AoS: Face The Wrath of the Deadman’s Fleet

You didn’t think that the forces of Order were the only faction to get new allegiances, did you? The Wraith Fleet’s flag is flying high!

What could be worse for your opponent that having to deal with Blood Knights? Dealing with Pirate Blood Knight who can attack without warning from the FLANKS! That’s right folks, the undead pirates of the Wraith Fleet are coming with AoS Firestorm and they mean to plunder ALL the booty they can get their cold, dead hands on.

via Warhammer Community

In Firestorm, you’ll be able to theme your Death army around the Wraith Fleet, a new allegiance representing the forces of vampire corsair Varkos Varactyr. Commanding a fleet of spectral galleons, Varkos has raided the Realm of Fire for thousands of years, spreading Death at the will of Nagash and filling his rotting holds with plunder.

To represent their ability to raid and plunder without warning, the Wraith Fleet has a new ability called…Without Warning:

The downside of this ability is that if your set-aside unit(s) don’t show up by the end of the game, they are counted as destroyed. However, they had the chance to show up on a 3+ every turn during your Movement phase.  When they do come on the board those units can do some gnarly things. The units show up on an edge of the table and must be more than 9″ away from an enemy. That’s their move for the turn but they can still shoot/charge that turn.

And just for kicks, all units that are within 12″ of a Wraith Fleet unit that has come in that turn are -1 Bravery. I wonder why that is…

Oh that DOES seems a little disconcerting…

Now the army of the dead won’t need to wait to summon units to get across the board quickly – they can just appear! If bring along a Nimbus of Shrieking Souls, you can pile-on the Bravery penalties and really make a deadly impact on the turn your forces arrive.

So who gets to join the Wraith Fleet? “Units from Soulblight, Deathrattle, Deathmages and Nighthaunt.”

So about those Vampire Pirates…

 

Blood Knights are pretty scary when they are coming off the flank. Deadly in combat they are going to force your opponent to react to them the turn they arrive. If you can manage to pull of the charge that’s already going to be a bad time for the enemy. But if you really want to twist the screws, don’t forget about the Necromantic Bloodline:

That’s a -2 hit to their bravery stat. If this unit manages to have a decent turn, that’s going to cause some deadly battleshock tests. Another unit that sometimes has trouble getting across the board to make an impact is the Mortis Engine. But now it can come from the flank and immediately start dropping abilities like the Reliquary on the enemy. Getting at least a 9 on 4d6 seems pretty do-able to me!

Are you ready for the Fleet of the Dead? To bad! Because they are already here….

 

Dread Pirate Roberts? More like Dead Pirate Roberts, Amirite?!

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

    • BClement
      • ZeeLobby

        I dunno. One of the big events near me this year dropped WMH and picked up 8th Age. Clearly it’s not close to gone yet.

        • AEZ

          9th age or AoS? I know noone playing 9th age myself.

          • ZeeLobby

            9th Age. I was shocked as well, but they already have 30+ people signed up. Guess it just depends on where your’e located. Fantasy is still pretty popular in certain places in the US and Europe. Not sure how popular it is in the UK. UK probably gets inundated with GW promoting though. Hard to find a GW store anymore around here.

          • Pcm979

            Oddly enough, here over in the UK, GW and sci-fi/fantasy wargaming in general has almost no presence. It’s still stigmatized as being a weird and somewhat creepy thing to do, I find.

          • dave long island

            Geez… Rather harsh. Thats too bad. I see it as a rather idk wholesome hobby. Heck if nothing else it teaches one about the need to budget your money and have some fiscal discipline… lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Wow, really? I always thought the UK was one of GW’s best selling markets. Based on the search term alone UK is still the highest: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=%2Fm%2F0mbr2

          • Geko747

            He must live in a small town, by me you can get games in any day of the week using various clubs, we have multiple tournaments across several different games. Although non are Warhammer 8th or 9th anymore. Seems 30k/40k and random wargames.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. That’s what I thought. Seemed like an odd thing to say. I mean I totally get that at certain ages wargaming is ostracized, but GW games are definitely popular in the UK.

          • Geko747

            Not like that by me, we have multiple clubs playing various games. I can have a battle every day of the week if i wanted, using the clubs near me.
            The GW stores near me always have a list of people interested in games and the stores are mostly full. I find the stigma is much less than it used to be 15 years ago.

          • Pcm979

            I guess my area must be a real holdout.

          • dave long island

            Wow! Cool man. Get in on that!

          • ZeeLobby

            Dude, I’m so tempted, haha. It’s been so long though. Sadly I kind of abandoned fantasy wtih the dropping of AoS. My group as well. But seeing 9th age was shocking. Seeing 8th was bonkers, haha.

          • Bakvrad

            Yeah I was also puzzled seeing 8th edition players in warhammer world 😀
            But it’s a games workshop product, so it’s allowed ^^
            But mostly I wonder – why 8th?? They could back to 7th, which was better :S (yeah, I know tastes are different :D)

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean, this may just be a personal local observation, but 8th brought a lot of new players into Fantasy locally. Just goes to show how much they botched it, that it both brought in a new generation and alienated sales in one edition, lol.

          • Bakvrad

            That is actually spot on
            We also had lot of new faces in fantasy at that time, almost as much during 6th edition. But 6th had more “stayers”

          • AEZ

            I’d not start 9th (obviously.. since I’m playing AoS) if you like you could go back to that but I think the problems with 8th they adressed with AoS make AoS a nicer game to play. Playing AoS with points and objectives make it a nice game. I

          • AEZ

            so they run 8th, 9th and AoS? And that kicked WMH in the balls 😀 well GW will be selling well then in your area.

          • ZeeLobby

            Must be. I mean the organizers tend to buck trends. Their considered a “GT” but they do things like require highlander, etc. Didn’t stop Nanivati (however you spell it, the bloke who usually wins Adepticon) from showing up and winning with Daemons. But their WHFB side used to be pretty big.

    • Ghachii

      Long live Rogue Trader and other games that were really well loved but have now evolved into other things!

      (I know, catchy rallying cry, right?)

    • Archaón Matarreyes

      YEEEAAAH!!!

  • Thomas

    I’ve heard that death factions have been pretty neglected in AoS? Shame if it’s true, GW’s undead models are all ace, especially some of the later ones like Nagash and the Morghasts.

    • Xodis

      Its true, but it seems like this new campaign is going to focus on Death/Destruction more and put Chaos/Order in the back seat.
      If true it could possibly fix most of the imbalance between armies, if not well…. GW fails again.

      • BClement

        From the looks of it, this new Firestorm Campaign looks like everyone is getting some new Alliegances. GW just did a teaser for 3 Order factions and this one is a Death Allegiance. Plus we’re getting those new Skeletons in the Shadespire game…

        I hope Death gets some love – and it seems like they really are getting some attention, soon.

        • Xodis

          The Order factions are just reboxes with a discount right? I glanced over them and thats what it looks like. If so thats really great news for all the other factions like Death that need some attention. Hopefully those boxes will be it for those alliances so GW can focus on the other factions and releasing new models for them.

        • BrassWitch

          A new range for Death has been anounced already, ETA sometime during 2018.

          • Pcm979

            Malign Portents has one new model coming out per faction, I know that much. What’s this new range?

          • BrassWitch

            After checking back you are correct. It was some confusion on my behalf.

      • DrunkCorgi

        I sure wish the dark elves would be moved over to Death, what with worshipping a god of Murder. Being able to pratner with Sigmarines just icks me out for some reason.

        • SacTownBrian

          Looks like elves at the end of the year, beginning of next. Honestly the good guys have dominated the first two years to tie in with the Sigmar Campaign. Things will flip soon. Destruction and Death are both lite alliances.

          • DrunkCorgi

            Thanks for the info. Are there any rumours beyond that? To be honest, when I heard about “vampire pirates” I thought I’d got my wish about DE corsairs joining the Death faction.

          • Bakvrad

            Dark elves themselves won’t show up at all
            But aelves/elves of sort by time.
            Unless they support the “the world that was” again and In a Timeline before malekith united all elves. Then there is of course a chance dark elves get new models.

          • Vicent Martín Bonet

            You don’t even need to do that. As it stands, the elves are divided again in three groups: the highborn of Azyr and Hysh, whom worship all gods; the Exiles of Ulgu and Shysh that ONLY worship Malerion and the Wanderers who just worship Alarielle.

          • SacTownBrian

            I totally agree, I also thought we’d see Corsairs mixed with Soulblight and night haunt, but it looks like no crossing of grand alliances.the only add on rumor is Maleketh and Slannesh are supposed to be mixed up in the next phase of campaign books.

    • SacTownBrian

      They received a ton of stuff in End Times and those are really strong two years later. GW also announced next year will be Deaths turn including the global campaign. Not bad to wait a few years if you get more models like the Mortarchs, Nagash and the like.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    Dreadfleet

  • Wyatt Mcmahon

    I dunno. One of the big events near me this year dropped WMH and picked up 8th Age. Clearly it’s not close to gone yet.

  • b.e.n.z

    Malign Portents has one new model coming out per faction, I know that much. What’s this new range?

  • finnb

    They received a ton of stuff in End Times and those are really strong two years later. GW also announced next year will be Deaths turn including the global campaign. Not bad to wait a few years if you get more models like the Mortarchs, Nagash and the like.