Posted 15/05/2018

Faction Focus: Stormcast Eternals

Welcome to Faction Focus – a new series on Warhammer Community exploring the various armies battling for the fate of the Mortal Realms as we get ready for the launch of the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

If you’re just taking your first steps in the Mortal Realms, we’ll be running down why you might want to try each army, while if you’re a veteran player, we’ll be checking out what the latest news and rules changes mean for your army. In this Faction Focus, we’re checking out the Stormcast Eternals, as well as taking a closer look at some awesome new models…


Stormcast Eternals are immortal warriors from Azyr that wield the holy power of the storm. When a soul in the Mortal Realms lives a just and true life, upon death, they can be called to Azyr to serve in the armies of the God-King, Sigmar. Each Stormcast Eternal is armed with inviolate sigmarite plate and weapons, and enhanced with a range of powers – from vastly increased strength to more unusual abilities, like detecting lies, projecting bolts of lightning or negating dark magics.

– An Army of Champions

The Stormcast Eternals are one of Warhammer Age of Sigmar’s most elite forces, making them simple to collect and paint – you’ll only need a few models to fill out your first army.

– Simple to Learn…

All Stormcast Eternals units are durable and hard-hitting, making units like Liberators and Sequitors forgiving and effective for new players.

– …Rewarding to Master

When you’re ready, you’ll be able to diversify your army with a huge range of powerful units, unleashing flank-strikes with the Vanguard-Hunters or making a devastating charge with the Dracoth-mounted Extremis Chamber. No two Stormcast Eternals armies need ever look alike.

Ben Johnson oversees Warhammer Age of Sigmar here at Games Workshop, helping to steer the game as a whole and working on the games battletomes and other publications. Ben’s also a keen gamer, a regular on the tournament scene, and holds a particular fondness for the Stormcast Eternals:

Warhammer Community: What attracted you to Stormcast Eternals?

Ben: Initially, the main thing that attracted me to the Stormcast Eternals was that they were totally brand new for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and unlike anything else before. Previously, I’d played only horde armies, so the chance to do a more elite force was very exciting. Masked heroes forged from the souls of heroes thrown into the fight against Chaos, what’s not to like?

Warhammer Community: What are your top tips for Stormcast Eternals players?

Ben: Remember your Liberators – they can often be overlooked but have a lot of potential, especially if backed up by the right heroes. Seek out cover, as increasing your Saves on already well-armoured troops isn’t to be sniffed at. Finally, play all the options, there are lots of them! There is a unit for almost every situation you face.

Warhammer Community: What advice would you give to a new Stormcast Eternals player?

Ben: Pick a Stormhost you like the look of (or invent your own). The reason for this could be a playstyle or colour scheme you like, but that definitely helped me get into the army.

Warhammer Fest brought some very exciting news for the Stormcast Eternals – a new chamber is opening, and a new kind of warrior is joining the ranks of Sigmar’s finest. We got our first look at the Sacrosanct Chamber this past weekend, and we know many of you have been clamouring for a closer look – so here’s the inside scoop on what we know so far about Sigmar’s warrior-mystics.

Sequitors

The rank-and-file of the Sacrosanct Chamber are Sequitors. Like Liberators, these warriors are the line infantry of their respective Chamber but specialise in fighting magical foes, like Daemons and Nighthaunt. They have a few magic powers of their own, too – each was a mystic, priest or mage in their former life and now possesses the power to channel energy to their shields or weapons where needed.


Evocators

Evocators are warrior-mages – hybrids of  Stormcast Eternals Paladins and Battle Wizard of the Collegiate Arcane. Armed with sword and stave, the Evocators can enhance the abilities of other warriors of the Sacrosanct Chamber with powerful spells.


Castigators

Castigators are crossbow-wielding warriors who fire crystalline bombs charged with Dracoth breath to obliterate both conventional and ethereal foes alike – like the Sequitors, they can charge their weapons with lightning when the need arises.

The Celestar Ballista

The Celestar Ballista is the first ever Stormcast Eternals war machine. The Sacrosanct Chamber isn’t just made up of mages and mystics, but also engineers – the Lord-Ordinator was just a hint of what’s to come…

The Lord-Arcanum

Armies from the Sacrosanct Chambers are commanded by Lord-Arcanums – veteran magi with a mastery of soul-craft. Having overseen the Anvil of Apotheosis – where the souls of dead Stormcast Eternals are reforged to life, the Lord-Arcanums heal their fellow warriors and return them to battle nigh-instantly. Many Lord-Arcanums ride celestial beasts into battle.


The Sacrosanct Chamber is sounding pretty cool – but how do they work in battle? Let’s check out the warscroll for the Knight-Incantor to get our first look at the rules for these warrior-mages:

And That’s Not All…

That’s just a hint of what’s to come for the Stormcast Eternals – see how many new units you can spot in the official reveal trailer…

We’ll have more news on the Stormcast Eternals before long – in the meantime, check back tomorrow for another Faction Focus and our first look at the changes to the core rules in the new edition of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.

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