AoS: Steamhead Duardin Minis Rumors

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There’s a lot of chatter doing the rounds on the Dwarf replacements for Age of Sigmar. Get in here:

We’ve known that the old world Dwarfs are getting are getting a reboot along with all the other classic Old World factions.  In the original Age of Sigmar box from last year we got the Dwarfs new name: Steamhead Duardin and they are part of the Order Grand Alliance.

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Not Steamhead Duardin

Folks thought they had returned this last January but it was the Fyreslayers sub-faction.  The Duardin themselves have remained a mystery but are said to be coming later this year, 2016. It’s been dead quiet on the Duardin front, but at long last some tidbits are working their way out.

Here’s what industry insiders are telling BoLS:

  • Duardin have a completely different aesthetic than the Fyreslayers
  • They are also somewhat different from the aesthetic of the old WFB Dwarfs.
  • They are heavily steampunk inspired (even more than some earlier designs such as the newer Gyrocopters), so look for lots of pipes and gears.
  • A Metal Golem has been consistently described as part of the range.
  • Duardin units are described as wearing a “space suit/diving suit”.
  • Weapons are described as “sci-fi rayguns” in appearance.
  • As with Fyreslayers look for a handful of new kits accompanied by a large set of round based repacks of the renamed Dispossessed.

Hmm, When i hear that description the first thing that comes to mind is this:

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The Horus Heresy Solar Auxilia.  But I can imagine what a mashup of that and an Old World fully armored Dwarf might look like – pretty cool in my book!

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When I think of what a steampunk Metal Golem might look like, that leads us right over to Mantic’s Forge Father range for Warpath which includes this piece of awesomeness:

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~Have at it, do you think Age is Sigmar has room in the 8 realms for a “really steampunk” faction?

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    might be good models for people who want to make 30K squats with the Militia and Cults list.

    • Calum Wallace

      I may very well be tempted to make of them Squats using the 40k Guard (astra whattity? You’re in the Guard son) list – or possibly the Admech list.

      • DaveTycho

        Imperial Guard for life!!!

        • euansmith

          Go Guards! Kill Navy!

        • Calum Wallace

          I have a small but gradually growing stash of Necromundan Spiders, and a few pieces of lead so old they are part of the Imperial Army from before the Guard was the Guard.

          Oldhammer ftw!

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        I guess you could have a marines ally contingent to cover the heavily armoured ones.

        • Calum Wallace

          That’d work excellently for building a list for classic Squats – specifically for the Guild bikers, using one of the Marine ‘biker’ lists, as Squat bikes have armament perfectly matching Marine bikes, while as Engineers Guild members the riders can be fluffed out as an elite formation justifying the stats and saves.

  • kaptinscuzgob

    ill hold judgement until i see pics, but ive got high hopes after how good the new wood elves are

    • Aezeal

      There are no new wood elves yet.

      • kaptinscuzgob

        you know what i mean, Captain Smartypants

    • Calum Wallace

      Ditto on that. GW really stepped their game up with those.

    • jcdent

      I see a nightmare to paint, that’s what I do.

      By the way, how will they release point costs for the new units?

      • kaptinscuzgob

        it’s a mystery, Jensen. id imagine theyd just include them on the free rules pdfs

  • Koschei

    Definitely on the fence about this aesthetic, it could be absolutely wonderful or jarringly awful. I’m really hoping the main armor color isn’t gold, it’s getting somewhat overused!

    • euansmith

      I’m expecting steel, steel and rivets, lots and lots of rivets.

      • Frank Underwood

        Ah yes, but will the rivets have beards?

        • euansmith

          I like the chain beards worn by evil dwarfs from Titan Forge’s Metal Beards.

          • zeno666

            That does look quite heavy metal, I like it.

          • ZeeLobby

            Those are SWEET!

          • Aezeal

            Nah too much digital.. obviously not manually sculpted. / me rolls eyes

          • ZeeLobby

            Huh? I just like the aesthetic. They’re more like elemental metallic dwarves than dwarves.

          • euansmith

            “… naked cartwheels.” That really tickled my chuckle bone. A great summation of the Fyrebeards.

            In the Titan Forge fluff there aren’t many flesh and blood dwarfs, but they make up for it by creating robo-dwarfs, big robo-monsters and feckin’ giganormous robo-monsters.

            http://titan-forge.com/images/Sklep/prods/180/782.jpg

          • ZeeLobby

            Thats a pretty unique take on dwarves. I like the idea of more mechanical war engines. Probably why liked Gyrocopters and GW Chaos Dwarf stuff. I hope these new dwarfs fit engineering with a purpose and not tubes and goggles because!

          • Aezeal

            I think that’ll work out. I think a mix of fyreslayers and steamhead duardin with a focus on the steamheads might be nice for an army though. The magmasaur thingie and a few regular fyreslayers should be a nice addition.. a whole naked dwarf list is a bit too much for me.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. Agreed. Combined they’ll look pretty sweet. I never minded a unit as a specialist squad of suicidal beast killers, I just think the entire faction was somewhat ill conceived as a standalone. It doesn’t help that design-wise most of the early AoS stuff is stuck in wide legged stances. They’ve definitely done a little better with their later stuff.

          • Golden Yak

            I think that when enough sub-factions are available, you’ll be able to have some nice and varied looking armies that really evoke the original WHFB versions.

          • kloosterboer

            …except naked dwarfs with massive orange mohawks have been apart of the GW dwarf lexicon from the beginning.

            The runes are just an easier thing to paint, rather than tattoos.

            I do love the steampunk concept, as well.

          • jcdent

            Semi naked dorf martyrs instead of a faction of crazed nudists looking for UR-GOLD.

            UR-EFFIN-GOLD

            That’s like Steamhead Duardin using Unter-coal.

          • Dongmaster

            Lulz! I am still laughing.

          • ZeeLobby

            The runes are just silly. I much preferred tattoos. And it’s not so much the concept of a model, it’s using that concept as an army. As a specialist unit in an army, OK. But an entire force of naked ur-gold lovers it’s just silly…

          • kloosterboer

            Totally see where you’re coming from. I was merely pointing out that over the top naked dwarfs have always been a part of the GW lore. .

            And, there has been a army to reflect a gathering of the little buggers. And it was popular enough, I suppose.

            That said, it was a VERY strange army to roll out in the infancy of AOS,

          • Mira Bella

            You don’t seem to have the problem when GW does it.

          • Aezeal

            HAHA lolz my statement was meant to be ironic since that reason is why Zlob always burns down GW stuff… and you can’t get things more digital looking than these models yet he is praising these.. I’m sure he’ll have all sorts of faux reasons but he’s just made it clear he’s just a GW basher without real reasons.

          • ZeeLobby

            Lol. My comment explains it perfectly fine. I like the concept and aesthetic, not necessarily the models themselves. I would never judge a rendering over a model anyway.

          • Aezeal

            Not hurt me personally. I just think you are biased against GW while you are saying your are not and acting like you are giving GW a fair judgement.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean modeling is purely subjective. Of course I’m biased towards models I think are good or not. I have no personal bias towards GW besides the fact that I think they’re doing worse then they were (obviously dropping sales support my sentiment).

            I think I’m giving GW perfectly fair judgment. And if you look at any new release lately you’ll find individuals who feel likewise concerning their current method of model “sculpting”. It’s not like I’m making up a position that doesn’t exist here…

            If you want to see me question the sculpts of other companies, BoLS would have to actually create posts on them. I think some of the new Legion of Everblight stuff is pretty poor from PP for example, and Mantic stuff ranges from poor to OK-ish. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of anime, Infinity sculpts are pretty beautiful, and even CMON games are sculpted really well.

          • Mira Bella

            “He’s just made it clear he’s just a GW bashed without real reasons”
            Yeah no problems with GW at all. Fantastic, modern, intuitive and extremly balanced ruleset rule set. Cheapest price on the market and constantly getting cheaper.
            Same amount of love for all factions and all codices are up to date.
            I also love how they never really stopped talking to their customers and keeping them informed.
            Their awesome consistency in all things should be lauded as well.
            All in all, they are just perfect. PERFECT I SAY!

            Now that my dear was sarcasm. :-*

  • Frank Underwood

    I hope the golem doesn’t end up looking like that lego toy at the bottom

    • BLOOD4TEHBLOODGOD

      Like scaled up Epic

    • Dongmaster

      You forgot awesome like the writer.

      Methinks a healthy dose of realism and a good pair of glasses is required for that dude to have/wear before posting this article.

    • zeno666

      True, there is only room for one Lego faction and thats the space marine sigmarites marines.

      • Aezeal

        They are completely not blocky and have lots of detail.. so this comparison is based on nothing.

        • Calum Wallace

          They look like very generic plastic toy ‘derpfantasy action figure’ sort of things, which I think may have been zeno666’s point.

        • jcdent

          Take a Sigmarine’s head away and he looks like… basically random sword dude:

          https://www.filepicker.io/api/file/YSgceCekTMeGsHQUwh8j

  • Richard Mitchell

    I am speechless, but not in a positive way.

  • BLOOD4TEHBLOODGOD

    I hope the main troop looks more like that dude with the shield on his back. I won’t be a fan of them over-steampunking this

  • Bryan Ruhe

    I actually highly dislike Mantic’s Forge Fathers. To each his own!

  • euansmith

    If these Dwarfs look like Solar Auxillia my wallet may be in trouble.

    • Frank Underwood

      So you’re actually thinking about it?
      Is thine toe in the Sigmar pool, dear fellow?

      • euansmith

        I’ve got the Starter Set, but I’m more interested in stuff I can convert for Inq28 😀

        • Severius_Tolluck

          That was concept art from warhammer reckoning the mmo, hence why the female as they let you choose gender for your alliance races in alpha. That was then changed later to i think you get whatever the class was!
          and if i kept reading I would have noticed someone made the correction before me, oh well. entry redacted.

    • So am I. time to think of a Squat army.

    • Huntard

      That’s art from the Warhammer: Age of Reckoning MMO, hence the symbol for the MMO at the bottom right of the image. Since it was an MMO you could play a dude or lady for most class/race combinations so yeah there were dorf ladies in some of the art for the game.

      • euansmith

        Thank you.

      • Golden Yak

        Duardin ladies would be great though. Maybe a unit type based on yer classic valkyries/opera signer with braids in buns and huge… singing range. Shield-maidens and so forth, with a steam-punk aesthetic added.

    • ragelion

      Considering what the new dwarf models look like irondrakes etc. I suspect they will look close to what we see from warhammer age of reckoning image.

  • kloosterboer

    There’d be some delicious irony, I think, in bringing back squats..but in AOS, not 40K…

  • Kolobius

    Why can’t we just have uber awesome traditional Dwarves? Why the steampunk or the barbaric fyreslayers? Le sigh

    • SupPupPup

      You can play the Hobbit tabletop game for traditional dwarfs I guess.

    • Henry Faulkner

      trad dwarfs just wouldn’t fit the new aesthetic. each new race makes the world become clearer and clearer and their renewal is cementing the feel of sigmar in place. a trad dwarf standing next to a stormcast, a new sylvaneth and an orruck or two would stick out like a sore thumb.

      • Ragnar Black

        Yes, new Duardins need to be in some dance pose. 😀 And Dwarfs sadly are’t dancers. Yes still some Oldworlder is lurking around…

    • kaptinscuzgob

      cant trademark traditional dwarfs

  • SupPupPup

    http://www.spikeybits.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Ogryns-painted-trans.jpg Wouldn’t mind if they look a bit like these guys.

    • Aezeal

      I would..

      • SupPupPup

        Warhammer is a fun hobby, lots of aesthetic styles to choose from.

  • Gunther Clone C

    Aren’t Skaven Steampunk? At least Clan Skyre.

    • Calum Wallace

      They’re more ‘steampunk rodent Mad Max’, which may be why I love them so.

      There’s room for brass-goggles-and-death-rays steampunk in their too I reckon. Steampunk does after all come in several tasty flavours.

  • ragelion

    Funny enough in the all-gate’s book they note that grungi is missing and sigmar is looking for him. Considering in the old world we had steam powered robotic horses. I am interested in what the Duardin will bring.

    • Nazdreg

      When a god is missing it means they’re faction hasn’t been done yet 😛
      I wonder if this means we’ll get another god in model form, like Alarielle and presumably Malekith?

  • DeadlyYellow

    Here’s hoping they’ll look more like irondrakes than Rhulic.

  • Shawn

    Stupid. Stupid Stupid. Can’t we have normal dwarves that are excellent engineers, but not STEAM STUPID PUNK?!!? I mean really. If the dwarves are all steam punky, then why didn’t Sigmar give his Sigmarines Super-ray guns and gryokopters and power armor to beat Chaos back to the Abyss?

    • kloosterboer

      …cause they wear enchanted armor, shoot lightning bolts and have wings already?

      I’m just sayin’.

    • Calum Wallace

      … cause WHFB dorfs have always been steampunk since before steampunk was a ‘thing’?

      … cause GW are not trying to make every army appeal to the same bunch of players and some people find ‘generic Urist Axedorf Tolkeinsson’ kinda same-y after a while?

      … cause every other bugger in the fantasy miniatures business is doing Dorf!Classic and in a lot of cases doing them really very well?

      … cause AoS seems to (going by the look of each of the extant releases) consist of taking what’s visually distinctive about each army and turning it way, way up?

      They are all true answers.

      • Ragnar Black

        Depends on the taste.. 😛

        • Calum Wallace

          Pretty much my exact point champ. Speaking strictly for myself of course, the steampunky parts of WHFB dorfs have always been what I liked most about them – it’s one of the places where WHFB was NOT just ‘Generic Fantasy: The Wargame’.

          It’s something distinctive to GW’s dorfs, done by few other dorfs, all of them following Warhammer’s lead. They were (IMO ofg course) at their best when building cybernetic arms, bringing torpedo-armed submarines to fight longboats, or warming up a clockpunk helicopter.

          I’m not saying it’s the only thing Warhammery dorfs could possibly be, I’m not saying everyone should be delighted about it, I’m saying it appeals to me and that’s about all.

          • Ragnar Black

            To be honest I am an Oldworlder, but I can survive on old models. For some time. GW does the best models in matter of quality in that scale that is for sure. The rest is personal taste. For me the same dwarf blacksmith in plastic with new pose would be always a buy. But I am the one of the dwindling group.

          • Calum Wallace

            Oh man, in matters of quality?

            Take a reveiw of the varied ’boutique’ companies – especially resins, likes of Gazpez Arts or Hitech Miniatures or such, but including metals, likes of Hasslefree. Anything GW can do the interwebs can do better – well, apart from, A, ease of access and, B, being ‘good enough’ in every respect.

            You’ll see GW willdly topped in every aspect you can think of – if you don’t, you’re not looking very hard. However you will indeed struggle to find them being topped in all aspects at the same time by the same people with the same miniatures; it is rare as feck for anything to be ‘as good as (or better than) GW’ in everything.

          • euansmith

            “Dwindling Group” sounds like an excellent name for a Dwarf faction.

      • Shawn

        There is nothing wrong with taking a race and making it your own. I can agree on that, however, it seems that everyone and their brother need to make dwarves mechanical engineering geniuses It’s turning into an overused trope. While I may not like the idea of steampunkish dwarves, I can live with it if they’re are traditional dwarves as well, who care more about mining and traditional, non-nineteenth century technology that only they somehow possess. The fyerslayer are a great example of taking a race and making it your own. And if there were dwarves where such tech existed, don’t you think for a minute that humans, orcs, elves, and halfings wouldn’t race to be the first to copy or reverse engineer such tech?

        • euansmith

          I like the old Dwarfs from German Myth (or at least that bit of German Myth that made it in to Wagner). Weird hunched creatures. Not expert in war, but possessed of a horrible strength. Masters of magic, capable of forging the mightiest magical items; but seeming to lack the urge to use them. Sneaky, untrustworthy, grudge bearing, back stabbing, little monsters.

  • Beefcake the mighty

    Space suits and ray guns? Can we just be honest and call this diet 40k? Or 40k lite? Or I can’t believe it’s not 40k😀

  • Deez

    At this point, anything would be better than the Fyreslayer range prancing around half nude like they’re at a San Fran interpretive dance class…

  • Chet Atkinson

    ‘Sci fi rayguns’??? Apart from that they sound like something to look out for! 🙂