I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this box since the announcement. It has been over a decade since my last boxed set, and they have really come a long way.
The new edition of Age of Sigmar contains over fifty miniatures, a full length core rulebook, as well as essential game accessories like dice and a range ruler.
The box art on the external sleeve is every bit as good as any previous set. This one in particular echoes the darker atmosphere of the current setting with its muted colouring.
The miniatures have their own lift-out box with finger holes for ease of use, a welcome change from the good old days of sprues rattling around in the outer box. The attention to detail is great here also, the artwork wraps around the whole exterior.
Before removing any miniatures from their sprues, make sure you have the assembly guide handy. While it does say no glue is required, I found that many of my Nighthaunt models needed glue at some point. The Stormcast Eternals are a little more forgiving, and easier to construct. I managed to snap a few fingers off from my Nighthaunt, and bend a few other dainty bits. The chainrasp horde were pretty easy to fit together, but the Lord Executioner can be a bit lopsided. I glued some leftover frame to the bottom of the base to help stabilise him better.
The middle of the box has the core book and several booklets including the miniature assembly guide. It is a little strange that the ‘start here’ booklet isn’t at the top, but it’s not a huge deal. I was expecting some narrative campaign with a series of linked battles to introduce newer players to the game. As the new core rules aren’t as long as those in Warhammer Fantasy, it is not a huge deal either. The upcoming smaller boxed sets Storm Strike and Tempest of Souls will feature some introductory gaming guides as well as a play mat in addition to a selection of miniatures.
The final section of the box lifts out to reveal some fantastic dice and the last few items. Not as exciting as the rest of the box, but all good things must come to an end. All in all, I was either pretty pleased or quite impressed with this set. There was definitely no buyer’s remorse this time around.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is available now.