Saturday, 27 June 2015

Regarding the "Age of Sigmar"

So, as some of you probably have seen, images of the new "Sigmarites" are out on the internet, and I'm decidedly in the camp that is not positive about their look, or the round bases. So, for those who wonder, I will not be updating my books for Age of Sigmar, but rather stay firmly in 8th ed, maybe with a few alterations.

So long official Warhammer, it was nice while it lasted, but I'll stick to homebrew rules from now on.

Or possibly Kings of War...

29 comments:

  1. You're completely right! These new models have nothing to do in the Warhammer universe !

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  2. They can't do that can they? :O It must be that "skirmish-thingy" I keep hearing about. Warhammer is about regiments and their movement. Right?!
    Gah, fingers crossed, but I'm not rebasing anything!

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  3. meh, proper warhammer fantasy died post 6th edition anyways

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  4. This is great work - keep it going

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  5. Just want to say great work Mathias!! Working as an archaeologist and love travelling the world. This together with being a fantasy-enthusiast means I love to see historical cultural diversity represented in a fantasy setting (like in LOTR or GoT). Your work is the most serious stuff I´ve seen so far for Warhammer, and you are definately taking it more seriously than GW is doing now! Hope you will keep going with this cultural contribution!

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  6. You are right Mathias, keep up the good work on those books you have done up to now and remain in 8th edition. I am really astonished of how GW is trowing into the toilet bowl everything they have done up to now. All the lore, all the special characters with their background, all the old historic heroes, all the places they have described up and down all the WH world.

    I am really sad....but so sad!
    please give me a little bit of relief and release the bretonnia book
    pleeeeeeease

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    1. At this point, I'm glad I didn't apply for a job there, because I would definitely not have liked working on the Age of Sigmar. I'm a little interested in seeing their mercenary faction (though my expectations are low), but on the whole, it's just bad.

      I will be releasing a new version of the Bretonnia book though, just need to get settled into my new apartment before I can put some time aside for working on it :)

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    2. Thanks Mathias!!
      You'll receive for sure my feedbacks on that bretonnia Army book and in case you'd need any help, here i am!

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  7. Mathias, your efforts are superb. As a desktop publisher, I recognise the undertaking! As a fan of Warhammer for 20+ years? You're one of the last keepers of Warhammer lore that 'get it'. Thank you very much.

    If you ever need any help retouching art, give me a shout.

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    1. Thanks, that's very nice to hear! I'd gladly take you up on your offer regarding the art, since it hard to come by for certain books (mainly Halflings could use a new proper cover). Is that something you would be up for?

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  8. Mathias, your army books are way more balanced than GW's ever used to be. You got zero overpowered (low-costed) units or items and the background of the armies and units is straighter to the Warhammer Fluff.

    Our gaming group decided to stick with the 8th edition and keep on using your army books - as they hardly need and restrictions in competetive gaming at all.

    Keep up the spirit and good work!

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  9. Would you be interested on working towards a collective "8.5" update to 8th?

    its a popular idea running around right now.

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    1. I had that in mind for a long while actually, but been holding it off in case 9th ed would be an improvement. I probably wouldn't rewrite the entire game system since that would take too much time, but a few fixes is something that I think could improve the game a lot for those who preferred the more low-key 6th ed version of the game.

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  10. It really dosnt seem like its the end of Warhammer as we know it. GW stores would loose a significant part of their sales (and easily all their profit) if they discountinued WHF and started a new line from scratch with only two factions to start with. And the store in Copenhagen doesn't seem particularly panicked.

    The manager referred to WHF as the "normal" game when orchestrating a WHF battle evening while waiting for AoS. Normally they don't tell their managers anything but I would guess they would have too if it would impact their business seriously.

    So my guess is that its just a new game (basically) that takes place when the mortal world inevitably falls to Chaos and Sigmar returns with a golden angelic host to crack a few million skulls.

    At least such is my line of thinking ^^

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    1. It replaces the base game, thats why they pulled down all the army books.

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    2. AoS IS the new ruleset for Warhammer ATM, all 4 pages of it.

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  11. Seems too over the top for me. Fantasy has always been more low key for me and now it feels like they are just trying to make this 40k in a high fantasy world. I like 40k but the feel of that game in my mind does not work for fantasy. I liked how the humans in fantasy despite having magic and steam tanks and griffons still felt grounded in reality.

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  12. From warhammer-empire.com
    >I'm looking for an analogy that my non-Yankee brethern might relate to, so here goes:
    >You wake up one morning to find that the Premier League is no more. Gone. Vanished.
    >In it's place you find Barclay's: Age of Competitive Badminton Doubles.
    >Your first reaction is: WTF???
    >Your second reaction is: Well, badminton is fun. It is fast. And everyone giggles when they say "shuttlecock".
    >Your third reaction is: Tell me more.
    >All of your favorite clubs are gone. In their place we have badminton teams from cities that you have never heard of. And they all look like Andre the Giant (if you don't know, look him up, that's what the internet is for).
    >But, but, but...You've spent a lot of money supporting your favorite club. Jerseys, towels, banners, jackets, and even a giant foam hand with a single upraised finger (more on that later).
    >Well..we don't really want to alienate you. Maybe the old clubs could be allowed to partcipate. Of course footballers have never played Competitive Badminton Doubles before. And they look sort of scrawny next to the Andre the Giant types. But, hey, even footballers giggle when the say "shuttlecock". And all that money that you have spent over the last 30 years has been appreciated.
    >And you think: That's great.
    >Oh, one more thing. We're going to mash up some of those clubs if they want to particiapte in Barclay's: Age of Competitive Badminton Doubles they will have to play as factions...err...combined teams. We are so excited for the combined Arsenal/Tottenham team. That should make so many people happy.

    So, yeah. Thanks for keeping the proverbial light burning Mathias.

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    1. That's a beautiful, beautiful way to put it man!

      I go with the old 'Imagine your favourite TV show of many years has the whole world it is set in nuked and replaced by something totally different but that the showrunners expect you to keep watching'.

      But yours is better. The 8th Army will march on!

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  13. Hi Mathias, very good work.I don`t know what would my 100 Tercio-Pikemen on square bases do without you ;-)

    if you need any help or pictures from models of arabia or estalia, tell me.

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  14. This is the best news I've read today. And plans for the Bret book is the 2nd best.

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  15. Mathias, while I was (and to a point a still am) in the group of disliking aos, I believe that we should just wait until the release to decide on our beliefs. Would you be willing to wait until the release to decide on revamping the rules, please?
    thank you,
    a grateful fan and player

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    1. Rules are out for the old armies. No points costs, no balance, and silly drinking game special rules that give bonuses based on the player dancing or having a big moustache. Not making these up.

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  16. I'll only do Warhammer Fantasy 8th Ed now. AOS isn't even Warhammer anymore! Thanks for making more for 8th

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  17. You should check out Mayhem for fantasy mass battles. It's fully customizable and has rules that allow you to build your vision of the classic Warhammer fantasy units [especially if you use the 'Armies of Mayhem' builder files].

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  18. My hero! :D Thank you for keeping Warhammer alive for all of us. Let's show GW what they could have done!

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  19. I,m following your work for some time. I really do not like what GW did to WFB. Do you know any alternative fluff to End of Times that continues the history in a decent way? I,m also an illustrator. If you need i,m here. Just go for my name. Gonçalo Pena.

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