Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Dad
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is Games Workshop’s latest edition of their Age of Sigmar starter set, including a full hardbound rules book for the 2018 2nd Edition rule set. This fantastic box also includes a whopping fifty-two miniatures in Games Workshop’s new push-fit easy to build style models.
Thirty-two Nighthaunt miniatures and nineteen Stormcast Eternals with the newest warscroll cards and unique battalion warscrolls are included in the model set. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box also includes a plethora of support booklets. A sixteen page booklet with the full rules for easy reference, a thirty-two page Battle of Glymmsforge booklet containing some of the back story and fluff for the included miniatures, and an 8 page Start Here booklet providing all the essential information for starting the Warhammer Age of Sigmar hobby.
The box is nicely rounded out with a beautiful set of twelve 14mm six sided dice, a twelve inch ruler, assembly and painting guides for all the miniatures, transfer sheet for the Stormcast Eternals and a mini thirty-two page preview novel from the Black Library, Games Workshop’s repository of stories from the Age of Sigmar and 40K universes.
The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is a great example of Games Workshop working to pack more value into their kits. They have truly pulled that goal off here. Even at a price point that is 30% higher than previous starter sets, this box is a fantastic value. It starts with the rule book. Previous entries only had mini versions or booklets of the rules, while this set includes the full hardbound edition of the rules. The rule book alone nets you 30% of the increased cost of the box.
Next, the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is packed with fifty-four models, the most they have ever included in a starter set. The kit is a solid place to start building a new Stormcast Eternal or Nighthaunt army. Games Workshop is killing the design of their new push to fit, easy to build models. The detail on these models is sometimes even better than GW’s standard model kits, and they are so easy to build that you have no excuse to put off assembling them.
Getting the warscrolls is a needed and much appreciated bonus, along with all the support books and dice. The included ruler is on the flimsy and cheap side, but most Warhammer players choose to use their own tape measure. However, the ruler they provide is serviceable if no other measuring device is available.
In my opinion, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is one of the best starter sets Games Workshop has ever released. With immense value packed into every inch, gorgeous artwork and model design, and that beautiful full hardbound edition of the complete ruleset. It is a must buy for anyone who plays or wants to play Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.
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