Legions of Nagash Summons The Skeletal Horde

Games Workshop is showcasing some of the new Death abilities – The new Deathly Invocation is going to be GOOD…

This one is for all you Faithful Dead players out there, get ready to stock-up on the corpses because you’re going to need them. Death is getting a new Summonable keyword and it’s going to be making it’s presence felt.

via Warhammer Community

Now, this is Nagash’s version of Deathly Invocation. Not all the heroes of Death will be able to target 5 units. A Wight King, for example, will only heal two. BUT – it stacks! That’s right folks, apparently, you can target the same unit with this ability as long as it’s from different heroes/characters. Hey, that works for me!

From The Grave – No, Literally!

Death is also getting a new “gravesite” mechanic as well:

Every Legions of Nagash army gets to place four gravesites on the table – two in their territory and two in the enemy’s. Summonable units can be set up to emerge from these gravesites later in the game, and they have a similar effect to Deathly Invocation, healing nearby units. As such, Death armies can control territory on the board more effectively than ever before – after all, the leisurely pace of a 60-strong unit of Zombies doesn’t hurt so much when you bring them onto the board 9″ away from the enemy…

Oh – that’s just mean! Well that just goes to show you how patient Death is or about how important it is to pick your battlefields wisely. It’s one of those two, I’ll let you be the judge.

Legions Innumerable is another ability that showcases the unrelenting menace of Death. It represents the preferred method of warfare for the dead – attrition! When you combine this with the above abilities, you have a way to restore 3D3 models a turn to a unit (possibly more). Look, they might not kill you, but they will wear you down and you’ll fall to them. How long can you really outlast death?

“We ran down the Energizer Bunny.”

If you like Grave Guard, you’re probably going to want to run a Deathrattle force via the Grand Host of Nagash. Firstly, Grave Guard become Battleline for that army. Secondly, it’s got some built in synergy for that unit and with the right combos of Command Traits, Artefacts and Vanhel’s Danse Macabre, and you can pump out 162(!!!) attacks out of a unit of 20 Grave Guard! That’s a LOT of dice! Here’s the math just in case you’re wondering how:

“my calculations here are based on a unit of 20 all getting their attacks – not implausible thanks to their small base size! The unit has 2 attacks base, plus one for the champion. This is then increased by 2 by the Wight King and the Lord of Nagashizzar ability. This brings the unit up to 81 attacks – which, attacking again with Vanhels would give you 162 attacks. WOW.”

Crown of the Dead

No only will Undeathly minions be able to regain the fallen and pump out the attacks, they can also ignore your mightiest blows thanks to the Ossific Diadem. You’re really going to need to demolish a unit completely if you want to have a chance at beating undeath – but that’s going to be even harder with Morghasts floating around:

These boney fellows are the Elite of Nagash’s forces. In the Grand Host of Nagash, they each get +1 attack to start. And if you really want to take your army up a peg, run the First Cohort warscroll. Now any wounds that Nagash suffers can be allocated to nearby Morghasts. Have fun chewing through that ball of death!

The forces of the Skeletal Pope rise anew with the Legions of Nagash Battletome – are you ready to fight the Dead!?

  • Looking forward to it. I have been an undead player since the long ago before they were split into tomb kings and vampire counts. This will be my army for 2019 campaign season!

    • Frank Krifka

      you frigging power gamer you 😉

      • Trophies, girls, sponsorship deals. I’m going for it all.

        • Wyatt Q Alvis

          Sounds like you’ve got a lot of boneing ahead of you

        • Wyatt Q Alvis

          Sounds like you’ve got a lot of boneing ahead of you

        • marxlives

          Auticus is going the distance! He’s going for speed!

    • Karru

      It’s about time Death got thrown the bone they needed.

      Death really needed a buff to bring them back from the dead after the nerfing to summoning after launch. The big thing with all Undead factions was the ability to resurrect and bring in more of their units during the game, but after the massive nerf to their ability to do just that, they have been in decline outside Flesheater Courts.

      Even if their release is quite barebones for now, maybe they will actually get themselves some new kits or at least the Tomb Kings return in a month or so.

      • James Regan

        I’m hoping the delay in getting models is due to them having their factory space a bit full up- with the focus on death i hope they have the design for a new faction/model range done, and are just waiting on releasing it

        • EnTyme

          The rumor engine post for this week reminds me of a gibbet, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Death line in the not-too-distant future.

      • Rasheed Jones

        Death got thrown a bone…welp that’s a like.

    • J Mad

      That was.. WHFB 5th ed? Man that was a long time ago.

      • Yep 5th edition I picked up the undead book. I still have it on my bookshelf along with my 5th ed chaos book 🙂

  • Txabi Etxebarrieta

    Still surprised that no mention has been made of new kits for undead, but I will say from an outsider’s perspective that this sounds very fluffy and appealing.

    • Kabal1te

      There aren’t going to be new kits. This is death, not order.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        I’m not expecting any at this point. Maybe the word “surprise” has connotations of immediacy I didn’t intend. What I meant is that I think a death-centered campaign would have been a great time to release kits for death, and I feel like they are missing an opportunity for no good reason.

        • Kabal1te

          Again this is death, not order. If there are new kits for death outside of the one knight of shrouds dude between now and this time next year, I will be surprised. I will even be mildly surprised if death sees a new kit between now and the year after that. After all the knight of shrouds is the only thing model wise death has seen since age of sigmar launched.

          • Bakvrad

            Except shadespire (which indeed is just a drop of water on a hot stone)

        • Kabal1te

          Really I think the “good reason” that there are no new death models is GW can’t come up with anything new that they can copyright that isn’t tomb kings 2.0.

  • orionburn III

    If it wasn’t for having a massive backlog of 40k models and maybe the little fact that I still have Lizardmen models from 15 years ago that aren’t finished being painted I’d totally start an Death army…lol.

    • el_tigre

      Are you … are you me? Did we ever find out how the two versions of the salamanders look side by side? How did the old metal temple guard with converted plastic halberds turn out? Did we stop buying every cheap space marine on ebay? OH GOD, WHAT AM I SMOKING???

  • Hagwert

    Surely GW won’t miss the open goal of a new plastic multi part zombie kit …..will they ?

    • zeno666

      Sure they will.
      They are a strange company. In some ways they’re really greedy, and in others they really do hate money.

      • Man this is so true. If you look at the money companies have made making female guardsmen and alternate sisters models, it should make a share holder cry.

        • Apocryphus

          Meanwhile, I continue to happily support the companies selling those models. Maybe GW will see how successful they are and try to cash in….maybe…

    • Jesse Cavazos

      Not to mention skeleton archers (which exist in the AoS fluff).

      • SacTownBrian

        With the new deep strike mechanic using graves, summonable skeleton archers would be quite good. Makes me think death wont be getting ranged units.

    • Lyca Atteneder

      Hope isn’t dead yet

      • EnTyme

        It’s more of a “Weekend at Bernie’s” situation.

    • benn grimm

      Fingers crossed.

  • n1ceguypaul

    I read somewhere that new figures are coming for death some thing along the lines of harbingers. Also on the grapevine a whole new faction for death hopefully this is true as loving all the undead love right now.

    • Hoping for an ancient dead faction.

      • Kabal1te

        Yea an ancient dead faction would be great. You could even throw something like am Egyptian theme on them and name it something clever like tomb kings.

        • euansmith

          Egyptian Skeletons riding Dinosaur Skeletons.

    • SacTownBrian

      Phil Kelly implied later in the campaign whe Nagash’s plan is revealed. This first release and campaign book looks to be just starting the story and getting Death lined up to match how the other battletome factions play.

  • Honestly as I think about it it would not surprise me one iota to see the return of a lot of the tomb kings models… repackaged and renamed of course.

    • Apocryphus

      I don’t care how they come back, just as long as they do.

    • ZeeLobby

      Man if only. Regret selling my necrosphinx when everything blew up.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        I am honestly enjoying the new factions better and just ignoring the “warhammer” part of AoS. take it for what it is and just run the new hotness/.

        • Rasheed Jones

          That’s cause the old factions never get anything good.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            likely a good number of them are going to “go away” being replaced by more AoS centered factions.

          • Rasheed Jones

            Even more reason not to bother with AoS.

    • EnTyme

      Total War: Warhammer has only deepened my sorrow.

    • euansmith

      Taeioumb Kaeioungs

      • Frank Krifka

        XD

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        that would be a mouthful at the tabletop 😀

    • Kabal1te

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the entire range return. Fine cast models and all. I would be among those rejoicing.

    • SacTownBrian

      Probably not the whole range. I’d like to see the Knights/Stalkers, sphinxes and ushabti come back for sure. But please dear god give us new Blood Knights and a new Black Coach. Those old models are trash.

  • Lyca Atteneder

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy… oh… it’s gone isn’t it?

    Cheers Marcobot

    • Its gone? It posted earlier on a different AOS thread. I’m sure its just waiting.

      • Lyca Atteneder

        i meant WHFB ^^

        • Apocryphus

          Really, I saw it my FLGS just yesterday…interesting. 😉

          • Lyca Atteneder

            Happened to me as well once… slowly I begin to believe in necromancy ^^

          • Apocryphus

            Apparently I practice it, excuse me while I go mad with power!

          • Lyca Atteneder

            THATS HERESY!!!

            whoops… wrong setting

          • Xodis

            Actually no, its a part of this one too.

    • Drpx

      He got all of you to say and think about Warhammer Fantasy and now you repeat his message in other threads for him so others will see it even if he doesn’t post it himself.

      • ZeeLobby

        In a way he kind of owned them all…

      • EnTyme

        Wait . . . is Marco Tzeentch?

  • Kabal1te

    My question is will we see another update to the compendium rules for the tomb kings with this summoning change? It would be nice to see them get some summoning back since the update to the tomb kings that dropped with the 2017 GH took it away.

    • SacTownBrian

      Why bother? They got a refresh with the handbook so unless they are getting rebooted let them stay dead, they aren’t competitive.

  • Mathew G. Smith

    I giess now we know why the banner abilities changed.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

    • euansmith

      You were sorely missed.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        He has been really slippin as of late, not the first in quite a few 😀

    • Long live the Flagged For Spam!

    • Xodis

      Wow you are late….Polo.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    Long live Marco