AOS: Get a Look at the New Blightwar Box Set

The mystery models from the preview video are revealed – they’re part of a new box set!

Thursday Games Workshop teased some new models – today they’re giving us a clear look at them.

The new set includes two armies: Daemons of Nurgle and Vanguard Chambers of the Stormcast Eternals. It also comes with exclusive character models, new rules, battleplans, and new fluff that continues the Age of Sigmar plot line. It has everything you need to recreate the battle of Neave Blacktalon and her forces attempting to stop Horticulous Slimux.

The set has warscrolls for two new characters, and some bonuses for Nurgle players. They will get new allegiance abilities that provide a thematic bonus, the daemons’ power of decay and rejuvenation will gain strength.

Two new characters – and their exclusive models – are in the set…

Neave Blacktalon is a new kind of Stormcast Eternal, of the Knights-Zephyros. Armed with Whirlwind Axes, Neave can cut down characters in a flurry of blows, or she can weaken them at range with her Boltstorm Pistol – she’s a powerful new option for any Stormcast Eternals army.

On the other side, Horticulous Slimux commands the forces of Nurgle. Slimux is Nurgle’s Grand Cultivator, helping to seed and maintain the plagued gardens of his realm and beyond. On the tabletop, Horticulous has several powerful benefits that improve your Nurgle units, and he’s more than capable of holding his own in close combat.


Alright, AoS players: what do you think? Do you want these characters for you forces?

  • Chris Koster

    I think someone at gw has been binge watching ” ahhh real monsters”

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Huh…Interesting. GW is do the same narrative driven boxes for AoS like they’ve used in 40K. Get a bunch of bits discounted with a couple of new models that won’t be made available separately until a few (or more) months later.

  • Oh that’s just awesome. GW is gonna drive me to bankruptcy if they keep his up

  • crumbreaper

    Horticulous is incredible – must be used as a Nurgle Daemon on Palanquin in my 40k force

    • shadowwaker_4

      Agreed. That model has so much potential.

    • GrenAcid

      yes Yes YES! Oh my god I need that model. Im only sad that I brought starter for nurgle deamons….so I hope they gonna sell this slug alone or ebay.

    • gordonshumway

      Too bad they removed the palanquin option for heralds…now you have to take it as Epidemius…and as such you can only take one.

  • Jared van Kell

    As both a player of Stormcast Eternals and Daemons of Chaos player it is actually worth my while getting this box set. I like both character models and I am going to enjoy painting them.

    • ragelion

      The box also has nurgle allegiance abilties in them. Since also clan pestelins has the nurgle keyword they can also benefit from the buffs.

      • Jared van Kell

        I honestly had not considered that. Nice.

  • Rafał Pytlak

    Horticulous Slimux? Sounds like a job for Captain Planet. GW are starting to reach for 80’s kids shows for names? xD

    • barry sadler

      If each plaguebearer is a disease made manifest how did “garden slime” elevate to the rank of herald?

      • Cergorach

        After he Slimed(tm) the Garden of Eden…

      • euansmith

        Slime Garden; is this a Chris Cornell tribute?

  • Posting_Avenger

    wonder if that Nurgle character will get 40k rules as well

    • Fergie0044

      maybe in a new nurgle themed codex coming out soon?

    • NNextremNN

      I think most of the daemons have rules for both games.

  • Luca Lacchini

    Sorry to be a naysayer, but the Nurgle demon on snailback is too cartoonish and goofy.
    It’ childish-level evil, not “oh Lord what’s that thing no wait I don’t want to know”.

    • Krizzab

      cartoonish and goofy, nurgle in a nutshell.

      • Grasshopper

        And I thought that Nurgle cant get any cuter. That snail is totes adorable. Now if GW would make plushies Nurglings, I would buy the whole range. …for my daughter, of course… >_>

    • Cergorach

      That’s why we back Kingdom of Death: Monster, pretty much all the 40k daemon minis are at the childish-level evil imho. Some of the artwork, particularly the older artwork did have some of that “I don’t want to know!” feeling…

      • Luca Lacchini

        And that’s the one I take as a baseline. The happily decayed, enthusiastically murderous, laughingly bloated demons.
        Grotesque, possessed of an unholy vitality, impossibly vigorous, twisted… amd scary. Unearthly. Wrong. Wicked. Evil.

        This one looks more like a slimy-pointy fairy creature, not demon-icky, surely not disgustingly evil.

        • piglette

          But surely the Glotkin, putrid blightkings, plaguedrones, Bloab etc all meet your criteria. What’s wrong with having a couple jovial characters like this one and the nurglings? You act as if the entire Nurgle line is this way.

    • Coltcabunny

      It’s just the pupils combined with GW’s terrible studio Nurgle scheme. Paint the eyes as a solid colour and give him a grimier colour scheme and it’ll look great.

      • MKG35

        Must admit I’m thinking just don’t add them or the other feelers and just have a blank face to the snail thingy.

    • GrenAcid

      Warhammer is serious game.
      No fun, no sillines.
      Just manly men, blood, sweat and honorable combat.

    • Nick Silver

      Agreed. Just look at Bloodborne for more terrifying beasts with the decaying look. Instead we get alice in wonderland caterpillar.

  • CloakingDonkey

    damnit that box actually has all the Stormcast models I still want for my army… now to find a Nurgle player in my area 😀

  • Luka

    Here is a cooler snail …

    But I guess the GW’s one means the art department is heaving at least some fun with the new releases, which is good …

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      The best part of that sculpt is a literal snail (sea snail?) shell.

      The rest is just a bit janky.

    • Fergie0044

      Thats pretty cool. I’ve been using the Werewoolf Miniatures Beast of Nergal snail model as a spawn/beast of nurgle for a while now.

    • NNextremNN

      Reminds me more of a crab that is carrying a snail shell then an actual snail.

  • Fergie0044

    Do we know the price yet? Since the nurgle guys are basically the start collecting box set plus this awesome new guy, I’ll be using £50 as a benchmark for just them.

    • piglette

      My guess is about $120 USD retail.

      • Munn

        Just the stormcast part costs that.

      • I have seen a few places have it up for preorder for $136.

  • piglette

    Fug, this is a super cool set. I NEED that Nurgle field plow thing.

  • Christie Bryden

    female storm cast, ok but dont release another set of stormcasts death has had NO releases and they have done 3 releases of stormcasts and 3 big order releases outside of them, thats 6 order, 7 if you include lizard men.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    Always choas, all the time in these starter boxes, christ.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Its not a starter box.

  • benn grimm

    Haha, that slug is awesome! Please release it separately…

  • Hagwert

    Now that is a good female figure, dynamic pose with tough yet feminine features, hope they release it as a clam pack in the future,

  • Golden Yak

    Hah, Horticulou’ weapon is a pair of daemonic garden shears. I love it.

  • BrassWitch

    That ladycast model is fantastic, slug guy looks quite dope as well, quite like an adorable ugly, if that makes any sense. The little daemon guy gives me a japanese feeling for some reason.

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    I am in need of a less expensive Beast of Nurgle model. Might just go for it.

  • Mike Tbone Green

    whelp, time for a new mount for my chaos lord

  • el_tigre

    Enough with the Stormcast. Like, seriously, enough. Too much even. There’s a whole world to explore. Or 8 worlds, or whatever the illiterate slave-children responsible for the current fluff are spewing out. Give us some death, or Slaanesh, or elves, or new lizardmen or really just about anything. So tired of these CTRL-V space marine rip-offs.

  • bobrunnicles

    Slimux is very reminiscent of early 80s GW whimsy – I love it! All the folks that have been complaining about how GW has lost that sense of fun they used to have should be picking this model up for sure 🙂

  • Nyyppä

    Well, that snail thing….needs heavy conversion….