy like Warhammer and as such this particular mod does little to catch my interest.

    But I do approve of RPS re-discovering modding. It has been neglected around here for quite a while now which is a damn shame as some amazing work is being done on all kinds of games.

    • malkav11 says:

      Warhammer Fantasy is actually pretty gritty low fantasy. 40K is over the top, certainly.

  5. JFS says:

    Skellingtons. It’s called skellingtons.

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    RedViv says:

    QUICK-QUICK TO THE DOWNLOAD-LOADS, YES

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      Continuity says:

      Shadow of the horned rat, am-i-rite? I played that game to death when it came out, and loved it, despite the fact that one unit of wood elf archers could take out entire armies.

  7. Conehead The Barbarian says:

    Really enjoying this so far, some of the textures are no very good while some are really good. It seems to have lots of things going for it and features many of the main things that make other mods so great. (Being able to join someones army and work your way up in the ranks).

    At the moment I am play as a Skeleton working for the pirate faction, means I get lots of funky armour.
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=258028594
    A screenshot of my character with a nice ole’ hat.

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    bills6693 says:

    Are there lizardmen? Please, please say the lizardmen are in in at least some form (probably won’t be a major race unfortunatly, but at least mercs?)

    Also would be awesome to see musketmen for the Empire (and some of the more wacky skaven weapons too!). I did enjoy muskets in WF&S.

    • Brinx says:

      Nexussite says these are the included faction:
      “Empire, Lizardmen, Tomb Kings, Badlands Goblins, Pirates, Orc, Dwarfs, Bretonnia, Chaos,
      Dark Elves, High Elves, Araby and Skaven.”

      So, hooray for lizardmen.

      (Also: I never heard of Araby in a Warhammer context.)

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        Continuity says:

        Well I never heard of pirates in warhammer either, but then I haven’t played warhammer in well over 10 years.

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      cpt_freakout says:

      There are some screenshots of the lizzies in the Taleworlds thread: http://forums.taleworlds.com/index.php/topic,145937.0.html

      They’re still from way back when but the current models are probably better.

    • Conehead The Barbarian says:

      There are lizardmen and they are a major faction that you can play as, I’ve only seen them once or twice so far (http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198015586815/screenshot/613924704261435088).

      Also on terms of muskets, there is a new proficiency for firearms and there are loads of guns. Pirates have access to things like double barrel pistols and long range muskets. From what little I’ve seen of the empire in combat their musketeer/sharpshooter people are really really good.

      • alw says:

        I believe that may well be the greatest screenshot of a game that I have ever seen.

      • YeGoblynQueenne says:

        From what little I’ve seen of the empire in combat their musketeer/sharpshooter people are really really good.

        Mnyeah. Not as good as Dwarf Thunderers.

        Wait. Dwarfs don’t have cavalry in this mod? Do they?

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    cpt_freakout says:

    Been keeping an eye on this mod for quite a while now, and it’s really exciting to see the first big release after years. Thanks for putting it in the spotlight, RPS!

    Anyone else interested in going back to M&B should also give the Game of Thrones “A Clash of Kings” mod a shot, it’s very, very pretty to look at (I mean, for M&B standards, which admittedly is not much) and really fun to play.

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    Stellar Duck says:

    Where is KG?

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      Gap Gen says:

      I think you need to light a candle and say Skaven three times into a mirror – KG

  11. jasta85 says:

    steam says i have 258 hours in mount and blade warband, time to put some more in

    if they come out with a 40k mode then my life will be complete

  12. BadManiac says:

    Aaaaand. suddenly I remember why I got rid of Mount & Blade Warband so quickly. Man this game makes Dark Souls and S.T.A.L.K.E.R seem like casual facebook games.

  13. Strangerator says:

    Played the original mount and blade and the warhammer mod, played as a dwarf trader and used some crazy firearms. The game feels very different when you always start field battles unhorsed. Sieges were loads of fun with a repeater rifle.

    Here’s hoping this mod is good and balanced, might sink some time into it this summer.

  14. Myrdinn says:

    Mount and Blade Warband always eats up my life whenever I start with a new character. Always makes me search Google for news on M&B2 as well :(.