It’s Nurgle time again folks, come see our updated value breakdown on Age of Sigmar’s Blightwar bundle box set that can be a great by for 40k players as well!
Blightwar was the newest expansion bundle for Age of Sigmar that saw Games Workshop returning to their roots by releasing a box with existing miniatures and including two new clampack format character miniatures as well, Neave Blacktalon and Horticulous Slimux.
We first saw that with the Stormclaw Box Set with the Space Wolves and Orks back in 2014. Blightwar retails for $160 and it’s a great deal if you add up what’s inside individually, which totals to around $240. This not even counting the new Neave Blacktalon or Horticulous Slimux models. So, a definite savings right there.
Here is a sample of our quick and dirty review to give you the lowdown on what you can expect to find in this new box set.
For our complete review, be sure to scroll down and press play on the full video below.
The first thing you will notice when opening up this box set is just well packed it is. Games Workshop has really worked hard to improve that “out of the box” or OOB experience. We have reviewed all of the of the units included in this set before, so be sure to check those reviews over on YouTube out as well.
Here’s the breakdown on the contents and values per Games Workshop:
Let’s start off with the Stormcast Eternals part of the box.
- 3x Vanguard-Raptors $35
- 3x Vanguard-Palladors $60
- 5x Vanguard Hunters $30 (Half box)
- Neave Blacktalon $30*??
Now, let’s take a look at the Nurgle half of the box.
- 10x Plaguebeaers $29
- 3x Nurglings $25
- 3x Plague Drones $60
- Horticulous Slimux $55
So all in all it looks like you’re getting an amazing deal with the new Blightwar box. Just counting the prices we know, excluding character models, we’re at a total of $294! After the character models are factored into the price the total value may very well be $324. So it looks like you’ll be saving close to $164, maybe a little more, by purchasing this box which is right around 50% savings off MSRP. Plus by this point most folks out there can get a discount from their Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) or online and save even more.
If you’re planning on starting a Stormcast Eternals or Nurgle Army this looks like it’s going to be the box for you.
Neave Blacktalon, a.k.a LadyCast Eternal, comes out of the box swinging with a nicely sculpted model and strong datasheet. She is a multi-part kit with two head variants: bare and helmeted. Her cape and halo come as an individual piece, that will make it far easier to work on. Combat stats make her a terror in close combat: her Whirlwind Axes have 7 attacks, 3+ to hit, 3+ to wound, -1 Rend, and 1 Damage. Her Boltstorm Pistol has 2 attacks and shares the stats of her Whirlwind Axes but with no Rend. She has a 6″ move, 6 Wounds, and 3+ Save.
Her abilities grant her extra melee attacks on rolls of 6; she can run and shoot in the same turn; when she targets an enemy HERO unit, her attacks do 2 Damage instead of 1; and when any Stormcast Eternal within 6″ uses their “Ride the Winds” ability, she can move with them as long as she is 6″ from the unit she followed and 3″ away from any enemy models. The caveat for that ability being that she cannot run or charge in that turn.
She costs 120 points to field.
The Horticulous Slimux, a.k.a. Mr. Snails, is great addition to the forces of Nurgle. He is a multi-part sprue and the detail on this model is great. Definitely going to be fun to paint all the components. He clocks in at 200 points and has a 5″ move, 8 wounds, and a 3+ save. His Lopping Shears has 3 attacks, 3+ to hit, 3+ to wound, -1 Rend, and D3 damage. Mulch’s Slime-Encrusted Jaws attacks have D3 attacks, -2 Rend, and deal 2 damage. Up close, the Slimux is going to hurt.
However, his main role on the battlefield is to buff and his abilities show it.
Beasts of Nurgle (which the box does not contain and are still finecast) allows Beasts of Nurgle within 7″ to re-roll failed charges and allows them to re-roll hit rolls of 1 if they are withing 14″ of the Slimux; the Slimux can shrug of wounds with a roll of 5+; all Nurgle units can heal 1 wound each time a unit is wiped out within 7″ of the Slimux; and any enemy unit that within 3″ of the Slimux that attempts to retreat will suffer D3 mortal wounds.
For Warhammer 40k, Sliumux clocks in at 165 points and has the following abilities, with a Daemon Prince like statline:
Here’s a preview of the two new battalions that come in the box for Age of Sigmar as well:
War rages across the Mortal Realms. The focal points of the first great battles were those magical portals known as Realmgates, doorways through reality with immense strategic importance. The wars over these were brutal and bloody, and while Sigmar’s glorious Stormcast Eternals can lay claim to victory, it was not quite the all-conquering victory for which they might have hoped. It was not long before the Dark Gods marshalled their counterattack – and none were so febrile and repulsive as those of Grandfather Nurgle…
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Blightwar is a great-value boxed set, featuring 32 plastic Citadel miniatures split across the armies of Nurgle and the Stormcast Eternals. It focuses on the Blightwar – Nurgle’s dastardly plan to befoul the realm of Ghyran using his Grand Cultivator Horticulous Slimux, and the heroic attempts to stop him by Neave Blacktalon, deadly huntress and swift-footed assassin of the Stormcast Eternals. Contained in the box:
A 40-page softback book featuring:
– A brief history of the Realmgate Wars and the events leading up to Blightwar;
– An overview of Nurgle, the Chaos God of Pestilence who seeks to take over Ghyran with his own foul garden;
– An overview of the Stormcast Eternals, living weapons who blaze with celestial light as they scour Chaos from the Realms;
– Cycles of War – the Chaos invasion that became known as the War of Life, and the devastating impact of Nurgle’s malign influence;
– The Season of Sowing – details of Nurgle’s numerous unpleasant attempts to dominate, waging war on countless fronts to weaken the resolve of the Stormcast Eternals; no matter how decisively they are held back the chaos continues, and the sowings go on…
– An introduction to Horticulous Slimux and his dreadful mount Mulch – humorless genius and leader of the rotten assault on Ghyran;
– An introduction to Neave Blacktalon, instrument of Sigmar’s will who will accept neither defeat nor death in her zealous pursuit and destruction of Nurgle’s hordes.
– 3 Battleplans, which you can use to re-create key battles between the Stormcasts and the forces of Nurgle;
– Allegiance Abilities – battle traits that characterise the 2 opposing armies, to be used in games;
– 2 Warscroll Battalions, designed to make use of the entire selection of included miniatures from both armies;
– Warscrolls for every miniature, featuring their rules for use in Warhammer Age of Sigmar;
– Pitched Battle profiles for each unit and Warscroll Battalion, including points values and unit sizes;
– A separate rulesheet containing the core rules for Warhammer Age of Sigmar;
– A Wheel of Corruption, helping to keep track of Nurgle’s Cycles of War abilities in-game.
– 1 x Horticulous Slimux atop his fearsome mount, Mulch. He carries various horticultural tools (using the unpleasant lopping shears as a potent weapon) and prized specimens, and is dangling a Nurgling in front of Mulch to encourage this grumpy beast to move ever forward;
– 1 set of 10 Plaguebearers of Nurgle – these are each armed with plagueswords, and feature the option to assemble a piper and icon bearer;
– 1 set of 3 Nurglings – gruesome yet cheery stacks of creatures, with 27 possible combinations in total;
– 1 set of 3 Plague Drones of Nurgle – these come armed with death’s heads and yet more plagueswords, and feature the option to assemble an icon bearer and bell toller;
– 1 x Neave Blacktalon – a Stormcast Eternals Knight-Zephyros armed with a pair of whirlwind axes and a boltstorm pistol stowed on her belt. She has a choice of heads; one with a helmet, and one bare;
– 1 set of 3 Vanguard-Raptors, who can be armed with your choice of longstrike crossbows or hurricane crossbows;
– 1 set of 3 Aetherwings, large birds of prey aligned with the Vanguard-Raptors who attack on their masters’ command;
– 1 set of 3 Vanguard Palladors – these are armed with your choice of either boltstorm pistol or shock handaxes and strike javelins, and ride furious Gryph-chargers;
– 1 set of 5 Vanguard-Hunters armed with boltstorm pistol and either a shock handaxe or storm sabre, with options for a Hunter-Prime.
So all in all it looks like you’re getting an amazing deal with the new Blightwar box, which is still available online and in local Games Workshop stores. Be sure to press play on our quick and dirty review video below for the full product breakdown.
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