Vampires! Soulblight Gravelords & More Coming To Age Of Sigmar

March 22, 2021 by brennon

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Games Workshop delivered another of their big previews this past weekend for a range of their games. The first game covered was Warhammer Age Of Sigmar and the new army for the Grand Alliance Of Death. The Soulblight Gravelords are on the march/shuffle!

Blood Knights - Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Blood Knights // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

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The Soulblight Gravelords (despite having a super trademarkable name) are your classic Vampire Counts from The Old World but given a Mortal Realms glam-up. Vampires are at the heart of the army and feature as part of its elite wing too. The Blood Knights are the update to your classic Blood Dragon Vampires that you might remember from The World That Was for example.

With each of them being a blood-sucker in their own right, they will no doubt be very hard-hitting cavalry on the tabletop. As they should be. These fanged-horrors go hand-in-hand with the other Soulblight Vampires we've seen in previous previews to give you the true "aristocracy of the night" vibe.

The Quiet Legions

In addition to the new vampires, the Soulblight Gravelords also get some very nice new undead to call on. Deathrattle Skeletons will make up the core of your force and can be armed with hand weapons or spears alongside their rusted shields.

Deathrattle Skeletons 21 - Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Deathrattle Skeletons // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

I think that the design team has managed to skirt the line here and avoid covering everything in bat wings whilst still retaining a lot of that "grimdark" in their look. They actually look like they'd be able to have you in a fight too which is always nice to see.

The classic zombies have also got an update with the Deadwalker Zombies now forming the basis of your shambling horde.

Deadwalker Zombies 21 - Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Deadwalker Zombies // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

These aren't quite as over-the-top when compared to the Zombies in Cursed City which I'm sure people will be very happy with. There is also a nice mix of both male and female miniatures in the set giving you the real feel of a populace who has been dragged from their graves.

Given that we mentioned Cursed City, it would be pretty easy to mix and match these miniatures with those from the new Warhammer Quest game. You could perhaps make an army that originated from there!

Another of the very, very old model kits from the Vampire Counts has also been updated. New Fell Bats are swooping in from on high to drag you off into the shadows.

Fell Bats - Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Fell Bats // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

These are apparently bigger than their older brothers and sisters and are designed to build on the sense of dread when facing the army. When the bat flying towards you is bigger than a mortal man I think it certainly builds on the spook factor.

All of these new miniatures and more will be featured in the new Soulblight Gravelords Battletome.

Soulblight Gravelords - Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Soulblight Gravelords // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

I was going to say that I hope this sees the light of day soon but you probably want to avoid that if you're a vampire. I am certainly liking pretty much everything that Games Workshop has put out for these blood-suckers at the moment and I could see a lot of people being drawn to them as a force.

Warhammer Underworlds Preview

Approaching death from a different angle, we also have the crafted might of Kainan's Reapers coming to Warhammer Underworlds.

Kainans Reapers - Warhammer Underworlds

Kainan's Reapers // Warhammer Underworlds

As a devoted servant of Nagash, Kainan and his followers are going to be stepping into the breach to secure the Direchasm for their terrible master. It's neat to see more of these bone-formed warriors hitting the tabletop, a dark reflection of the Stormcast Eternals. Once again, they give you a good chance to dive in and paint up a portion of a faction rather than having to dive in headfirst.

Video Previews

If you're interested in the videos that the team showed throughout the livestream then you can catch them below.

Soulblight Gravelords Preview // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

Kainan's Reapers Preview // Warhammer Underworlds

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Broken Realms – A God Awakens // Warhammer Age Of Sigmar

It certainly gave the initial impression of being focused on the Beastmen and hordes of Gors that rampage across The Mortal Realms but I'm not so sure. The likelihood is that this is going to be a new Kurnothi character, perhaps even Kurnoth himself. He was previously slain by the armies of Horticulous Slimux so I would guess he is out for revenge!

I would certainly be up for seeing the Kurnothi given a new lease of life as a part of the Sylvaneth army in Age Of Sigmar.

What do you make of all these previews?

"I would certainly be up for seeing the Kurnothi given a new lease of life as a part of the Sylvaneth army in Age Of Sigmar..."

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