AoS Battletome: Sylvaneth First Impressions



Reecius here to talk about my first impressions of the awesome new Age of Sigmar Battletome: Sylvaneth!

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So caveat: this is not a comprehensive review, but a first shot overview. We’re going through a comprehensive Sylvaneth review over at FLG for anyone interested, the first article of which can be found here.

As a long time Wood Elf player, I am thrilled to see these models! I mean, WOW. They’re just mind blowing! So good! If you want to see an unboxing video of the new kits, follow this link. We’ve come a loooooooong way from the old, incredibly awful Wood Elf models.


Yeah, that was were west started, lol. The new Duthu is a thing of beauty!


That is a quantum leap forward in quality. The entire new line is of this degree of improvement. So, so good. Gushing about the beauty of the new models aside, the book itself is very exciting! I am very pumped about what this means for the game. We can glean a lot about it from the structure of this Battletome.



The backstory in the book is very solid. The story of Alarielle and the Sylvaneth’s battle and near loss to Nurgle was great! With her return thanks to the sacrifice of her daughter and help from Sigmar, the forces of life are on the counter-attack! This sets the stage for where we are in the story.

The structure of the book is fun. It’s a combination of 40k and AoS, IMO, which is a good thing. We have unit Warscrolls, but also army wide rules for taking Sylvaneth only forces. We get some cool Command Traits to customize your general, custom spells for Sylvaneth Wizards and slick magic items for your Heroes. These are not only good on the tabletop, but fun and characterful. You can start the game with a Wyldwood Grove on the table which helps Sylvaneth armies a ton, and can move them around with spells, create more via Arcane Treasures, spells, etc. Your forces can teleport around through the woods, be healed by them or they can attack your opponent. They form a key part of the Sylvaneth army’s strategies.



You have options to make both powerful and themed characters in your armies, which is really fun. You can also take a magic item for each Hero per Battalion in your army! Often I think we’ll see 2-4 of these sprinkled around a 2,000pt list which will add a lot of fun to games and help to make your Heroes even more heroic.

There are also a combination of Warscroll Battalions in the book which function as the equivalent of both Formations and “Decurion” style Detachments in 40k. These give you themed groups of units that grant special bonuses to represent their play style. Personally, I decided to go with a Gnarlroot Wargrove warband comprised of a Household Battalion, Forest Folks and Free Spirit Battalions! The idea of super powered life Wizards really appealed to me. Oh, and of course, I am throwing Alarielle in there because WOW. Dat model.

But that’s just me! You can build your Sylvaneth Warband in so many different ways. You can go for a cool theme like one of the other Wargroves, or a season, etc. That is the beauty of it, you have tons of different ways to customize your army, give it a cool theme and have it play well on the table. I dig it! Oh, and what else? My Warband is only 33 models! That’s not too difficult to assemble and paint and not too pricey, either (relative statement, of course). That means you can easily collect a new, themed warband every year or even quicker if you were so inclined. I love variety so I am already thinking about my next Warband! Most likely some awesome Wanderers to compliment my Sylvaneth but I also have my eye on those Orruks and Minotaurs, too!

Are you all excited for the new Sylvaneth?


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  • Chubby Bunny

    I am a long time wood elf player as well, and, So how does this work? and what i mean is… No elves?

    • Deathwing

      new hybrid elvesque tree things replacing the function of the old actual wood elvin units… or this is a whole new game. throw what you know about how the wood elves worked in 6-8th away. this army will operate on a totally new baseline structure of rules and mechanics from the ground up.

      Honestly I just want to know how ol Durthu is still alive and seeding after the cataclysm of the old world.

      • Jason

        Durthu isn’t still alive. The Spirits of Durthu are warrior treemen loyal only to Alarielle that basically revere Durthu and try to live up to his ideals, even though they really don’t know much at all about him. He’s more of a legend or myth to them.

        • Deathwing

          ah OK. thanks. bout the only thing i was genuinely curious about

      • Spacefrisian

        Might be because they get some High Elf back ups thrown in the mix…that huge elf on Beetle.

        • Koonitz

          Alarielle isn’t a High Elf. She is the Goddess of Life and the mother of all Sylvaneth. Whether she was a High Elf or not in old Fantasy seems rather irrelevant at this point.

    • Jason

      Also the tree revenants are just trees. Elves to the sylvaneth are called the protectors are the sylvaneth don’t know much about them. It’s like Durthu from my other post here. They just know a very little and the protectors are seen as myth, but the sylvaneth like the myth and try to live up to the idea. The tree revenants take as much of the form of the protectors as they understand, hence the hybridization. The wanderers and wood elves aren’t mentioned at all in the sylvaneth fluff.

  • Doug Olson

    one point of fact. Sylvaneth are no longer Wood Elves at all. I’ve seen this tagged as wood elves and also Rob mentioned it in his video review. No where in the book will you find a tree elf unit. Alarielle is considered a goddess now and is the closest thing. if anything, this is now a full on Tree Kin book.
    GW has even moved all the prior tree elf models into other sections, like Wanderers.
    Finally, Durthu is dead. so you can now take multiples of him in the form of Spirits of Durthu. Slightly different rules, but still pretty powerful.

    • Hugo

      So what are these Wanderer / Wood Elf types doing in the fluff now? Has that been mentioned?

      Also, the goddess of the Sylvaneth is originally a Wood Elf, so how can they NOT be connected?

      Or are Wanderers /Wood Elfs not currently existent in the fluff at all, and is that just a keyword “in case you want to use your old Wood Elf minis”?

      (Genuinely Curious, not bashing on AoS).

  • TehVanguard

    Not like Durthu model is the part of “new line”. While it’s relatively new, it’s not from the current Sylvaneth release. While I agree that new Sylvaneth models (or at least most of them *looking at Alarielle*) are beautiful, I think they are outclassed by the pure beauty of Durthu model.

  • Sylvaneth and Wanderers are two completely separate factions that do not interact with each other at all. I wish people would accept that. “Garradh check out the awesome new models for your wood elves!” I wish. The only keyword the two have in common is Order.

  • Xodis

    Yes, Sylvaneth and Wood Elves/Wanderers are completely separate factions now, but they can still be allied together pretty easily.

  • nurglitch

    I need more twisted copses.

  • Heinz Fiction

    So it seems if the Eldar Avatar is kept on the shelf long enough, plants start to grow on him…

    • Spacefrisian

      Must be burn resistant plants though, molten body and such.

  • So there are no ranks upon ranks of archers anymore?

  • Morgrim

    Just so you know for future articles, a ‘quantum leap’ is actually an incredibly tiny amount. (It’s distance between the split energy levels of an electron orbit. So a tiny fraction of an atom.) So a ‘quantum leap forward’ would be “these are the same models with the same sprues and the same paint scheme, but now they have a new name and are more expensive”.

    The mistaken idea that a quantum leap is big and impressive is down to bad scifi writers not understanding what they were doing and thinking they can just swap in the word quantum for magic.

    • amaximus167

      Exactly how I feel about the misuse of the word decimate.

  • ChubToad

    Pleas stahp these kind of articles. I’m really struggling to find a reason not to start another army…. Oh what the heck *grabs wallet*