Best of Games Workshop Article by Dad
2018 was a fantastic year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop. Games Workshop brought us many new models and several army release through 2018. Let’s explore the releases our family thought were the best of 2018. Our top five either changed the game, brought a much needed update to an older model and finally brought the Beast of Chaos and Gloomspite Gitz into the Age of Sigmar properly.
First on our top five is the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars box. This new starter set for Age of Sigmar brought us the Second Edition of the ruleset to the Mortal Realms. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is one of the latest in a line of high value for the purchase price boxes of models Games Workshop has been releasing lately. Including a full size, color hardcover book of the new rules and exciting backstory for the Soul Wars in the Age of Sigmar. The Soul Wars starter set also includes fifty-two high detail and easy to build models, the most models Games Workshop has packed into a basic starter set since the full army boxes back in the 90’s. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars starter set is fantastic place to start your journey in the Mortal Realms if you want either a Stormcast Eternals or Nighthaunt army. These forces can easily be built out into full armies by adding a start collecting and just a couple other boxes of models.
An amazing new addition to add more flavor and wanton destruction to your age of sigmar battles, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery brought a new threat to our Warhammer Age of Sigmar Battles, endless spells. Endless Spells add a new threat to the battlefield, each with their own unique rules and flavor. Endless Spells can be cast by any of your wizard characters and can be taken over by the opposing force’s wizards creating some interesting and tactical gameplay options for your Warhammer Age of Sigmar games. Endless Spells are a must buy when building a new Age of Sigmar Army to keep your options open for having fun in smaller games and as a great points filler in larger games expanding your play options. The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery box contains thirteen miniatures representing a great starting mix of endless spells. Endless spells for all of the currently updated factions are also available with new sets coming out with every new army update. Current releases by Games Workshop include Endless spells for Stormcast Eternals, Nighthaunt, Beasts of Chaos, and Gloomspite Gitz at the time of the writing of this article.
The model for the Black Coach hasn’t been updated since the 1990s and badly needed an overhauled new model. Games Workshop’s updates to the Nighthaunt army this year provided the perfect opportunity to release a new one and boy did the game designers deliver on this one. The design of the Black Coach fits in perfectly with the rest of the new Nighthaunt models and is a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, growing stronger every turn it stays in play. I greatly enjoyed building and painting this model and have included it in my Nighthaunt list rotation with the special Deathriders Battalion warscroll in the Nighthaunt battletome to go with two units of ten Hexwraiths and the Dreadblade Harrows. The Black Coach is a behemoth class unit for your Nighthaunt army and is definitely a must buy to round out your larger point cost lists.
The Beasts of Chaos Battletome for Warhammer Age of Sigmar finally brought the beastmen in all their chaos worshipping glory into the Age of Sigmar. This army hasn’t been updated in several years and badly needed a new battletome for the Age of Sigmar. Along with the Beasts of Chaos Battletome, Games Workshop released a set of Endless Spells and a new piece of terrain The Herdstone to add more flavor to the army. A lot of rules were updated to the Beasts of Chaos warscrolls, bringing updates and balance changes to the army rules. This battletome is a must buy for any Beasts of Chaos player in games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
The Battletome for the Gloomspite Gitz was a very rewarding surprise announced near the end of of 2018 with a release in very early 2019. We felt the timing was close enough to the end of 2018 that we could still include it here. The Gloomspite Gitz Battletome joins the Moonclan grots, Spiderfang grots, troggoths and gargants together under the bad moon of the Gloomspite Gitz and led by Skragrott the Loonking. Grot armies had been severely neglected in the Age of Sigmar and really needed an update. Games Workshop’s announcement included new grot models, a terrain piece and grot themed Endless Spells for buiding a fully themed Gloomspite Gitz army for games of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
2018 was an amazing year for Warhammer Age of Sigmar releases and 2019 is already proving to be amazing, with more Gloomspite Gitz models releasing early in the first quarter, and updates already teased to both Flesheater Courts and Skaven armies. It should be a amazing year on the gaming table in the Age of Sigmar.
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