November 20, 2017 by brennon
Games Workshop has revealed some of the new Battleforces that are going to be available for both Warhammer 40,000 and Age Of Sigmar this year in the run-up to Christmas. Let’s start with Age Of Sigmar…
As you might imagine the Stormcast Eternals are certainly getting in there as the poster boys of the new universe. This army is weighted more towards the scouting and ranging forces of the Stormcast Eternals with plenty of the Vanguard Chamber models.
Next up we have the Kharadron Overlords Battleforce with their floating sky ships and an array of magically enhanced weapons at their command. When it comes to a modelling and painting experience this lot could be rather interesting.
Moving away from the forces of Order we also look towards Death and the Blade Of The Blood Queen. It’s nice to see a box featuring some of the mainstays of an undead army, namely skeletons and big skeletal beasts too. It’s a lot better than some of their wraith-like armies they’ve made in the past.
It’s nice that each of the sets is going to come with a good range of troops, some characters and then something fun to throw into the mix as well. They feel like the natural evolution of their Start Collecting sets.
Lastly, for Age Of Sigmar, we have the Tzeentch Arcanites Battleforce which is a horde of strange daemonic creatures to play with. Have fun with this one and it’s lurid colours!
Overall I think these are looking like some interesting kits to play around with and if you want to either bolster a force or start one, these could be a good entry level product for someone who already has a wargaming background.
The Battleforce boxes for the grimdark future are just as impressive. The T’au lead the way with their mixture of battlesuits in this latest iteration of their army. It’s good to see a force which has decided that the flesh is weak and instead armour is the way forward!
The make-up of armies nowadays is so flexible that it makes these elite and smaller armies very viable. Next up we have the Orks.
This features a much more typical army design that you would be used to. Solid units of troops with a few vehicles thrown into the mix. I like the focus on a narrative for all of these boxes with this one being focused around speed and getting into the thick of the action quickly.
Perhaps as perfect partners and a way for two players to actually start playing some kind of linked campaign in their games we have the Genestealer Cults…
…and the Astra Militarum sets.
Imagine two players picking these boxes up and setting to work building them up a bit at a time. Each week you could paint up a few models, have a selection of smaller focused games and eventually work up towards a big battle between both of your finished forces.
In addition to these boxed sets, Games Workshop also talked about the new Chapter Approved book.
Inside this book, you’ll find new rules and ways of getting stuck into Matched Play games as well as options for other modes too. For example, the book sees the return of Apocalypse rules and ways to make your own Land Raider for Open Play.
Will you be snapping any of these goodies up?
"In addition to these boxed sets, Games Workshop also talked about the new Chapter Approved book..."