Review – Age of Sigmar 2.0 Skirmish Rules

The January issue of White Dwarf contained a nice little surprise for me. Brand spanking new Skirmish rules for Age of Sigmar!

Included as part of the new format for White Dwarf which is bringing the magazine ever closer to how it used to be. Each issue promises new rules supplements with one of the first for Age of Sigmar being this update to Skirmish. The old Skirmish rules were from back in the heady days of original Age of Sigmar and have long been in need for an update. It is not just a one off either. There is a nice tease for campaign rules to come at a later date and hopefully we’ll see further updates after that.

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New Year, New Hobby Me?

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I started this blog with nobel goals. I was going to re-engage with the Warhammer hobby but this time I was going to do it right. I even joined a Blood Bowl league and everything!

Sadly as is often the case, life and work got in the way for a bit. My free time and mental energy for hobby stuff and then writing about it on top of it has been very limited for the past few months. Thankfully I kept up with my commitment to the Dragon Bowl League and even started having some successful games of Blood Bowl towards the end. (A writeup of sorts is in the works) Making content for this blog however stopped.

The New Year is an oppotunity to recommit to documenting my hobby life a bit better. We’ll see how it goes hopefully I’ll get more in the habit of writing things again. 

So without further a do here are my hobby goals for this year!

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NOVA Open Games Workshop Reveals

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It is currently The NOVA Open tabletop gaming convention in America and Games Workshop are continuing their crazy announcement pacing by revealing a bunch of new shiny things for me to throw my money at.

I’m just highlighting the things that appeal to me (which is most of it) but you can get the full skinny here.

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Bishop’s Stumblers Vs Lovehaven Dancers

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There have been some improvements in my tactical playing since my last game! YAY! The learning curve for competitive Blood Bowl may be erratically steep but it feels like I’m getting somewhere despite losing another match. I managed to control the board more than usual, caused a lot of casualties (it is the Dwarven way after all!) and even managed to make two breaks for the end zone with both being stopped at the last moment.

Playing against an Elven Union team made for a surprisingly balanced match against my Dwarves. While the Lovehaven Dancers could move a lot and easily get the ball into position, they are very….squishy. Five casualties inflicted in a game squishy. My opposing coach, Colin kept me on my toes with some spectacular moves, especially when he quickly turned my failed attempt to score a touchdown into one of his own. Something I will be looking out for in future games against pesky elf teams! The second touchdown came from some Nuffle induced chaos in the form of a Pitch Invasion which took out my rearward ball handling (heh) players. The Dancers quickly sprinted down the board and after a messy skirmish got the ball and scored.

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Bishop’s Stumblers Vs Deadicated Few

Nuffle wasn’t really on my side on Tuesday. The Deadicated Few travelled to the Bishop’s Stumblers home turf and ended up beating my dwarves 0-4. It is was interesting going up against an Undead team because they share a few similarities with Dwarves. They are mostly slow, have low agility and tend to favour hitting things until they stop moving. A match made in heaven.

Normally I’d be happy to lose one or two of my players as I’d likely take out the same amount or more from my opponent. Which happened last night, but the undead have an ace up their sleeve, Regeneration. A pesky skill that has a chance of negating casualties on players. A skill that worked overtime last night to keep the undead horde on the pitch and whittling down my numbers until I had a measly four dwarves on the pitch by the end of the game. Lack of players, some bad luck and as usual some silly decisions on my part all coalesced into a fun game with a bad outcome for me at least.

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So I’ve joined a Blood Bowl League

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I’ve had a busy couple of weeks! Not only did I finally attend a London Warhammer Gaming Guild session to play my first full game of Age of Sigmar. (I lost but will do better next time!) I also managed to sneak into this year’s Blood Bowl, Dragon Bowl League in a last minute spot opening.

Blood Bowl is perhaps my favourite Games Workshop product. It has a certain charm to it and once it gets you it is hard to shake it off. The hay day of the 3rd Edition happened when I was the perfect age and since then it is a game that has stuck with me like no other. Now that it has been brought back into the fold by GW for the past couple of years it felt right to try giving the gaming scene for it a go while also pursuing Age of Sigmar. With the London Warhammer Gaming Guild the Dragon Bowl League I seem to have stumbled upon a best case scenario because it is a league and group that caters to all tastes.

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Painting Steelheart’s Champions

Painted by following Duncan’s YouTube painting guide with a few tweaks here and there so that they fit in better with the rest of my Stormcast Eternals. It was actually the first time I have been using a guide and decided to do a couple of tings differently. One without completely ruining the model, two because I saw an opportunity to try something different.

Overall I’m impressed with the final result. I took my time with these three because I’ll be using them for both Age of Sigmar and Shadespire. There are some minor mistakes here and there that I didn’t have the will power to correct because they are only really going to be noticed by me. The mistakes were few and far between though because I am slowly gaining more control with the brush.

One of the other more noticeable improvements I’ve made in my painting skills is my edge highlighting is way better than it was even a few weeks ago! My understanding and ability with core painting techniques improves with each model and with units like this it makes all the hard work worth it!