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Arcane Cataclysm Unboxing and Review – Warhammer Age of Sigmar

The forces of the Lumineth Realm Lords face off against the Disciples of Tzeentch in Arcane Cataclysm, the awesome new Battle Box for Warhammer Age of Sigmar up for pre order today! In todays post we will be unboxing this set, checking out the new miniatures, painting them up and reviewing the new content contained within the Arcane Cataclysm supplement.

Massive thanks to Games Workshop for sending us a free review copy a little early to take a look at and paint up for this review! If you would like to support the site then why not order your copy through our affiliate Element Games and save yourself some money too?

We also have a full companion unboxing video too, which you can see below or over on Youtube

So let’s venture into Hysh and explore what is contained in Arcane Cataclysm!

Arcane Cataclysm Unboxing and Review

Arcane Cataclysm follows the “Battle box” model that has been successful over this year of Age of Sigmar – essentially for all the Battletome releases this year we have seen a precursor in the form of a big box containing some narrative missions along with a stack of models, some of which being brand new ones for the army! Arcane Cataclysm continues this trend with over £250 of miniatures in a box costing £135.

The stars of the show are the new Scinari Enlightener and Curseling – both being brand new plastic models for the two factions in the box and they look absolutely gorgeous! They are accompanied by 10 Sentinels, 5 Blade Lords and 5 Dawnriders for the Lumineth and 20 Kairic Acolytes, 10 Tzangors and 3 Enlightened for the Tzeentch army. All of those models can find a great home in both of the armies and give you a decent core with 635 points of Lumineth and 830 points of Tzeentch included in the box!

I was lucky enough to paint up the Tzeentch side, while Jay has been working on the Lumineth, above you can see our finished characters and i have to say the Cursling was great fun to work on and jay has done a cracking job on the Aelf! I can’t wait to see them face each other on the battlefield soon!

It’s not just models in the box however, as you also get a softback core rulebook containing the Age of Sigmar rules, a sheet of tokens, full instructions for the kits, warscroll cards for all the units in the box and an Arcane Cataclysm supplement. The Arcane Cataclysm book again follows the pattern seen in previous Battle Boxes with pages of narrative covering the location of the battles features in the box along with information about the forces and units contained within. If you are new to Warhammer this will fuel your imagination for the factions involved while also giving you insight into the warriors contained in the box. We also get a full Narrative campaign taking you through 3 different scenarios featuring the forces in the box and enhanced with a unique spell lore and some realm specific rules to capture the narrative told throughout the book. These games are a great introduction into the game for new comers, and also allow collectors to play through the events of the book. While the main appeal of these boxes is the substantial discount on the contents, I don’t think the supplemental content doesn’t get enough love, as it looks really fun!

Finally we also get updated rules for all the forces in the box!

The new Scinari Enlightener is a really nice wizard who not only gets to auto cast a spell on a 9+ once per battle, but each turn can also resolve the effects of a spell twice on a roll of 3+ – this is really cool as let’s you seriously stack some of the bonuses found within the Lumineth spell lore!

As for the other units, Shining Company has had a bit of a rework, now making you -1 to hit if each model touches 2 other models – and as long as you can keep this formation then it works all the time! All the more reason to make some movement trays for your Lumineth army!

Sentinels have also had a rework, they now deal mortal wounds at 18″ range, and at 24″ they now ignore the effects of cover – no more shooting out of line of sight at an important character trying to hide from the Aelves! This is a great change and goes some way to making the Lumineth less frustrating to face on the battlefield!

For the forces of Tzeentch we also seem some changes! The new Cursling is cool now boasting a ranged attack and the ability to give a target unit a ward save. his Glean Magic has changed somewhat, no longer stealing a spell but the ability to cast – so the target can cast one less spell that turn (This means a 1 cast wizard cannot cast at all) and gives the Curseling an additional spell cast!

Tzaangor now hit harder with them wounding on better values than before and additional weapons now giving them an additional attack. They also add 1 to their wound rolls when they charge making it very easy to get the unit up to 2+ to wound!

Enlightened are very good with the ability to shut down command abilities for any units within 3″, allowing them to charge into key targets and turn off the possibility of All Out Attack or All Out Defence, both key abilities in this edition. They also have a changed Guided by the Past now making them +1 to wound if they player takes the second turn.

Kairic Acolytes have had a big change in that they are no longer wizards! Gone are the spellcasting abilities of these guys!

As with all Battle Boxes you don’t get the core army abilities for these forces, and these will no doubt follow in the upcoming Battletomes for both of these armies – which have tended to follow a short time after the box.

Summary

So what do I think of Arcane Cataclysm? I’m the resident Chaos player of the group, so any excuse to pick up some Tzeentch Mortals to add to my Daemons is always going to get a thumbs up from me. The value of the miniatures in the box is great with some substantial savings to be had over buying the contents separately. Also the two new models in the set are gorgeous and are an absolute joy to paint up!

As with all battle boxes this is a nice tease into what rules might change in the upcoming battletomes, and I can’t wait to see the full detail of what has changed for both of these factions.

Arcane Cataclysm is up for pre order today and is released Saturday 27th August

Games Workshop sent Sprues & Brews a free copy for review purposes.

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