While many miniature wargaming VIPs received their copy weeks in advance, we diligently drove to our friendly local game store on the official release date of Aug. 3, 2019, to claim our starter set for Warhammer Age of Sigmar WarCry (paid link), the game of “Skirmish Combat in the Mortal Realms.”
Games Workshop describes this new release as a “tabletop skirmish wargame in which two or more players control rival warbands of Citadel Miniatures, each with their own unique weapons, warriors and abilities.” In essence, one might say that WarCry is the gateway to Age of Sigmar, much like Kill Team (paid link) eases new players into Warhammer 40K.
Like the 2018 Kill Team starter box we opened last August, the hefty WarCry Starter Set is also packed with miniatures and terrain, as well as the requisite core rulebook, gameplay tokens and card decks. There’s also a folding double-sided battlefield mat, three sets of dice and a measuring stick.
The detailed WarCry terrain contained in the starter box offers gamers plenty of gloomy GW gothic architecture, as well as sharpened wooden barricades and the giant head of a long toppled statue. Fortunately the starter box includes detailed assembly instructions for both the terrain pieces and the various warband miniatures.
The WarCry Starter Set features two rival warbands, the Iron Golems and the Untamed Beasts. Games Workshop also offers additional card decks for players who want to recruit different warbands from their existing collection of Age of Sigmar miniatures. The company is also releasing several new WarCry faction sets that will also be usable in Age of Sigmar.
We’ve only had our copy of WarCry for a few days and already we’ve preordered the Splintered Fang (paid link) warband expansion set. Those Hoplite-looking fighters may resemble Jason and the Argonauts, but apparently they’re evil serpent worshippers. Poison, anyone?
There’s a lot to unpack from the Warhammer Age of Sigmar WarCry Starter Set. To watch us crack it open and reveal the mountain of sprues and other wargaming goodness, just click on the video player at the top of this post.