BREAKING: AoS Battleforce Boxes Confirmed

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The “Premium” Start Collecting Boxes have been seen in the wild just in time for your holiday shopping list preparations!

Well that was quick – it looks like Age of Sigmar didn’t want to get left out of the hype-train!

via L’Astropate Facebook

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We saw the 40K ones earlier today and had some hints at what the AoS boxes would contain:

via Chikout

“No pic of the aos stuff but the contents are as follows:
Stormcast – celestant prime, knight azyros, dracoth riders, 10 liberators.
Slyvaneth – drycha, treelord 6 kurnoth hunters, 10 tree revenants. (This may be a mistake. It is a better deal than the rest)
Ironjawz – megaboss, shaman, 10 brutes, 3 goregruntas, giant.
Khorne bloodbound- skar, 3 juggers, blood warriors, bloodreavers, wrathmongers.”

Well those certainly look pretty close! That Sylvaneth one looks mighty tempting. Earlier I was thinking about starting Tau…now I might shelve that idea and get a Sylvaneth Army growing!

If my math is right, that’s a retail value of $311 MSRP. If these boxes are going to sell for £100/$165 that’s a heck of a deal!

 

This Holiday season is going to be crazy for Warhammer Fans – are you prepared?

  • Each of these boxes look like a good size AoS force or at least what I’d imagine one to look like.

    I find the massive armies GW keeps pushing a real turn off of the game. I know you can play at whatever size you like but just aesthetically I find the massive armies way OTT.

    • Bulvi Nightbane

      After playing hundreds of AoS matches, I have found that the larger the game gets the better the system works, the more strategy and tactics you can employ, and the batter balanced it is.

      • ZeeLobby

        Wouldn’t shock me if they built that in. Too bad. Would have preferred the other direction.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          It doesn’t feel that way to me. The game works really well at 1000 points. You get your troops and some toys but not all. You really need to hone in on your win conditions and themes. With more points, you get the basics and all of the toys. There’s less need to make hard list building choices.

          • Bulvi Nightbane

            See, I played Warhammer Fantasy Battle for years, and towards the end it was not holding my interest as well as it used to. This is because it became so much more about list building, with the strategy and tactics on the field being minimal. Small scale AoS feels the same way. 1000pts allows such a small number of units and I know everyone will being optimizing them. List building is not hard and things become predictable very quickly. Larger games require more skill in my experience. Yes you get more of your toys, but so does your opponent, so it becomes a game of who can use their army more effectively in game. Also more models on the field allows for much more complex formations and tactics, and more models mean that big monsters need to be used much more wisely.

          • ZeeLobby

            I agree with what you mean about the end of WFB. Definitely not looking for a replacement of that.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            I have to disagree with you about WFB. I always found smaller games to be more tactical because movement mattered so much more. By the end of Fantasy, we were playing 2500 points on a 6×4 table filled with massive ranked blocks. Add in a little terrain and there was very little you could do to maneuver, outflank, bait, etc.

            More units are good but not at the expense of room, The same thing is happening to 40k in a lot of ways.

          • Bulvi Nightbane

            See AoS is the opposite. In small AoS games the movement is very simple, little to no worrying about models getting in each other’s way and very few targets to choose from. In a large AoS match the movement is a much more important part of your strategy. You have to organize your lines and plan your movement very carefully. Mistakes will leave some units vulnerable and prevent others from engaging the enemy where you need them. This is just one of the reasons why I find big AoS games much more interesting and challenging then the tiny 1000 or 2000pts matched play.

      • Perhaps I’m just biased cos I like smaller games where you feel every death. 20-30 minis a side is a great sized game for me.

  • Xodis

    It might be a good value at $150-165, but I’m hoping they go a little less to around $125. Great thing about collections is the savings, the bad part is having to get so many models, some of which you might not need/want.
    Of course since Im staring a Sylvaneth army and I think those Bloodbound will fit nicely with what I already have, I’m not really torn lol

    • Karru

      What I like most about these sets is that they go well with the Start Collecting! Boxes. Buy one of these and one of the Start Collecting! Boxes and you have quite the army in the making. Great way to start any of these armies IMO.

    • EnTyme

      I thought I was done with KBB for now, but I really like what you get in this kit. I have around 1600 points as it stands (Starter kit, EDB w/ Spear, Gorechosen, Skullcrushers, and 2 WD Slaughterpriests), but this looks like too good a deal to pass up!

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        It’s like a 300 dollar value for… Whatever GW determines is fair. 🙂

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The Orc one costs like 300 retail. Even at 200 bucks, it is a solid deal (33% off). At $125, it would be like 60% off. That is not going to happen.

      • Xodis

        We shall see.
        -Silver Tower has $150 dollars worth of Hero models and retails for $150 + a lot of Tzeentch models.
        -Gorechosen is a $60 game with $120 worth of models.
        So we really dont know what will happen, but I honestly expect it to be $150 as opposed to what I want it to be.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          I see 150 being probably. I would be over the moon for 125. Hell’ I would probably buy the orc box in addition to the Stormcast one!

          • Xodis

            hehehe Yeah I like the Deathwatch, Sylvaneth, Bloodbound, and Stormcast…….so the cheaper the better.

          • euansmith

            The Bargain Factor is certainly something for GW to factor in. Get the price right and people will buy two.

    • DeadlyYellow

      Hurr. £100 plus shipping still puts you around $20~25 USD cheaper than buying it local if they do go $165. Not to mention any discount the UK seller puts on top of it.

      On the downside, you’re waiting another month after release to get it.

      • Xodis

        I’ve got a backlog of models to paint already, so I’m in no rush lol. The big question is will GW meet the standard exchange rate, if so then I can order from a discounted US seller for around 20-25% off. Either way I think most online retailers offer free shipping at that price point.

        • DeadlyYellow

          I imagine they would hope to stymie Brexit woes with their international sales. If they do stick to exchange with their usual $5 – $10 markup I would be elated.

  • Karru

    I just noticed that the Khorne Bloodbound Expansion box is no longer available, at least here in Finland. This could really meant that these are not just some Christmas mega bundles, they might actually be here to stay. I really hope this is the case.

    • ZeeLobby

      Def here to stay. Don’t think they would have done so many factions if it was a one off thing. From what I remember there were usually only a couple factions. Not 8.

  • Shelltoon

    Yeeeaaaaah, that Ironjawz box is just weird for me. Mainly because the Aleguzzler Gargant is an Ogor. The ONLY Ogor in the army, which breaks allegiance, meaning that combining this and the SC! IJ box is not going to work in matched play.

    • Statham

      I get the feeling these aren’t particularly for Matched Play, more people just starting out and maybe referring to their GA books to mix and match.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        Lots of people still play mix and match rather than sticking to allegiance.

        • Statham

          They’re Extremis Chamber. Still basically Stormcast. They also included the Dracoth in the starter box, so I imagine they’ll have some manner of formation to use them. I also have to imagine there’s some way around that in general, as.. Well, there’s no real way to construct just an Extremis Chamber army.

          • Xodis

            Exactly, as long as they have the Stormcast Eternals Keyword, they should and do IMO count as Stormcast Eternals.

        • Xodis

          What? How do they do that? Dracothian Guard are Stormcast.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            My bad, I was thinking of the other dragon riding Stormcast guy from the Extremis Order. Which are also Stormcast Eternals.

            I just started the army. For whatever reason, I sort of assumed because they were listed under a different header they wouldn’t have the same keywords.

          • Xodis

            Yeah its weird they put them all under the Extremis Chapter as a different Sub Faction, but both are still Stormcast.

      • Shelltoon

        I’ll have to figure out how to mash up some generic battlelines into my IJ army then. I like the gargant’s rules though.

    • Xodis

      Well he is the only Aleguzzler currently available in his subfaction so he literally has to be taken as an addition to other armies.

      • euansmith

        Is he the Knight Titan of AoS? Everyone and their dog has one?

        • Xodis

          Eh, he’s the weaker of Monsters IMO. Hes more of a Eldar Warwalker in 5e lol

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Warwalkers are quite scary with scat lasers!

          • Xodis

            Unless there was a lot of armor and 2+ armor saves lol
            I stuck with Star cannons and Shuriken cannons for dedicated destruction or cheap firepower.

    • ledha

      The box come with a special warscroll battalion for including the gargant

  • Adrien Fowl

    Oh, my Alarielle! That Sylvaneth box… With that one and the normal start collecting box I can field a decent Sylvaneth force… too tempting not to think about it.

  • Matthew Elwert

    I find it very frustrating to find unique models in these bundle boxes. I believe the celestant prime is the most expensive unique model in the bundles and it pretty much crushes the re-buy value. My friends and I are already stacking plenty of the Start Collecting box sets but bundles with models that you can use only once in your army feel very frustrating. Great starting points for a new army but that’s about it.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Agree and disagree.

      I agree it is frustrating because I want to buy multiples.

      I disagree because I don’t think GW wants us to buy multiples.

      • Matthew Elwert

        Agree and agree, I think. I already have 3 Nurgle Daemon Starter boxes. Whenever I was going to just buy a box of Nurglings I decided to instead buy the Star Collecting box because it’s such a great saving. So, in each case GW made more money. Same goes for the skaven pestilence box. I wanted more catapults, but now I have 3 plague furnaces and I will most likely play 1 or 2 at the most.

    • Aezeal

      I’m thinking about how I can convert (my soon to be 2nd) Drycha to something I can use.

  • Aezeal

    That would give me 2 Drychas but I need all the other boxes anyway… seems like it’s still a good deal.

    • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

      Hmm. She’s close to the size of a Treelord, and the Treelord box does have a decent array of leftover bits should be achievable to remove her “spirit” body and combine the Treebits with Treelord leftovers to make an alt. Treelord.

      • euansmith

        A Treelady?

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          A Dryad Sergeant?

      • Aezeal

        True from my first treeman (Durthu) I actually produced a 2nd treemand bursting from the ground. All sorts of left over hip and body parts created a toro, 2 arms and a pelvis. With a complete Drycha to work on that might succeed. Or I might ruin the model… proxying a drycha for a treelord is perhaps a saver option 😉

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    So gonna finish my Covenite list with that Sylvaneth box, just need an extra Kurnoth Hunter box, some skimmers, and some Character models, maybe.

  • euansmith

    GW release some new boxes. People are happy. Well done, GW.

    • petrow84

      NO! STAY AWAY FROM MY WALLET! I once dropped WHFB, don’t tempt me again!

  • Ben_S

    I get that this is a big saving on RRP, and that some of these contain large centrepiece models, but the thought of spending £100 on 16-19 models (KBB aside) hardly fills me with excitement.

    • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

      That’s the one-two punch of Warhammer bundles – “Wow, that’s a great deal! Oh god, I’ve been conditioned to think that’s a great deal!”

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        If you want lots of models for cheap, play Bolt Action.

        • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

          Someday! Bolt Action’s on the list, but about midways down it.

  • DeadlyYellow

    I wonder if it would cost less than $40 to import those boxes. £100 is only like $125 USD right now.

  • bobrunnicles

    As someone that has a bunch of dryads and a Treeman already, the Sylvaneth box could hardly be more perfect for me 🙂