AoS: Malign Portents Painting Challenge

The Muster begins. Games Workshop has a new painting challenge for all those willing to participate!

The Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Malign Portents event is just getting started and with that Games Workshop has a new painting challenge to get the ball rolling. From now until February 10th, you can enter the Malign Portents Muster! Just head to your local store, get a Start Collecting! starter set, and paint it up.

via Warhammer Community

“For the first month of the competition, all you need to do is pick up a Start Collecting! set of your choice. Get yours painted by the 10th of February, bring it down to your local store and you could win a special certificate marking you as your local store’s painting champion! There’ll be two more months of the competition to follow, with the second simply requiring you to add your Grand Alliance’s Harbinger to your army by the 3rd of March. After this, you’ll be able to choose from a list of units (which we’ll share closer to the time) to round off your army by the 31st of March. At the end of the muster, you’ll have a force ready to face the challenges coming to the Mortal Realms, while the final winners will also receive wristbands to commemorate their efforts.”

Personally, I love “competitions” like this. Why? Because they get folks painting! Sure, the only thing up for grabs is a certificate – but there can only be one per store, right? Besides it’s more about having a goal and completing that vs getting a piece of paper. Even if that paper is undeniable evidence that you’re awesome and everyone else sucks, right!?

In all seriousness, I do like these because they encourage folks to not only support their stores but also to be a part of the community at large. That’s where folks will meet like-wise gamers who want to build, paint, and play the games they enjoy with others. If you’re a local store and you want to encourage some participation, why not toss in some extra prize support or have paint nights? A healthy community is a good thing for your store. And if you’re a player that’s looking to join in the fun – let your local store know! They aren’t mind readers – but they will listen if you ask politely.

Malign Portents is a big event for AoS – so dive in and get ready for war!

  • orionburn III

    Given that I’ve had a Seraphon start collecting set for about 10 months and am only about 75% of the way through my Carnosaur I don’t think I’m gonna win…lol

    • dave long island

      Idk, I got a sneaking suspicion that you might… 🙂

  • dave long island

    Wait so the guys down at the local store aren’t mind readers?? Pfffttt. Forget it then. Total jip… lol

  • dave long island

    Whoever thought up the ‘Start Collecting’ boxes is an effin genius. He shud get, idk, a bubble kingdom named after him or something… lol

  • Shelltoon

    I’m using this as an excuse for my Greenskinz SC box I got last Christmas.

  • Jack Chung

    Given that I’ve had a Seraphon start collecting set for about 10 months and am only about 75% of the way through my Carnosaur I don’t think I’m gonna win…lol

    • euansmith

      You should team up with @orionburn_III:disqus, they’re having the same problem; what are the odds of that?!

      • dave long island

        ya thats funny! 🙂

      • orionburn III

        GW could have made it into one of the MP preview video thingys!

        Malign Portents: The Falling Star
        Malign Portents: The Icon
        Malign Portents: The Ship
        Malign Portents: The Unfinished Painter

  • EnTyme

    So already having two StD boxes and one Khorne Bloodbound box fully painted along with at least one of the Month 3 kits done for each, guess I just need to pick up a Darkoath Warqueen next month and I’m all set to go! According to my FLGS owner, this contest has gotten a lot of people to pick up SC boxes. Happy to see my community growing!

  • I’m planning to nab the pestelens start collecting for this, I won’t be able to get it till next payday though on the 26th, so it’s gonna be a sprint lol

  • Cameron

    I have the contents of a starter set many times over for my undead sitting there waiting for paint, do you think the store will let me just paint that and count it instead of buying a new starter set that I dont need?

  • Koen Cambré

    I think it’s a great idea in general, but as a death player, I’m a bit annoyed about the timing (ie, right before a complete reshuffle in Legions of Nagash).

    I could paint a starterset now, but I’d also have to pray it’ll mesh in well with the rest of my death stuff (of which a large part is FEC, but also a hefty bit of soulblight) a month down the line. They should at least do a post on the community to tell ppl what the new reshuffle will be before people start painting death boxes now.

  • Can anyone give me a summary of what Malign Portent is? Like what’s the storyline and this some kind of global campaign thing? Or a new game set in AOS? I’m real lost

    • Munn

      No one knows what it is yet.

    • euansmith

      It is like a marketing campaign designed to shift mass units. 😉

  • erik willems

    I have the contents of a starter set many times over for my undead sitting there waiting for paint, do you think the store will let me just paint that and count it instead of buying a new starter set that I dont need?

  • Karru

    Since the closest GW store is miles away from me and the only factions I am really interested in playing don’t have Start Collecting! Boxes for them, I just decided to go with my own thing to do, mostly to motivate me to paint. I have very old Dark Elf army from the Fantasy days that I kinda shelved after I started playing Dwarves, so I took the models I had and saw what I could do with it.

    So my “Start Collecting” force is 10 Corsairs, 10 Repeater Crossbowmen and a Sorceress, I still need to figure out the “big model” for the army, probably the Hydra as that is the only Dark Elf monster that isn’t a character and makes sense with this collection. Nice way to get motivated to paint.

    • euansmith

      The Hydra is a really nice looking kit; but then there are so many cool kits in that range; including the great Cold Ones.

  • Daniel

    I’m using this as an excuse for my Greenskinz SC box I got last Christmas.

  • reh1210

    Since the closest GW store is miles away from me and the only factions I am really interested in playing don’t have Start Collecting! Boxes for them, I just decided to go with my own thing to do, mostly to motivate me to paint. I have very old Dark Elf army from the Fantasy days that I kinda shelved after I started playing Dwarves, so I took the models I had and saw what I could do with it

  • euansmith

    The Echos are strong on this thread.

    Maybe I’ll get myself a Sylvaneth SC Box, or Nurgle; something that is easy to paint either way.

    • EnTyme

      Sylvaneth are super easy to paint. It’s mostly drybrushing, but it looks so good when it’s done.

  • Rainthezangoose

    So when is ‘Legion of Nagash’ coming out?