Overview: Season of War: Firestorm

The new Age of Sigmar campaign: Firestorm is now up for pre-order and looks to be a lot of fun.

This campaign gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It advances the story of Age of Sigmar for one, which is very exciting, and it gives you a super cool campaign to play with your friends. It takes place on the Flamescar Plateau, where Sigmar is increasing his control on this plane. Whomever gains control over the Realm of Fire gains the power of an ancient and powerful civilization!

The campaign comes with lots of goodies, including a full color, fold out card-stock map complete with reusable faction stickers. You use these to mark your territory as you expand your territory by defeating your friends in games of AoS!

This gives you a lot of what you most likely love about map campaigns. Your armies grown in power as they expand, gaining loot and glory, represented in cards that you add to a deck. You also increase your ability to field larger armies as you go. Games can vary in size and go up to 2,000 points in matched play terms. Stratagems also come in to play as you go, allowing you to do fun things like redeploy units, reduce the range of attacks on the first battle round, etc.

Each of the various territories also comes with its own benefits and potential dangers, too, tied to the character of that region. There are also some unique Battleplans representing things like ambushes, traps and night attacks.

It looks like a blast and we hope to run through the campaign soon ourselves!

Allegiances

One of the other very cool aspects of Firestorm are the Allegiances it brings to the game. These offer you alternative ways to create armies in AoS. Whereas typically you have Order, Chaos, Destruction or Death as you allegiance, etc. Firestorm offers you some new and very cool allegiances. These represent forces that are present in the Flamescar Plateau. When you choose one of these new allegiances you gain a wider variety of models to choose form and new allegiance abilities. The only limitation is that you cannot choose names characters to be in these allegiances. Here’s an overview of the 10 new allegiances!

  • Fist of the Everchosen:
    • Everchosen
    • Slaves to Darkness
    • Khorne
    • Tzeentch
    • Chaos Monsters
    • Failure is not an option: +2 Bravery and reroll failed charges for units within 6″ of a friendly hero.
  • The Wraith Fleet:
    • Soulblight
    • Deathmages
    • Deathrattle
    • Nighthaunt
    • Without warning: place Wraithfleet units in reserves, they appear on a 3+ 6″ from a table edge and 9″ from enemy units.
    • Nimbus of Shrieking Spirits: -1 to enemy Bravery if within 12″ of a Wraithfleet unit that arrived on the battlefield that turn.
  • Stoneklaw’s Gutstompas:
    • Greenskinz
    • Aleguzzler
    • Bonesplitterz
    • Gitmob
    • Ironjawz
    • Moonclan
    • Spiderfang
    • Insane Advance: Roll 2 D66 rolls, choose one of the Stratagems you roll and you get to use it for that game.
  • Hammerhall:
    • Any Order faction units apart from Seraphon
    • Pride of Hammerhall: +1 Bravery, if the enemy outnumbers you 2 to 1, +2 Bravery, if 3 to 1, your army is immune to battleshock.

  • Anvilgard:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Free peoples
    • Dispossessed
    • Devoted of Sigmar
    • Darkling Covens
    • Scourge Privateers
    • Order Serpentis
    • Implacable March: Forces enemy units to move away from your on a 5+ in the hero phase, enemy models that cannot get more than 3″ away from your units are slain.
  • Tempest’s Eye:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Free Peoples
    • Kharadron Overlords
    • Swifthawk Agents
    • Eldritch Council
    • Alert and Forewarned: +2″ movement in the first battle round, +4″ in the first battle round if you can fly. +1 to save rolls in the first battle round.
  • Hallwoheart:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Fyreslayers
    • Free peoples
    • Collegiate Arcane
    • Dispossessed
    • Eldritch Council
    • Order Draconis
    • Phoenix Temple
    • Magical Resistance: +1 to unbinding roles for Wiazrds, gain an additional unbinding attempt once per hero phase against your opponent if they are within 18″ of any Hallowheart models at -1.
  • The Living City:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Free Peoples
    • Sylvaneth
    • Wanderers
    • Dispossessed
    • Hidden in the Shadows: Set units from this allegiance up in reserves, set them up within 3″ of a Sylvaneth Wyldwood or the edge of a battlefield.
  • Greywater Fastness:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Free Peoples
    • Ironweld Arsenal
    • Collegiate Arcane
    • Wanderers
    • Punishing Bombardment: on the roll of a 6 in your hero phase, a War Machine in your army can shoot as it if were the shooting phase.
  • The Phoenicium:
    • Stormcast Eternals
    • Free peoples
    • Dispossessed
    • Phoenix Temple
    • No Defeat Unanswered: If one of your units is wiped out in the combat phase, you can re-roll hit rolls of 1 for all other units in the army for the rest of that combat phase.  If more than one unit is destroyed, your army gains +2 bravery for that turn.

Wow, that is a lot of new material! As a Free Peoples player that uses a lot of Ironweld Aresenal and some Collegiate Arcane, I am immediately drawn to the Greywater Fastness allegiance. Heck, I even have some Waderers hanging around! But, I could take my list as it is, make them Greywater Fastness, and gain a very cool ability, letting my deadly Hellstorm Rockets potentially fire again in the hero phase. Not bad! I’ll have some of that, please.

Do you plan on playing your army as one of the above allegiances? If so, which one?

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7 Responses to “Overview: Season of War: Firestorm”

  1. jared September 23, 2017 12:13 pm #

    A lot more options for Order than I thought. It’s a shame for the other grand alliances, but I sort of get why. Order annihilated in the global campaign, so it makes sense. Anyway I play pretty much Stormcast Eternals, Dispossessed, and Ironweld Arsenal. So Hammerhal would be the obvious choice, but I do get more options if I don’t play with one of the duardin factions. Also about Tempest’s Eye, are you sure Dispossessed isn’t one of the options? The community article says it is, and the box set does come with Dispossessed, so I am pretty sure that is an option. So I will most likely roll with that one.

  2. Ytook September 23, 2017 1:58 pm #

    I like that this is giving a way to have a lot of the smaller factions work together and get some interesting benefits, particularly with these stacking with other alliegence abilities you could actually do an interesting Highborn Aelf army with Tempest’s Eye or Greenskin army Stoneklaw’s Gutstompas.

    • Reecius
      Reecius September 25, 2017 9:35 am #

      Exactly, this is a very fun and exciting addition to AoS, IMO. As I said in the article, Greywater Fastness is a natural fit for my style of army.

  3. Chris September 23, 2017 7:57 pm #

    I will have to try out the halowheart one. I have fyreslayers and some collegiate arcane so that should fit fairly well.

    • Reecius
      Reecius September 25, 2017 9:32 am #

      Yeah, some of these look super fun!

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