We’ve been saying for a while that Slaanesh will be a thorn in the side of a game aimed at young players. It’s looks like the Dark Prince may be going…
Behold the Slaanesh “Rod of Command” from Realms of Chaos (1988) Hmmm…
We’ve talked at length before about the very adult oriented Slaanesh and how the Lord of Depravity has been watered down by GW slowly and steadily over the decades from his 1980’s origin. Even watered down, Slaanesh was going to be a real challenge for any product range designed for the audience Games Workshop is aiming Age of Sigmar at. If you wonder who that is, note the age suggestion on the back of the Starter Set:
Yes, that is 12+ I’ll leave it to you to imagine the conversation between prospective parents buying copies of Age of Sigmar and GW redshirts about exactly what this “Dark Prince” is all about 🙂 I think merely covering up the boobs on the Daemonettes won’t cut it.
So as we were flipping through the background book in the boxed set we came upon this section describing Sigmar’s actions in the time between the destruction of the Old World and the current Age of Sigmar timeline. Take a look at the section highlighted:
So, the design studio took the time to call out Slaanesh (and ONLY Slaanesh) for “imprisoned diety” treatment along the lines of Isha-Nurgle. Then only two sentences later we hear about the “Dark Gods” mustering their forces and attacking without shedding a tear for their lost brother. That line is the only mention of Slaanesh in the entire boxed set, and not a single Slaaneshi miniature is shown. Only Khorne and Nurgle models appear in photos.
It is quite possible that in the kid-friendly future of the Age of Sigmar, the “Dark Gods” may only number three.
Everyone could see the writing on the wall, and really it was only a matter or time. I for one wouldn’t be holding my breath for new Slaanesh miniatures for Age of Sigmar anytime soon.