Warhammer Fantasy Battle as a system and aesthetic never really did alot for me since day one (a LONG time ago!!). Gaming wise it seemed to be a case of shoving your big square bases of models into the middle of the battlefield for then a big dice fest where your square bases emptied of wounds. Now Im sure there is more to it as it did have a fan base and people do get excited about it! That's just my opinion..
Now in comes AoS doing everything opposite to WFB. Small force, ROUND bases, no points, battlefield scenarios, only four pages of rules and a complete new world with new fluff setup! If Im honest, the general look of the graphics from a starting point look so much more appealing off the bat. The fact you can pick up a box of models with your mate and go straight home and have a game without buying huge books of rules is a massive thing for GW, they have never allowed that much freedom. Great for young ones to get into the hobby.
But what got me fired up to get last years project back out of the loft...? This.. The Silver Tower.. Wow its a boxed game just as my nostalgia recalls from a golden age of dungeon crawlers and tightly packed boxed games! The £95 price tag is way to steep, but still, I sold off some minis and invested and cant wait to get it all painted and played with my family!
As for AoS, Im working on the starter set and am unsure on how far Ill take this, whether I go for one big force, build up two forces or stop at the boxed set. Ill get it painted and a board of terrain made up and see how much I enjoy it I guess...
I really like the look of whats coming out. The general's handbook really interest's me, giving you a point system (that works with the amounts of models you get in the boxes! so a base unit = 5 models and you can go up to 10), scenario linked play and setting up missions. I think I'll be buying that. Also the new Alarielle the Everqueen and Sylvaneth Models look fantastic!