Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AoS - The Floodgates Open

Here some excerpts of what is coming out over the net.

From the Warhammer Forum:

This is pre order week for the Age of Sigmar.. Newest Version of Warhammer!!!!.
Out with the Old and In with the New...

Get a new hobbyist into the game with 1 miniature.. (their favorite box set)..

That simple.. War scrolls come in the boxes. The Rules are only 4 pages long and they are available from the web.(downloadable).. No more heavy rulebooks and army books. All a person would need is their miniatures war scroll.. Now you can get into the hobby and play a game with your favorite miniature or miniatures. If you already have an army. Start Playing as early as July 4th, when the rules and war scrolls are posted. Play games as small or as big as you want. There are no points.. Bases don't mean anything, modular trays don't mean anything. Measure from the tip end of the model.. Base your guys any way you would like too.

The Age of Sigmar allows you to get some one started with a minimum of $10-40 after that they just purchase miniatures as they want to increase their experience and as the game brings in new characters and armies. There will be new enemies, old enemies, new friends and old friends coming back. You can play with your favorite miniatures, you don't have to be tied down to one particular army. You may like other Units in other armies, well that;s okay..


Games Workshop is proud to introduce you to Warhammer – The Age of Sigmar. The old Warhammer World is gone. It exploded and now we can only look ahead at what is to come – The Age of Sigmar. Together we are about to explore new realms. Exciting new adventures lay ahead, with brand new miniatures and new scenarios, set in brand new landscapes. We are opening new realms. Let’s embark on the very first battle of this new era.

The old Warhammer World is gone, and so is Warhammer Fantasy. Forget what you know about Warhammer Fantasy, as Warhammer – the Age of Sigmar is nothing like it. We are going to introduce you to a whole new experience. A brand new game with brand loads of new miniatures and brand new rules.

It is different to what you will expect. It is different to what we have done, but it will amaze you and all your customers. Don’t worry. Warhammer Fantasy miniatures stay relevant. Old miniatures can still be used, however how you will play them has changed. Size doesn’t matter anymore. Whether you want to play with 10 or 100 miniatures, it is all possible in Warhammer – The Age of Sigmar.

The change is big, but you and your customers can still use the existing miniatures. On the 4th of July all the new rules will be available digitally on our website for FREE – It will explain to you how the new game works, and how you can use your old miniatures. The rules will be available in many languages (including Dutch). The new rules for each miniature will also be in the newly rebranded boxes.

Square bases and movement trays are gone. The new and rebranded products will now come with oval and round bases. However don’t worry, as you can play the game with any base shape you want. No need to rebase your existing miniatures. Bases are now only used to stand up your miniatures and you can use whatever shape base you like most.

And then from Dakka:

So, just got off the phone with my GW rep.

 Info I was told:

-It's not 9th edition WFB, its a totally different game. There is no 9th edition coming. There is no huge rule book coming. Age of Sigmar is the main product.

-Most of the leaks on the internet are wrong. I'll be able to confirm this Thursday. In particular the bit about different formations is incorrect.

-The 96 page book is a hobby book, painting, history, how to play examples etc. The 4 pages of rules is indeed the rules. Laminated.

-Each unit in the game has a War Scroll that has the rules specific to that unit. So rules for each artillery piece will be on that unit's scroll, each monster will have a scroll, etc.

-The 4 pages of rules and all War Scrolls will be free and online July 4th at midnight. This will be a living document. 

-Cost is 125.00 in the US

-There may be additional books in the near future, hobbyist/collectors items. Not at all needed for the game, and may not even have the rules in the them. Age of Sigmar: The Big Book of pictures and how to paint....etc. There is no HC big rulebook like we had in WFB, no 3 rule books in a slipcover like in 40k. Just the Age of Sigmar box. And the rules for that box are online and free along with rules for all the old models in your army.

-Supposedly doesn't matter how things are based.

-Scales well from skirmish to large battles. Leave your models ranked and on bases if you like.


  1. Free rules and a 4 page rulebook? Really? 8th Ed rulebook is what 100+ plus another 20-30 pages in every individual army book but some how that gets reduced to 4 pages plus a few extras? I can see this going horribly "child friendly (as one rumour quoted" everyone hits on a 4+ everyone saves on a 4+ everyone wounds on a 4+ everyone moves 6" blah blah blah... oh and with GW pricing down under that US$125 starter set could be NZ$300+

  2. Replies
    1. Kind of... but then X-Wing doesn't have 30 years worth of rules, miniatures and fluff behind it for FFG to throw away whenever it feels like it

    2. X-wing's rules are 28 pages supported by a constantly updated (based on tournament results) FAQ that is 18 pages long. It also has points values...

      So not at all like X-wing.

  3. Our local store is retailing it for $250 - unbelievable by GW if the US are selling it for $125.

  4. I guess the real impact will be felt when we see these new eBooks

    I am personally more and more intrigued.

  5. I'm interested in who is actually buying the AoS box set - rather than downloading the free rules

    1. I won't be. Not immediately at least.

      And sorry NZ retailers, but if I do get it... I can't see you being able to discount enough to match the price differences. 75 pounds vs 250 dollars... should be a Tui Commercial.

    2. It's going to be $200 rrp from the local retailers Philfy. I'll take a look for that price for sure.

  6. I'm keen to get a box to try the new stormcast out

  7. If you are going to start playing an entirely different game, why stay tied in with the old company? Worth looking around for some fun alternatives : http://kck.st/1CCa7fm

    1. This is my approach to it. My models are a sunk cost and playing a game that I don't like won't help me get my money back on them.

      That said it is a good move on GW to make it so easy to try out by putting free rules up there. Should help convince a lot of would be rage-quitters to at least give it a go.

  8. A couple of interesting points raised by the warscrolls as shown on plastic krak. The first is there is now going to be a hero-phase when your hero only can do certain things. The second is that you can use missile and melee attacks in the same turn. The third is that each unit can only charge once they are within a certain distance, though you still need to roll to see if you make the charge.

    I wonder if we are seeing a move to more 40k style turns, when you have a move phase, a hero phase, a missile phase, a charge phase and then a melee phase.