Two New Lores of Death For Legions of Nagash

Nagash has a whole Legion of followers that can harness the amethyst magics of Undeath!

It’s not just the looming threat of skeletal hordes you’ll have to worry about with the Legions of Nagash Battletome – they will have two new spell lores to pull from: the Lore of the Deathmages and the Lore of the Vampires!

The Locus of Shyish

Regardless of which lore you’re planning on using, all the casters will also benefit from the Locus of Shyish which allows your spells to resolve twice after an unmodified casting roll of 9+.

Soul Harvest, for example, could generate 2D3 Mortal Wounds and could also net the caster some extra healing on top. That seems like a pretty useful power to have in your toolbox.

The Amaranthine Orb is another powerful spell that has some serious damage potential. Every unit takes D6 Mortal Wounds on a 4+ under a 1mm line 12″ long. Again, if you cast this with an unmodified 9+ then you get to do that twice! If you can tag the same unit twice they have a pretty good chance of taking D6 Mortal Wounds!

And, by the way, we REALLY appreciate that GW clarified that the line’s width is 1mm wide. It sounds like a small thing, but it really does help prevent arguments and makes this a well written rule.

Arkhan the Black & The Legion of Sacrament

Arkhan the Black is one of Nagash’s Mortarchs. He is a fierce spell-slinger in his own right and now he’s got a his Legions of Sacrament that follow his school of thought: Blast’em with magic! The Legion of Sacrament gains a bonus to their spell casting attempts:

That’s not all. They also get some extra undead shenanigans with those pesky new Gravesites:

This encourages you to be aggressive early on. If you lose a unit but can weaken an enemy unit to the point of near death you’ll be able to bring your destroyed unit back – provided you can clean up the enemy. Who cares about losses when you’re units come back and your opponent’s do not?!

The Black Gem is an artefact that you can unleash that has a chance to simply remove a model from the game. It’s got a 1 in 6 chance to slay an enemy model in a unit. Now, if that unit only has 1 model…I think this could be a hail mary for eliminating enemy characters or an attempt to finish off a straggler. Beware the Black Gem!

Apparently, Black is in this year as the Legions of Nagash have another artefact that is Black Gold. These wristbands can bend projectiles away from the bearer. In game terms, it provides you with a way to ignore wounds/mortal wounds on a 4+.

Warhammer Community also had this to say about the Lords of Sacrament Warscroll Battalion:

“If you’re looking to truly master the magic of Death, you’ll want to take the Lords of Sacrament warscroll battalion, a formation centred around Arkhan, a Mortis Engine and a coven of Necromancers. Each unit in the battalion is shielded from attacks by the Mortis Engine, while they’ll also benefit from being able to cast an additional spell every turn! While this formation might consume a good number of points, it’ll be sure to catch your opponents off guard and is a great way to pay tribute to Nagash’s greatest pupil.”

And last but not least, the Legion of Sacrament has one more trick up their boney sleeves:

Boom! If you want to unleash the cold, icy grip on your opponent’s force with magical means, then the Legion of Sacrament is for you!

Who’s ready for some Undeath & Chill?

  • oh hell…marco bot is being summoned. I feel it deep deep within my soul…

    • Kabal1te

      I wonder if he will say something constructive for once.

      • looking at the post history of marco-bot i’d say no.

      • Xodis

        I got bored and scrolled through his entire history, he did say some unique things like a year+ ago lol

        • orionburn III

          Let me guess. It was “Long live 7th edition 40k!!! Long live rules bloat!!!”

          • Xodis

            No, just complaints about AoS, you know the normal “This is garbage, blah blah blah”. Still though its neat that AoS has the power to turn him from a disgruntled fan into a Troll. Now THAT is magic lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha, I mean i loved WHFB, and knew some fanatics. I’m not shocked there’s still people out there who are disgruntled. I mean some played for decades.

          • Xodis

            Im not shocked that hes disgruntled, the growth of 9th Age and Mantics fantasy system are a sign of that. Dedicating an entire Disqus account to spamming the same phrase though…. thats not disgruntled thats just sad lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh. It takes minimal effort, and probably brings some joy to his melancholy. He’s a nice tragic figure. A thread in the fabric of what is BoLS comments.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            it was IMO a combination of time/money/effort/love placed into a game, then see it dumped like rubbish for a completely different game and being “expected” to love it unconditionally.

      • ZeeLobby

        I mean he says constructive things for WHFB.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Is there a reason he’s not banned? Is that not a power the BolS mods have, or are they just not good at doing their jobs?

      • Xodis

        I highly doubt they care. Hes not starting fights or trying to post links to “working from home and making millions”. Hes just an upset fan.

        • Txabi Etxebarrieta

          So, the latter of my two options :p

      • ZeeLobby

        It’s good that mods haven’t started banning based on opinion. One of the reason I can’t stand other sites’ echo chambers.

        • Txabi Etxebarrieta

          I’m not advocating a ban based on opinion. I may have been annoyed at a lot of the most aimless and fervent AoS hate, but I’ve not called for a “ban” on the people who dislike it or share their opinions on it. Even when it’s vitriolic and more spleen-venting than good faith discussion.

          But if the goal of a public forum is to foster discussion and the sharing of opinions, then I feel comfortable in saying that posting the same statement, letter for letter, in every thread about a subject and never once engaging anyone on the subject or even giving a rationale isn’t actual discussion or the sharing of an opinion. It is qualitatively no different than the echo chamber bots, and only marginally better than the “make 2k a month working from home” posts with dodgy links in that it isn’t outright malicious.

        • Txabi Etxebarrieta

          To be clear, there are no shortage of people on this site who despise me for my political opinions (which goes both ways). But I won’t degrade their politics to the level of “spam posts” the way I do Marco-bot.

          • ZeeLobby

            Who cares if he spams it though. It’s still his opinion. People usually up-vote it (those who miss WHFB), and it triggers some people, but I don’t see it as spam as it is actually related to the content of the article (even if it just emphasizes the absence of what was). Trollish, sure, but there’s worse here that haven’t been banned so, meh. Don’t get why people just don’t ignore it if they don’t like it. It’s not like he’s attacking AoS irrationally or other commentators (which does happen here).

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            Much of the same could be said about the bots who copy someone else’s comment and repost it. It’s still someone’s opinion, it’s related to the subject, and they occasionally get upvotes.

          • ZeeLobby

            But that’s clearly programmatic, lol. marco, for all intents and purposes, appears to be a human driven account. If he want’s to repost his statement in every article, so be it. Often interesting discussions (like this) spawn from his presence, or in this case, lack thereof as well. I don’t know, in the entirety that is internet evil he’s such a small part. There are other commentators that deserve banning over him, though I can understand his trolling is a lot more sensitive to a community that has gotten used to being on the defensive.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            I don’t consider “human spam” and “robot spam” to be qualitatively different. I don’t think anyone would appreciate it if I started copying and pasting people’s comments as my own and then refused to engage in meaningful conversation.

            I’d also accept other kinds of recourse if Marco-bot actually made legitimate, real posts with actual engagement alongside his robo-posts with at least some regularity. But the last post he made that was actually, concretely different from those were “Long Live Mordheim” weeks ago. Before that, 4 months ago he wrote about Cygnar. And that’s mostly it.

            The cut-off-date is to some degree arbitrary, but it should be reasonable. One post every four months doesn’t seem unreasonable.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean plenty of people write their own opinions here every day and don’t engage in meaningful conversation…

            Eh. I dunno. If you like AoS, keep playing AoS. Marco-bot reminds me of the good ole days, so it’s fun to see him show up. In the end if anyone is getting offended/upset by his pretty harmless posts, some introspection may be best. Just imo. If you feel the need to defend the game you play against the bot, then maybe you personally have some issues with it vs the old world. I dunno, I just think it’s fascinating.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            No one’s offended? I don’t play AoS. I simply consider it spam and have yet to hear a compelling for his posts not being spam.

            If the general line of BolS is that spam is okay, then fine I suppose. Don’t moderate the spam bots or echo bots either. I can as readily ignore one as I can the other.

          • ZeeLobby

            I think spam that’s completely irrelevant is different then spam that is relevant to the topic at hand. I think everyone here generally hates spam that’s like “I make $20000 from home” or repeating others comments, because they clearly serve no purpose.

            I like marco-bots tweats. Remind me of better times and a better world. And I honestly don’t mind AoS either.

            I think the general line of BoLS is if it’s spam that everyone hates and is completely irrelevant, than it should be removed/blocked (as it is), but clearly this is not that case…

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            “”I make $20000 from home” or repeating others comments, because they clearly serve no purpose.”

            I think the qualitative difference between our positions is that I don’t find Marco-bots posts serve a purpose. Instead of repeating someone else’s posts for no real reason, he repeats his own post for no real reason. And I don’t find that substantial in the slightest.

            If anything, the standard of “completely irrelevant” is far more subjective. This thread, after all, has basically nothing to do with AoS anymore. But I think by any reasonable standard, it is far more substantial than “long live WF and the old world.”

          • ZeeLobby

            Well right. But they serve a purpose for me. And others who like them. I mean it serves a purpose, you just don’t like the purpose it serves. Which is OK. A machine repeating comments or telling you a virus-laced link to click on serves purposes that no one here would enjoy, while people do enjoy Marcobot.

            And there’s nothing wrong with discussion threads that no longer deal directly with AoS springing up, but this thread clearly related to AoS indirectly. What’s funny, is if anything, he posted on this thread cause y’all brought him up. As travellers of the internet you should know better!

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            And were I to simply stop posting content all together and copy/paste text from other people’s content to prove a point, it would serve a purpose for me and the handful of people who find my point interesting.

            Absurd premises lead to absurd conclusions. I’m not arguing about content. I’m arguing about form, as I’ve said repeatedly. The content doesn’t matter. The fact that it takes the form of spam does. If you want to be reminded about a “simpler time” then support ways to be reminded that are less asinine.

            The better position is to demand a bare minimum level of quality with respect to form. Unless of course everyone is content with me replying to every thread with avant garde MS paint art that reflects my emotional state at any given time. I’m sure there are people who would appreciate that too, but it’s hardly a service that warrants defending.

            Also, your causality is backwards. Marco would have posted the same line regardless of whether or not anyone talked about him because it’s an AoS article. The fact that he’s conversation-worthy at all indicates that it’s a problem.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean I can support whatever I want. You don’t have the right to tell me how I choose to support things thank you. Again you may be more comfortable somewhere where there is a more iron-tight restriction on comments section content.

            Haha. I mean the causality is unknown. You and I don’t know WHY he posted that comment in this section today. So I may be wrong, but so may you, so please don’t make unsupportable assumptions and I won’t either (my bad). I do strongly believe that if you simply didn’t react to him he’d go away eventually. But meh. Keep focusing on it, it doesn’t impact me. I like his posts so he might stay even if you stop. Dunno. He’s a mystery man!

            And I like all convos. I actually find this one interesting. I’m sorry if it frustrates or angers you, and I’m sorry that if so, thats not my intention. You can always stop responding if you find it pointless?

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            Also “it’s the internet” is a meaningless point to make. It’s not like public forums don’t have moderators and minimum standards for posting. The standards may vary, but the existence of literally *any* standard is nearly universal.

          • ZeeLobby

            And there is one here. And clearly he’s not breaking it. He doesn’t insult people. Doesn’t attack people. Doesn’t force you to read his posts. His impact is so minimal, I just don’t understand why you’d care so much. I mean there’s people here who say much worst things about AoS. If this makes you uncomfortable I’m sure there are other pro-AoS places that you could go to that have a much stricter policy. Just a thought.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            I cant think of the last time I said anything “meaningful” to anyone 😀 but yeah its a forum, sometimes folks just want to vent. I admit when I realized the 4 pages were all there was going to be, I was pretty disgusted.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            I upvote him in a lemming like mentality 😀 I cant help myself, he has kinda grown on me 😀

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            Well voting for Nagash in Khemri will get you political enemies.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          exactly on point here!

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      Sorry, sorry,…was us and our chicken dance/sacrifice… had to get him in here 😀

  • Xodis

    Loving the lore, and loving the attention Death is getting. They just need some new models to hammer this home.

    Im ok with waiting until the end of the “Campaign” as a finisher of sorts where Death starts rolling in with new play things.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Same. I wanna see how Death ends up at the end of Malign Portents. If it looks good, I may start dipping my toes in the AoS ecosystem.

      • Drpx

        Spoiler alert: Order wins.

        • Txabi Etxebarrieta

          I wasn’t expecting Nagash to win and Age of Sigmar to go the full Ravenloft (though I would buy the heck outta that).

          I just want to see Death at least get adequate support when so much attention is put on it. That’s really all that’s necessary to maintain my interest enough to invest in it.

          • Xodis

            Yeah, I was hoping this would be a Death vs Destruction battle, but Im ok with the focus on Nurgle vs Death in this case, makes for a weird battle of the two evils.

            So that means next year might be a good Destruction vs Order (Aelves) campaign.

          • SacTownBrian

            This is really an Entropy vs Anarchy battle.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, favoritism of GW always guarantees this in it’s systems.

    • orionburn III

      Talked a friend of mine to give AoS a try. We’re both a bit burned out on playing 40k all the time. I haven’t played AoS much (did play Fantasy back in the day) but have enjoyed it. It’s simple, but there’s something to it where you just don’t get frustrated like you do with 40k.

      I always wanted to do a Tomb Kings army. Eventually I’ll have to get around to doing a Death army. Their models are so fantastic and would be awesome to see something new hit the table.

      • Xodis

        I want a Death army as well. Already have Stormcast and Chaos, so Im thinking 1 of each faction lol.

        I already quit 8e 40K as well. Just not happy how it turned out.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          Ran into the same, not at all happy with 40k 8th, AoS is a fun little side show, but I have found too many other games that are just better. Still keeping my forces for those off the cuff brawls though!

          • Xodis

            Yeah I downsized in 40K. Got rid of Necrons and deciding between keeping Black Legion or Mymeria.

            AoS is simple and we keep it small so it stays fun. Ill get my hardcore tabletop from Star Wars Legions in a couple months.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            absolutely there 😀 Love the star wars thing (still have thousand+ old wotc figs) and yeah we keep AoS small and no points games and its ok.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah, I have a feeling my group would feel the same. Not sure if that’s just cause it’s actually in a better state, but also that it’s just different and new.

    • ZeeLobby

      It’s be cool if the new models we’re designed based on the other factions corpses. Id love some dwarf/Ork/elf skeletons.

      • Xodis

        I think all games are seriously missing out on those types of models. Would probably sell by the boat loads.

        • ZeeLobby

          Right? I can’t see them not selling boat loads honestly.

          • Xodis

            Exactly this. I prefer my Khorne for actual AoS, but Nagash and his Death Legions will be perfect for D&D along with others.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            This is why I have hundreds of LOTR/Hobbit miniatures, for 1 ring by C7 😀

    • SacTownBrian

      Well we did get a new build for the Throne/Engine kit. Similar to what was done with the Flayer/Horror/Vargheist kit for the FEC battletome.

  • Jared van Kell

    I am interested to see how this book pans out as I have a Blood Dragons Vampire Counts army from my 7E Fantasy Battle days that could end up getting rebased if the army plays well enough. I also have an unopened Montarch box that could end up as Manfred von Carstein if his rules meet my approval.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

    • ZeeLobby

      There he is! /backclap 😛

      • USS Daedalus

        Took like 3 hours…

        • ZeeLobby

          Clearly needs an upgrade. Or new watch! He might just rely on spidey sense.

          • dave long island

            Or maybe he’s got a life outside of making posts on BOLS… Unlike, yknow, some of us on here… lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Lol. A very valid point. Maybe I just admire his restraint XD.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            We are not accepting excuses, Marco-bot has a purpose and must make it happen!!

          • dave long island

            LOL… You’re a hard man, but fair… lol

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            Couldnt resist! 😀

    • Xodis

      Polo

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      Huzzah!! Marco-bot is here!! we got us a AoS thread for sure!

    • GWELLS

      The old world is the past, leave it there it is old. The Mortal Realms are life. Embrace life!

  • generalchaos34

    I wonder if/how The Master’s Teachings will work in matched play. There are a lot of strong warscrolls that are hamstrung by the limitations of matched play (and for good reason, who wants multi splitting horrors all day!) but they are built and pointed around the fact that they “could” do something that no one would ever do in matched play.

    • Munn

      Since it’s not tied to a unit I think it’ll be mostly narrative, but it won’t hamstring things like Nagash’s double summon thing used to.

    • SacTownBrian

      The wording is pretty clear that it is a regen for an entire unit and that it would work as written in matches play. The way they’ve written the rules and the leaks on the warscrolls look like they’ve thought it through. For example Morghasts are no longer summonable and at 6 wounds you can never bring one back with deathly invocation. But it will bring back a blood Knights 33% of the time, however they were never summonable so you can’t bring back the unit. I’d expect the big monsters to lose summon as well: zombie dragons and terrorgheists. So yea, that big unit of zombies, skeletons or ghosts gets a chance to full regen. Seems to be an army wide thing, like fate dice, etc.

      • Munn

        If the unit doesn’t have ‘summonable’ they don’t heal from Deathly invocation.