Age of Sigmar Armies Guide: a Faction and Race Overview
As a new player, it can be insanely hard to figure out how the armies in
Post updated with the reveal of Cities of Sigmar and Orruk Warclans.
I am in the process of making a short guide for each faction. Only the factions from the Grand Alliance: Destruction is done. The overview for each faction will contain:
- The lore and theme for that particular faction
- The special rules and quirks that make up the faction (allegiance abilities and battalions)
- What miniatures are available for the faction
- How the playstyle is for the faction and what kind of combos the army can do
- What books are available for the army (as well as what other books you will need)
- What allies you have available for the army
- Some sample builds or common army lists
- The overall pros and cons of each army.
If you are a new player, you might be a bit confused as to what the army/faction/race system is for Age of Sigmar. If so, I suggest you read on below where I explain it a bit, before you go to the Grand Alliance guides
Table of contents for this article
- Age of Sigmar Armies Guide: a Faction and Race Overview
- What armies, races or factions are there in Age of Sigmar?
- How do you select the perfect Age of Sigmar army?
- Guides an overviews for the Destruction Factions
- Overall overview of the Destruction Factions
- Gloomspite Gitz Guide and Overview
- Beastclaw Raiders Guide and Overview
- Bonesplitterz Guide and Overview
- Ironjawz Guide and Overview
- Chaos Factions with a Battletome: Small Overview
- Death Factions with a Battletome
- Legions of Nagash Overview and Guide
- Order Factions with a Battletome: Small Overview
- Overview of Factions without a Battletome
- Age of Sigmar Rumours and Potential future army releases and battletomes
- In need of a Start Collecting Box or a Starter Set?
- 1 Comment
What armies, races or factions are there in Age of Sigmar?
There are right now 21 factions with a Battletome and about 4-6 (depending on how you count) without a Battletome.
The factions in Age of Sigmar are:
- Skaven (Chaos)
- Beasts of Chaos (Chaos)
- Maggotkin of Nurgle (Chaos)
- Blades of Khorne (Chaos)
- Disciples of Tzeentch (Chaos)
- Everchosen (Chaos)
- Hedonites of Slaanesh (Chaos)
- Flesh-Eater Courts (Death)
- Nighthaunt (Death)
- Legions of Nagash (Death)
- Gloomspite Gitz (Destruction)
- Beastclaw Raiders ((Destruction)
- Ironjawz (Destruction)
- Bonesplitterz (Destruction)
- Stormcast Eternals (Order)
- Idoneth Deepkin (Order)
- Daughters of Khaine (Order)
- Kharadron Overlords (Order)
- Sylvaneth (Order)
- Fyreslayers (Order)
- Seraphon (Order)
- Various Aelves, Duardin and Humans (Order, no Battletome but will be in the Battletome: Cities of Sigmar)
- Gutbusters (Destruction, no Battletome)
- Greenskinz (Destruction, no Battletome, maybe gone)
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 or sub-factions.
A faction will normally have a rulebook called a “Battletome” (if one has been released yet for the faction), giving them special abilities when you take only units from that faction. As a rule of thumb, I would shy away from starting an army that does not have a Battletome. There is a chance that the faction could be merged (or discontinued if you are really unlucky). The fact that at battletome has been released far a faction means that the faction will likely be supported in the future (not to mention the factions with special rules are more fun and perform better).
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). In the coming year, we will probably see a ton of Battletomes that gather smaller factions and making them a sub-faction.
Below I have created a list with each grand alliance and what factions have a battletome or not.
If you want to know more about how the special rules for each faction (called “Allegiance Abilities”) work or how you can take units from other factions into your army (Allies) you can read my guide on it here.
How do you select the perfect Age of Sigmar army?
The guides and list below might be helpful in providing information regarding the different factions.
But how do you pick the perfect army for your needs?
Guides an overviews for the Destruction Factions
Overall overview of the Destruction Factions
Gloomspite Gitz Guide and Overview
Beastclaw Raiders Guide and Overview
Bonesplitterz Guide and Overview
Ironjawz Guide and Overview
Chaos Factions with a Battletome: Small Overview
- Beasts of Chaos
- Maggotkin of Nurgle
- Blades of Khorne
- Disciples of Tzeentch
- Hedonites of Slaanesh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and I was starting out I would simply avoid this book.
Updated in 2019. Now with a battletome, new models, terrain feature, endless spells and a box set in the Wrath and Rapture game.
Death Factions with a Battletome
An updated Battletome was released in early 2019. The older Battletome is outdated.
Models mainly from the old world, but also endless spells and a terrain piece.
Released with AoS 2.0 in the summer of 2018, the N
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:
Grandhost of Nagash
- Legion of Sacrament
- Legion of Blood
- Legion of Night
Order Factions with a Battletome: Small Overview
- Stormcast Eternals
- Idoneth Deepkin
- Daughters of Khaine
- Kharadron Overlords
- Cities of Sigmar
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
More battletomes and chambers coming for Stormcast? Yes, anything else seems unlikely…
Battletome was released in 2018. Completely new Age of Sigmar army with completely new models.
The battletome released in 2018. It united some of the Dark Elves factions of old and added some new models on top.
Released in 2017, the Kharadron was the first completely new Age of Sigmar army.
There are no subfactions within the book.
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 Fyreslayers have been updated in 2019 with a new battletome, endless spells and terrain feature.
The Lizardmen of old holds up surprisingly well, in spite of their 2015 (!) battletome. The only have miniatures released before AoS, but they most are still looking good and they have a surprising amount of options. With the addition of the new summoning rules (found in the Generals
The long-awaited “soup” battletome will unite the last remaining order factions.
Overview of Factions without a Battletome
There is a HUGE range of Aelves (pronounced Elf as in the Old World) not included in any Battletome and split up in multiple small factions.
The old Dwarves are split up in Dispossessed (Dwarf on foot) and the Ironweld (guns from the old empire and dwarfs).
Multiple small factions make up the Old Empire army.
The sad Ogors (Ogres) on foot still have no battletome. Their image has been featured on several posts on the GW community, so a battletome is not that unlikely.
GW recently released this teaser picture of an Ogor Hero, further signifying that something will happen with them (possibly mixing with Beastclaw Raiders?)
Where did the Gitmob and Greenskinz go? They are gone from the store and it looks like they are not part of the upcoming Ironjawz and Bonesplitterz merge (very angr surprised sadface).
Age of Sigmar Rumours and Potential future army releases and battletomes
As always I would suggest looking at AoS Shorts Website, as he is doing a very good job of keeping his site up to date when new releases are confirmed. I will link to his sites below.
- Battletome: Cities of Sigmar. Finally, all of the old empire, dwarfs and elves will get home. Do note that some (maybe a lot) of models will get discontinued (make your own interpretation from their post here). Read everything we know about the release here.
- Battletome: Orruks Warclans. This means that Ironjawz and Bonesplitterz will be semi-merged in the new book (one shared allegiance set and one set for Ironjawz and one set for Bonesplitterz alone).
- GW teased a new Ogor Tyrant. This means that we will see a gutbuster battletome at some point. Maybe it will also be merged with Beastclaw raiders?
- With the Malign Portents
book,four heralds werereleased. Three of the four heralds have ushered in a new battletome and army (Sacrosanct, Gloomspite Gitz and Nighthaunt). Who is missing out? The Darkoath. Likelihood of a new Slaves to Darkness style marauder army? 99% or so.
- I find it very likely that all Battletomes released before Allegiance Abilities (the Sylvaneth book) will get a new battletome in 2019. Fyreslayers already got theirs, so this means that Seraphon is due for an update (everything else has been updated).
- Tzeentch is the only Chaos army that is still lacking an updated battletome.
- More new Battletomes incoming!
- It is sort of consensus that the Kharadron Overlords really need a new battletome. In fact, the rules need to be rewritten for quite a lot of stuff. This could happen, as the army could be hugely popular with some better rules.
- The Gutbusters semi-teaser video mentions a lot of bone stuff. A box set with new Ogors and some kind of Deathrattle stuff?
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.
Below you can slide through all of the Start Collecting Boxes and here you can read my comparison of all of the Age of Sigmar Starter Sets.
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