Not sure what gift to get your gamer friend and they are really into Age of Sigmar? We can help!
It’s the season of gift giving and you’ve got a special someone on your list and you’re not sure what to get them. You know they are into Age of Sigmar but when you go to the GW page there are a lot of things floating around and you’re not sure what to buy for them. That’s okay – BoLS is here to help. Let’s start with the basics:
If they are a new player to the game you can’t go wrong with the starter set for Age of Sigmar:
This box has enough for TWO players to start a faction and get games in. Plus it has a campaign that ramps up the action as they get more familiar with the ruleset. This is step one for most players. However, if they already have this then it’s time to go to step 2.
This book is probably the most important book Games Workshop printed for Age of Sigmar. I won’t get into here but if they don’t have this book then this should be at the top of your list as a gift for them. I know what you’re thinking – “AdamHarry, that is quite a price jump. You just showed me a started box for $125 and now you’re showing me a single book for $25? What gives?” Well, I’m not getting paid by GW to tell you this stuff. Plus I can’t really ask you what your gift budget is, can I? But I can promise you that this book will probably see more use than any other Age of Sigmar book out there. It’s vitally important – so it’s the perfect gift if they don’t have a copy.
Now, let’s say they do have a copy and you were looking to spend a bit more money on them than “just” $25 for a book. Fair enough – let’s move on to step 3!
Unfortunately, this may disappoint some of you if you are the type of person that likes to give surprise gifts. I’m just going to be blunt, never buy an AoS player a surprise gift! Why? Because the odds are not in your favor. There are so many choices that just buying something randomly will not pan out. You’ll get the wrong thing, they’ll be disappointed, someone will start crying…just don’t do it!
Instead you’re going to have to ask them which faction they like/play. Once you get that info you can at least make some good choices. I suggest going with a Start Collecting boxed set from their chosen faction.
Note: I’m using the Stormcast Eternals as the examples. There are TONS of options here and listing them are would be just as confusing as linking you to the GW AoS page and saying “have fun.”
All of the Start Collecting boxes will look similar to this and you may want to ask for help from the local store clerk picking the right one. Another fantastic gift idea is to buy them both the General’s Handbook and a Start Collecting box set for their respective faction.
The clerk my try to sell you on one of the “Grand Alliance” books…These are marginally useful. Some of them are also fairly inexpensive. I’m not opposed to them as a gift but it’s your call. Those would be way down on my list right below “a gift card” and “here’s some cash” as options.
Okay, so you’ve got some good ideas for newer players, but what about vets? Again, you’re going to ask them what faction they like/play. Each faction also has a big “centerpiece” model (or two). These are awesome looking kits that are typically on the high end.
You will want to check with them first before you buy it! Some of these models are unique – meaning they can’t use more than 1 in a list. So it’s a waste of time and money for you to pick one up. But some of them aren’t…So definitely double check to make sure it’s the one they want.
The Star Drake isn’t a unique model for the Stormcasts – but it’s a big centerpiece kit!
The Celestant-Prime is a another Big Centerpiece kit – but it IS unique for that army!
Now, for a select few armies, Games Workshop also put out new Battleforce boxed sets. If the person you’re shopping for plays one of those factions they are fantastic deals! Each one costs $170 but they are basically instant army deals. These boxes are perfect for some just starting an army or if they are looking to start another one.
You may have to ask for help from the store clerk for these, but if they have them they are pretty easy to spot. So we’ve covered the low end (General’s Handbook or Gift Cards), We’ve covered the high end (Battleforce Boxes and Starter Sets). But if you’re only looking to spend around $50 what can you do? Well if you know what faction they are playing you can grab them a character to bolster their ranks, but honestly that’s going to be an ordeal unless they tell you exactly what they want and the store has it.
You could opt for individual unit boxes as those around in your price range but it could be hit-or-miss based on the faction. Honestly at this point, other than a Start Collecting Box ($85) you’re in a tough spot. But, personally, I’d rather you guys got a gift card for that amount and let me pick. I have a feeling that your special someone might appreciate that more than you buying something they won’t use.
And don’t buy them paint. Half the fun of buying paint is getting to choose the color. Don’t take that away from them – just go with a gift card!
I’ve never heard anyone say, “Aww, more CASH? How will I ever use it on my hobby?”
Top Image: Spire of Dawn – also a good starter gift, if you can find it in stock.