AoS: Stormcast Gryph-Cavalry Incoming

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Move over Stardrake. Watch-out Dracothian Guard. The new Stormcast Gryph-Cavarly are on the horizon!

The Stormcast Eternals are getting a “branch” to their organization. They already had the Extremis Chamber with their heavy warbeasts. We saw some previous teasers of the new Stormcast Vanguard Chamber earlier this week. Well now we’re seeing at least one more brand new really awesome looking models on the way:

via Warhammer Community

A few days back, some of you Gryph-eyed readers noticed that in our post on the new Stormcast Vanguard Chamber we mentioned that they were expert cavalrymen. But what would a fast moving strikeforce of Stormcasts ride into battle?

They are too big for horses, that’s for sure. Dracoths are sturdy mounts, but they are not the fastest beasts in the Realms, and hardly suited for a fast, scouting force. Enter the Gryph-charger – a noble beast of the Celestial Realm and trusty mount to Sigmar’s Vanguard.

Lord-Aquilor

Lord Aquilor on Gryph-charger

The Gryph-charger is clearly of the same origin as Gryph-hounds, whether magical or biological, but of an order of magnitude larger. It stands taller than a Demigryph, though is less stockily built – looking sleeker and faster than the noble mounts of the Freeguild Knights.

The Stormcast himself is wearing armour in keeping with the lighter sigmarite plate of the new Stormcast Eternals Rangers we saw on Monday, but more ornate. This hero is in fact a Lord-Aquilor, who are the leaders of this new breed of Stormcast Eternals.

He is just one of the new kits that will be accompanying the new Stormcast Eternals Battletome in February.

So there you have it folks – we’re going to be seeing this and other new Stormcast Vanguard Chamber models this February along with a new Battletome as well. I can’t wait!

Reading between the lines it sounds like you’re going to be able to take units of Stormcasts riding these Gryph-chargers. In a game like AoS units that move quick can be the difference between scoring objectives or losing out. The Stormcasts have a pretty solid alpha-strike option and now they are getting some (more) calvary to call in. I’m very curious to see the stats on these and how they compare to the Dracothian Guard.

 

I’m really glad I got one of those Stormcast Battleforces for Christmas. I think Ol’ Saint Nick might of knew what was coming…

  • wibbling

    Those I like. They’re much more dynamic than the Draconic mounts.

    • euansmith

      Indeed. This thing looks a lot weirder. More Aeon Flux than Masters of the Universe.

      • ZeeLobby

        Agreed. Me likey. Still not a huge fan of Sigmarines, but the mount is cool.

  • Christie Bryden

    it dosnt matter what you put them on stormcasts are dull, atleast chaos warriors had personalitys

    • DDisforDangerous

      They truly are the Ultramarines of Age of Sigmar.

      • vlad78

        Blue and gold ultramarines are less dull.

    • Horus84cmd

      #inyouropinion

      Personally I’m enjoying the Stormcast kits. There is something, to me, in there simplicity of design that makes them quite enjoyable to paint.

      • Secret_Keeper

        I think these Stormcast hunters should have had armour that was more distinct, they keep on saying it is “lighter”, but I really don’t see it. I have been fine with the sameness of the Stormcast up to this point, but if they are going to keep on pushing them out they need to make them feel more diverse.

        • luke snell

          totally agree; a first glance they totally read like normal Stormcast. should be minimal armor, like scouts. you know, in keeping with the space marine surrogate theme 🙂 These gryph riders are incredible though. Will definitely be purchasing a few of these.

          • Ben Martin

            They do have less armour on them, and it is lighter, it’s just irritatingly hard to notice

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. Damn near impossible.

        • ZeeLobby

          Agreed. They’re literally space Marines at this point. At least space Marines have scouts.

    • ZeeLobby

      Haha. Amen.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    I really do enjoy a good fantasy beast.

    The more animals they include, the more the world feels like alive.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    So cool!

  • Private Skittles

    Nailed it – Eldar Exodites.

  • Luca Lacchini

    Maybe it’s the color scheme, but that gryph-charger looks more akin to a Chaos creature than something blessed by the lawful will of Sigmar.

    • Ben Martin

      Are all Gryph creatures blessed? Because if not then it could just be one of the many bizarre creatures that inhabit the realms (probably related to the other ‘Gryph’ creatures. It looks perfectly fine for something that’s evolved in a world literally made of magic

  • EnTyme

    Cool model. Can we see some Aelves, Duardin, or Death stuff, though?

    • ZeeLobby

      Got about 10 more Space Marine, I mean Sigmarine, I mean Stormcast releases to go. Welcome to Warhammer 40K, I mean Warhammer, I mean Age of Emperor. Wait no, Age of Sigmarine… Grrr….. Age of Sigmar. There we go :D.

  • Xodis

    CHOCOBOS!!!!!

  • Ravingbantha

    I’m seeing new additions to my Tzeentch army

  • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

    I like Stormcasts, I do feel them dynamic and characterful, I don’t give a damn for what “muh Fantasy” guys say. And here the Stormcast rider steal the highlight, which is so sad because the dracoths, stardrakes and griffons have been such amazing human mounts.

    I didn’t liked this guy quite a lot, it needs far more feathers Imo, and those horns? lol nope, but I can see they have hooves instead paws on the back limbs. And the paint job here does NOT help, it looks far more like a plucked chick/cub griffon than an adult individual.

    Is this a big demyhippogryph, or should I name it “gryraffe”?

    But that dosen’t matter, let’s see how much anti-Sigmarine salt can we grind.

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      Giraffehippagrphyon?

      • euansmith

        It is a deadly creature that whines about how OP the opposition is; it is a Hypocritphyon.

  • Sonic tooth

    i suppose its only a matter of time before we get chaos corrupted stormcasts. and then more stormcast. . give me a grail knight on a horse anytime

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      I’m not sure something as muted as a grail knight on horse would suit Age of Sigmar.

      I can’t see them surviving in the more violent realms.

      • Sonic tooth

        probably, but at least it would look good and i might actually feel something for the character. but hey, different strokes for different folks i suppose. im sure chaos fans will make some good conversions from the mounts

        • thereturnofsuppuppers

          I really dig it.

          I’ve grown to be a fan of painting stormcast. They are big and have a lot of flat areas that I can embellish with some freehand. A few checks or bad moons or evil suns and other blanchey bits.

          They kind of work like Bretonnians that way, where they can each have their own ‘heraldry’.

          I really don’t think the Gold shows off thier strengths. I can understand its easy to paint, but I think another chamber with a more interesting theme would suit the bird.

          I guess I look at them as potential rather than how they’ve been painted up by GW (which is always a bit too clean for my liking)

          • euansmith

            Have you got any pictures? I’m always a fan of community paintjobs over the ‘eavy Metal Studios work.

          • Ben Martin

            There’s a guy over on Ex Profundis who has some awsome AoS stuff, including a really cool looking stormhost.

          • euansmith

            Thanks for the pointer. There are so many cool hobby blogs out there it is difficult to keep up with them all.

            The Stormcast really look mean and moody and the actual paint job looks to be simple and elegant.

          • luke snell

            absolutely! the blue and gold so undermines their potential. I knwo they are stock in their founding ‘ultramarine’ standard now, but these models read so much better with a better colour palate.

    • ledha

      the main interest of the stormcast is that they can’t be corrupted by chaos. That’s why sigmar use them and trust them

  • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera
    • Chris

      Looking very nice & dynamic!

    • Horacio Rivas

      I love them. I hope they don’t mess it up with the price. like the Varanguard… 100 bucks for three hurts

      • thereturnofsuppuppers

        These will make some amazing Tzaangor Varanguard.

        • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

          Bruuuuh, what an excellent idea!

      • luke snell

        ugh, now that you mention it, you’re probably right. I can totally see these slotting into the varanguard packaging and pricing mold.

        • ZeeLobby

          Haha. Start collecting… And then sell your soul!

          • luke snell

            Nah, I willingly give it over 😉

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. They are great at gateway drugging.

    • Noah Jerge

      When charged by enemies, the logical thing to do is to avert your eyes!

  • Horus84cmd

    Ooo neat miniatures. I like them. Good to see something experimentation with “fantasy” creatures for steeds, rather than a “normal” horses.

  • Aezeal

    Also confirms the demigryps in the current lore.

    • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

      Demyhippogryphs, actually.

      This ones have hooves.

  • loveone789

    i will not use that ‘thing’ instead i will mount my eternals on demighryphs.

  • Laurence J Sinclair

    Painted in a more Blanche-y, less bright colour scheme, that could be a nice model.

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      some grimes and earthly tones and these will look wonderful.

      I’d probably give him a lance as well.

  • Golden Yak

    Looks awesome. I love it that the good guys are getting beasts and monsters of their own. They should match the most fearsome beasties from the other factions.

  • euansmith

    Now that, I like.

  • Adrien Fowl

    I have to admit that I was not expecting anything like this, but this surprise has been pretty amazing.

  • bfmusashi

    The mount looks like he’s stepped in something gross. I love him.

  • Ben Martin

    Awsome model!
    I can’t wait until later in the lore though, perhaps in a year or two, when Nagash’s little thieving projects takes proper effect. A small side faction of Stormcast with no memory or emotions, like AoS Rubicae, would be great

  • Shinnentai

    Great sculpt, in spite of the subject matter!