Age of Sigmar: Death Gets its Due

The Death Grand Alliance has big buffs coming in AoS’s Generals Handbook 2017 – this August.

The Death Grand Alliance has been left out in the cold for 2 years now, but it sounds like GW aims to fix that in the upcoming General’s Handbook 2017

Here is the latest new on what the minions of Nagash can expect this time around:

New Allies System

There is an all new allies system that appears to allow cross sub-faction armylist builds. For Grand Alliance Death you can probably look for lists that blur the lines between:

  • Deathlords
  • Soulblight
  • Deathmages
  • Deadwalkers
  • Deathrattle
  • Flesh Eater Courts
  • Beasts of the Grave
  • Nighthaunts

New Allegiance Abilities

Sub-factions will be getting new faction abilities with tables of goodies. One example is this Delusion table representing the false beliefs the Flesh Eater Courts fight under. If only they had actual eyes to see their sad state.

Nighthaunts will now be able to “not-deepstrike” spectral units onto the board mid game. Your Cairn Wraiths and Tomb Banshees are now summoners and can bring in the shosts on a 3+, minimizing getting your units shot up in their deployment zone.  Actually this brings the sub-faction somewhat closer to Chaos Daemons.

The Soulblight vampiric sub faction gets a chart of artifacts representing their ancient bloodlines and what special abilities it grants. Here’s a handful of examples:

Giant Units

In an unexpected twist the Generals Handbook is buffing dedicated horde armies. There is a new mechanic called “MASSIVE REGIMENTS”. If you purchase a unit at maximum size, you get a points discount. Examples given were field Skeletons in units of 40 and Zombies in units of 60. I bet this also has a secondary goal of “MASSIVE REVENUE”…

~No word on exact timing, but we do know the General’s Handbook 2017 hits in August.


  • LordKrungharr

    This will be pretty neat, and hopefully get even more variety to the Age of Sigmar games; though I do find more variety than in 40k. I like how the little subfactions will get bonuses, I hope the Wanderers include stuff like Bullgors and Dragon Ogres, the old random Chaos monsters.

    • Huntard

      Wait, Wanderers are Wood Elves and you want them to have chaos monsters?

  • Ghosy01 .

    I forgot that faction existed

    • Deathwing

      So did anyone buying anything. That’s why GW is buffing them. Doesn’t help the numbers if an entire faction of one of their games is falling completely by the wayside. They may have turned a new leaf with support of the gaming side but they still need to move plastic – all their plastic – to keep the gravy train rolling.

      • Chris Hilliard

        I’ve seen more Death stuff sold than I have Chaos or Destruction. Order beats it solely on the number of sub-factions.

      • Malisteen

        I wouldn’t call this GW ‘buffing’ us. The biggest changes for Death out of the previews so far are allies and horde discounts, neither of which are even Death-specific rules. We get the fewest new subfaction rules out of anyone as well. And the minor discounts to mortarchs are less of a buff than the massive increase to settra is a nerf. Overall, support for death still looks to be rather skeletal, if you’ll pardon the pun. Bloodline rules could be cool, though. We’ll see.

    • marxlives

      Waiting 2 years for someone’s faction to be playable. GW really needs to fix their release schedule. It is an old marketing and project management schedule that still hounds GW.

  • Pcm979

    Fingers crossed for new Vamp- I mean Soulblight minis.

    It couldn’t been worse, they could’ve used some variant of ‘Vampyre’.

    • ragelion

      They are still called vampires. Soulblight is just the name of the bloody faction. -_- The vampire curse just has a name now. It says it in their bloody allegiance abilities if you actually read the post.

      • Pcm979

        Ooh, it’s been a while since I met the rare humourless twit in the wild!

        What’s it like living your whole life ‘bloody’ angry? I eagerly wait for you to angrily take this too seriously as well.

        • ragelion

          Nope I am just tired of the same old joke it’s been two years.

          • Pcm979

            If you knew what I meant from the start why didn’t you just say that instead of intimating that I’m mentally deficient?

            The point about the line-wide ridiculous renaming is a valid one whether you’re sick of it or not. We can have a reasoned discussion about it, if you like, or you can hit the ‘block’ button and never have to see me again. I’m open to either option.

  • Marco

    Long live the Old World! Down the Mortal Realms!

    • dave long island

      Anti-Bubble Kingdom-ite!… lol

      • luke-vdv

        We need a new GW campaign where the races of the Old World unite against the Bubble Kingdoms and Sigmarines to restore the Old World!

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          now that would be an “edition war” worth seeing!

        • Mathew G. Smith

          That would be an interesting planning meeting for the rebels. “Aren’t 90% of us the same people?”

        • dave long island

          Heck ya, I’d sign up for that!

        • Marco

          Hah, i could even put up with Age of Sigmar if the Old World was brought back and shooting units couldn’t fire into a CC in which they are fighting.

      • thereturnofsuppuppers

        whats a bubble kingdom?

        • NovaeVox

          I think he was referring to theat Mortal Realms and theinkorn grand alliances that inhabitant them.

          Prior to the AoS release the BoLS rumormongers referred to the setting as sort of reality ‘bubbles.’

          • dave long island

            Right as rain, old chap. Cheerio! God save the queen, and all that!

        • dave long island

          Yes. Yes, indeed. What is a bubble kingdom. Verily. Forsooth.

          • thereturnofsuppuppers

            Sorry? I don’t understand?

          • dave long island

            Yes, now you’re getting it, old chap. Now you’re on top of things.

          • thereturnofsuppuppers

            What is bubble kingdom?

    • Motski

      Long live the Mortal Realms! Down with trolls and haters!

  • Xodis

    Looks like a step in the right direction. Only thing stopping me from building a whole Death army is GW and their lack of support…..hint hint GW!

    • Greg Mulka

      I’m building it anyway because Nagash is my spirit animal.

    • Seienchin

      Making bigger units more viable is a HORRIBLE decision for AoS… Movement, fighting and piling in of 10+ units is already horrible and time consuming and now they encourage 60+ units of zombies??? Awful.

      • Alexis Muscat

        Or you’re smart and use movement trays ?

      • Xodis

        Not sure how, Zombies dont have the layers of special rules or multiple weapon choices, only a handful of dice much like Ork shooting. After the initial misses, it should go by pretty fast.

      • thereturnofsuppuppers

        skirmish movement trays!

  • Ravingbantha

    The Grave Guard are no longer available on the US site, and it’s not just a temporary out of stock thing either. It looks like they are gone for good.

    • rtheom

      We’ll definitely be getting new undead stuff with this release/Shadespire. Even though we’ve only seen Shadespire specific minis so far, they’re clearly the basis for a larger set.

      • Deck Deck

        Shadespire is its own box game, the gameplay involve around deck-building. the warband have very few members (stormcast only have 3) which I doubt would even get their AoS rule or anything that would expand them to its own faction. look like they’re just fancy troop (Bloodreavers, Liberators, Skeleton Warrior )

        • orionburn

          But if you look at what they’ve done with Primaris & DG for 40k it isn’t hard to believe that they would do something similar. You have the little 3 pack of Reivers, and now the full squad box. Same thing with the regular Primaris guys. You have push fit builds in the main box and mini-sets, and now getting a regular box set.

      • EnTyme

        The fact several Death factions don’t seem to have allegiance rules in GHB 2017 seems to support this. I’m guessing they’ll get allegiance rules in an upcoming Death battletome.

    • Prospero 4life

      They did the same with Wild RIders for wood elves, then one week later they reappeared with a 3 dollar price increase and round bases. They will be back.

    • Alexis Muscat

      They’re not, it’s like daemonettes or plaguebearers, a week or two to get repacked and get a refreshing paintjob 🙂

  • Peter Pena

    It’s interesting to note that Deathrattle, the other major subfaction of Death, doesn’t get it’s own Allegiance in this book. This could be the hint that we will see a new Deathrattle Battletome to go with all of those new models that will (hopefully) be coming out with the release of Shadespire.

  • Christie Bryden

    it wont mean anything if they dont get new models that put them back in the focus of people, same with destruction but atleast they had ironjaws.

  • Astmeister

    My poor Tomb Kings…. *cry*

    • Koen CambrĂ©

      I wonder how deathrattle will play out (wait for shadespire release). I suspect they will get their own battletome by then. Nurgle release is also imminent and they too are missing from GHB’17

      I believe most tombkings actually have the deathrattle keyword, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t get some trickle down via that release.

    • Balor

      Are TK gone?

      • EnTyme

        No longer sold by GW at least. There is a faction mentioned in the fluff that seems to match the description of TK, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar come back in the future.

      • NovaeVox

        GW killed their product line before releasing AoS. They received AoS warscrolls via the legacy PDFs which were released at launch. They were notaby absent from the Grand Alliance Death book. However, the received points for matched play in the current GHB, I believe.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    I like the delusions for my flesh eaters.

    Mine are feast theme, so its nice to see some matching fluffy fluff bits

  • Richard martineZ

    Take away the bs summoning pool crap and you’ll get your death players back. It’s not as op as people make it seem to be. Players who suck and lose to these death armies are the reason summoning was nerf. Anyway, that’s just my opinion of the game but there are way more serious players out there who would just disagree because they don’t like a challenge when they play. Thanks to them the rules are a mess, I mean balanced.