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Warhammer - Im Schatten der gehŲrnten Ratte (e)

Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat
Informal FAQ 1.1 by Bill Tindall
August 13, 1996

I.	Introduction
II.  	Strategy tips
III.  	Notes about managing your troops
IV.  	Mission help (under construction)
V.  	Wish list
VI.  	Magic Items list (borrowed from Stephen Di Ciano)



Question:  What is Warhammer SOTHR?

Warhammer SOTHR is a real-time fantasy battlefield strategy game which 
is very challenging.  While there are a few shortcomings to the interface, on 
the whole the game is rewarding and definitely worth playing for anyone 
who enjoys this type of experience.

Question:  How do I win at SOTHR?

Since I havenít seen any kind of FAQ or strategy guide for this game (and I 
certainly could have used one when I started the game), I thought Iíd 
throw something together which may offer some help.  I have no intention 
of being comprehensive, just helpful (hopefully).  Of course, what Iím 
suggesting here works for me, but you may have your own strategies which 
may work just as well or better.  The game is quite winnable once you learn 
how to strategize and perform the necessary tactical maneuvers as the 
battle progresses.  It is a difficult game to learn how to win, but of course 
thatís what you have the save and restore game options for ;).  Once 
youíve mastered it using the principles described below (and practiced a bit 
with the somewhat awkward interface), youíll may decide the game is too 
easy.  If anyone wants to contribute more information to this FAQ, please 
email me and Iíll include it (

Actually, it took me a long time to learn the principles Iím sharing here, 
and a lot of frustration.  Itís only because I enjoy this game so much that I 
took the time to learn this stuff.  I even cheated by using my hex-editor the 
first time through just so that I wouldnít get completely discouraged.  But 
by the time I got to the end I found Iíd learned the game well enough to 
win without cheating, so thatís exactly what I did the second time through.  
Hopefully, with the help of this guide youíll be able to tackle the game 
without the initial frustrations that I suffered.  Iím assuming you learned 
the mechanics of the game from the manual, so I wonít rehash information 
that you already have.

Personally, Iíd love to see a lot of people start enjoying this game, so 
maybe there will be a sequel!  It really is a wonderful game, even with a 
few flaws.

Good luck, and may the Winds of Magic always blow your way!
Bill Tindall

Strategy Tips:
1.	Embark on the campaigns in this order:  

-First, the human missions around Wissenheim.  They allow you 
to acquire some much needed troops and gain much needed 
experience points.  I recommend you perform all of these 
missions, though you can skip them if you want to as soon as 
you meet the dwarves and Ceridan.  Or wait until you get the 
mortars and then skip the rest.  But donít get discouraged!  
Some of the hardest missions of the game are in this section.
-Second, the Dwarf defense of Zhufbar.  You are going to need 
dwarf help to pass through the mountains and complete the Elf 
missions later.
-Third, the Elf missions in Loren.  You need to perform these 
before you can get to the final battle.

Along the way, donít let anyone bully you into hurrying.  You have 
plenty of time to take on extra missions along the way.  Remember, 
YOU are the Commander.  Take on anything thatís profitable.

2.	Avoid going on the offensive whenever possible.

As in real battlefield warfare, itís easier to defend than attack.  In 
fact, this is doubly true in SOTHR.  There are only a few missions 
where you have to take an offensive approach, and these should be 
handled very carefully, one step at a time.  Except in such cases, and 
in the very earliest missions when the forces at your disposal are 
limited, the most important rule for every battle is to line up your 
forces in defensible and reinforceable positions, bringing maximum 
fire power to bear on the approaching enemy.  

Keep these principles in mind:

-Arranging your defensive line prior to the battle (or at the start 
of the battle, if youíre under ambush) is usually the key to 
winning.  About the only time when this is not true is when 
youíre required to protect someone or something, but even 
then you must have a good strategy for coordinated attack.
-Place your reserves in a position to reinforce the most likely 
points of attack.
-Place your wizard(s) in position to get a clear shot at the 
enemy.  If any of your troops get in the way of your wizardís 
attacks, you can kiss them goodbye.
-I like putting the Wizards on the right and left flanks of my 
defensive line.  From there they get a good shot at the 
approaching enemy troops while theyíre less likely to become 
targets themselves.  If an enemy regiment approaches him, 
make the wizard move back and move a fighting unit to 
protect him.  Although you can have three wizards later in the 
game, youíll never want to use more than two (if that) in a 
single battle.  There just arenít enough magic points available.
-Place missile units at or slightly behind your line of defense so 
that they can maintain continual fire on the approaching 
enemy. Later in the game, the Imperial Cannon and the Wood 
Elf Archers are especially good at tearing the enemy apart as 
they advance.  Some units need a clear line of fire and some 
donít, so arrange them accordingly.
-The heart of your defensive line should be infantry.  These 
units are cheap (generally) and thus more expendable.  Let 
them take the hits from enemy missile units if necessary and the 
brunt of the enemyís charges.  Once the infantry is engaged in 
hand-to-hand combat, itís time to send in your reserves to 
crush the unfortunate attackers.  There are other reasons why 
this strategy works best.  Infantry, especially dwarves, are 
slower to move and respond to orders than any other units, so 
they perform much better when all they have to do is hold a 
position.  Also, if they go into retreat, they are less likely to 
completely run off the battlefield before they rally, since 
theyíre moving slowly.  Then you can bring them back into the 
-Use your cavalry and other quick moving units (such as 
Ceridan) as reserves.  Place them in position to reinforce the 
expected point of attack.  When the infantry starts hand-to-
hand, cavalry can enter the fight quickly, attack the enemyís 
flank, and turn the tide of battle.  Alternatively, cavalry or 
other fast moving units can be used as decoys to draw the 
enemy off from key points on the battlefield, or to draw the 
enemy into an arranged fight with your infantry.
(Iíve found the bookís suggestion on page 100 that you ďUse 
your cavalry regiments to hold back the enemy while your 
slower infantry regiments come into playĒ to be a recipe for 
disaster.  Nine times out of ten the fight will already be decided 
by the time you can get that slow infantry involved, if ever.  
Instead, let the enemy come to you.
Also, itís all well and good to hide units somewhere on the 
battlefield and then bring them out in surprise, as the book 
suggests, but remember that once they are revealed they can 
come under enemy missile attack.  Your cavalry is safer if you 
place in on your own flanks or behind your lines so it will be 
ready when you need it and can attack without suffering hits.)
-Use the Amber Wizard to slow down the enemy (with the 
Curse of Anraheir or the Tangling Thorn).  While he slows or 
holds them, your missile units can pulverize them.
-Turn off the AI for your defensive units, so they donít engage 
too soon.  Once a formation is broken itís difficult to put back 
together in the heat of battle.  After theyíre engaged you can 
usually turn the AI back on.  Remember that the enemyís 
charges, although they sound terrifying, have no special effect 
if your defenders are facing the charge (except with monsters 
such as Rat Ogres).
-Donít attack or defend uphill when you can help it.  Your units 
will have a disadvantage fighting, and your missile units will 
have a hard time hitting the enemy (they may just fire into the 
side of the hill!).

3.	Focus your efforts on doing as much damage as possible prior to 
engaging in hand-to-hand combat. 

One of the best ways to lose your troops is to engage them in close 
fighting.  While this is inevitable much of the time, you want to avoid 
it as long as possible so that your missile units can do maximum 
damage first.  If you nail the enemy vanguard units with the Curse of 
Anraheir, for example, the units behind them must also slow down or 
go around.  Blast them all with missile fire.  The mortars are 
particularly useful in this type of situation since theyíre not very 
accurate.  But if the enemy is bunched up theyíre easier to score hits 
on.  Try to force the enemy to bunch up and pass through a narrow 
portion of the battlefield so you can direct all of your missile and 
magic fire on that sector, creating an effective ďkilling zoneĒ, and 
sending the enemy units into confusion.

4.	You canít micromanage everything on the battlefield, so once you get 
things setup, spend most of your time with your most important units.

The most important unit of the game is the Amber Wizard, thanks to 
the value of his spells and the fact that he is with you from early on 
and long enough to build up maximum experience points.  And, heís 
cheap!  Make sure he is not killed in any battle, because he is 
impossible to replace until after Zhufbar.  If you lose him, you may 
want to quit and restore the previous battle.  He can do more damage 
than anyone else, especially if he has the Flock of Doom spell, so 
make sure you pick out his targets and use the most appropriate 
spells.  Even more important, he is also indispensable at taking on the 
enemy Shamans, Seers, Trolls, Ogres, and Giants with the Hunting 
Spear spell.  You can keep him out of the way of nasty enemy 
charges with the Flying Bower spell, if you get it.  The only problem 
with the Flying Bower is that just when you need it you may find 
there are no magic power points availableóOOPS!

After your wizards, keep close tabs on your missile units.  They have 
a tendency to target a regiment, and then stop firing when that 
regiment comes into hand-to-hand combat, thus doing nothing for 
precious minutes.  When that happens, you need to redirect their 
target to something they can shoot at clearly.  Also, make sure their 
missiles are hitting their targets.  They may just be shooting into the 
side of a hill ineffectually and youíd better do something about it.

The Dwarf Gyrocopters are worthless without constant personal 
attention, and you can really only use one at a time.  Keep the others 
back out of harmís way until you need them.

Also, pay attention to your strategic map to determine what areas of 
the battle you need to intervene in.  When an enemy charge 
approaches your defensive line, you need to intervene to concentrate 
your forces appropriately.  Protect your missile units, and hold back 
your reserves until the enemy is committed.  Then send in the 
reserves quickly, preferably upon the enemyís flank or rear, to turn 
the tide of battle.

5.	The Enemy troops are different and each type of unit requires a 
different strategy for destroying it.  

Goblins, for example, are fast but tend to gather in large groups.  
Best to attack them with mortar fire and especially arrows since they 
go down easily, or at least the smaller Goblins do.  If theyíre riding 
on wolves then zap them with the Curse of Anraheir.  They almost 
always break and run.  The same with Orcs on boars.

The Orc Bigíuns are particularly nasty in close fighting, so avoid 
hand-to-hand with them.  They are good candidates for the Tangling 
Thorn if you have it, but be especially careful not to let any units 
engage them while they are tangled.  Since they canít retreat under 
such circumstances, theyíll fight to the last Bigíun, taking as many of 
your guys with them as possible.  Instead, hit them with missiles and 
spells.  In any case, try not to let a regiment of Bigíuns get close to 
any of your forces unless under ideal conditions (i.e., you charge 
them from the rear and/or youíve already decimated them with 
missile fire).

Monsters will strike fear in any regiment, so donít send any regiments 
against them.  Instead, let your Amber Wizard take them out with 
Hunting Spears.

The same goes for enemy wizards of various types, seers and 
shamans.  Infantry and cavalry will probably not fare well against 
them.  Kill them as soon as possible with Hunting Spears.  The only 
missile unit which Iíve found to be at all effective against them are 
the Wood Elf Archers.  Even direct hits by artillery donít seem to kill 
them.  Grey Seers are especially dangerous when they use the 
Madness spell, which can turn your own forces against you.  Make 
killing them your number one priority going into the battle.

Skaven are somewhat of a mixed bag.  The Skaven Slaves are sent at 
you basically to wear you out.  Knowing that, you want to avoid 
letting them do it.  Use mortars and arrows on them when possible.  
If you have to fight hand-to-hand, try to rout them quickly in 
preparation for the units that follow.  Donít let your units waste time 
tracking them down when theyíre fleeing, if you can help it.

Stormvermin, on the other hand, are very nasty to get entangled with.  
So avoid getting entangled whenever possible.  Donít even send in a 
unit to finish off a battered Stormvermin regiment that has Warpfire 
Throwers, unless you want to lose your unit.  Such Stormvermin are 
really missile firing units with Warpfire Throwers that tend to blow 
up when defeated, killing any of your guys that are close.  The best 
weapon against Stormvermin with Warpfire is the Dwarf Gyrocopter 
which can sneak in behind them and blast them with steam 
continuously until the Stormvermin blow themselves up.  Once you 
attack a Stormvermin regiment with Gyrocopter steam, keep after it 
relentlessly even after it starts to flee, until it blows up in green flame.  
Your Gyrocopter should be safe from the explosion since itís 
elevated.  If you donít have a Gyrocopter, send your wizards after the 
Stormvermin, but only after youíve first dealt with enemy wizards, 
the greater threat.  In general, arrows are not very effective against 
the tough-skinned Stormvermin, so expect a difficult time if you have 
to go after them with bowmen.

Enemy artillery units, such as Doom Divers and Rock Lobbers, 
should be dealt with last, after youíve defeated all other enemy units.  
In other words, stay out of range of enemy artillery as much as 
possible in the first part of the battle.  All the rest of the regiments 
coming at you are enough to keep you busy.  Youíve got to get those 
enemy wizards and roving missile units taken care of first.  Then 
when youíve defeated the onslaught in detail, and only then, send 
appropriate units to kill the artillery.  The Dwarf Gyrocopter is great 
at this since they wonít able to hit it as it swoops in to pulverize them 
with steam.  If you donít have one of those, send in your fastest units 
to charge the enemy.  Spread out your forces and send them all in at 
once to rush the enemy and engage in hand-to-hand combat as soon 
as possible.  You can even pick an expendable unit to send first (all 
enemy artillery will target it) and after they open fire, slip in some 
other units to finish the job.

Dragons:  donít even think about trying to fight one.  You can use 
the Curse of Anraheir on one, however, to slow down the Dragonís 

6.	The dwarves are your best friends and wonít steer you wrong.  

Best of all, they pay well, so they are naturally good allies for 
mercenary armies to have.  You canít ignore the Elves in order to 
finish the game, but the dwarves will help you with that as well.

7.	Base the amount of resources you devote to a mission on how much 
you are getting paid for it, under the following conditions.

Always save the game before starting a mission.  On some missions 
you wonít need to fight any battles, so youíll want to save money by 
not assigning any more regiments to fight than you have to.  Do a 
restore and try it again.

Early in the game when you are fighting around Wissenheim, you will 
need practically all the troops you can muster for every fight, with a 
couple of exceptions.  After you get the mortars you wonít need 
them for every battle, nor every other unit all the time afterwards.  
Use the wizard effectively, and youíll be OK.  Let the offer of 
payment be your guide.  If you are offered 800 crowns to do a job, 
make sure your expenses come in less than, but not too much less 
than 800 crowns.  The money you are offered around Wissenheim is 
fair and should enable you to make at least a small profit with each 
mission.  More important are the experience points you earn by 
completing these missions and the troops you hire along the way.

When fighting for the Dwarves, remember that they always pay more 
than what you need to make a profit.  Expect to make a great deal of 
money on the defense of Zhufbar, and you wonít need to use all your 
troops on the missions.  The exception is the one time they pay you 
for each man youíre able to field.  Send everybody on that one and 
make a real financial killing!

When fighting for the Elves, remember that they always pay less than 
what you need to make a profit.  This is not so much because the 
Elves are cheap but because youíve amassed a large army (hopefully) 
by this time that you have to support with retainers.  In fact, itís when 
fighting for the dwarves that you make more than enough money to 
cover your costs in fighting for the Elves.  When you get a mission 
from the Elves in which they offer 500 gold crowns, expect to spend 
600 or 700 crowns just to get the job done.  Even so, all of the Elf 
missions are worthwhile and most of them are required.  Donít worry 
though.  If you performed well for the dwarves you should have been 
able to amass over 10,000 crowns after you arrive in Loren and get 
paid there, more than enough to complete the game successfully.

Remember that you canít assign more than 13 regiments to any one 
mission, so donít get too concerned if you lose one or two regiments.  
Actually, it may serve you well to have lost a couple in the game so 
you donít have to keep paying them a retainer (or you can always fire 
them).  The Grudgebringer Cavalry is required and the Amber Wizard 
is practically essential until you can acquire other wizards later in the 
game.  Most of the other units are not essential (though Iíd hate to 
go into the final battle without at least two canon and the Elf Archers, 
and either good cavalry or a Gyrocopter).

8.	One of the best refinements in this game is the way the missiles are 
fired on the battlefield.  The missiles behave as they would on a real 
battlefield.  They go up in the air and go down in an arc or else they 
hit something on the way, realistically.  Each type of unit fires 
differently.  Plan appropriately.

With this in mind, prepare your missile attacks.  It does no good, for 
example, to hide a canon behind a cliff, because all it will do is fire 
into the cliff.  Instead, hide the mortar behind the cliff because it fires 
up into the air and over the cliff.  

Archers also shoot into the air, especially longbows.  Your longbows 
may be able to fire over an obstacle that your crossbows would fire 
directly into.

So mount your straight-firing canon on the tops of hills.  Put your 
mortars behind the hill so they can fire over it from protection.  
Crossbows should go with the canon, and longbows with the mortars.  
Elf Archers are effective from just about anywhere, unless the target 
really is shielded from them completely.  But of course, you have to 
watch the Elves closely since they like to advance on their target, 
exposing themselves to counter attack. (Stupid Elves!  They really 
need a baby-sitter!)  

Wizards are really the most stupid of all the missile units, however.  
You have to give them plenty of room to work and donít let any 
friendly units get in front of them.  If you place an infantry unit in 
front of your Amber Wizard, for example, and let him attack an 
enemy regiment continuously with Hunting Spears, heíll happily 
launch spear after spear into your infantry until theyíve been wiped 
out and he can proceed to wipe out the next unit that gets in his way.  
The other wizards are no better.  Thatís one of the big reasons why 
you have to manage wizards carefully.  Also, the idiots are going to 
keep firing their least effective spells at approaching enemy 
regiments, unless you manage them closely and make them use an 
appropriate spell.  For example, the Amber Wizard should use the 
Hunting Spear against single person regiments like wizards and trolls, 
while the Flock of Doom is much more effective against masses of 
infantry like Goblin Stickers and Skaven Slaves.  

9.	Make sure you donít miss the magic items in the game; they are very 
important.  There is a complete list below, if you donít want to search 
every single battlefield.  Even if you donít make money, a mission can 
be worthwhile if you acquire a magic item.  Make sure your most 
important units acquire the items and can use them appropriately.  
For example, it does little good to give the Dread Banner to a 
Wizard, because wizards never charge anyone.

10.	Often you canít control whether your units chase after a routed 
enemy regiment to finish it off, but sometimes you should try to stop 
them and sometimes you shouldnít.  

Donít chase after Warpfire-toting Stormvermin, which blow up, or 
Plague Monks, which keep firing filth even when running away.  
Your pursuers will pay a heavy price.

When your units are needed elsewhere, naturally youíll want to rally 
them as soon as possible to send them where theyíre needed.

Otherwise, when youíve got an enemy regiment on the run, thatís the 
best time to finish them off.  Rarely will they score any hits on your 
forces while theyíre running away and theyíre easy targets.  Killing 
them increases the experience levels of your units and prevents the 
enemy from rallying later and coming back at an inopportune time.  I 
hate it when an enemy unit flees and then suddenly finds it in itself to 
rally just when itís passing by my vulnerable missile units!

When enemy units are fleeing across the battlefield, even after youíve 
won the battle, track them down and finish them off.  You get the 
extra experience points which allow your forces to improve their 
skills.  Missile units will target fleeing regiments if you order it.  
Otherwise, direct a fast unit to move across the path of a fleeing 
enemy and run them down.

Dwarves are so slow they wonít catch any enemy units that are 
fleeing, so always try to rally the dwarves ASAP and put an end to 
their futile pursuit.

11.	Be sure to space your artillery units far enough apart so that they 
donít blow up!  This includes mortars, canons, and hellblasters.  You 
should be able to easily fit about two good sized infantry units in 
between each artillery unit, or else the artillery units stand a good 
chance of blowing themselves up when the battle commences.

At the same time, if you space your artillery units too far apart they 
are harder to defend and one of them will invariably be out of 
position to fire at the most crucial moments.  So space them and 
place them carefully.

12.	Pay close attention to terrain so you can use it to your advantage.  
Spy out the land before the battle starts, if possible.

I once used the Celestial Wizardís Wind Blast spell to hold off an 
entire army for 10 minutes and as the enemy units went the long way 
around they were easily picked off one by one by my missile units.  
Two Orc Archer units remained and it looked like it would be an easy 
and glorious victory, but the archers wouldnít die no matter how 
many arrows and cannon shot I threw at them, after the Wind Blast 
was removed.  Only after I took a number of casualties, including my 
Celestial Wizard killed by those archers, did I look closely at the 
terrain and discover that the enemy archers were standing in a low 
place behind a hill.  My missile units kept hitting the front of the hill 
without doing much damage, while the enemy archers were firing 
freely from behind their protection.  I ended up sending a unit of 
cavalry to trounce them.  But if only Iíd looked at the terrain I could 
have placed some of my own archers down along the enemy archersí 
flank where they could have had a clear shot.  Or I could have nailed 
them with appropriate magic spells which are not limited by terrain.  
Instead I lost a wizard and some other valuable men.

Of course, if the enemy can do something like this, why not do the 
same to him back?  Hide your units so they canít be hit by missile fire 
until they are needed.  Let your mortars fire from completely out of 
site so they remain safe.  If your wizard casts his spells while hidden 
behind trees, no one will ever touch him.  This game is very good at 
making realistic use of the terrain and it should be easy for you to 
take advantage of this better than the computer opponent does.

13.	Read the books in Dietrichís wagon.  Only there can you get current 
information about races, spells, magic items, and the abilities of your 
own troops.  You especially need to know how to use the magic 
items if you want to be effective.  Read about every new item you 

14.	Hire everybody you can (unless youíre really short of money).

The best units are the ones you donít have to pay.  I usually assign 
those to nearly every mission, unless their numbers are decimated and 
you need to give their wounded time to recover.

I have completed the game twice while hiring every possible unit I 
could.  You may be running a bit short of money at the time you 
reach Nuln for the first time, however.  In that case, you donít need 
to hire everyone there.  Some of the units are expensive.  If youíve 
got enough healthy infantry, you can skip the Greatswords or the 
Halberders.  They are both good but expensive units.  Make sure you 
do hire the artillery units, however.

Remember that if youíve lost a lot of troops, the good part is that you 
donít have to keep paying them.  The only unit you canít lose is the 
Grudgebringer Cavalry, of course.  Everybody else can be replaced.

Notes about managing your troops

Just as there are different types of enemies you have to know how to deal 
with, the forces you command are equally diverse.  Success often depends 
on whether you use your forces wisely, so here are some tips on how to do 

1.	Wizards

These are the most important units of the game, so manage them 
carefully all the time.  You really only need one wizard on the 
battlefield at any given moment, and more than one in action means 
thinly spread availability of magic power points.  I wonít repeat all 
that I said above about wizards, but here are a few other things to 

Make sure you save your magic points for the most crucial spells.  If 
you tell your Amber Wizard to continuously attack a regiment, he 
will use the Curse of Anraheir and Hunting Spears.  But the Hunting 
Spearsí effectiveness against masses of infantry is not always 
satisfactory.  Let him use the Flock of Doom in such situations if you 
have it.  And donít ignore the Tangling Thorn which can stop a 
powerful unit.  The enemyís front unit, if halted, will block the ones 
behind it from proceeding.  And donít let the Celestial Wizard waste 
all of his power points on ineffectual lightning.  The Storm of 
Shemrek can turn the tide of battle, while the Wind Blast can halt an 
advancing army, and Iíve seen it happen.

Make sure an enemy is in range before trying to cast a spell on him.  
Otherwise, youíve wasted the magic power points.  Youíll have to 
learn from experience what the wizardís maximum distance for spell 
casting is.  Only if you tell him to continuously attack a regiment will 
he actually move himself into position (but then at least youíll know 
when heís in range!).

Most important of all about wizards, make sure your other units 
already have their marching orders from the start so you can spend as 
much of your time as possible managing the wizard closely.  Work 
with him carefully and he can win many of your battles for you almost 

2.	Cavalry

For some reason, although the book says that cavalry will have a 
movement rate of 8, in actuality itís only 4.  But the cavalry are faster 
than the infantry anyway over most terrain.  Hopefully there will be a 
bug fix for this.

I find it much easier to maneuver cavalry around the battlefield than 
infantry.  They respond more quickly and seem faster at moving into 
position.  Use them to charge the enemyís flanks. Some cavalry units 
will give you a bonus when charging.

Use the magic power of the Grudgebringer sword to send fireballs 
prior to hand-to-hand.

3.	Infantry

The heart of your army.  Use them to setup a defensive line as 
described above.  There are several excellent infantry units available 
in the game, both human and dwarf.  The Grudgebringer infantry only 
becomes really good if you build up enough experience points for 
them (which is hard to doóitís cheaper to field dwarf infantry 
instead).  Dwarf infantry is good but really slow moving.

Larger formations of infantry are especially difficult to manage on the 
battlefield.  They donít maneuver very well, and you can spend half 
the battle just trying to get them into position.  So donít waste time 
with that.  Let the enemy come to you while you pulverize them with 
missile units, then meet them with your infantry.  Let the infantry hold 
them while your cavalry rushes in to finish them off.  Piece of cake, 

4.	Archers (Crossbows, Longbows, Archers)

Crossbows have a good strength skill, so they should be able to bring 
down some of the tougher enemy troops.  I had a hard time trying to 
get the Mercenary Crossbows (available early in the game) to 
advance in experience, but itís worth it if you can do it.  They can hit 
the enemy without getting hit back, which is what bowmen do best.  
The key is to make sure they are well within range when they fire.  
Otherwise their arrows will fall short and do no damage.

The Longbows are more effective in some ways, mostly, I think, 
because they fire higher into the air and over obstacles.  However, 
their bows are less effective strength-wise.  

Itís not until you get the Wood Elf Archers that you find out what 
archers can really do.  As long as they donít have an obstacle in their 
way, they can tear enemy formations apart with their accurate, rapid 

Set your archers in position to bring maximum fire power on the 
enemy while not exposing themselves to the same thing. From on top 
of a hill their effectiveness is increased while the enemyís is 
significantly diminished.  If they are just behind a hill, they are 
extremely difficult for the enemy to hit but their own effectiveness is 
not much diminished.  

Archers are best used against infantry regiments which have limited 
armor and move relatively slowly.

5.	Artillery

This includes mortars, canons, and the Hell Blaster.

You canít get enough of these.  Mortars are inaccurate but great at 
eliminating large formations of advancing infantry.  Try to get the 
enemy infantry to bunch up in one place and the mortars will be three 
times as effective.

The two canon pieces you can get in the game are excellent, 
especially the Imperial Great Canon Crew.  They love to chew up 
advancing infantry with deadly accuracy.  The Hell Blaster is not as 
good, but still useful when the final battle rolls around.

Remember to space your artillery weapons out as described above to 
avoid having them blow up.  There is still a chance they will blow up 
anyway, though.  As long as the unit is still in existence, it will be 
repaired.  So if the weapon is destroyed, get the surviving members 
out of harms way.

Protect your artillery from enemy attack as well as you can, but put 
the artillery in strategic positions from which to fire.  Canons fire in a 
relatively straight line, mortars fire up into the air.

6.	Ceridan

Donít be afraid to use him whenever you can.  Ceridan seems to be 
about the only indestructible unit in the game (dragons excepted).  He 
may get defeated on the field, but the worst that happens to him is 
that heís only wounded (heís too crucial to the plot to let die).  If you 
let him take the Dread Banner, he can run around panicking enemy 
regiments.  However, Ceridan will often be unavailable to you until 
the latter part of the game, so donít give him too many magic items, 
at least not until you get to Loren.

7.	Dwarf Gyrocopters

These can be very useful against relatively immobile and/or missile 
firing enemy troops.  The key to the Gyrocopters is to send them 
against regiments that wonít charge them and lock them into hand-to-
hand combat.  They are best used against enemy missile units of all 
types, especially artillery and Stormvermin with Warpfire.    

The catch is that you have to manage them all the time.  Using their 
steam gun effectively means a lot of clicking the mouse.  If any 
enemy manages to engage a Gyrocopter in hand-to-hand combat, 
order the Gyrocopter to retreat immediately (no enemy regiment can 
catch it).  Keep the Gyrocopters completely out of harms way when 
you are not using them.

Use a Gyrocopter at those times when the action is less intense, and 
you have extra time to manage them.  When things heat up elsewhere 
on the battlefield, send the Gyrocopter to some safe corner of the 
map out of harms way until you have time to use it.
Mission help (under construction)
Here are a few words of advice regarding many of the specific missions 
from the earlier part of the game.  Of course, you donít need to perform all 
these missions to complete the game (but whereís the fun?).  The more 
missions you attempt, the easier it will be to win the game later.

1.  	Protect Schnappleburg

Do what the book tells you, itís straightforward, except donít forget 
to retrieve your first magic item before finishing the mission (see 

2.  	Escort to Holst

First ambush is easy.   Second ambush, engage as quickly as possible, 
make sure crossbowmen fire at clear targets, not hitting your troops 
accidentally.  Biggest challenge is fending off enemy on your right 
flank in time to engage units coming from the north.  

3.	Sven Carlsson

Your first real chance to implement the strategy principles outlined 
above.  Donít bother to try to save Hiln (you canít).  Might as well 
attack Hilnís guard first, then line up in a defensive position to face 
the Clanrat warriors.  Donít forget magic item.

4.	Patrol	

Setup defensive line as battle commences.  Good time to practice 
maneuvers.  Apparently, if you let some from the first battle escape 
you get to fight a second one with the possibility of making more 
money.  Iím not sure what the conditions are for fighting the second 
battle, though.

5.	Rescue Ilmarin

Donít get too caught up in rescuing the dwarves, you donít have to.  
Probably the best thing you can do for them is use your units 
effectively.  You now have 2 missile units including Allor.  Place your 
crossbows as far to the northeast as possible to give them a clear shot 
at enemy regiments.  Use Allorís Hunting Spear spell to take out the 
Rat Ogre.  If you decide to attack rather than just defend, donít do it 
piecemeal.  Coordinate your Infantry and Cavalry.

Give the Shield of Ptolos to Allor.

6.	Orc Pursuit

Most difficult mission yet, but should not be hard for you if you 
follow the above tactics.  Be sure to concentrate your forces when 
you engage.

7.	Revenge

You will not be ambushed so take Grudgebringer Cavalry only, to 
save money.  A decision for revenge means working for Carlsson for 
a while.  You can skip this and go straight to Zhufbar, but you wonít 
be nearly as well prepared for Zhufbar.  You donít have enough of an 
army yet to go straight to Loren, so if youíre reckless enough to try it 
youíre on your own.

8.  	Vanberg

Carlsson Guard troops are not especially good but they can fortify 
your defensive line.  You lose them before going to Zhufbar, so donít 
work on building up their experience points.  Put the Guards in 
harmís way but send in your regulars to do the killing.  Or to put it 
another way, lead them to water but donít let them drink.

9.	Against the grain

This one is tougher thanks to the fact that you have to go on offense.  
Still, you should be able to draw the enemy to you, one or two 
regiments at a time.  The rest should be easy.

The good part is that enemy units will be attacking buildings and 
therefore not be available all at once to turn on you when your units 
surprise them.  I suggest taking the southern route and falling on the 
enemy rear, then advancing in an orderly fashion (as always) until 
youíve methodically wiped out every unit.  Donít worry if a couple of 
buildings are lost:  your pay is only diminished slightly.  Itís more 
important to keep your regiments in tact.  Also, You might have to 
take a slight financial loss on this one.
10.	Bridge over River Weiss

Iím unsure what effect actually stopping them from crossing the 
bridge has on the outcome of the game.  I would say itís best to let 
some enemy units get away rather than lose some of your own troops 
unnecessarily.  If you insist on trying to stop them all, the Curse of 
Anraheir can slow down the lead unit enough to catch it with your 

In any case, use the mortars to target large infantry regiments and the 
wizard to slow down or stop units.  The greatest threats to your own 
troops are the rear units in the enemy column.  Send cavalry and 
infantry against them and let your missile units and wizard try to pick 
off as many from the front of the column as possible.

11.	Slave Train

This mission is worthwhile because of the magic item.  Also, you will 
get some payment if you do it and every participating unit will get 2x 
experience points.

Mortars are worthless in this mission (theyíd just hit the slaves).  You 
shouldnít need too many other troops to complete it successfully.  

Special hint:  if you use the Tangling Thorn spell on the Goblin 
Stickers they will just disappear. Use the spell on all three groups, 
then you only have to fight the wolf units.  But the wizard doesnít get 
any experience points for it.

12.  Shattered Pass

Final battle around Wissenheim:  let the killing begin!  You probably 
need every unit for this except for infantry.  The Carlsson units 
should be enough (if your Carlsson units are still in reasonably good 

Setup your defensive line in the narrow pass to the southeast and you 
should have ample opportunity to shell the attackers with mortar fire.  
Might at well place everyone at the bottom of the hill since otherwise 
youíll be fighting on the hill at a disadvantage.  Let Hunting Spears 
take out the troll.  The rest is easy.  Rush the three units that stay in 
the northwest after all the others are killed.  Donít forget the magic 
item before you move on.

Wish list

Iíve become fond of SOTHR, but there are some problems and room for 
improvement.  Here are a few thoughts.

The interface still definitely needs some tweaking.  Itís a problem 
when you click a button only to find that the button changed its 
function suddenly, basically giving the opposite order of the one you 
wanted to give.  When you try to click on Attack, there is a chance 
the button will suddenly change to Retreat and your forces will 
become easy prey for the enemy.

Another problem is that units are difficult to select.  I would like to 
see some kind of window that opens up and lets you select a specific 
unit.  If several units are close together itís very difficult to get the 
one you want by clicking on the map, and when you thought you 
selected one, you actually got another.  Also, when you give 
marching orders, you may have thought you were done giving the 
order and so you click on another unit, not realizing that by clicking 
on the other unit you countermanded the order you just gave.  That 
makes the interface very hard to get used to, especially for a 

The learning curve in the game is very steep.  You win the first few 
battles without much difficulty, but then suddenly you are thrown into 
some very difficult ones and after repeated failures, you want to just 
give up and return the game to the store from which it came.  Thatís 
too bad, because the game really is worth learning.  Thereís a whole 
lot of substance in it.

The manual could be better for finding information in.  How hard 
could it be to just put an index in the back of it?  Most word 
processors will do that for you automatically.  Well, I know that 
problem isnít going to get fixedónobody ever changes the manual.  
But Iíd like to see it done right for the next game.  Otherwise the 
manual is pretty good.

I like the way formations are handled in the gameónothing 
complicated, but itís flexible enough to give you some control.  But I 
wouldnít mind seeing some more advanced options for giving troops 
orders.  For example, Iíd like to see the ability to give a unit an order 
to defend a certain area on the map and attack anything that enters it.  
Better yet, I would like to be able to order one unit to guard another 
unit.  Of course, this may be a problem like when I want a regiment 
to guard a wizard and they get in the way of his spells.  Perhaps if 
they took up position behind him until neededÖ

The AI for the wizards is too limited.  He will keep casting the same 
spell over and over, even though he could use other, more effectual 
ones.  At least I would like to be able to order him to continuously 
attack using a PARTICULAR spell of my choosing, if nothing else.  
Also, the wizard should realize when there are friendly units in the 
path of his spell and refrain from casting it, as the archers are able to 
refrain when the enemy is locked in hand-to-hand combat with 
friendly troops.

I hate having to switch my display to 256 colors to run the game 
(though I wouldnít mind if my video card could do it on the fly).  
Also, the game keeps setting my MIDI music to maximum (very 

Most of all, I would like to see a scenario editor for this game which 
allows you to create your own battles.  Or at least Iíd like to see a 
sequel to the current game.  In conjunction with this, there could be a 
two player option via modem or network.

Warhammer: SOTHR is so close to being a breakthrough game, with 
the potential of being very popular if it just wasnít so frustrating at 
times.  All the essentials are in place, and it offers so much more 
strategic depth and challenge than the other real-time games out 
there, easily beating Command and Conquer and Warcraft, in my 
book.  The AI in those games just does not compare, nor does the 
storyline, nor does the realism.  Granted, you can get scenario editors 
and/or two player modes with other such games, and SOTHR lacks 
these.  But really, all this game needs to become a major hit is a little 
interface tweaking and an easier learning curve.  That would 
eliminate the majority of the frustration.  Probably if it included a 
strategy guide with the game, that would help with the learning 
curve.  Adjustable difficulty levels might serve even better to make all 
of us happy.

STEPHEN 'DURIN' DI CIANOís Magic Items list follows in his posting to 
the newsgroup.  Since he posted it 
publicly, I trust he doesnít mind my reposting it here with proper credit 
given.  Itís very helpful, and with this list you donít have to waste your 
time scanning every map for a magic item.  

Magic Item locations for Warhammer:

Hi, so Warhammer's a bit ard' for ya eh? Eres some help...

*BTW there are 18 magic Items in the game.

*It is not possible (unless cheating) to obtain all the items.

*Each mission is of the form BF0XX in the \SCRIPT. Objective K in a 
 mission indicates a magic item can be found. The second number indicates
 what item. Note - missions can be edited.

These are in the approximate order that you may find them-

10- SwordOfMight (BF003)
    This item is in the very first mission. Found to the right of the
    clump trees in the centre of the map. Should probably give to
    infantry, as cav have a sword. But remember bonuses are cumulative.        

11- DragonBlade (BF001)
    Found in the sleaquit assassin mission, behind the house, near the 
    snowman. Give to cavalry.

6- ShieldOfPtolos
   Found in the rescue of Illmarin mission, near the rock to the west. 
8- SwordOfHeroes (BF004-4)
   In one of the Carson missions where you rescue slaves at night.
   The item is behind the building.        

7- PotionOfStrength (BF004-5)
   This item is in the NE corner of the map in the last Carlson mission.

3- BannerOfWrath or PotionOfStrength (BF018) 
   The mission is the suicidal troll mission to Loren. 
   This excellent Banner is supposed to be in this mission, but in my game it 
   isn't. It is due to 'objective: X' in the file making the potion appear 
   but I don't know why this was done (maybe its buggy). The Banner 
seemed to 
   work fine for me.  
   The item is near the 2nd stream of lava on the east wall.
   This mission is a waste of money unless the item can be obtained.
4- BannerOfArcaneProtection or PotionOfStrength (BF019)
   This mission is the skaven suicidal mission to Loren.
   Problems same as troll mission.
   Item is near the two rocks.

0- BannerOfArcaneWarding or PotionOfStrength (BF012)
   This mission is the orc suicidal mission to Loren.
   Problems same as troll mission.
   Item is near rock to NE of the map.

5- TalismanOfObsidian (BF028)
   This is the 'save sheep in farm from goblins' mission. This item
   is probably the best in the game, it cancels all magic. The only
   way to get to this mission is to get to Zhufbar through the mountain
   pass, not underground. 
   The item is in the far east behind the house. Give to cavalry.  

1- BannerOfMight (BF037)
   This is also a excellent item (adds to combat bonuses)
   The mission is called Slave Assault. It is one of the missions given
   to you in Zhufbar. The item is behind a pile of rocks near the north

12- ArmourOfMeteoricIron (BF025)
   This item is in the Bandit hideout camp mission after the Decoy mission.
   You do these missions at Nuln. But if you do any of the bandit mission
   rather then going to Loren right after talking to the Emporer, you don't
   get the Reiksgard Knight cavalry unit (your choice). The item is in the
   far west behind the tents.

2- Dreadbanner (BF033)
   It is in the Exterminate skaven mission in Karak Norn. 
   An excellent item that makes you cause fear (now you can be the big 
   monster). But this mission may well take its toll on ya. Make sure you 
   attack the caves.
   The item is in the eastern corner, near a cave.

9- ParryingBlade (BF022)
   This mission(i think) is where you fight heaps of skaven on your way to 
   I don't think it appears all the time (maybe only if you get the Knights).
   The item is behind the 3rd rock to the east.

7- PotionOfStrength (BF034)
   This potion is in the 'Final Battle?' mission against Urgat.
   It is near some trees? to the NE, close to your setup area.

These items are found on various characters.
13- ArmourOfTheBeard
14- GrudgeBringer
15- SwordOfElior
16- RockSplitter

Well thats about it from me. Email if you're having other probs, if you find 
bizarre, or whatever...



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-Bill Tindall