Age of Sigmar: New Warscrolls & Battalions Spotted

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Spire of Dawn is almost here, and it’s coming with new Battalions, War Scrolls & Pitched Battle points! Take a look:

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Spire of Dawn is a fantastic deal to kickoff Age of Sigmar with a friend. The boxed set is almost here and the included rules have been found. So all you Aelf and Skaven generals get some new units and rules to try out on the tabletop.  Perhaps most importantly, we are seeing Pitch Battle points included as well, so the influence of the General’s Handbook is here to stay!

images via imgur & Spikeybits 12-22-2016

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Here’s the “everything you got in the box” Battalion. Extra moves and attacks are always handy.

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Sneaky Sneaky Skaven – “They Came from Below!”

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The Aelf boss – who helps out all SwiftHawk Agents; which if you look at the top Battalion up there… you get the picture.

Here come the points!  

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Spire of Dawn $80

The Dawnspire stands at the edge of the Transient Isles. Immense, drifting islands of black stone hanging in the air above an azure sea, they were once the subject of foul sorceries, a powerful Chaos wizard seeking to bring them crashing down. The mages of the Eldritch Council were able to stop this foul ritual, but not before two of the islands were lost to the depths.

To protect the isles, the Dawnspire was created; housing objects of incredible power, it is protected by the most elite warriors the Transient Isles have ever known. Yet cruel eyes glow in the corners of the realms. fixated on the Dawnspire, intent on harnessing its power for their own dark purpose…

Dawnspire is a fantastic box set filled with Citadel miniatures, with a book telling the story of the Skaven Warlord Ripsnikk’s attempt to take the Dawnspire from the Swifthawk Agents who protect it. 74 miniatures are included, split between Skaven and Aelf forces:

Aelf:

–        1 High Warden
–        1 Archmage
–        10 Swordmasters
–        10 Spireguard
–        5 Reavers

Skaven

–        1 Skaven Warlord
–        1 Warlock Engineer
–        1 Packmaster
–        2 units of 20 Clanrats
–        2 Rat Ogors
–        1 Poisoned Wind Mortar Weapon Team
–        1 Warpfire Thrower Weapon Team

The box also includes the complete rules for playing games of Warhammer age of Sigmar, 2 Warscroll Battalions and 2 Pitched Battle Profiles, one of each for each force. Supplied with round and square bases for each model.

~Pick your side Age of Sigmar players!

  • £50?? Insane value!

  • Xodis

    Wow, pretty much everything you need. They just just successfully made a better starter set than they already had.

    • ZeeLobby

      LoL. Makes you wonder what might have been if it was as good the first time around.

      • Randy Randalman

        It would be no different than it is now. In other words: still more successful than WHFB was even at it’s peak.

        • ZeeLobby

          Bahahaha! Do you have any numbers to support the bile you continuously spew. I highly doubt it.

          Would WHFB have done better with actual support. Def. Has AoS outsold WHFB in its prime. Lol. No chance. It definitely is outselling the fantasy of 8th edition, but it was total crap.

          • SupPupPup

            Fantasy and AoS are the same thing.

            They aren’t so different in the end.

            You still buy, paint and play with fantasy warhammer figs in largish battles.

            Its all the same.

          • ZeeLobby

            C’mon. You know what he is saying. That AoS is outselling WHFB at its prime. That’s just crazy talk. Who does that. Lol. Don’t associate with such people. It’s sad that this happens on the internet.

          • The press release announcing the first half of the 2016/17 year said that profit was not far off the entire profit from the 2015/16 financial year. So, with that as our only current data point the idea that AoS is outselling peak Warhammer Fantasy is actually not ridiculous.

          • ZeeLobby

            You do realize that WHFB has been around for longer than 40K right? And that it used to be more popular than 40K? That there used to be large tournaments and communities across the world? That GW’s GTs had record tournouts higher than numbers tournaments post now? Lol. AoS exists because WHFB has been dying. Probably for 10 years. But it’s an extremely poor assumption that 2015/16 represented the “peak” of WHFB popularity.

          • Aezeal

            It’s even clear it wasn’t the peak.. if it was the peak then there wouldn’t have been AoS. AoS is there because change was needed since (pre-end times) fantasy didn’t sell enough. and hadn’t for a few years at least.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I mean I definitely think AoS is doing good. It’s something GW had to do, as I don’t think they were capable of righting fantasy after letting it slide for so long. But it’s just crazy to make such statements, lol.

          • Aezeal

            Wargaming in general is probably less popular these days with more and more computer games, though I could be completely wrong about that.

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh. It’s probably on the rise a little. I feel like there’s been a burst of nerd culture in the past couple years. I do agree that video games are definitely huge, but I feel like they’ve been big since I was a kid. The recession definitely affected sales.

          • Aezeal

            Well computer/console gaming is definately bigger than in the mid 80’s when I was a kid.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. Def a lot more affordable. That’s for sure. Haha.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            If video games were a real threat, then wargaming would have been destroyed by now.

          • Mira Bella

            He claimed yesterday that he already build two of the new Seraphim.
            His insanity is of the charts these days.

    • Aezeal

      Well that depends on your point of view I guess…. I think the price is good.. but the pack has NOTHING AT ALL I NEED (being a sylvaneth/wanderer player).

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. I feel like it’s great for 9th age players. I’d honestly be excited to see a new AoS starter that’s not eternals vs blooders.

        • Aezeal

          If you want either of these armies it’s a very good starter deal I’d say.
          Did you say you where starting AoS?

          • ZeeLobby

            I might. I’ll probably have to wait for Generals Handbook 2 before I can convince my group. It’ll be easier if they see that GW is iterating on its points/rules to make a tighter game. I was going to originally do my ogres, but I’m really only interested in new factions at this point.

          • Aezeal

            Come on they updated the FAQ AGAIN. Buy for a few hunderd pound or dollars or gold coins and be done with it. Give in to the desire.. you WANT to paint these mini’s.
            PS what army are you eyeing?

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. And I’m glad the FAQs are getting updated. I honestly just want to see that they’re willing to adjust points. More importantly, that they’re willing to make something that’s too strong cost more. They have this real internal struggle with doing anything that might result in less sales, and I just have little interest in a game whose balance is purely driven by sales. It pretty much ruined 40K and at these prices it’s not something I’d buy into. For example their initial statement that sisters of silence and custodes would be restricted to 30K got me excited, as it showed there was some consideration when creating units. Then they reversed it. I mean maybe it’s just too much to hope for. Other game systems do it but they’re also don’t have stockholders.

            All that ranting aside, I probably have yet to jump in purely because the new human and dwarf factions are probably what I’m most interested in, though as a long-time fan of tzeentch the birdmen are cool. Of those out right now I definitely like Sylvaneth the most (bug ladies weird as a model, but the tree spirits are awesome.)

          • Aezeal

            I see your point, a valid one. However I think expecting them to NOT use sci-fi models in both games is not realistic and cannot be expected from them.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I mean that was just an example. I just have yet to see them do any real restrictive adjustments. They tend to go with whatever might generate more sales rather than what’s best for the game.

            But yeah. Dwarves might just send me over the top. I’ve always been a huge dwarf fan. It might become unresistable at that point. Haha.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Making mass market 30k models that cannot be used in 40k games is idiotic. You lure people in with the promise of playing 40k with the models, then pulling them over to 30k is much, much easier.

          • ZeeLobby

            Not idiotic to those who actually follow the fluff. Though I’m guessing GW just rewrote it to add them in. I was like, oh snap, GW actually making a conservative call, wow that’s refreshing, but it wasn’t to be. Alas…

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            it IS idiotic. The whole point of plastic heresy sets is to lure people from 40k into 30k.

            However, I agree it looked really bad for GW to change course so heavily and quickly.

          • ZeeLobby

            Oh. No. I get what your saying.

      • Xodis

        I guess. It doesn’t have anything I need or want (Stormcast, Everchosen/Bloodborne, Death, and Sylvanth) but a good deal with all the right pieces to go from the contained game to AoS is a good starter regardless. Hopefully we see more starters like this that come packaged with points cost for Pitched battles…hell thats a step forward from 40K when some starters didn’t even include a proper FOC army much less the rules for a standard 40K game..

  • bobrunnicles

    “Supplied with round and square bases for each model.”
    You still get square bases with it? Damn that just made my day lol.

    • Seienchin

      Its a repackaging so why through away the old bases? Just put new round bases in it and keep the old ones there as well.

      • bobrunnicles

        Except the bases were always separate from the rest of the models in a sealed bag – so why continue to include them? Personally I think it’s great, I’m just curious what their logic is behind the decision.

        • Seienchin

          Yes but again: Why not include them? It is a repackaging meaning the miniatures and square bases already probably existed. Why would you then throw away the square bases if you can please some fans with it?

          • bobrunnicles

            Because they still sell square bases on the website and it’s another potential source of income? They could have included round bases because it’s an AoS starter, and just sold the square bases separately as they already do. I’m seriously not complaining, I still play 8th and getting the square bases here is fricking awesome! I’m just curious what their reasoning was behind including them is all.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            They don’t want extra square bases because none of their games use it. Also, other game systems use square bases and these models, so they are appealing to the AoS crowd and fans of other games (like 9th age and Mantic’s fantasy game).

  • Korvalus

    No mean to spoil it but… the App had the warscrolls and warscroll batallions for a while now. The points are new, that’s true, so thanks.

  • Sonic tooth

    love these minis

  • Thalandor

    Poor Ripsnikk is short by 40 points, but still I bet this is tons more balanced now with AoS rules than it was under 8th ed. Should be tons of fun in a box, if you can find one.

  • Seienchin

    The REALLY funny thing about this is that this is a WAY better starter set for AoS than for Warhammer 8th edition. In an edition were most units were at least 20 men big and the norm being 40+ this was a pretty bad way to introduce people. It was great for veteran players to get a lot of nice plastic for a small price but thats about it. For AoS you now actually get some useful units and lords to just start playing like AoS is supposed to play. Maybe throw in another big lord or monster and you got yourself an AoS army.

    • ZeeLobby

      Eh. It was totally done with the full realization that you’d need to buy 2/3 more boxes for each unit. It’s how GW began to try to squeeze more out of fantasy. Then came horde unit sizes, etc.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        I still cry when I remember moving a 10 man wide, 10 man deep block of goblins around. So unwieldy!

  • Jo Go

    is it just me or does the Skaven battalion seem super good for its point cost. Basically an auto summon for up to 3 units plus being able to attack in every hero phase with one unit. Not bad for just 80 points

  • Beefcake the mighty

    Ooh cool, a Weekend at Bernies style repurposing of Fantasy’s corpse.

    • kloosterboer

      And what a beautiful resurrection it is!

  • Ross Allan

    Nice to have a different starter set – especially at that price. I am kind of tempted by this….but I really don’t need another two nascent armies.

  • Nathan Kunicki

    This is a return to GW of old. I remember 20 years or so when I first got into the hobby I could pick up a £40-50 game with two full armies and rules.

    This is great.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Does anyone else find it interesting that the Reavers are battleine and not the Spireguard (or Swordmasters)? I know you can make them battleline but base, they are not.