AoS: Firestorm Focus: The Armies of Anvilgard

The Armies of Anvilgard are coming in the new Firestorm expansion for Age of Sigmar – Get ready to put your opponents between the Hammer or the Anvil!

The Anvilgard are a mixed force that combines “the Stormcast Eternals, Free Peoples, Devoted of Sigmar, Dispossessed, Darkling Covens, Scourge Privateers and Order Serpentis.” It’s a mix of very rough and ruthless sub-factions that can bring the hurt to your enemies. Especially combined with their new alliegiance ability Implacable March:

On a +5, you can force your opponent’s unit to take a 6″ move in the hero phase. After the move is finished, if any enemy models that are within 3″ of an Anvilgard model, those models are slain! That’s an amazingly powerful tool if you can pull it off. On a very basic level, it’s a great way to force your opponents back so you can setup a charge, get them to disengage, or maybe even fall off an objective. But, cunning generals will want to use this ability in an attempt to surround an opponent and get a bunch of “free damage” as the enemy unit is forced to remove MODELS. Yes, multi-wound models are going to HATE this ability. Now, it doesn’t apply to Monsters, but everything else might want to consider covering their flanks or they might get surrounded…

Ideally, the units you’re going to want to take are going to be able to work together to pull of this “surround and pound” strategy. Games Workshop suggests a unit of Liberators as an anchor and then some fast moving units like Drakespawn Knights or Chariots to help “pin” the enemy models. You could also just go with a mass of bodies like Freeguild Guard and just play the “board control” game. Hey, if they can’t get away, they just lose models!

For Order!

Age of Sigmar has really tried to embrace this idea that all of the Order Factions are indeed under the same umbrella. I know for me personally, it’s somewhat confusing to see Dark Elves along side Stormcasts or (formerly known as) Empire units. However, this is now the direction the lore and the game is heading. You can still run an effective army of “just Stormcasts” or “just Dark Elves” – but these new allegiance abilities are an attempt to bridge that gap and make these sub-factions work together to form a more cohesive army. I like the theme of this list and the fact that these former enemies can come together to rally around Anvilgard and fight for their home. That’s a pretty powerful concept and it is one I hope we get to explore in more detail. Plus, I think the Anvilgard Icon looks pretty cool, too.


Units that have more loyalty to their city than to their parent faction? Hmm…that sounds like the start of something very interesting…


  • Luca Lacchini

    Think I’m going to pull out the allegiance ability with the Stormcasts from Blightwar. I believe the two sets will net nicely the 2k points goal, or get me very close to it.
    Vanguards + some nasty dark elves and a war hydra = yes.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    That is a fun ability!

  • CloakingDonkey

    hells yeah now that is an exciting allegiance ability. Makes me want to get this box even more now.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

    • Ghachii

      Long live flared trousers and the premiership of Benjamin Disraeli!

      We’re just shouting out random things from the past that have no relevance to the article, right? Fun!

      • Luca Lacchini

        He haunts every AoS article with the same reply.

        • CloakingDonkey

          He’s the Ghost of Unpopular Games Past 😉

        • Ghachii

          It’s quite pitiful isn’t it? I assume he imagines himself to be a beacon of noble and glorious resistance. Or maybe he thinks that he’s somehow making a small but valuable contribution to the inevitable revival of Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

          I can’t actually come up with a potential motivation for him that isn’t completely delusional. I wonder how long he’ll keep it up. If we’re very lucky we may get to see his complete mental breakdown play out in the BOLS comments section. That should be quite entertaining.

    • Adam Marshall

      This comment changed me.

    • UnpluggedBeta

      It’s dead; GW killed it in favor of AoS. Yeah I hate it too, but it’s what people play.

  • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

    Just need mo’ dakka. Vanguard Palladors or Hunters would be perfect for this.

  • Rainthezangoose

    Firestorm looks great but the supposed £50 price tag (no proof of this just online wispers) seems incredibly expensive when you consider most online retailers stock the starter set or warhammerquest box sets for £65ish, all of the latter come with a bucket load of miniatures.

    • Ghachii

      You’ve got things back to front. Firestorm isn’t incredibly expensive – it’s the starter sets and boxed games that are incredibly cheap.

      The contents are heavily discounted so that people are persuaded to buy them, get drawn into the hobby, then spend more on other things. GW are making a conscious decision to make less profit on the starter sets than they could by selling the contents separately, because they see it as an investment in the money-spending hobbyists of the future. Firestorm can be priced to make the kind of revenue that GW are actually aiming for in the long term, because it’s aimed at hobbyists who are already invested, not potential new customers.

      GW’s business model would be unsustainable if all of their products were valued and priced the same way as the starter sets. We’ve been incredibly lucky to even get the excellent value Start Collecting sets. If you think that the value of starter sets and Start Collecting sets should be the model for all GW products you’re going to be disappointed, because that’s just not sustainable for them over their entire product portfolio.

      • Rainthezangoose

        Well I appreciate that. However I do think that Firestorm (if it is, no official price as of yet) is £50 that is quite alot for what looks to me to be a mat, some cards and stickers and a book. Maybe its just me and that does seems like a good price to other people.
        I think its also got a lot to do with how cheap the age of sigmar books are. I got the latest Generals Handbook and the open war cards for £22 new. Its going to be a “wait and see what the reviews are like” kind of purchase for me.

  • JJ

    ok can we please have a order box that doesn’t ‘ include stormcast. I already have an army! LEAVE ME ALONE STOMCAST MAN…lol