Launch Factions For Warhammer: The Old World Announced

May 23, 2023 by brennon

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The launch factions coming to Warhammer: The Old World with full books has been announced by Games Workshop. A list of both the Good and Evil factions has popped up, all tied to the conflict brewing in The Old World during this period of Warhammer Fantasy Battle's past.

Starting Factions - Warhammer The Old World

Starting Factions // Warhammer: The Old World

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These starting factions will be getting full rules published in books at the launch of Warhammer: The Old World. We already knew that we were going to be getting a clash between the Kingdoms Of Bretonnia and the Tomb Kings Of Khemri (a bit harsh putting them on the Evil side. I'd say they're more misunderstood) but we're also getting the Empire Of Man, Dwarfen Mountain Holds, Wood Elf Realms, High Elf Realms, Orc & Goblin Tribes, Warriors Of Chaos and the Beastmen Brayherds.

These armies have been chosen because they are directly tied to the conflict happening at this particular moment in Warhammer's history. As well as published rules, they will also be focused on in upcoming expansions and supplements and be the direct beneficiaries of miniatures from Forge World and Games Workshop.

High Elves - Warhammer The Old World

High Elves // Warhammer: The Old World

There are some armies missing from that roster as you've no doubt already surmised. Here are the forces that won't be getting the full glamourous upgrade just yet...

  • Dark Elves
  • Skaven
  • Vampire Counts
  • Daemons of Chaos
  • Ogre Kingdoms
  • Lizardmen
  • Chaos Dwarfs

Whilst these armies won't get full fancy new books and miniatures, they will be getting free PDF Army Lists which will enable collectors to still use them if they still dwell in their collections. Yes, the Vampire Counts are currently nursing wounds and plotting their revenge whilst the Skaven are in the midst of a civil war beneath the surface.

Additionally, only miniatures that were part of 8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles will be getting rules so no Warhammer Age Of Sigmar products, however, tied to some of these armies that made the trip to The Mortal Realms will be getting rules. For example, any of the new Seraphon miniatures for Warhammer Age Of Sigmar won't be counted as part of The Old World Legacy list for the Lizardmen.

Orc Boar Boyz - Warhammer The Old World

Orc Boar Boyz // Warhammer: The Old World

I'm sure this will make some folks sad but at least all of those armies (including Chaos Dwarfs) are going to be getting rules for you to play games with. In many cases, it will be a lot kinder on the wallets of some commanders as they won't have to buy big new tomes!

There is some more background and information from the folks at Games Workshop HERE which might help out if you're wondering where your particular faction has gone or indeed what they are up to during this time period.

I am now wondering if I have the hobby budget (and energy!) to start doing an entirely new Dwarf army...

"I am now wondering if I have the hobby budget (and energy!) to start doing an entirely new Dwarf army..."

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