May 20, 2017 by brennon
This skirmish variant of the game allows you to play out fights with warbands which consist of between five and twenty models. All of the main allegiances are catered for, but not every profile in Age Of Sigmar has their own Skirmish designation. This is to level the playing field one would imagine!
I think this is a great step from Games Workshop as it allows people who have picked up maybe a box or two of models to get playing. Open Play exists of course, but this makes things a little more structured and allows for individual models to fight and your warband to gain renown as it battles onwards.
As well as having rules for playing standard skirmishes there is also the Shadespire Campaign which links together six scenarios as you search for lost treasures in this dead city. You can also get stuck into Matched Play using the new rules.
Of course, you’re going to need some Warbands to play this game with and each of the main factions, Order, Chaos, Death & Destruction have got new boxed sets coming out to help you in that endeavour.
Here, for example, you see most of the contents of one of their Starter Sets for the Stormcast Eternals, the Hammerstrike Brethren, but with a focus towards giving you some alternative options on the tabletop in Skirmish. The same goes for Chaos…
…with their Khorne Bloodbound Frenzied Wartribe. I quite like this one as the warriors of Chaos have always been quite individual looking and driven by their own motives. This gives you a chance to really get stuck into the character of your individual warriors.
You can also get into it with the Death warband, the Flesh-Eater Courts Nightfeast Hunters.
Now, of course, you don’t HAVE to build warbands based on the configurations that you see here as they will be giving you plenty of options to play around with. But, these probably give you a good grounding.
I have to say it might be hard to pass up this one for Destruction, the Ironjawz Weirdnob Warband.
I’ve always been tempted by the Ironjawz and I love their big hefty armoured look. I’m not a big fan of the yellow, but my orange scheme looked quite good! I might end up trying to replicate that and introducing that Weirdnob Shaman into the mix to play with some of the new spells in Skirmish too.
What do you think of the plans for Skirmish?
"As well as having rules for playing standard skirmishes there is also the Shadespire Campaign which links together six scenarios..."