Last week, my friend Aleksa and me played the first two missions of the Shadespire campaign published in "Age of Sigmar: Skirmish" book. Here are our starting warbands:
- Bloodstoker (general)
- 2 x Blood Warriors
|Bloodthirsty, unpainted, plastic warriors of Khorne|
- Lord Relictor
- 2x Liberators
|Lord relictor and his two Liberator buddies|
The first mission was Clash at Dawn. The main twist in this scenario comes from the fact that the deployment is determined by a die roll: table is divided in quarters and you randomly choose one of them for each of your minis. However, due to die roll, some of your minis may not start the game on the table - they will have to enter the board later. This was a pretty short affair, due to low model count on both sides and victory condition that demanded to destroy more than half of the opposing warband. Aleksa's Lord Relictor proved to be an unstoppable force in this game, while my Khorne warriors struggled to hit, well, almost anything. After only a few turns, Aleksa won minor vicotry, because he managed to kill everyone except my general, so he earned 8 RP, while I earned 6 RP for the loss.
|The clash at dawn begins (sorry for a blurry picture)|
After we recruited new warriors, here's how our warbands looked like:
- 4 x Blood Warriors
- 3 x Bloodreavers
- Lord Relictor
- 2 x Liberators
The second scenario was Treasure Hunt. Here, we had to search for the relics among the several treasure piles. Since I had more models, I immediately ran some of them towards the two closest markers (2 and 5 on the picture below), while the others went towards the center of the board. I was very lucky to discover relics at both markers in my second turn, so all that I had to do was to delay Aleksa's warriors and hope he does not find any relics as well. The plan eventually worked out - most of my warriors died, but I stopped Stormcast Eternals from contesting my relics (and killed Reributor in the process). However, at the very end, I almost lost because two of my models fled due to failed Battleshock test at the end of the round. That left me with only two models - two lowly Bloodreavers guarding the relics. Luckily, Aleksa's models were far away from the markers, so the game ended with major victory for me.
|Warbands are preparing for deployment|
Well, having played (and enjoyed) Regiments of Renown format in the past, I like AoS: Skirmish a lot! It's very fun, quick (you can play a couple of games in an hour) and you can create some really cool warbands. It's a great way to start your Age of Sigmar collection (actually, I think it's a good starting point for wargamng in general). In case that you own old(er) models, you can also use them without too much trouble (in case they are not covered in the main book, there are rules made by the guys from TGA forum and their warscrolls can be downloaded for free from GW website). Since you focus on individual models, this is a great chance to create some cool conversions or try a new color scheme for your models (in order to make the members of your warband truly memorable).
Stay tuned for the rest of the campaign!