Age of Sigmar… Skirmish?

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Coming soon according to the German White Dwarf… Age of Sigmar: Skirmish.

Skirmish is all the rage these days, what with your Shadow War: Armageddons, your Warhammer Underworld: Shadespires, and your WarhammerQuests (arguably). Games Workshop can’t get enough of small-scale, fast-paced battles. And why should Armageddon get all the fun, when it’s just as easy to take Age of Sigmar, add a colon, then a second noun?

Well, lo and behold, recently spotted in the wild over on the Grand Alliance forums, a picture out of the German White Dwarf detailing exactly that. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Skirmish. Heaven help the person who has to title any expansion content that they release.

Of course there isn’t much context beyond the two page spread. We see some Iron Jaw Orks, some Chaos…guys with hammers? And some Sigmarines Stormcast Eternals all about to throwdown, accompanied by text that promises riches and battles.

I’m being fairly literal. A quick pass through Google tells me that the text says:

Warriors battle for treasure and glory in the kingdoms of mortals. Soon!

Now, how soon soon is is anyone’s guess. But warbands fighting for treasure? That sounds a little familiar to me. Where have I heard that before…

And it makes sense. The length and breadth of the mortal realms basically got turned into one giant Mordheim-esque destructo-fest. And there are at least a dozen magical materials for every faction (it feels like), what with all the Azyrite, Ur-Gold, Sigmarite–everybody’s got some kind of special magic rock that they use to make up all of their equipment (I’m waiting for the undead to get a fiction that says they use Deadite, myself), so there’s plenty of treasure to be had.

Will it be as simple as a reprint of Mordheim. After all, Shadow War: Armageddon is basically Necromunda revisited–or do you think it’ll be something else?

Is this even something Games Workshop should be doing? What do you think–let us know!

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    And here I thought AoS was already skirmish.

    • Ak318

      If it is going for a mordheim feel then you will have more of an rpg campaign progression between games. Basically if you want a full rpg feel go warhammer quest. If you want normalish games but with an rpg progression system for a campaign for a small team go Sigmar Skirmish and if you want small super tactical competative games go shadespire.

      Then again it could mearly be a multiplayer expansion like triumph and trechery because the current rules bar one mission don’t really allow for multiway games and that image has all 4 grand alliances going for each other. And a multiplayer format I feel is something laking in the main rulesets with everyone wanting to homebrew all of the rules on how to make it work.

    • Old zogwort

      we all know AoS is going to be massed rank and file in a few years ; _)

      • Drpx

        Yup, I made sure to square-base everything.

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        I know and I’m ready for that! Not a fan of how it plays right now but that’s me wanting rank and file.

    • Drpx

      Skirm-ception?

    • Heinz Fiction

      Not skirmishy enough apparently!

    • ledha

      as someone who faced 90 bloodletters one time in a 2K game, i think you have a very bad definition of “skirmish”

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        The definition is from years of rank and file troops. Skirmish is a looser formation that allowed 360* line of sight and didn’t require you to line up.

      • Karru

        As Dennis J. Pechavar said, compared to WHFB, AoS is a skirmish game. The lack of formations, 360 vision and “free” movement are all things that make it a skirmish game. It might be a large scale skirmish game, but a skirmish game nonetheless.

    • Matthew Hoag

      That is an assumption that many people made because the rules easily allow for much smaller games than WFB ever did. AoS is and always has been a full wargame. I have found that the balance and tactical complexity improve the larger the battle is.

      • Dennis J. Pechavar

        Again this is a misinterpretation of my use of the phrase “Skirmish”. I was basing my comment off of the fact that it is round based thus allowing free movement vs square based which is what Fantasy was using and the rank and file rules that came with that. I’m glad you enjoy the game.

  • Laurence J Sinclair

    It hasn’t got a fancy new logo, so I’m thinking less of a boxed game, and more a White Dwarf article or two with expanded A0S rules for warbands, experience, injuries, etc.

    • AEZ

      I think gw scores with boxed games. If they get any kind of profit from boxed games in general then this one will be boxed too. Likely stormcast vs khorne though….So either I pass or I get more models not fitting with my sylvaneth..

      • Ben_S

        Stormcast vs Khorne eh? Where have I seen that before…

        • euansmith

          After decades of endless battle, they will emerge as Khornecast.

          • CthulhuDawg

            I’d buy that for a dollar!

  • Jared Swenson

    I really do hope this is a nu-mordheim, like SW:A is a nu-necromunda. I like old mordheim a lot and feel it could be put in the mortal realms to great success, again, like how necromunda is expanded to the rest of the 40k factions. Although because of the way it is presented, I am having my doubts it’s anything different from kill-team GW released. So it will likely be a small booklet and maybe box set (stormcast eternals vs khorne, most likely, yawn) just like the Kill-team box they released. We will see though. This may be GW’s answer to the successful Hinterlands fan supplement.

  • jasonsation

    I’m wondering the if the fact that the pic has ORder vs. Chaos vs. Desth vs. destruction means that the game will be multi player?

    • Heinz Fiction

      This is probably not gameplay footage – just a cool looking picture 😉

  • Thomas

    It’s just not Mordheim without the gothic, Germanic, grimy feel of it all. A grizzled warband of Landsknecht looking dudes is much cooler than gold-armoured, immortal giants.

    • Ebsolom

      I agree. I miss the old Warhammer world setting : (

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        If the “age of sigmar” would have been in the old world I would likely be able to ignore the shoddy rules.

    • Dan Wilson

      I mean yeah, because it’s not mordheim. But if you like that, there’s nothing stopping you from making a warband of grizzled free people’s who’s “treasure” they’re hunting for is the skulls of fallen comrades.

  • Decaramas

    As long as they print enough boxes ill be happy

    • euansmith

      Apparently this time they are making seven.

    • ZeeLobby

      Nothing in the that pic looks new or box worthy, so you’re probably safe.

  • euansmith

    My interest is piqued.

  • euansmith

    I was just running though potential expansion names in the chaotic void of my noggin, and came up with “Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Skirmish: Academy”. Now I really want some Teenage Stormcast Eternal Minis!

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      “teenage mutant stormcast ‘ternals”? this could be interesting!

      • euansmith

        To be followed by a 40k animated series about a group of you aspiring Moderati at Warhound Training School, called “Teen Titans”.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          May the gawds forgive us for said ideas!

  • Hagwert

    I think anything that lowers the barriers to entry is a good thing and with this you will only need a hand full of minis to get gaming which will be great for young kids and newbs. The only thing that I’m sad about is that the current GW team weren’t put in charge in say 2013 instead of 2015 because on current form they probably would have been able to save the Olde Worlde setting with this kind of approach.

  • Heinz Fiction

    “Warriors battle for treasure and glory in the kingdoms of mortals. Soon!”

    Not bad from google although “Bands of Warriors” would be more precise and “Kingdoms of Mortals” probably means “Mortal Realms” in an AoS context.

  • gordon ashacker

    It already seems like a skirmish game to me…..

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      its still a “squad based game” by skirmish they are going for individual based.

  • the_wheel_turns

    Crap setting so no thanks. They should have done what they did with Blood Bowl and kept it in the old setting whilst releasing new miniatures of the old Warbands with updated art for everything.

    At least we have Blood Bowl, to remind us of a time when GW made fairly decent games.

  • TenDM

    I think their art department would be strung up if a new Mordheim game launched with a logo that was just ‘SKIRMISH’ in white text. It needs a fancy name.