All of this stuff looks great! Not sure when I'll actually try to get my hands on it, but I'll at least pick up the books if nothing else . The models look great too, especially loving the new Stormcast, they seem quite a bit more dynamic than what came out originally in 2015.
Agreed, and they also allow every order Army the ability to get a wizard for casting/dispelling. I'm sure they will be very popular. Especially the one which can once per game auto dispel.
That starter box looks tremendous. Just a superb number of minis in addition to all of the books. The models are probably even higher quality as the Death Guard in the 40k starter set, and that's really saying something because those DG minis are the best starter minis I have ever seen.
The magic expansion seems good, although the price point will have a lot to do with whether I pick it up. I think it's probably going to be somewhat pricey though, if it includes all of the persistent spell minis, as they're not small.
The General's Handbook will likely be another must buy. They're such high quality and everyone says how much they add to the game.
The other thing I'm most excited by is the Nighthaunt Gloom paint. I just hope it goes through an airbrush ok so that I can speed paint all of the minis in this set. The Hexwraith Flame I'm less enthused about, but I'm sure a lot of people will get good mileage out of it.
Finally, the presentation of that video was excellent. GW really are hitting it out of the park with what they're producing these days.
Really excited for this release in a way that the original AoS never grabbed my attention.
Agreed, all looks really good.
The video is very reminiscent of the cut scenes from Total Warhammer II. It also has some images which are definitely inspired by the Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, and indeed the Deatheaters in Harry Potter. I quite like, but the Nighthaunt one was better.
I like the fact that Nighthaunt is present in the starter box and I really like the names that GW has devised for all of this. It really does all look very promising. The only concern for me is the number of expansions that are already being generated here. I was hoping that this was going to be a trap that Age of Sigmar would not fall into.
Well, there is always going to be additional books and suppliments. It's just not mandatory stuff to play. The only expansions so far has been malign portants and these endless spells, and neither are mandatory to play.
There will be a lot of value in the endless spells too, so I'm excited to see them in game. Especially as they will cost points to use. Thank god.
The only thing I'm concerned about is command ability spam/stacking. That could get really gross really quick, and can lead to a lot of deviating turn 1's.
I do like how they are implementing summoning, as free summoning was the one thing I was most worried about when announced, as getting models for free is 1) very easy to abuse, and 2) really slows down the game.
It looks like all the factions which can Benifit from this change have decent restrictions to keep it balanced.
Also, not needing reinforcement points let's some less-used units get a chance to shine, life flame Pheonixs and Skar Bloodwrath, who were garbage before.
The faction focus articles are fairly useless, mostly waffling along about nothing. But I do enjoy the bewildering unit recommendations at the end.
Oh, you play Dispossessed? You should take a Gunstock Gunhauler! Umm, no, no one wants to take a Gunstock Gunhauler, thanks though. 160pts for a one shot gun that hits on a 4+? No thanks. Lol.
I think the thing I am most excited about, is being able to theme your army on a specific realm, allowing extra artifacts. I think that's super cool, and allows a wealth of possibility for modeling and painting.