Age of Sigmar has the ignominious honour of taking huge fan reaction and excitement and wringing the life out of it to the point where there was no more love for the game.
Forums seem to full of haters (but aren't they always) for the way the game and miniatures have been released, but this week I think they (and I) have to eat our words a bit, because the Skarbrand miniature previewed in this issue of White Dwarf is probably the best release for AoS so far!!
Although the only miniature release this week, it thankfully doesn't take up the whole issue (unlike some Stormcast Eternals) leaving room for a wide variety of content.
From Armies on Parade to Parade Ground, Paint Splatter is back, some Forge World Mechanicus goodness (and haven't they done an awesome job with the Mechanicus BTW?) plus rules for Skarbrand to be fielded in both Warhammer and WH40k - neat gimmick there. So is this issue with a buy?
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Skarbrand was sent tumbling from Khorne's grace, losing his ability to fly and forced to walk the earth soulless, a killing machine with no other thought than destruction (man, do any of these Khorne guys have personalities?) he is now allied to none but war itself.
Pretty stereotyped backstory, right? Come on - as if the Blood God wouldn't just crush him underfoot.
The main issue for me with this relaunched Khorne is there are no personalities and far too many "soulless killing machines". *Yawn*
Khorne's forces are full of former great champions who have led mighty armies - lets have the rogues and colourful characters, they are wearing red after all. Khorne is rapidly losing it's luster in a stereotyped characterless blood lust me thinks... I miss the old Khorne.
Moving on - this miniature is amazing. He looks big and powerful, his pose dynamic and his weaponry not too over the top. Looking at the sprues he may also come with alternate weapons. Certainly looks like there's a whip in there - kinky bugger!
Warhammer Visions (released next week) gets a plug here too.
Meanwhile there is also the Horus Heresy Mechanicum: Taghmata Army List gets a good write up here too. This tome basically allows you to have the rules and background you need with lugging the other books around with you. Anything with pictures of Thallax Cohorts in it gets me!!
Someone thinking about the audience? Shock horror!
Pretty well rounded issue - just don't look at the price of Skarbrand.