In the last week or so Games Workshop has released the campaign expansion for Age of Sigmar “Firestorm”. In Firestorm, each of the free cities has a number of allegiance abilities unique to their city, so good, so normal, however in order to gain access to these abilities your army has to be painted in the colors of that city.
This ruling has set the AoS Sigmar community aflame with discussion, as it appears to fly in the face of the usual paint it how you want – they are your model’s unwritten rule. Games Workshop has recently confirmed that the abilities can be used in match play in the upcoming Grand Tournament at Warhammer World this upcoming weekend, but only if painted in the correct colours. So to utilize the ability Alert and Forwarned :
The models would need to be painted in the colour’s of the Tempest’s Eye.
Personally, I don’t find this surprising at all, Games Workshop has recently been making rules based on colours for a while now, not least with the Kharadron Overlords and their sky ports, to benefit from the rules for a Skyport, the units must be painted in the prescribed colours.
Neave Blacktalon the Knight Zephyros from the recent Blightwar Box also has paint restrictions, directly on her war scroll.
My own opinion on the matter is I think it makes for great cohesive armies, that look good and act as they are designed to, and importantly keep with the fluff!!
The debate raged for a while on twitter – Ben Curry of the Bad Dice Podcast had quite an interesting back and forth with a number of community members on the matter – well worth a read.
For me it’s quite straightforward – the rules are there for a reason, it’s not like you can pick and choose other rules you don’t like. If you want the perks, paint the points the right colour!
I’d be interested to hear comments.
Firestorm can be ordered from Asgard Wargames