As a new player, it can be hard to figure out what Age of Sigmar armies there is and how the different factions are split up. This article will run you through exactly what armies and faction there is in Age of Sigmar.


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Age of Sigmar armies and factions: the complete list

There are right now 23 factions with a Battletome and about 0 without a battletome. That no armies are without a battletome is insanely good because that was certainly not the case earlier in the lifespan of AoS. Right now, you now that whatever army you buy, they are at least supported with a battletome.

The factions and armies in Age of Sigmar are:

  1. Skaven (Chaos)
  2. Beasts of Chaos (Chaos)
  3. Maggotkin of Nurgle (Chaos)
  4. Blades of Khorne (Chaos)
  5. Disciples of Tzeentch (Chaos)
  6. Slaves to Darkness (Chaos)
  7. Hedonites of Slaanesh (Chaos)
  8. Flesh-Eater Courts (Death)
  9. Nighthaunt (Death)
  10. Ossiarch Bonereapers (Death)
  11. Legions of Nagash (Death)
  12. Gloomspite Gitz (Destruction)
  13. Mawtribes (Destruction, Beastclaw Raiders merged with Gutbusters)
  14. Orruk Warclans (Destruction, Ironjawz merged with Bonesplitterz)
  15. Stormcast Eternals (Order)
  16. Idoneth Deepkin (Order)
  17. Daughters of Khaine (Order)
  18. Kharadron Overlords (Order)
  19. Sylvaneth (Order)
  20. Fyreslayers (Order)
  21. Seraphon (Order)
  22. Cities of Sigmar (Order, old Empire and other factions merged)
  23. Lumineth Realm-lords (Order)

Grand Alliances, factions and battletomes explained 

Age of Sigmar has four Grand Alliances. Each faction is part of only one of those four alliances. The four Grand Alliances are Destruction, Death, Chaos and Order.

Each Grand Alliance is made up of several factions. A faction could be Skaven (Chaos), Nighthaunt (Death), Gloomspite Gitz (Destruction) or Stormcast Eternals (Order). You could also call the factions the “armies” or “races” of Age of Sigmar, but they are most commonly referred to factions.

A faction will normally have a rulebook called a “Battletome”, giving them special abilities when you take only units from that faction (or one of the other factions it can ally with)

Within a faction, there can be several “Sub-factions”. In the  Battletome: Gloomspite Gits you have Moonclan Grots (Nightgoblins), Spiderfang (Forrest goblins riding spiders) and the Throggs (Trolls). A lot of the small factions/races from Warhammer Fantasy have been merged in so-called “soup” battletomes, Cities of Sigmar and Legions of Nagash being the best examples of that.

Below I have created a table for each grand alliance. I list each army so you can sort them by release date, how updated it is and so on.

Destruction Factions Overview

ArmyBattletomeRelease dateEndless SpellsTerrain FeatureStart BoxAge of battletomeAge of modelsUpdated for AoS 2.0Safe to buy?
Orruk WarclansOrruk-Battletome-small10/2019Ironjawz-Start-smallNewA bit oldSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
Gloomspite GitzGloomspite-Tome-small1/2019Gloomspite-Endless-Spells-smallGloomspite-Terrain-smallSomewhat newSomewhat NewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
MawtribesMawtribes Battletome10/2019MawpotBeastclaw-Start-smallNewA bit oldYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon

State of the Orruk Warclans

The Ironjawz and the Bonesplitterz have now been merged into one book, the Orruk Warclans. The Bonesplitters are the naked savage orruk and the Ironjawz are big orruks clad in heavy bulky plate.

You can still play mono Ironjawz or mono Bonesplitters (each has separate allegiance abilities in the book) but you can also play one big army with both factions in them.

The army is performing ok in terms of competitive play.

But why no endless spells or terrain? The small number of different models could really have used some support with those nifty AoS 2.0 thingymabobs, but sadly no. For odd reasons, GW decided that only some armies deserved this expansion of models. It might come later, but seems unlikely at this point.

Likelihood of Orruk Warclans getting updated

I think we are unlikely to see any updates for this army in 2020.

Start Collecting box for Orruk Warclans

There is no Start Collecting box for Bonesplitterz, but the Start Collecting for Ironjawz is quite a solid purchase.

    State of the Mawtribes

    Mawtribes is a merger between the Beastclaw Raiders and the earlier battletome-less Gutbusters.

    Now that you have all Ogors in one book, they are definitely a better option than they were before. You have terrain feature, but weirdly no endless spell specific to the faction.

    The mawtribes are likely to settle on a few builds that can go 4-1 and 3-2 in two-day tournaments.

    Likelihood of Mawtribes getting updated

    I think we are unlikely to see any updates for Mawtribes in 2020

    Start Collecting box for Mawtribes

    The Start Collecting box for Beastclaw Raiders is a pretty solid purchase.

    If you re into the ogors on foot, you might be able to get a hold of the Feast of Bones set (but hurry, once it is sold out it is gone forever)


    State of the Gloomspite Gitz

    The Gloomspite Gitz released in early 2019 and consists mainly of new grot models. The battletome combined multiple small grot elements and jammed them together into a massive tome of gribly goodness.

    In the book you have 3 subfactions:

    • Spiderfang (only old models)
    • Troggoths (new models)
    • Squigs and Moonclan grots (a mix of new and old)

    The Gitz are AoS 2.0 fully certified, the amount of different models is staggering and they are quite good on the tabletop.

    Read my full rundown on the gitz here.

    Likelihood of Gloomspite Gitz getting updated

    I think we are unlikely to see any updates for the gitz in 2020

    Start Collecting box for Gloomspite Gitz

    Sadly, no options. If you are extremely lucky you can get a hold of the Looncurse box, it is out of production and being resold for crazy prices.


    Chaos Factions Overview

    ArmyBattletomeRelease dateEndless SpellsTerrain FeatureStart BoxAge of armyAge of modelsUpdated for AoS 2.0Safe to buy?
    Hedonites of SlaaneshSlaanesh-Battletome-Small5/2019Slaanesh-Endless-Spells-SmallSlaanesh-Terrain-SmallSlaanesh-Start-Collect-smallNewSomewhat NewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    SkavenSkaven-Battletome-Small2/2019Skaven-Endless-Spell-SmallSkaven-Terrain-Feature-smallSkaven-Start-collecting-smallNewGetting OldYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Blades of KhorneBattletome-Khorne-small3/2019Endless-Spells-Khorne-smallTerrain-Feature-Khorne-smallStart-Collect-Khorne-smallNewSomewhat NewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Beasts of ChaosBeasts-of-Chaos-Battletome-small9/2018Endless-Spells-beasts-smallTerrain-beasts-of-chaos-smallStart-Collecting-beast-of-chaos-smallNewGetting agedYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Maggotkin of NurgleBattletome-Nurgle-Small1/2018Terrain-Nurgle-SmallStart-Collect-Nurgle-Maggot-SmallA Bit AgedSomewhat NewSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Disciples of TzeentchTzeentch-Battletome-small1/2017Start-Collect-Tzeentch-smallGetting OldSomewhat NewSomewhatSomewhatCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Slaves to DarknessBattletome new version12/2019endlessspellsSTDNew Start Collecting Slaves to DarknessNewSomewhat NewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon

    Updated in 2019. Now with a battletome, new models, terrain feature, endless spells and a box set in the “Wrath and Rapture” game.

    Battletome was released in early 2019. The Clan Pestilens Battletome is outdated.

    A few new models have been added in Age of Sigmar, but mainly this is the Skaven army of old.


    • Masterclan
    • Moulder
    • Eshin
    • Verminus
    • Skryre
    • Pestilens

    Updated with new battletome in 2019. They also got a few new models, Endless “Prayers” as well as faction terrain. You can also get the box set “Wrath and Rapture” with some cheaper Khorne models in it.

    Battletome was released in late 2018 and gathered all of the different subfactions within one faction.

    A few new models have been added in Age of Sigmar, but this is mainly the old Beastmen army.


    • Breyherd
    • Warherd
    • Thunderscorn

    The nurgle book is from 2018. Some new models but also som old ones. No endless spells.

    A 2017 battletome and it is still pretty damn good. Keep in mind that there is a lot of errata and FAQ for the book, so if you do not like that kind of stuff it might be best to stay away.

    Is quite likely to get an update at some point (only one of the major Chaos Gods to not have an AoS 2.0 updated battletome).

    The Everchosen battletome from 2015 is horribly outdated and it is one of the battletomes I get the most question about. Put simply, the rules align very poorly with all of the new Chaos Battletomes.

    If I was starting out, I would completely avoid this army until we see an update.

    The Slaves to Darkness are getting some new models in the form of the Chaos Warcry Warbands, and rumours still abound of some sort of Darkoath/Slaves to Darkness battletome.

    Death Factions Overview

    ArmyBattletomeRelease dateEndless SpellsTerrain FeatureStart BoxAge of armyAge of modelsUpdated for AoS 2.0Safe to buy?
    Ossiarch BonereapersOssiarch-Bonereapers-Feature10/2019Bonereapers Endless SpellsBonereapers TerrainNewNewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Flesh-Eater CourtsFec-Battletome-small2/2019Fec-endless-spells-smallFeC-Terrain-smallFec-Start-Collecting-smallNewSomewhat NewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    NighthauntNighthaunt-Battletome-small8/2018Nighthaunt-Endless-Spells-SmallAge-of-Sigmar-Starter-set-smallNewNewSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
    Legions of NagashBattletome-Lon-small2/2018Start-Collecting-Lon-smallA Bit AgedGetting AgedSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon

    An updated Battletome was released in early 2019. The older Battletome is outdated.

    Models mainly from the old world, but new endless spells and a terrain piece.

    Quite good on the tabletop and very cool lore and story.


      Released with AoS 2.0 in the summer of 2018, the Nighthaunt got a ton of love in the form of new miniatures, endless spell, terrain piece and all the works. You can also get them in the Starter sets.

      The battletome for Legions of Nagash was released in 2018. It was the first book to really gather several smaller (and big) factions within one big book. Basically, all undead miniatures can be played in a Legions of Nagash army.

      There are four major factions within the book:

      • Grand host of Nagash
      • Legion of Sacrament
      • Legion of Blood
      • Legion of Night

      LoN has some great options, but also quite a lot of dated models and a few very poor options in terms of power. Only a few builds are truly competitive.

      Nagash will soon be getting some new toys in the form of the Ossiarch Bonereapers. 

      The GW facebook did say they will be available to preorder some time in October 2019. 

      You can check out the previews for the army here.

      Order Factions Overview

      ArmyBattletomeRelease dateEndless SpellsTerrain FeatureStart BoxAge of battletomeAge of modelsUpdated for AoS 2.0Safe to buy?
      Cities of SigmarCoS-Battletome-small10/2019CoS-Start-Collect-smallNewA bit oldSomewhatSomewhatCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      SylvanethSylvaneth-Battletome-small8/2019Sylvaneth-Endless-spells-smallSylvaneth-Terrain-smallSylvaneth-Start-collect-smallNewNot new but not oldYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      FyreslayersSlayers-Battletome-small4/2019Slayers-Endless-Spells-smallSlayers-Terrain-smallSlayers-Start-Collect-smallNewNewYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      Stormcast EternalsStormcast-Battletome-small8/2018Stormcast-Endless-Spells-smallStormcast-Start-Collect-smallSomewhat newSomewhat newYesYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      Idoneth DeepkinIdoneth-Battletome-small4/2018Idoneth-Terrain-smallIdoneth-Start-Collect-smallNot new but not oldNewSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      Daughters of KhaineDoK-Battletome-small3/2018A bit oldSomewhat NewNoSomewhatCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      Kharadron OverlordsKO-battletome-new-version-small1/2020KO-Start-collect-smallNewNewSomewhatYesCheck Miniatures on Amazon
      SeraphonSeraphon-Battletome-small12/2015Seraphon-Start-Collect-smallOldOldNoNoCheck Miniatures on Amazon

      Updated battletome was released with AoS 2.0 in the summer of 2018. The older Stormcast books are outdated (including the Stormcast Extremis).

      The Stormcast Eternals are comprised of different chambers:

      • Normal Stormcasts (the first wave)
      • Extremis Chamber
      • Vanguard Auxilliary Chamber
      • Sacrosanct Chamber

      The poster-boys of Sigmar is always a safe choice to pick as an army. Massive amounts of new models, very likely to get more and many ways of getting cheap models (Starter sets, Vanguard Start collect and Thunderstrike start collect

      Battletome and army were released in 2018. Completely new Age of Sigmar army with completely new models makes this an excellent buy.

      The battletome released in 2018. It united some of the Dark Elves factions of old and added some new models on top. The army is quite competitive right now, but the number of different models in the army is quite low.

      Released in 2017, the Kharadron was the first completely new Age of Sigmar army.

      There are no subfactions within the book and it is sadly, not that competitive. The rules are also a bit all over the place (you need to really know what you doing in order to get the most out of the army). An update could really make them shine, as they have what it takes to become a really amazing army in terms models and lore.

      The Sylvaneth have an old Battletome from 2016 and a new one for 2019. With the updated battletome they got terrain feature (that they sort of also had before) and endless spells. The models are good and varied and it seems like they are okay from a competitive side.

      The Fyreslayers have been updated in 2019 with a new battletome, endless spells and terrain feature. Not a lot of different models, but it seems like they are quite good on the tabletop atm.

      The Lizardmen of old holds up surprisingly well, in spite of their 2015 (!) battletome. They only have miniatures released before AoS, but most are still looking good and they have a surprising amount of options. That said, they are starting to show their age. My suggestion would be to hold off on the lizard boys and wait for an update.

      The long-awaited “soup” battletome have united the last remaining order factions into the Cities of Sigmar.

      The battletome has a TON of different options, but sadly no new models.

      You do get two different for start collecting boxes, one with Duardin and one with Aelves.

      Overview of Factions without a Battletome

      This is interesting, but after a crazy 2019 we actually have not more factions without a battletome (at least, all models not squatted and removed are now part of a battletome).

      Age of Sigmar Rumours and Potential future army releases and battletomes

      GW used 2019 for pumping out battletomes. They actually succeded in their mission, making all models part of one battletome (and removing quite a few models in the process). 


      • We are getting an update for Kharadron Overlords and Tzeentch. No big surprise, since both tomes really needed an update. We are also getting a box set with both armies (but remember to preorder quickly, as it will sell out almost instantly).
      • We know that a game set in the “Old World” with “square bases” is coming in 2-3 (or maybe more) years. Right now we know nothing else about the game. GW is in the early phases of brainstorming (they do not even know what it is going to be), so do not get your panties in a twist just yet. 

      Very likely: 

      • Seraphon is the very last battletome that needs to be updated for 2.0 Age of Sigmar. Will GW go ahead and do it in early 2020?


      Remember that Old World article? The last sentence is a big clue for what is coming. It reads:

      “There are some HUGE (some might say giant) plans for the Mortal Realms… More news soon. For now, we have to keep it hysh-hysh.”

      • So giants could be coming? The lore mentions some old giants back in the pre-sigmar days.
      • Hysh could be hinting at the aelves of Teclis from the light realms.

      In need of a Start Collecting Box or a Starter Set?

      If you want to start a new army, a good way of getting a discount is buying a Starter set or going with the Start Collecting box for your faction.

      Luckily for you, we have written extensively about the different options.

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