Here we are with week two of the releases for the new Warhammer: Age of Sigmar!
Just two kits have been released this weekend, the new Lord-Celestant – a standing variant for the chap on the big beastie that comes in the starter set – and a kit of five new Liberators, a multi-part extravaganza that has so many new weapon options! Perhaps expectedly, it also comes in a mass of parts, confirming that the models in the starter set are indeed much simpler versions. However, I expect the poses you can get from these guys should be really good. I resisted buying more than one kit, but I have the distinct feeling that I’m going to want at least a couple more, for all the different weapon options!
I haven’t had a chance to read the book properly yet, but in leafing through it looks magnificent. Lots of gorgeous artwork, as well as providing the background to this new world. Something that struck me was just how many of the Old Races have survived, given that the Old World itself has been said to have been destroyed. Of course, the marketing move to create new races from the old, with copyright-able names, is well discussed at this point. But anyway. Of all the races to have survived, I’m intrigued the most about the Wood Elf tree spirits, now called Sylvaneth. Might even find myself buying some Dryads before too long!
We also have warscrolls for all the expected kits, and the Judicators are the only really new models that we haven’t really seen anything else about yet – though rumour has them being up for pre-order next weekend in another multi-part kit that allows for longbow or crossbow builds, so releasing on 1 August.
This week’s pre-orders are all about the terrain, with two interesting new pieces coming out, alongside a Lord-Castellant and his pet bird-cat thing. Not particularly impressed by that, but the Ophidian Archway looks amazing, so while I had initially not intended to get any of that stuff, I’m thinking I might actually get one. The painting guide in this week’s White Dwarf has certainly helped my decision there, anyway!
I remain really excited for these things. Fantasy was enjoyable, but put me off far too easily from getting into that game. Even though I don’t know if/when I’d get to play a game with AoS, I still feel more excited for this than I ever have for Warhammer.
My painting is slowly coming along, too. Last week, I built up four Liberators, including the Liberator-Prime, and last night started the task of painting them.
The new Retributor Armour golden paint is really quite bright, especially in contrast with the Balthasar Gold used on the main body of the miniatures, but it looks really nice in making something really stand out and stuff. I’ve only gotten so far as the base coats on these guys, but I’m taking my time in the hopes that I can get some really great results!