The first step is to download the Information Pack and the AGOM Points Cost document of your chosen Grand Alliance. Have a look through those, and if it's still not clear, come back here and we'll go through a theoretical player picking a theoretical army.
So - what do you need to bear in mind when it comes to selecting a list for AGOM XVI? There are a number of rules in the information pack that we need to look at first:
Your army must consist of no more than 2000 points using the AGOM Points System and must conform to the following statements:
- Must be selected from a single Grand Alliance (Order, Chaos, Death or Destruction)
- Must consist of at least three Warscrolls
- Only Warscrolls found on the official Games Workshop Warhammer: Age of Sigmar App may be fielded, and the latest version of these Warscrolls must be used
- If a Warscroll does not have an associated AGOM Points Cost, then it cannot be used
In general, we've decided to ignore the legacy scrolls so that we don't have to worry about multiple versions of Warscrolls for a single unit type, or for those models which are now unavailable. We understand that many players would want to use their old models, but there's only so much we could get through in a reasonable amount of time before the tournament, so we decided to follow the official release model from GW.
You can still use old models, so long as it is clear what they represent. For instance, Tomb Guard could substitute for Grave Guard. We'd like it to be clear to your opponent what you are using though, so please bear this in mind when using old models.
- All miniatures must be painted to an appropriate standard, as noted below
- Weapon and/or equipment must be modelled on the miniatures in question, in a What You See Is What You Get fashion
- Conversions are permitted, but it must be evident what the model represents – if you have any doubts please contact us as soon as possible and we will provide a decision as to whether you can use the model
- No named Warscroll (Nagash, Archaon, Kroak, etc.) can be taken more than once in a single army
There are a few more points to consider before we start though:
- Units must consist of a minimum number of models, as listed on the Warscroll for that particular unit. There is no maximum size, but in the interest of sportsmanship and brevity we recommend that you limit your units to a sensible size.
- Standards and musicians do not have an associated cost, and therefore count as a normal model of their type, however you may only have one standard bearer and one musician in a unit, regardless of the number of available options.
- Unit leaders have an associated cost as noted in our system. Unit leaders are not compulsory, meaning a Warscroll can consist entirely of basic troopers if you wish.
And it's only one unit leader per unit. Otherwise it'd be more of a committee than a unit, and nothing would get done.
Right - that took longer than expected didn't it! I'd actually be surprised if you've read all that and you're still with me!
On to our theoretical player. Let's call him Bede.
Bede is a Destruction player, and a somewhat venerable one at that. His army consists of models collected over a long period of time, so he has quite a few options.
Bede decided that he wants several components in his army - a few numerous units of infantry to hold or claim objectives, some ranged options and monsters to take the fight to the enemy, and a number of wizards to support the troops or to deal damage where necessary. Bede is not the most competitively minded player, so his army probably won't be an ideal base for your own lists.
Bede starts by selecting two mobs of Savage Orcs, or Orruks as they are now known (the name changes may make Bede rather venomous, but we hope he doesn't show that side to his opponents).
15 x Savage Orruk with Stone Choppa & Bone Shiv = 15 x 7
1 Savage Orruk Boss with Stone Choppa & Bone Shiv = 8
2 x Savage Orruks with Big Stabba = 2 x 26
Unit cost = 179
Bede takes two units equipped identically at 179 points each. As you can see, Bede has carefully read the Warscroll, which states that all the models in this unit must have the same equipment, except for two Orruks in every ten, which can be equipped with a Big Stabba between them instead.
From the Bonesplitterz section of Grand Alliance: Destruction, Bede also makes the following choices:
Savage Orruk Warboss on boar with Granite Choppa & Shield = 86
Savage Orruk Shaman on boar = 110
Having spent 554 points, Bede decides to add something else to his army. From the Moonclan section, he adds the following:
29 Moonclan Grots with Pokin' Spear = 29 x 4
Boss with Pokin' Spear = 4
5 Grots with Nets = 5 x 6
Unit = 150
Bede takes two identical units, totaling 300 points.
5 Grot Fanatics = 5 x 27 =135
Moonclan Grot Warboss with Prodder and Giant Cave Squig = 85
Moonclan Grot Shaman = 85
This Moonclan contingent costs 605 points. Bede decides to take the Fanatics as a single unit, and notes this on his army roster. When he deploys his army at the start of each game, he will note down which unit the fanatics are hidden in. He doesn't have to put this on his army list. In these situations, read the Warscroll in question carefully.
Bede decides that he needs some firepower in his army, and takes two Ironblasters at 148 points each.
At this point, Bede has spent 1455 points. He decides to add a pair of Aleguzzler Gargants, at 201 points each, and spends another 140 points on an Ogor Butcher with Cleaver.
This means that Bede has spent 1997 / 2000 points. He decides not to try to spend the last 3 points,
As you can see, all the Warscrolls in Bede's army are above the minimum size, and he has at least three Warscrolls in his army.
When writing his army roster, Bede notes down which units have unit leaders, and chooses a standard and musician for each unit. He does not have to note down which model is his general, as this is declared after setting up all your models for a game, and can change in each game at AGOM XVI.
And it's as easy as that! You probably didn't need to read this far, as we like to think we actually made it all fairly obvious. Good job for getting this far by the way.