AoS: New Event & Minis Confirmed For January

December’s White Dwarf has news for a new event with miniatures heading to AoS in January!

At the tail end of August, Warhammer Community teased the coming of something big for the Age of Sigmar. The Malign Portents were on the way:

The teaser video was just that – a tease. But at least they did provide us with a glimpse at what we would be getting into:

“Dark powers stir in the Mortal Realms. Malign Portents is a major event for Warhammer Age of Sigmar players, and it’s on the way in 2018. There will be big things coming both for the narrative of the setting and for matched play gamers.”

“Alongside this Herald of Nagash, each of the other three Grand Alliances will also be getting a powerful new hero.”

 

Fast Forward to now and the upcoming White Dwarf had this to share:

Looks like GW is starting off the new year with a BANG for Age of Sigmar! We’re getting a minimum of 4 new heroes (one per faction) and a brand new event that will push the narrative forward. I think it might be time to start prepping for the next wave of AoS by finalizing any army projects from this year…

 

Something wicked this way comes…in January!

  • Severius_Tolluck

    About time, seemed they really pulled the breaks for a bit.

    • SonoftheMountain

      yeah, understandable though as the main company focus was the rollout for 8th Ed 40k

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah, I mean I totally get why, but the back and forth just kills player-base locally. Maybe people are just too ADD these days, but the inconsistent promotion just causes gaps. I mean they’re both out now, so hopefully there will be a period of stability.

        • Doesn’t help that the Realmgate Wars campaign books ended in 2016 and there was only some small filler content this year.

          There’s no guarantee at this point that the same campaign supplement format will even continue for AoS…

        • Nate

          ADD is an autistic spectrum disability that causes severe suffering for many individuals and their families. Using it so loosely is no different than using slang for homosexuals or mentally handicapped people in a deeming way. Please be mindful of how it is hurtful to those who suffer from it. Thank you.

          • ZeeLobby

            Sigh… I’m sorry if I offended you and/or your kin. I’ll remove it.

          • Nate

            I appreciate that greatly.

          • ZeeLobby

            A curious aside (Google be damned), do you have information on ADD being on the autism spectrum, because I can’t find any. They share similar symptoms (more so with ADHD), but they appear to be classified separately. I’d be interested to know more.

            Also, here in the US ADD/ADHD tend to diagnosed for many things beyond actual ADHD. At least I have many friends who’ve both actually been ADHD sufferers, and those who were simply diagnosed with it. Definitely seems like a pretty large grey area here at least.

            Would love to know more.

          • From a quick google search ADD is a neurobiologically-based developmental condition that is not directly connected with autism.

            Apparently, if you have one developmental condition then your chances of having another are increased, they don’t yet know why. I, for example, have Aspergers (part of the autistic condition) and dyslexia.

          • ZeeLobby

            Sweet. Thanks! I mean I’m all about fighting insensitivities towards disorders and am sorry if i offended him. I’m just not a huge fan of equating/inflating disorders to try to prove a point (comparisons to homosexuality, etc.). I think it’s kind of crass and diminishes the effort of those who fight for much more widely debilitating and controversial issues.

          • Frank Krifka

            I dunno, even though you edited the original comment it seemed a fairly innocuous usage to me. Some disorders are diverse enough in their symptoms that it’s reasonable you can occasionally use them colloquially without being insensitive, especially if it’s descriptive of a set of behaviors rather than just being derogatory. For example, OCD can be quite debilitating but it’s not unreasonable to refer to extreme attention to detail as “being OCD” since it’s descriptive rather than abusive. It also most definitely not the same as using defamatory slag for various social groups.

          • Nate

            If you suffer from a Executive Function Disorder, and it is severe, it starts to feel insensitive and making light of it. Its like saying something is “cancer”. Maybe that is more accurate. My father has cancer and I lost a friend to lung cancer. Before that, joking about cancer wasn’t such a big deal. Afterwards, it wasn’t funny at all. ADD/ADHD is really serious and highly misunderstood. My father nearly died from cancer and is recovered but living with it. He went through awful surgery. He has seen my issues my whole life. When my ADHD got as bad as it did and caused my life to collapse, he had to help me seek out medical support. After we finally got me the help I needed, he told me that my ADHD and what it did to me and how it had impacted my life was worse in a lot of ways than what he went through. Not seeking sympathy, and I am recovering from the mental crash, but I had no idea that happened to ADD/ADHDers and I’ve seen these issues mess with three generations of my family and create all sorts of messed up conflicts and failures that normal brains wouldn’t have to deal with.

          • Frank Krifka

            Again, I do draw a distinction between using these terms descriptively rather than using them in a derogatory or disparaging way. While I’m certainly sympathetic to your loss (I’ve lost several family members to cancer, as well as fairly young friend to lung chancer as well) I don’t think referring to something you hate as “cancer” is necessarily insensitive. As an example, my grandfather died from a heart attack, but if somebody were to sneak upon me I wouldn’t think twice of saying “you nearly gave me heart attack”.

            Colloquial use of hyperbole is one of the most basic way language functions. If we were to avoid using any type of analogy to illustrate difficulty or unpleasantness our ability to communicate would be severely hampered. For example, we wouldn’t be able to say “Can we get something to eat? I’m starving to death.” (think how offended somebody who had a relative starve to death would be) Or we wouldn’t be able to wish a friend good luck by saying “break a leg” (Kevin Ware would be appalled.)

            As I said above and before, there is difference between being particular about the organization of your closet and referring to yourself as being “OCD” about your shirts, vs. referring to somebody who annoys you as “an autistic MF’er”. One is used descriptively and one is used abusively. One can be descriptive of the behaviors of people who are not neuro-typical without being disparaging. Likewise its nearly impossible to draw negative analogies without offending *somebody*.

          • Nate

            My original post said when people use specific labels for those groups as a way of saying something negative about a subject is what I was comparing. I.e. saying something is “ADD” is similiar to saying stop being so “XXX” or “XXXXXXXX”. That is all I meant. ADD is sort of the new way of describing people being impatient and short attention span. The other stereotype is towards stimulants when people think your lucky to take Adderall or Ritalin. Reality is those drugs make our necessary for our brains to be focused and more normal. So, I’m just trying to help people understand when I see it. After I went through my crash, I became really aware of its impact on ADD/ADHDers and its tragic how poor the support is. Mental health is very poorly supported in the USA, there is a ton of stigma around it and most doctors are out of the loop. The only people who really understand ADD/ADHD are pediatricians, neurologist and research psychiatrists studying ADD/ADHD. The rest of the medical world is behind about 15 years, which is why its hard to find current information on it. It took me nearly a year to find a good medical evaluation and support. I had to end up at a research hospital. Everyone else in the system was unable to help me. Finding help for kids isn’t as hard as pediatricians are on top of the new developments with ADHD.

          • Nate

            First, thank you for changing that. Second, there is so much misinformation with mental health issues, especially ADD/ADHD. All of the autism spectrum issues have to do with compromised frontal lobe development. Most of the issues are all related to executive function disorders. Autism is likely the most severe of these issues, while all the other disorders are all inside the family tree of underdeveloped frontal lobes, hence the autism spectrum. Comoribity occurs often, nearly always, and it varies because all these issues – ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, opposition defiance disorder, tourette’s, OCD, Aspergers all have to do with executive functions being compromised due to frontal lobe not developing properly or becoming damaged. Your executive functions in a nuerotypical brain operate automatically. In a atypical brain, one or more executive functions can be weakened, failing or fully disabled. Executive functions are things like sensing passing of time, prioritizing actions, planning, vocalization or organizing of thoughts and ideas, being able to organize physical space or objects, comprehension of visual information into words and thoughts, retaining information or knowledge when it is out of sight, control of your fight/flight reflex, being able to encode new information or habits into your brain, empathizing or relating to others. All of these things are automatic for a healthy brain and either partially or fully absent in impaired brains, the function compromised labels to the disorder the person has, but an individual can have elements of many of these traits with one or two being dominant.

            Also, ADD/ADHD is inherited (and mislabeled) it is the most common of the impairments listed and is second in inherited traits to height.

            I have ADD/ADHD. My mother has it. Two of her three sibilings have it. Her father had it. Both my children have it. Some of my family lean to hyper-active traits, which is really more impulse and emotion control. They tend to speak loud, curse a lot, act and speak without considering consequences first, learn by getting burned and leave a wake of disruption. The inattentive spectrum family members tend to be disorganized, and scatter brained. Leaving messes, losing things all the time, being late to appointments, forgetting important work or information, etc. All ADD/ADHDers have low dopamine reception, which means unless we are hyper-focused or over excited about something, then we can’t get motivated or focused to take action. This is what causes procrastination and distraction. Your brain needs dopamine to motivate and stay on track, in our brains it doesn’t work right. This is the role medication plays, it boosts dopamine or dopamine reception and allows ADD/ADHDers to at least focus and manage their disability better. Without meds, most ADDers end up self-medicating by seeking dopamine boosting through thrill-seeking, eating, drug use, sex or other risky behavior. Because of this ADDers are x2 as likely to have injuries, STDs, be obese or addicted to alcohol or drugs. They are also more likely to be divorced or commit suicide.

            All manner of comorbidity exists but the majority of my family has ODD or opposition defiance disorder. Essentially, humans developed breaks for their fight/flight/freeze reflex in their amygdala or lizard brain. The lizard brain can’t tell the difference between a loud noise, yelling or being attacked. So with ODD you have to learn to keep your lizard brain in check. ODD can’t be medicated but it can be retrained. Without training, there is constant fighting, arguing and broken objects or holes punched in walls as the lizard brain triggers unexpectedly and this has nothing to do with abuse but can turn into abuse if not treated. Those afflicted with ODD are aware as their lizard brain triggers and it reacts before they can pull it back. They feel guilt as it happens and are fully aware of the lack of control they have and its highly misunderstood. Absolutely tragic. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does go a long way to managing it though.

            On another note, ADD/ADHD causes one to experience a lot of failures through out their life. This about 50% of the time causes undiagnosed adults to have a mental break down where their entire life collapses and they have to go through the 5 stages of grieving/loss with themselves and then relearn how to use their brain and rebuild confidence in themselves. Therefore, early and proper diagnosis, finding the right level of medication, learning coping tools and then getting your ADD/ADHD under control as early as you can is essential to having a happy and productive life that mostly stays on track. It takes about 5 years to recover from the mental crash. I am on year two, and its been absolute hell. Its only been the last 3 months or so that I have seen coping tools and confidence start to kick in.

            Any rate, hope that helps. Whatever questions you have feel free to ask. I’m a open book apparently 😛

            Seriously though, if anything I can share can help others, I am glad to do so.

          • ZeeLobby

            Awesome, thanks for the breakdown. I’m sorry you and your family have to deal with this, but it sounds like your very knowledgeable and on top of it, so that’s good.

            Just a future recommendation. It’s probably unwise to state that it’s on the Autism scale if it isn’t widely supported, or that it is somehow equivalent to homosexuality or mentally handicapped individuals. It comes off as very sensationalist and detracts from the knowledge you are attempting to provide. I think you’d be better off championing your perspective with your personal experience rather than trying to equate it to other issues which very wildly in severity, debilitation and social acceptance.

          • Nate

            First, thank you for your condolences. I am glad I can help you have some understanding. I clarified what I mean up above. I am severe enough that I am dealing with the top doctors on ADHD at a top research hospital. My doctor told me himself that current understanding is ADHD is within the autism spectrum. The brain is complex, they are learning new things every day and the majority of doctors and public info are behind on ADHD by 10-15 years. That site linked above is current as of 2013.

            Dr. Russell Barkley is the leading expert on ADHD. I can attest that everything I have read or watch of his is true. This video sums a lot of the ADHD issues and what we deal with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpB-B8BXk0

            Jessica here is on top of her stuff. She definitely has ADHD. Everything I’ve seen on her channel is accurate. I say I’ve seen 90% of the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-nPM1_kSZf91ZGkcgy_95Q

          • SWISSchris

            I’m in my 3rd year of training as a medical doctor (as a mature student!) so looked into this for you.

            ADHD is not considered to be an autism spectrum disorder.

            But many of the symptoms can be similar.

            Importantly though, the management of each is quite different.

            This is a good explanation of it: http://u.org/1r0FHni

          • ZeeLobby

            Sweet, thanks for the link. Found it in my Googling as well. never hurts to know more about something.

          • Nate

            One other quick thing, those traits for ADHD and Autism are more interconnected than the way the site portrays it. Myself and my daughters have some different symptoms and we have a mix of things in both the ADHD and Autism columns. Not all ADHDers are hyper for example. My older daughter and myself have trouble vocalizing like those with autism do. We all experience cortex overload like with autism. My younger daughter doesn’t read social cues or empathizes like autism and Asperger’s but she isn’t as severe. Again, its all executive function disability and all of those disorders they are finding interconnect with each other more than previously thought.

          • Nate

            There is good info in there. It was current as of 2013. ADHD and Autism are in the same family tree and currently according to the doctors I’m seeing the evidence they have now is they are in the same spectrum. ADHD is like a cousin to Autism. Both have degrees too, and someone can have one with the other. Personally, I have on my dad’s side of the family (so likely unrelated to any of the ADHD) two cousins who are highly autistic and I have a good friend whose sons are autistic. My daughters aren’t, but they definitely show similar behaviors and reactions to over stimulation, inability to externalize or communicate and struggles with social skills are very similar in the two disorders. Both are caused by synapse misfiring and executive function failure. Its all frontal lobe damage or stunted growth. Which is why the disorders show up in childhood as the frontal lobe is developing.

          • SWISSchris

            I can only speak to current NICE guidance, DSM-V and ICD10, but while there is overlap in some of the symptoms ADHD is not considered an “autism spectrum disorder”.

          • Barrington Dailey

            I think it was admitted that ADHD was a made up disorder which merely describes symptoms. The guy that discovered the “disorder” admitted as much on his deathbed confession. Medicating children even in Kinder-garden has *done more harm than good*. Please don’t mindlessly buy into the propaganda put out by Pharma/Med. Also encouraging people to adopt a victim/syndrome mindset has also done a great deal of harm.

          • Nate

            The stimulant meds for ADHD is life saving. Without them we couldn’t function. It is not a made up disorder, but it is mislabeled. Current evidence even suggests that diagnosing and medicating your children can actually help stimulate frontal lobe development, giving them a better chance of growing out of the disorder. I can say from first hand experience that 1) ADHDers are not affected by stimulants the same way other people are. They are not addictive for us and we can take high dosages with little to no side effects. Most stimulants we experience no withdrawal symptoms from and can often forget to take our meds because there is no craving or euphoria from them. One of the things that happens with ADD is dopamine seeking. So an ADDer is distracted or daydreamy while they are bored or unengaged. Then when their brain has locked onto something of interest they will hyperfocus on it and block everything else out. Talking for hours, or doing an activity while shutting everything else out unable to get them to shift tasks or stop talking about something. This is because the brain doesn’t uptake dopamine properly. The stimulant meds help that process. Stimulants are to a ADD brain like glasses are to those with vision issues. There is no natural way to correct this issue or retrain the brain. The frontal lobe has damage or missing synapse and can’t uptake dopamine like a normal brain. You can sit down and focus and work. I can’t shut anything out or filter. Everything draws my attention and distracts me unless I am on meds.

    • Gunther Clone C

      Moar Skaven Rat-Things PLZ!

  • Xodis

    Im guessing the other 3 will be another Stormcast, Khorne, and Ork.

    The odds of getting an Aelf, Tzeentch/Slaanesh and Beastclaw are slim to none.

    • ZeeLobby

      Ready to see those Aelfs. I feel like they have to be coming soon.

    • EnTyme

      I’m not 100% confident in this, but I think the Darkoath Warqueen is the Chaos champion.

      • Xodis

        Forgot about her being leaked, thats probably a safe call.

  • miniwar monger

    Hope they will have a classic graveyard/gothic/medival style. The preview mini is very promising.

    • euansmith

      Comin’ out of the graveyard in and in to the streets; keeping it Olde Skull, boooooo.

  • Sonic tooth

    No real interest till we get elves but I had to pull the trigger on the tzeentch battle force,!

  • Vayral

    So did firestorm or the blight war actually happen? Seemed like they made a 1 week buzz about these products and then abandoned them? Maybe i’m missing a book or something..

    • Ghachii

      I think they were both just meant to be relatively minor side events in the overall flow of the grand narrative. The sort of thing you can get into in a gaming/campaigning context but don’t necessarily need to know anything about if you’re just following the main plot line.

  • Stonehorse

    Still need to see the re-designed Elves, so far we have only seen 1 model of both Dark Elves, and High Elves in Warhammer Quest.

    I think when these are shown, it will help push sales of AoS. I know I am sitting on the bench till I see the full range of races.

  • Sisters of battle! Squats!