Today has seen the very exciting release of the new Age of Sigmar starter set, the miniatures game from Games Workshop that has now replaced the decades-old Warhammer Fantasy Battles. It’s a new dawn, heralded by some very beautiful models, and while I was initially intending to wait this one out a little, I caved and bought stuff:
The consolation here, of course, is that they’re all just beautiful models. Last week, Games Workshop put up a series of seven painting tutorials showing how to pain all 47 of the miniatures contained within this new box, and I was hooked from the start. I love Duncan, of course, because he just makes everything look so damn easy, so I can only hope to match his level of skill when I begin the long task of assembling and painting these things.
Of course, I’ve already built up one guy – the free miniature from last week’s White Dwarf. Well, let me take you through the evolution of my guy!
And here he is, resplendent in the colour scheme of the Lions of Sigmar:
I’m very pleased, I must say. I’m actually toying with the idea of using transfers for the first time ever, though I’m not entirely sure just now. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. While I’m a little sad that I haven’t yet had a chance to use the new gold paints, I’m sure I can find a use for them later. The Lions of Sigmar scheme was very easy to follow, I must say – I pretty much did exactly what the caption in White Dwarf says – Balthasar Gold, Agrax Earthshade, and Golden Griffon; Naggaroth Night, Xereus Purple and Genestealer Purple. The green for the warhammer grip was just a personal twist, I suppose. Given that there are so many Liberators to paint, though, I think having a simple scheme will be really useful.
The Prosecutors are probably my favourite of the models we’ve seen so far. I’m a little concerned about painting them, because I think the potential for me to mess it up is huge, but I hope they turn out amazing. All that said, however, the new Judicators look really beautiful, and might be joint-favourites…
For now, I’m ignoring the Chaos part of this kit, not being the biggest fan of Khorne, but I’m sure I’ll think of something to do with it before too long. I am quite the fan of Chaos within the wider scope of the Old World, but always leaning towards Slaanesh. Not because I’m a colossal pervert, of course, but because I think there’s something much more dangerous about the Dark Prince than the other three. Khorne is just all brute force, Nurgle is disgusting, and Tzeentch can be far too weird. But Slaanesh… there’s just something about it that intrigues me. However, Age of Sigmar appears to be trying to sideline the god of excess, as he has apparently “gone missing” or somesuch. Combined with tidbits (albeit from the 40k world) that indicate there is a way to defeat him, it looks like GW is trying to clean up the world for a younger audience. Interesting…
I’ve not had a massive read-through of the literature yet, as I’ve been working on the Liberator all day, but you can read some of my thoughts in last week’s blog here. Overall, I’m excited for where they’re going to take the world, especially now that we have the first campaign book confirmed. I’m hoping there’ll be a lot of interesting models coming out over the coming months – though obviously, not so many as I end up destitute!
The painting guide was a bit of a let-down, unfortunately, as it basically looks to be the aforementioned videos in paper form. Of course, these things are shrinkwrapped so you can’t tell that when you’re in the store, but never mind. I suppose it might prove nice to have a hard copy as well. I thought it might have had guides for the alternative paint jobs that we’ve seen, such as with the Liberators box set:
But no! The book in with the starter set actually has suggestions for different schemes, however. Bah!
At any rate, I’m pleased with how my Liberator turned out. I’m pleased with how the new models look. I’m excited to see what’s next on the horizon as far as releases go. But more than anything, I’m actually excited for Warhammer Fantasy, which I haven’t been for nearly a year. Overall, it was a good day!