Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – New scenery in White Dwarf?

Today I got the latest White Dwarf magazine – issue 75 – , and while I was browsing through the pages of this ‘extra fat’ edition I noticed something you’ll find very interesting. There appears to be a teaser in plain sight for the new scenery that is coming out for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. It seems at least that the scenery I saw is too ‘clean’ to be custom made scenery such as the ‘mountains’ in the pictures. In addition there are many rumours going around the internet that Games Workshop has planned quite a large range of scenery for this new Warhammer edition. So what is in the pictures?

Plastic Warhammer Age of Sigmar scenery set castle
Will the castle in the background be a new plastic scenery set? It does seem to be too clean and too modular to be anything but a new plastic scenery kit for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. – Image by Games Workshop (White Dwarf Magazine)

The first image is an overview of a huge Chaos horde made up out of vast Khorne contigent and some Nurgle models including the Glotkin. What is most interesting though, is what is in the background of the image. Here we see a large tower that seems similar in appearance to Orthanc in the Lord of the Rings films. This tower is flanked by walls that appear like a tall wall (at least twice the height of a Chaos Knight) that shares quite a few similarities with the Black Gate, again from LotR. The biggest difference is of course the prominence of lots of skulls on the top of the wall. As the walls and towers seem to be repeating it makes it logical that these are plastic pieces from an upcoming scenery kit.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Scenery gateway
The gateway on the back also appears to be a new piece of plastic scenery for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. Notice the sculpture of a man fighting a dragon with spear and shield. – Image by Games Workshop (White Dwarf Magazine)

The second image comes from a spread showing the models included in the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar starter set. Here we see a portal like construction with loads of pleasing detailing such as a warrior toting a spear and shield while fighting a dragon (anyone things Saint John against the Dragon). On the other page (not pictured) we see a couple of floating portals. The portals being supported by stairs made out of flag stones. Again both sets are very clean and share similarities with existing plastic Warhammer scenery kits. Also, the detail seems to ‘clean’ to be handmade.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar scenery: A crumbling building and floating portal
Two pieces of lovely looking scenery. A ‘floating’ portal with great looking sculpture above the gateway. The other a crumbling building decorated with loads of great looking details. Also notice the relative lack of skulls… – Image by Games Workshop (White Dwarf Magazine)

The last picture comes from the back of White Dwarf 75, here we see the ‘floating’ portal I described above. In terms of appearance, it shares some aesthetics with the Arcane Ruins set with its tall, skull topped pillars. The other building here is a ruined wall, , which might be part of a bigger set from which the 2nd picture is a detail. Both buildings are richtly detailed with crumbling brick- and plaster work. They also feature beautiful detailed reliefs and sculpture work. Like the previous pictures, it seems too detailed to be anything else than plastic kits.

In conclusion I would say these are exiting times with some excellent and beautiful plastic scenery sets coming out. What do you think, are these real new plastic sets or are they just very careful and detailed custom scenery pieces for the artwork in the new ‘background book’ included in the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar starter set?

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