AoS: Firestorm And Great Cities Boxed Sets

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Firestorm is coming soon, and with it, new sets, ready to defend the great cities of the mortal realms.

Fun fact, every time I type out the phrase “mortal realms,” there’s a moment where autocorrect points out that it could be metal realms, and the age old battle of strictly accurate naming vs. what is awesome carries on.

In the meantime, though, Firestorm will soon be here, though you needn’t worry about getting roasted. It’s not a literal storm of fire, but is instead a map-based campaign system for the Age of Sigmar. It looks really cool–one of the things I really like about campaign games is the dream of influencing the map, of changing the world you started out in. It adds a narrative impact to the world that I can’t get enough of. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

via Warhammer Community

Firestorm is a new way to play Warhammer Age of Sigmar, allowing you and your friends to battle for supremacy in map-based campaigns. As you win battles, you’ll be able to capture territories and build a kingdom of your own, adding powerful gameplay benefits to your army. Inside the box, you’ll find the campaign map, decks of dominion cards for each player and stickers to mark your impact on the Realm of Fire – all of these are fully reusable, meaning after one Firestorm campaign you’re free to set up another one. There are unique strategic challenges to map-based play for gamers, while for narrative players this is an easy way to structure a campaign. Firestorm has been designed to be compatible with any kind of play – you can fight your battles in tense games of Skirmish or try the new siege rules from the General’s Handbook 2017, or even string them together to create varied, rich, and thematic games.

Firestorm comes with 10 new allegiance abilities representing the unique armies of the Great Cities and those who would tear them down. The Great Cities are the kingdoms of Order in the Mortal Realms, each home to a unique and varied collection of humans, elves, duardin and Stormcast Eternals. You may remember some of them from the Season of War campaign, such as the Greywater Fastness, others you may have already explored, like Hammerhal, while some are completely new, like Tempest’s Eye.

The new allegiance abilities are designed to represent how these cities fight; the forces of the Phonecium, for instance, are inspired to fight harder by the deaths of their comrades, honouring the Ur-Phoenix, while the armies of Anvilgard crush their foes underfoot in relentless marches. We’ll be previewing some of these next week in detail – what’s more, these are usable in any of your games, not just Firestorm!

New alliance abilities, new collections, new map based gameplay and unit upgrades, what more could you want?

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Nice “army” starter collections or expansions. Firestorm sounds like an interesting tool for people wishing to play games. A little surprised the plastic map hex-tiles from Mighty Empires did make a return in the box; I suppose GW may re-release them as online product along side it?

    • Who knows. Looks like we are set with a set-board in Firestorm though.

  • miniwar monger

    I really feels like many of the Old World factions don’t belong into Age of Sigmar.

    Probably they will be removed form the setting as times go on.

    Without much knowledge of the Bubblehammer universe I have the impression they are being dragged along out of necessity.

    • ragelion

      Read city of secrets or spear of shadows. I recommend it.

      • D. B.

        Spear of Shadows has my curiosity piqued. It’s good, then?

        • ragelion

          Yup if you want more world building and a fun story I recommend it. It does reveal that humans also worship the everqueen and tyrion(He is quite popular). Also nagashites handing out pamphlets stating how awesome the skeleton pope is.

          Also a certain dwarf hold survived the end times it begins with a Z.

          • D. B.

            Will be getting it, then (finances permitting).

      • Seienchin

        It still makes no sense… And it still doesnt fix the fact that all new miniatures like Sylvaneth or the overlords look radically different from the older miniatures.

        • dark-tadpole

          The Sylvaneth use the older models from Fantasy Battles. The Dryads and the Treemen, the new models they made match the aesthetic of these older models perfectly. Now the Overlords are a completely new direction I will agree with that. This is not necessarily a bad thing though.

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      The bubbles of reality nonsense has NEVER been part of the canon. Please drop it, th realms are a bit like discworld, only the different sections are walled off each other.

      • dave long island

        Anti-Bubble-Kingdom-ite!… lol

      • miniwar monger

        Lets call it Spherehammer then : D Okay ?

  • Raviv Nagel

    Do models in such boxes usually come with the full kit? E.g. will I be able to build a War Hydra from the Anvilgard box?

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Yes. By and far, duel model kits have the different components spread across all the sprues of a kit, rather than one sprue for X and one sprue for Y.

    • palaeomerus

      Two cheapo boxes of corsairs, a hydra, a chariot, and a box of stormcast archers, and one of stormcast crossbowers? I think I’d rather have the dragon or a box of Executioners/ Black Guards than stormcasts in there, or a box of bleak/dark/grim whatevers with the crossbow/spear/sword shield options. Or if that’s too rich, they could toss in a cavalry like the usual cold ones knights or the mounted warlock/dark riders.

  • dave long island

    So what exactly comes in these kits, and are they collections that include a discpunt or, like in the old days, just a thematic collection of minis that amounts to no discount?? That’s what I wanna know. Not that I need any more minis or anything.

    • Brandon Sharitt

      These appear to be actual boxed sets and not the thematic bundles for no discount that they occasionally have on the webstore, so I’m guessing they’ll probably be at some kind of discount. I’m wondering how much. I could use some more Dwarfs and Stormcast.

      • palaeomerus

        Me too, I just don’t want both at the same time. But two boxes of irondrakes/ironbreakers is a nice core for a bundle. I think I’d rather have a cannon or two than the gyrobomber.

    • GW boxes bundles Are discounted and have always been discounted, only online “one click bundles” aren’t discounted and they still do those

      • dave long island

        Online bundles don’t come in boxes? What do they send those in, paper mache???

  • Marco

    This is a joke! Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

    • CloakingDonkey

      lol

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Oh how…original….

  • CloakingDonkey

    Well that Anvilgard box sure looks tasty. Has quite a few things I still want. Hope the discount is good 😀

    But it would have been nice to have a box in there that wasn’t Order…

    • euansmith

      It appears that the Cities of Order are involved in some sort of a power struggle; so maybe the Realm of Azyr is actually a lot like the Olde Worlde?

      • Vicent Martín Bonet

        I mean, CoS and SoS have Azyrites hog the positions of power and marginalizing the Reclaimed (natives) into low-ranking positions. Hell, even societies that had pre-existing structure and order like Shu’gohl have had their power figures be displaced by Azyrites.

        • euansmith

          Hmmm, this could lead to some asymmetric warfare between the Azyrite Colonial Authorities and the Free Peoples Popular Front For Freedom. #endsygmariteoppression

          • Oh my god, I’m doing this as my next warhammer quest campaign

          • euansmith

            I’m thinking that @Vicent Martin Bonet might have triggered my interest in the AoS setting. 😀 The Sigmarites actually make some quality “bad guys” for a campaign.

            Especially as they can function as Nemeses for PCs; with them being killable, but able to come back.

            Like any great pulp villain, they can cry, “I shall return” as their stronghold collapses around their ears. And each time they come back they can be more inhuman.

          • Daemons of law, man, daemons of law. Daemons nonetheless.

  • Louie’sUglyRanglehorns

    Those Great Cities boxes are a great idea for schizo-collectors like me (can’t settle on one army). Fingers crossed for a discount…

  • Luca Lacchini

    Open War cards + Path to Glory + Firestorm = awesome.

    Also the Anvilgard box looks tasty.

  • I’m not holding my breath that Firestorm will give me the depth that I need in my campaigns and games. However I am glad that they are giving a release toward map campaigns in general so … awesome.

    • Seienchin

      Indeed. This defenitely already looks better than what warhammer fantasy had for campaigns. sure, mighty empires has tiles but a cool map, thematic matching army boxes and it looks like there are some kind of strategy cards are just really cool.