Age of Sigmar: The Aelfs’ Future?

There are a lot of hints to put together from GW regarding the upcoming Age of Sigmar Aelfs. Take a look.


First, let’s take a quick step back to World That Was and recall the 3 factions of Elves from there:

High Elves

Dark Elves


Wood Elves


Now of course, that world is lost, but the Age of Sigmar provides a new range of factions for the new Aelfs to fill. The Grand Alliance Order books gives us the following:

Eldritch Council – Aelf Sorcerors on Dragons.

Phoenix Temple – Disciples of the Ur-Phoenix.

Lion Rangers – Skilled warriors covered with pelts.

Order Draconis – Dragon cavalry and aerial heroes.

Swifthawk Agents – Scouts and rangers of the land and skies.

Scourge Privateers – Pirates and seaborne raiders.

Daughters of Khaine – Disciples of Khaine.

Darkling Covens – Warrior Elite of of shadowy aelves.

Shadow Blades – Assassins and cutthroats.

Order Serpentis – Black Dragon Cavalry & aerial heroes.

Wanderers – Warriors of the Wilderness.

The Changing Way

Already we have seen some of these change.  The old Wood Elves range went from the “Wanderers” to being reborn as Sylvaneth with minis like these:

The Dwarves of the Old World have been reimagined in a drastic way as seen below:



Which takes us back to the Aelfs.

We’ve only seen a handful of “Age of Sigmar Aelfs” from the boxed games and GW hints:


MISTWEAVER SAITH Disturbingly serene, veiled behind illusion, she is the eye at the heart of a storm of violent bloodshed. Beware her enchantments.

TENEBRAEL SHARD Mysterious and mercurial, the Shard is a powerful killer of superlative skill. To stand in his path means certain death.


Then today’s GW hint – so cute! There are a lot of similarities with the model for Shard up there – the white skin, and the general elf focus on wormlike dragons.  GW is doing great work on reimagining each of the Old World’s “generic Tolkien” fantasy factions into something new and unique to the Age of Sigmar.  So the big question, is to try to put this all together:

What will the design blueprint for the new Aelves look like?

  • I think based on the two heroes, they will be twisting and very high energy models emphasizing the speed and agility of the race.
  • The Shadowkin will proably be focussed on melee and action/melee more than the “not High Aelves” who will be better at magic.
  • Dragons are clearly still a theme.
  • There has been talk of some “Cthuhlu / Elder Gods” type of motif mixed in.  You can argue that the Old Loquir Fellheart embodies some such elements:
  • Finally there has been chatter of more flying skiffs/eagles designs in the range.

I have a feeling we won’t have long to wait.

~How would you reimagine the Aelf race for Age of Sigmar to make them their own unique faction?




  • EnTyme

    Wanderers aren’t a part of Sylvaneth. In fact, the Sylvaneth view the Wanderers as cowards who fled when they were needed most.

  • Randy Randalman

    What EnTyme said. Wanderers/Wood Elves are entirely separate from Sylvaneth.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    You forgot to include the new Aelf models from the new board game. I think they are clearly where GW is headed with at least a faction of Dark Elves and High Elves.

    • Sonic tooth

      Which board game? Hammerhal?

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        The newest one. I think it was Hammerhal. The one that included a Dwarf that was not a Fyreslayer.

        • Sonic tooth

          Loremaster of hoeth and black ark captain? Old minis. I love the melnibonean feel of the old world dark elves.

        • Emperor’s Champion

          they are all old minis, released with their respective army books before end times kicked in.

  • pokemastercube .

    the sylvaneth are just the tree part of what was the wood elf book, the elves themselves became the wanderers

  • Lord Elpus

    Shadowspire still included High Elves and Hammerhal still had the Loremaster of Hoeth and the Fleetmaster from Dark Elves (if memory serves me right). As others have said, Wanderers still exist; totally seperate from The Sylvaneth faction.

  • Christie Bryden

    do we want them, yes they look nice, but GW give destruction and even more so death some love.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      We need a good goblin army. For Death, we need an entirely new faction.

    • reasonasawayoflife

      Death Elves could totally be a thing. Destruction Elves… would be tricky but there are possibilities.

  • Aezeal

    I want elves that work with woodelves/wanderers in their keywords and abilities. I just want a wanderer army really.

    • Asrai


    • Sonic tooth

      I hope they don’t just give us “spooky dark elves” and forget about wanderers and tyrions high elves.

  • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

    What everyone said. Sylvaneth aren’t totally Wood Elves, those guys are still kicking around.

  • Beefcake the mighty


    • af

      Aelfs (TM).

    • ragelion

      Don’t really see the issue here you pronounce it the same way as elf and aelf is actually the more accurate term for them. Hence why GW went with it.

  • SIA

    They actually say in the small fluff we have on them that they aren’t the main Duradin so there will be at least one more Duradin faction which will be the real mountain dwelling Duradin that your compairing here