Order’s Champion For Malign Portents Unveiled

The Age of Hope is Dead…but Order’s not out of the game yet. Check out their new Champion heading your way!

Malign Portents is shaping up to be a very curious shift in the Age of Sigmar Mythos – from the new, dark and grim logo:

…to the creepy video teasers that GW has been producing.

We’re all still piecing together what the signs mean. One thing that has been a confirmed reveal is that each faction will get a new champion to fight for their cause. Today, GW revealed the Champion of Order:

via Warhammer Community

 

Lord-Ordinators have a particularly sacred duty – where the other Stormcast Eternals clear the way for Sigmar’s kingdoms, it’s these warrior-engineers that oversee the construction of new cities, walls and Stormkeeps, working in tandem with Dispossessed work gangs to create wonders unseen since the Age of Myth. These warriors also observe the movements of the stars in the heavens above the Mortal Realms, using combinations of mathematics, science and seer-craft to determine the future. With a great evil rising, the Lord-Ordinators have been dispersed among the armies of Order so that they can help prepare them for what is to come…

On top of the miniatures reveal, we’re also getting a better idea of what the heck is going on from a new video from GW as well:

“The Builder”

We are also introduced new a new character named “Scryer Elias” who’s monk-like appearance and “I have no stake in their endless war” attitude are quite …refreshing. He appears to be some type of watcher who can travel the realms and be a witness to events as they unfold. Could Elias be a hint at a new “neutral” faction or some type of new observer of the lore. Time will tell!

 

What’s you’re take on Order’s new champion? Are we finally going to see the return of the “Engineer-types” for Order?

  • Kabal1te

    Yet another stormcast. Not that I am surprised but i am disappointed. At least this one brings in more about the interaction between the stormcasts and the rest of the order factions in its fluff. That’s at least a half step in the right direction. I would have still rather seen an elf personally.

    Do like this latest video though. The idea of observers and people that are neutral in this setting is new and kicks open a door for all kinds of story telling possibilities. I look forward to what this brings going forward and what the end result of all this mystery is.

    • AEZ

      They aren’t neutral.. they are order.. but profiting from the work and deaths of other order factions to be snubbish 😀

      • Kabal1te

        This Elias character (the monk) appears to be a neutral individual.

        • AEZ

          Since there is only 1 faction that won’t kill him (and considering he seems to be human) he’s order … and not doing his part.

          • Kabal1te

            Eh that’s like saying eldar are really imperium in 40k because they are the only faction that they can somewhat be diplomatic with them. It isn’t exactly true. After all someone with abilities like what this guy appears to have would be useful alive to both negash and chaos. Destruction is a little more of a faction full of blunt instruments.

          • AEZ

            Would be usefull.. sure.. letting him alive being “neutral”: less likely since they’ll rightly see him as someone from order unless he’s betraying them.

          • James Regan

            Last time i checked chaos is led by a human man, and most worshippers of chaos are human. Death’s got its share of necromancers too.

          • AEZ

            Yes.. but chaos only abided CHAOTIC men… they kill the rest. He can’t be “neutral” under a chaos regime I think (at least not when reading those first AoS books where bloodreavers kill… well everyone not joining).

        • euansmith

          Maybe Elias is the sole survivor of the Legendary Vimto Monks of Old Nippon?

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      This setting is in desperate need of more flushing out, so this is overall a good thing.

      • “fleshing out”, we don’t want to flush AoS down the toilet. Or maybe we do. A tempting prospect.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          in honor of nurgle, “Flushing” is most appropriate, often a courtesy flushing out is important for your opponent 😀

  • whew. I was like “man stormcast hadn’t had anything recently in the past two or three weeks, interest may start to wane!” and boom there we have a new stormcast!

    • ZeeLobby

      just wait, they’re gonna get a tank!

      • zeno666

        A Forgeworld drop pod so they can be dropped into 40k.

  • Hagwert

    This is a much more interesting take on the setting .

    • Jesse Cavazos

      That was my feeling on it, too. It’s interesting to see a more down-to-earth Stormcast rather than the fairly distant ones we’ve seen so far.

      • ZeeLobby

        It definitely highlights the biggest issue with the background thus far. There has been very little for us to connect with. No bretonnia, no empire, etc. Even the Chaos “marauders” are crazy roided dudes now. We’ll be cool to see this expanded further.

  • surfpenguin

    We are getting a story, a tale. This intrigues me…

  • Luca Lacchini

    I know people are fed up with Stormcasts, but I have to say it’s a beautiful sculpt.
    And the lore/background is quite nice too.

    • Kabal1te

      That goes for most of the storm cast sculpts though. Most of them look good. I think liberators and judicators are the only ones that don’t look just great. The lore is a nice change but really I have lost most desire to add more stormcasts to my collection. Especially with this spread out one character at a time thing.

      • Luca Lacchini

        Well, the latest Lord-Celestant (Gavriel Something) is not so great…

      • ZeeLobby

        yeah… most look pretty bad to me. lots of flash, lots of posing, little character. They have been getting better though!

        • vlad78

          But this… This is so awful it makes me lol.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, the pose is pretty silly. Looks flailing. Plus the pearl necklace, but I dunno. I’ve lowered my GW standard at this point, lol.

          • Kabal1te

            Personally I don’t see the flailing, as for the necklace nothing says they are pearls per se, and even if they are what’s the problem there? I mean space marines have had pearl looking rosary beads on their chaplain models for a long time.

          • ZeeLobby

            Probably a personal opinion. he looks awkwardly off balance to me. Why you would strike that stance with one foot up on a rock when (I’m assuming) you could put both feet on level ground is beyond me.

            And if he likes rocking his G’Ma’s pearls into battle I guess that’s his personal choice. I think it looks goofy. Chain links would have looked better.

    • Drew

      This sculpt is particularly good- better than the character model from Blightwar, and MUCH better than Lord Celestant Meatloaf who was released last week. =)

  • Rainthezangoose

    This model is beautiful and I must have one!

  • georgelabour

    Lord Adorable comes to the Age of Sigmar.

    I find this funny.

  • Ulf

    Valten?

    • vlad78

      Indeed, but drunk.

  • GirenZ

    He reminds me a bit of Kurt Helborg.
    First Stormcast I’ve liked so far.

  • ZeeLobby

    Where’d he get dem pearls ;D?

  • Sonic tooth

    He looks quite camp, like something from he-man. Not bad for a stormcast tho

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      I think thats the direction of this whole setting though.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Very nice. Good stuff. All 4 Character tie-ins to Malign Portents are really solid sculpts. Interesting to see a different side of the Stormcasts beyond their main warmachine. Now the idea of ‘Warrior Engineer’ exist, I wonder how long it will be until the SE start getting war/siege machinery?

    • Kabal1te

      Yes, because stormcasts need more models. They already have more they twice as many kits as every other new model range released since AoS dropped excluding maybe khorne blood bound. Heck they might have 3 times as many kits as some of the smaller ranges like sylvaneth and overlords.

      More models are always nice to see but stormcasts need it the least of anyone out of AoS

  • Shadowstrife

    Something tells me this guy will have some dwarfen cogsmith drinking buddies.

  • Drpx

    So…Techmarines?

  • D. B.

    Sooooo, seeing this vid… does that mean we’ll be getting Skullvane Manse back?

  • Carey_Mahoney

    40k Inquisitor conversion, right away. Not even that much conversion work necessary (which might even be intentional by GW).

  • vash113

    I think this is my favorite model shown for malign portents so far and easily one of my favorite Stormcast Eternal models in general. That said I do agree with some of the comments that we are seeing something of a Stormcast overload, they seem to be quickly becoming the Space Marines of Sigmar with the most players, the most sales and the most releases, although the causality may be in the reverse order of that list.

    • Kabal1te

      They were designed out the gate to be the space marines of Age of Sigmar. GW stated as much pretty much out the gate. That is why a lot of people bought into them I think. It is however getting to the point where it feels like GW is trying to over capitalize on that and push out too many releases to the neglect of the rest of the game and that is to the detriment of the game. The other thing is they are releasing so much so quickly that those of us that do play sigmarines are spent and have lost the desire to add to out collections. The other problem is since 1/6 of all the battletomes they have released have been for one army, and all the campaign books have been that army centric well the settings scope has been too telescoped into these dudes. Now that said seeing a stormcast who does things other than fight finally is a good direction change but it is still not what I think many people were hoping for.

      • vash113

        I agree on all points. I was actually a little disappointed when the Kharadon Overlords dropped, I was hoping for a mixed race army that would help link the different free peoples factions. Every time I look at the Age of Sigmar side of my local GW I struggle to remember what has new names and what has old, what is still in production and what isn’t and really pushes me away from getting into the game. I always wanted to do a firearm heavy Empire army with cannons, handgunners, pistoliers, outriders and steam tanks but with the free peoples lore so disjointed I’d be too uncertain of what to buy, build or paint. It’s nice that the Stormcast are doing well and the game seems to be rebounding but I would like to see some more focus on the other factions. Sigmar releases like the 40k ones with new books for each old faction with a single new unit or character model would be great and I’m surprised GW hasn’t been more keen to revitalize some of the old favorites.

        • Kabal1te

          I couldn’t agree more. While I still lament the ending of my favorite old world range (the tomb kings) and the subsequent nerfing of their rules during the compendium revision this year, the old world models they still support and to what capacity they will be supported needs to be made more clear.

          My best advice is to get a copy of the grand alliance order book to see what they have put in there. There isn’t any fluff really in it but it lets you see what is supported. That said everything old world has rules in AoS technically, just some are compendium rules only sort of like being index only on 40k right now with models found in the indexes that are not in the codices. Granted from what I have seen that is not the most sure fire option, there are a lot of models in there that seem to be out of stock and have been for some time, but the same can be said for seraphon and they have a battletome (and haven’t seen any new models in forever).

  • What I want to know is whether or not he’ll get rules for Warhammer Quest and maybe a few cards for Shadespire. That’d be a good way to justify picking him up.

  • euansmith

    “So mote it be”