Legions of Nagash – The Bringers of Darkness

The Legions of Night bring a whole new meaning to the Term Night-Terrors!

Are you afraid of the Dark? Maybe you should be because when the lights go out the Dead Rise! Nagash’s Legions have maybe tools at their disposal. So far we’ve seen the hordes of Skeletons, the Necromancers, and the Vampires. Today we’re getting a look at the Legions of Night who use underhanded tactics to defeat their foes.

via Warhammer Community

Mannfred von Carstein is back and, while he’s never been the most apt melee combatant (but he IS still a freaking Vampire), he’s typically preferred to outwit his prey. Or just flat out lie, cheat, and straight-up trick folks. In game, his Legion reflects this trait with a couple of abilities:

The Bait

Getting a bonus to your save is always nice. The down side is that this only applies to your Deathrattle units wholly within your territory. But that’s why it’s called “The Bait” and not the “The Boss” I suppose. Just pose your skeletons in a taunting manner!

Realistically, considering what we learned about the Gravesite bonus the armies of Nagash get, these units are going to be pretty annoying for your opponent to dislodge. Your Skeletal Horde can keep your home-fires burning while your more elite forces push forward for objectives.

“We don’t like fire…”

Ageless Cunning

The next ability that plays into being the “sneaky” Legion is Ageless Cunning. Up to 3 Legion of Night units can be setup in ambush and can appear on a battlefield edge at the end of your movement phase! Considering some of the heavy-hitters that you can bring as a Legion of Night army, dropping a Zombie Dragon or Terrorgheist in your enemies backfield or flanks seems pretty good. And that’s not all – check out this mean trick:

“This ability also works when deploying your gravesites offensively – bring on a Death hero from a table edge within 9″ of a gravesite, then summon another unit you’ve kept in reserve from that!”

Surprise! The party is here and they are ready to rage. This could really create some great opportunities for cunning generals.

But Wait, There’s MORE!

The Legion of Night will also get more artefacts and command traits to toy around with too. Check these out:

Command Traits

Unbending Will can help keep your bodies on the battlefield. Always a bonus when you’re trying to tie up a unit or hold for just one more turn!

Unholy Impetus can help pile on the attacks. I’m not sure if it’s going to help you top that 162 attacks that the Grave Guard can theoretically dish out, but it can’t hurt to add more attacks to a Legion of Night unit!


Okay – this Curseblade is pretty bonkers. Why? Because it can cause Mortal Wounds to an enemy hero in your hero phase on a 4+. There is no range limit, no targeting restrictions, no where to run, no where to hide. Sure it’s only ONE Mortal Wound per turn…but you could take out lesser heroes in a few turns if you’re lucky – and you don’t have to commit any other resources to them! Alternatively, you could pick a bigger threat and whittle them down a bit before you engage. Oh and did you notice that it ALSO let’s you heal a wound on the bearer of this Artefact?

Morbheg’s Claw is going to help out your Legion of Night Wizards. It let’s you add 2 to the casting rolls for your wizards within 12″ – the down side is that the bearer can’t move, charge or attack this turn. However, if you were going to sling spells this round then this is a very nice boost.

Nightfall Pack Battalion Bonus

Swooping Predators is a bonus for the Nightfall Pack Battalion. It nets you some extra attacks on a successful charge for your Vargheists. More attacks equals more chances to kill stuff which sounds good to me!

The Bloodseeker Palanquin is a new Soulblight unit for the Legions of Nagash that is constructed from the same kit as the Coven Throne/Mortis Engine. If an enemy hero is slain within 9″ of the Bloodseeker, then nearby Soulblight units will get additional attacks thanks to A Fine Vintage:

To help you with this goal, the Blood Siphon ability should help out:

Anything that generates Mortal Wounds is going to be useful! With some hot rolling you could take a bloody chunk out of a hero with the Bloodseeker Palanquin for sure!

Death comes for us all…Make your peace before the Legion of Nagash arrives!

  • Sonic tooth

    Pity there isn’t some vampire knight infantry minis

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!!

    • Koen Cambré
      • Brandon Rutter

        couldve sworn i blocked that guy

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          he cannot be blocked, he cannot be reasoned with, he will never stop trying to kill sarah connor….err AoS.

          • Andreas Noche

            Some people just want to watch AoS burn.

          • Jesse Cavazos

            Okay, that made me laugh. A lot.

    • Jared van Kell

      The Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World are dead, the End Times saw to that. Nothing will bring it back, not you, not me and certainly not Games Workshop. Your bitterness and hate for AoS is wasted because simply put, nobody cares anymore.

      • dave long island

        ‘What do you mean by ‘sounding like a scratched record?’ asks the mostly disinterested millenial teen girl wearing her bluetooth ear buds that match the color of her nose ring and tongue stud… lol

      • Carey_Mahoney

        But you listened.

        • Jared van Kell

          I heard, I did not listen. There is a big difference.

          • Carey_Mahoney

            LOL, okay. 🙂
            But that was hard to tell, seeing your emotional reaction. Just sayin’.

          • Jared van Kell

            Less emotional response and more stating the hard, non-sugar coated truth of his situation.

          • Carey_Mahoney

            Not sure if you were joking with this or not. Were you?

          • Jared van Kell

            For the most part, yes.

      • Apocryphus

        Not even those of us who prefer WHF and the old world are still listening. Or at least I’m not. What used to be a rallying cry has turned into a chant shouted through a megaphone, it’s lost all meaning, it’s lost all value. It now does nothing more than generate reaction gifs and frustrate old farts and new blood.

        Also, Marco is practically a bot, if not one fully, I doubt he checks any replies.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          Well so what happens when he becomes self aware??? judgement day, thats what!

          • Apocryphus

            This is how Maximum Overdrive started!

        • Vanders

          So basically what you’re saying is that you’ve given up. Great, step aside then and let people who actually care about the Warhammer World keep fighting for its return.

          • Apocryphus

            It’s giving up when you quit playing the game. I haven’t. There is no “fight” to be had. People who like AoS are going to like it and to say that we have to “fight” them about it is childish and unproductive. If you like WHF, as I do, keep playing it. Nobody can stop you, not GW, not AoS fans, nobody. But don’t shout down people who don’t like it and don’t repeat your viewpoints ad nauseum, to the point where it’s nothing more than a joke. This isn’t some school yard brawl, we should act like adults and show a little respect to other gamers.

      • Vanders

        The Horus Heresy era was already over before when the game started yet GW supports it. Just because the era is over in lore doesn’t mean it’s never going to be supported.

        • Jared van Kell

          I am talking from a financial position, remember GW are a business after all and they need to make a profit. GW have invested too much time and money into Age of Sigmar to bring back 7th Edition and whilst it was fun, it was making a loss overall. Age of Sigmar, for what it is worth, is making a profit so why go back?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By
    • AEZ

      It lives on in Mallus 😀

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      Huzzah!! Marco time!!

  • D. B.

    That is admittedly cool. Personally, I have only lukewarm feelings towards Sigmarines, but this release is making me ever more interested. AoS is picking up speed, and it’s a good thing.

    • Jared van Kell

      From what I have seen of this book I believe it will truly make the Death faction something to be truly feared on the tabletop. I expect to see a lot of Legions of the Sacrament and Legions of the Night armies. I personally will be dusting off my Blood Dragon army and going with a very elite Legions of the Blood force.

      I do have to say that something I have really started to enjoy with Malign Portents is how GW are linking the most recent and upcoming releases, which in this case is Maggotkin of Nurgle, Legions of Nagash and Daughters of Khaine, with what appears to be a very solid narrative.

      • D. B.

        Indeed. Now if they only fleshed out Free Peoples into something more coherent and more than just squishy sidekicks to the Sigmarines (though the AoS novels are a good start – City of Secrets / Spear of Sorrows), maybe even give us something like Bretonnians, I’d be very, very happy.

        • AEZ

          They are not side kicks.. more like… the clean up crew 😀

        • Jared van Kell

          You and me both I used to play Brettonians and was a tad annoyed when they got squatted.
          To be honest GW could put Free Guilds, Devoted of Sigmar, Ironweld Arsenal and Collegiate Arcana into one book complete with the usual rules, battalion warscrolls, spell lists for all 8 base lores and magic items and you would have a very strong book. . .

        • Ak318

          While I would like to see free people get love I would like to ask for more death and destruction stuff first cause Order has 3 large battletomes (stormcast, kharadron, sylvaneth), and 2 smaller ones (fireslayers and seraphon). and DoK on the way.

          Order has such a dominance it woud be nice to see the other ranges get some love first. Otherwise AoS just has an imperium issue for 40k

          • Ak318

            both miniwise not just bookwise

  • dave long island

    I’m glad they decided against the ‘Stations of the Cross of Nagash’ and the ‘Friday Fish Fry of Nagash’ as well… lol

  • Vayle

    I am all for more undead.
    I just wish they would bring the tomb kings back, I got into the hobby too late to start an army and they are absolutely awesome 🙁
    Though I will start a TK army using miniatures from other manufacturers…