Starting a New Army- Age of Sigmar

The Cities of Sigmar BattleTome

A few years ago I dabbled in the idea of starting Warhammer Fantasy. At the time I was REALLY into World Eaters and so naturally gravitated to Warriors of Chaos… then the old world spontaneously exploded just before I pulled the trigger. The second attempt came a few years later, now with Age of Sigmar, the Warhammer Fantasy successor. Try as I might, the new factions just didn’t appeal. I hated the aesthetic of the Stormcast Eternals and the other new factions just didn’t capture my imagination. I did eventually pick up some of the old empire minis but without proper codex support and my chosen faction feeling quite out of place, I eventually lost interest and shelved the project.

On 05/10/2019, Games workshop released the Cities of Sigmar Battletome (Codex). This book bundled elves, dwarfs and humans together into a single playable faction. My faction now has a set of playable rules, proper army support and a place in the lore. What’s more the Empire, or Free guilds as they are now called where front and centre on the cover. It took a little while to talk myself round but I eventually buckled and picked up the Battletome. I was going to try again.

This attempt went a little better and I actually managed to finish painting my collection! Upon completion however, the entire force was boxed and put out of site. Back to 40k I went…

So what’s different this time? I recently finished a few 40k projects and have been feeling a little burnt out with Sci-fi. I’ve been reading into the warhammer fantasy lore and even picked up the first Gotrek and Felix novel. Looking at my minis, I have decided they need to be stripped and repainted but this time I want to move forward with a plan. I want a colour scheme planned out before I start painting and I want an army list planned out. I began to research my faction and after some time, came up with the following army list:

The List

Allegiance: Cities of Sigmar

– Mortal Realm: Ghyran

– City: Greywater Fastness


Cogsmith (60)

– General

– Command Trait : Drillmaster

– Artefact : Mastro Vivetti’s Maginificent Macroscope

Celestial Hurricanum with Celestial Battlemage (280)

– Lore of Smog : Choking Fumes

Steam Tank with Commander (230)

– Artefact : Runic Munitions

Lord-Ordinator (140)

– City Role : General’s Adjutant


10 x Freeguild Guard (80)

– Swords and Shields

10 x Freeguild Handgunners (100)

10 x Freeguild Handgunners (100)

20 x Freeguild Handgunners (200)

5 x Freeguild Outriders (100)


Helstorm Rocket Battery (130)

Helstorm Rocket Battery (130)

Helstorm Rocket Battery (130)

Helstorm Rocket Battery (130)


Greywater Artillery Company (120)


Extra Command Point (50)

Suffocating Gravetide (20)

TOTAL: 2000/2000 WOUNDS: 121



A few points about my list.

Number one: I’m not a tournament player. I realise that the Steam Tank isn’t the best thing at the moment but it’s a cool model! Also I know Irondrakes are some of the best shooting in the book (and I will probably get some in the future because dwarfs with flame throwers are sweeeet,) but it’s a freeguild list.

Number two, I know Grey water may not be the most competitive choice of city, but my main draw is the story and after researching the old empire lore, the engineering collages and artillery power of Nuln (one of the old Empire cities) really caught my attention. I’m just gutted there are no cannons in my army book. I know the city of Nuln no longer exists in the current lore, but as a base for my force I love the idea of a heavy artillery/ black powder human mercenary group taking the fight to the enemy and raining down ridiculous amounts of fire power. This leads me onto point three…

The colour scheme for Nuln is mainly black and red. Simple and bloody bad ass! With a base coat of black I should be able to paint up the army very quick. This is vital considering the amount of miniatures I will have to get through.

So I have a list, some rough head cannon for my army and a general colour scheme and I can honestly say I am very excited to start the project! Though my go to method of paint stripping, dettol, isn’t currently an option due to the ongoing pandemic, I discovered some interesting youtube videos which recommended a product called “Biostrip 20” which promises to outperform dettol. We shall see!

That’s pretty much me for today. I just wanted to introduce my current main project and let you know where I am up too. Hopefully it wont be too long till the Biostrip 20 arrives in the post so we can get started stripping my old miniatures. I may have also ordered a few extra bits towards the list and will let you know when they arrive. Until then I will let you go. Thanks for reading and hopefully see you next time. Cheers!

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