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The face of urban warfare

War has a new face. And it’s made of ruined buildings, bomb-shattered roads and blood-stained pavements. Welcome to the Sector Imperialis, a brand new Realm of Battle board for Warhammer 40,000, available to pre-order now.

While many battles in the 41st Millennium will be fought over arid wastelands, mountain ranges and rolling hills, an equally large number will also be fought in hive cities and settlements. After all, what self-respecting enemy of humanity would conquer a field when they could be desecrating a vast metropolis? The Sector Imperialis is the archetypal Imperial city, a practical, yet grimly ostentatious place where the pavements are decorated with skulls and Imperial Aquilas, pipes and vents lie exposed beneath rusted decking and discarded wargear clogs the drains. Made of incredibly durable plastic, the Sector Imperialis also comes in a swish black carrying bag, perfect for lugging it from battlefield to battlefield. (You might have read in White Dwarf that the board comes with clips: it doesn’t – oops! – because the pieces fit together so seamlessly the clips simply aren’t necessary anyway.) It’s the perfect foundation upon which to build an exceptional Warhammer 40,000 battlefield.

There are six 2’ by 2’ board sections in the set: two designs, three of each. The first of the two board sections features a T-junction in the road, the ruined floor of a manufactorum, a desecrated shrine (bottom) and a suspicious-looking silo door set into the foundations of an industrial building (top left). There are six 2’ by 2’ board sections in the set: two designs, three of each. The first of the two board sections features a T-junction in the road, the ruined floor of a manufactorum, a desecrated shrine (bottom) and a suspicious-looking silo door set into the foundations of an industrial building (top left).
The second board section has a straight road running down the centre, left shattered by fallen bombs. A large Aquila makes up the floor of one building, while exposed pipes and turbines make up the remainder. The tiles have been designed to fit the existing Warhammer 40,000 scenery range, enabling you to construct a city easily and effectively. The second board section has a straight road running down the centre, left shattered by fallen bombs. A large Aquila makes up the floor of one building, while exposed pipes and turbines make up the remainder. The tiles have been designed to fit the existing Warhammer 40,000 scenery range, enabling you to construct a city easily and effectively.

You can see more of the Sector Imperialis in the pages of this week’s White Dwarf, where Andy and Adam fight a battle report over it, I chat to Dave Andrews about designing it and there’s a full stage-by-stage painting guide showing you how to paint your board just like the one shown above.

We even took the board to the Warhammer 40,000 Open Day on Sunday, Jes’s Necrons taking on my Orks in the ruined city streets. As you’d expect, the board attracted a lot of attention throughout the day.

Make sure you come back tomorrow, where we’ll be showing you how to paint your own Sector Imperialis.