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Let's Talk About Age of Sigmar
Michael Barnes wrote: It's one of the "Easy to Build" line.
I think the headpiece is slightly different. But either way it's definitely in the AoS starter box.
Was only curious about it from a value for money point of view. Can't resist free stuff
Michael Barnes wrote: Yep, that's it. $8 cover price. But makes you want to spend more. :-/
I'm curious about the figure that comes with this. It seems to be unique to the magazine: I can't see it in any of their other Stormcast boxes. Anyone else know where it's from?
Although they all look pretty much the same to me anyway.
It's their free Stormcast sprue. They packed it with White Dwarf when they first released Age of Sigmar. My FLGS had tons of loose ones that were provided by GW for any release events, giveaways, etc.
Edit: I think I have/had around 8 of them.
Michael Barnes wrote: Barrow- how viable is AOS for small scale, "Heroes only" sorts of skirmishes? I can't find a good answer...having all of this Silver Tower stuff makes me want to play a more Mordheim-styled game with them.
How "small-scale" are you talking?
I think it requires a decent number of units to be viable as a fun straight-up brawl. A lot of the abilities require combos to be interesting, so it would just be a dice off for tiny conflicts that have no summoners.
If you have a lot of terrain and create some scenario rules/alternate win conditions, it would probably work pretty well.
Michael Barnes wrote: I was thinking less than 20 figures a side, maximum. More heroes than anything. I want to see how that little Storm of Sigmar set handles it.
That would probably work pretty well if it is predominantly heroes. 7-10 units/heroes a side would provide a nice trade-off of options/low model count. The more overlap in keywords on each side, the better the game will be.
In my experience, terrain is a must for Age of Sigmar if you do not have a lot of synergy; otherwise there is no reason to maneuver and it becomes terrible.
AoS is definitely a game about unit synergy where this dude is buffing these guys so they reroll the whatever. That said, if you're going for a super low model count game, then the more heroes and their wacky special rules, the better so I think you're on the right track.
I've played the game with 1000 points per side using the General's Handbook, which is the lowest "official" size GW recommends. Goblin model count was a little higher than you were looking for slightly under 60, but my Chaos Warriors came in at under 30 models. I played these on a 4'x4' board which is what the General's Handbook recommends for this size battle.
For 20 models per side I'd suggest using your 3'x3' felt mat from Diskwars. The AoS rules just state you need to deploy 12" from your enemy's territory, so that's 24" from each other. So with 3' long, you're just using 6" deployment zones instead of the traditional 12". 3' wide should give you enough room to maneuver without feeling completely empty. Like barrowdown said, pack that shit with terrain though. Hope this makes any sense.
But thanks to that trip to the store, I may have found a local buyer for my official GW terrain.
The thing is, I was really trying to get into 40k and I have decent little starter armies of Orks and SMs...but getting into 40k is so freaking complicated right now. Age of Sigmar is MUCH easier to get into...and I'm hoping that 40k goes the AoS route next year so that is on hold for me.
I wasn't really thinking about going with those starter armies, but it just makes sense since I already have things for them...damn, GW that was smart marketing...in the Gorechosen rules it even says something like "Hey, you already have some of these dudes! BUY NOW!"
I picked up a Bloodsecrator...got into a bidding war over one that went for about $12, so that ended, and I turned around got a buy-it-now one for $6 from the same seller. VENGEANCE IS MINE. Now I need to get Valkia, Skaar, and the Aspiring Deathbringer with Impaling Spear to have the full Gorechosen gang...who also all have cards in Silver Tower.