Kharadron Overlords Arrive with Fleet and Fanfare

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The Sky-Dwarves are here and their airships are almost as magnificent as their theme music…

The Kharadron Overlords may well be the best iteration of dwarves to come out of GW. Possibly elsewhere too–they’re different, but they still feel very dwarven. Having seen just a few of the preview images and models, I was already on board.

But then, on top of that, GW goes and releases this video full of sweeping music and arch narration that seems to capture their character so perfectly you can’t help but feel drawn into this world of an “Iron Sky.” Take a look:

The first thing that grabbed me was the statement: “There are those among the Duardin that do not relish life in the deepest dark, hidden away form the mortal realms. They do not shelter in strongholds of iron and stone beneath great mountain ranges, emerging only in pursuit of ur-gold.

The Kharadron Overlords have turned their backs on their ancestors’ squalid subterranean traditions, instead founding a life in the skies of the mortal realms, taking their place as the rulers above the clouds.

What’s not to get excited about–these are dwarves who are trying something new. Not just in terms of their living situations, but their character. They aren’t just isolated miners and grudge-bearers, they are adventurers and traders.

But then on top of that, they also live in awesome skyfortresses that they created. Which, I’ll grant, may be a little too similar for some people’s tastes. After all if you keep to yourself in isolated mountain fortresses or keep to yourself in isolated sky fortresses, you’re basically still the same. But then there’s the talk of the Kharadron code…

Which is more what you’d call guidelines than an actual code

So I’m curious to see how their faction works out. They’re an Order faction, which makes sense, though I think given their reputation as “sky-pirates and profiteers” it might have been neat to see them represent a different, maybe neutral faction in Age of Sigmar.

I mean you clearly get the sense that these guys do what they want. Their skyships afford them a sense of freedom–it’s just as easy to picture them moving one of their skyfleets away from a chaos incursion as it is to picture them fighting it. And when their skyfortresses carry them away to skysanctuary (skysorry), what’s to compel them to fight?

I think that tension is interesting for the faction. They don’t necessarily have to fight, but they choose to do so.

At any rate. There’s a lot to unpack about this faction–but it was enough to not only make me take renewed interest in Age of Sigmar, but in dwarves in general. They’re honestly a little boring otherwise, but these guys grab elements of the Dwemer (of Elder Scrolls fame) and mix them in with some Age of Sail and a healthy dose of Castle in the Sky to make an exciting dish that I’m eager to dig into.

If they keep going at this rate–I can’t *wait* to see what the Elves are like. What do you think they’ll look like? Certainly their beard armor won’t be nearly as glorious…

  • Commissar Molotov

    Ugh.

  • joetwocrows

    Steampunk. OK.

    • Randy Randalman

      It’s far more Magic: the Gathering or Asgardian than steam punk. There’s actually nothing that really resembles steam punk and now I’m curious as to what models you’re even looking at.

      • EnTyme

        Come on, Randy. The Kharadron Overlords are undoubtedly steampunk. Don’t even play that game.

      • joetwocrows

        I guess my steampunk and yours differ.

  • Hagwert

    ” We are the Kha…( COUGH )…sorry, we are the Khara…(COUGH, COUGH ) …. dam this atmospheric smoke machine !

  • dave long island

    Kids today with their fancy sky dwarves and their rap music…

    • zemlod

      You can forget about them now! You can forget about Icey-T and Snoopy Snoopy Dog Dog!

  • Fredrik Bjerch-Andresen

    I think and hope that the first ealf faction will be phoenix temple and the troops could all be literally on fire, Asyrian fire, just like the Phoenix’s. It would be something that GW could defend as their own IP as well, which I know it important to them.

    • Lebioda

      More like they would go with Aelfs living in lava. Lava submarines and such.

      • PrimoFederalist

        The happiest of the aelf factions, they cavort and sing all day: We all live in a lava submarine, a lava submarine, a lava submarine…

    • sloth42

      I ACTUALLY BELIEVE RUMOURS AND TID BIT HAVE POPPED UP SAYING ITS SCOURGE PRIVATEERS, AND THEY WILL BE IN A CTHULU STYLE
      SRRY CAPS*

  • Nick Silver

    Now theyve advanced the lore they need to create a new style which is fine. But if they use this as a vehicle to make the game into squads with heavy weapons and transports, then im setting fire to my dark elf army… again.

    • ZeeLobby

      Hopefully they just merge 40K and AoS at some point.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        40KoS??? what madness is this??

    • Hawt Dawg

      Again?

    • EnTyme

      Considering that last faction released before the Sky Dwarfs were magically-inclined cultists with an Egyptian theme, swords, and halberds, I don’t think this one release is enough reason to expect a full tonal shift.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    Ooh Dwarfy Attack on Titan

    • OldHat

      Came here to post his same thing.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I thought the same thing with that pic… the Jager theme popped right into my head.

  • Karru

    Seeing this and the earlier releases, I’m getting more and more desperate regarding all new factions. The idea that everything has to be “over done” is so boring. I have a feeling that I won’t be seeing the Elf army I want to play since it seems that the idea of “regular” dudes with just “boring” armour and weapons. Nope, It’s most likely going to be so blinged out that you need sunglasses just to look at them once you painted all the gold on them.

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      High elves were pretty much over done LotR elves. Way too shiny for my taste.

      • Karru

        I liked their Spearmen and Bowmen a lot. Basic ropes, chainmail/plate, some gold and gem details on the helmet and basic weapons. Shields had the emblem on them which had some extra “detail” on it.

        Current way is to drown the model in small extra detail. Gold trims, gems, pouches, daggers, scabbards, bags and skulls fill the model from head to toe. I just want to get some very basic looking dudes in basic armour and “boring” weapons as my rank & file dudes. Let the elite guys have the bling, no need to make the basic footsoldier look like he’s made of money.

        Alas, those days are over. It’s all about the bling now, no matter who you are. Poor peasant or a noble elf, you will have more gold on you than your average Saudi Prince has on his Yacht.

        • thereturnofsuppuppers

          That just describes highelves for me. Way too much going on with the helmets and pouches and scale armours (specially the dragon knights).

          Really unrealistic and cartoony

          I like the plain woodelf, more in tune with nature type of elves. just thin medieval guys with well made armour.

      • ZeeLobby

        Well you guys best have those sunglasses ready, haha.

  • memitchell

    OMG(W)! You have to work so hard to find fault with a fresh new army brilliantly executed. I don’t even play AoS, and I’m getting a box of Squatkanauts, and maybe a flying machine, and some balloon jumppacks. And, NOT because I like Squats. But, because I like these models and need an excuse to by them.

    • Puddinhead Wilson

      Sorry. Just don’t feel the relatively high tech of the Kharadon fits well in a fantasy setting.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        This has a lot to do with the hate coming its way, this game just is not a “spiritual successor” to Warhammer at all, and they should have just let it drop, do all this from scratch as all the new AoS factions have this over the top “heavy metal” steam/magi-punk feel. This just is not the old world, so we either have to take it as it is or drop it like an ugly baby.

      • Vicent Martín Bonet

        Spelljammer says hi

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Not until I see a Giant Space Hamster.. oh.. wait…

  • LordCastellan Vas

    They hit this one out of the park. can’t wait to see the Sky-Skaven that they mentioned in the vetock interview.

  • Jay Shepherd

    Not my cup of tea. Would like to see forge world come out with a Warhammer 9th edition for us old school guys

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      hell they could even keep these gak AoS rules and just bring the setting back into it with warscrolls *shudder* that are more old world appropriate

      • Frank Krifka

        **cough cough** ….play compendium armies… **cough cough*.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          They still need some work.

          • EnTyme

            Tell that to the Tomb Kings

    • Hagwert

      Has anyone else heard that the people behind Frostgrave are creating a mass battle fantasy game with multi part hard plastic kits of low fantasy style Dwarves , Goblins and Elves. They are selling the first sprues of low fantasy Dwarves at Salute 2017.

      • Jay Shepherd

        I asked this question on the author’s blog.

  • Arykaas

    DId …. did I hear bits of music from Warhammer Online ?!

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      Yes, my guess is GW retained rights to some of the music from Age of Reckoning.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      You did, and they have been using it through out the last few releases. They used the Chaos theme for Fall of Cadia, and the Plague song for the new nurgle announcement.

  • Dave Bacon

    Seriously considering getting a couple of those flying boat things and strapping las cannons to them for counts as Valkyries in my squats count as guard army.

    And maybe those dudes on floaty jump pack hot air balloons as rough riders, just for the lols.

  • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

    A bit pissed they’re gone already especially on a holiday weekend when people have other commitments.

    In addition, I am a bit surprised they are abandoning everything dwarf fans enjoy – no lore that there are some traditional sky dwarves out there?

    • Mohojoe

      These are a splinter faction. Its stated in the opening press release that these guys prospered in the skys while their relatives stayed in mountains and underground

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      Yes. Barak Thrying is one of the six major skyports and are staunch traditionalists, keepers of the old culture and ways.

  • KingBeld

    they have 2 dwarf factions, so if this one is too techie for you, they have the more primitive looking dwarfs that prefer to go in bare foot.

  • kloosterboer

    Brilliant.