Age of Sigmar: Idoneth Deepkin Preview
Mit einer reihen von Previews werden auf der Warhammer-Community die Idoneth Deepkin, die jüngste Fraktion für Warhammer Age of Sigmar von Games Workshop vorgestellt.
Den Anfang macht eine erste Übersicht über den Schrecken aus den Tiefen der Ozeane
Who are the Idoneth Deepkin?
The Idoneth Deepkin are coming – but who are these mysterious reavers? Join us as we dive into the lore and rules of this sinister new race, starting with their shadowy origins, their role in the Grand Alliance of Order, and their strange tidal powers.
The Idoneth Deepkin were created by Teclis to act as successors to the aelven races of the world-that-was. While most aelves are passionate, sensitive and emotional, the Idoneth bear a deep spiritual trauma from their time within the belly of Slaanesh, and shunned Teclis’ teachings – causing him to try to kill them.
The Idoneth Deepkin fled beneath the oceans of the Mortal Realms, drawn there by a deep ancestral link with Mathlann, the old aelven god of the seas. Once there, they made a horrifying discovery – the vast majority of their young were born with withering feeble souls. It appeared the race was on the brink of extinction until the sinister art of soul-theft was discovered – the Idoneth could extend their lives and grant new souls to their young by stealing those of other sentient creatures.
The Idoneth Deepkin have a tenuous and difficult relationship with Order and even other aelves. Following their discovery, they’ve made for stalwart allies against Chaos but have continued their raids on humans, aelves and even the sylvaneth. In short, the Idoneth Deepkin might fight for Order, but they’re not exactly role models.
Having seen the Idoneth Deepkin, you may be wondering – if they’re fighting on land, where do all those fish come from? And how’s that giant turtle flying? The answer is the ethersea.
When the Idoneth Deepkin fight, they summon a magical ocean around themselves, allowing their most powerful sea-beasts to join the battle even if it’s taking place miles inland and letting all troops take advantage of their specialised undersea training. Over time, the battlefield itself changes, sprouting coral growths, ghostly shipwrecks and shoals of iridescent fish – you’ll find a few of the latter in every Idoneth Deepkin kit for customising your models. The ethersea, and the strange powers possessed by the Idoneth Deepkin, are also represented on the tabletop by two powerful allegiance abilities.
The Idoneth Deepkin seem to disappear from the consciousness of their enemies almost instantly, which can make keeping track of them on the battlefield nightmarish for budding commanders. This is represented on the tabletop by Forgotten Nightmares, a rule that makes the Idoneth Deepkin terrifyingly resilient against ranged weapons.
The Idoneth Deepkins’ link to the sea is further represented by Tides of Death – a powerful new mechanic somewhere between the Maggotkin of Nurgle’s Cycle of Corruption and the Blood Rites of the Daughters of Khaine. Each battle round, your Idoneth Deepkin army will receive a different bonus rewarding a specific type of play – the strongest armies will be those with balanced forces capable of making the most use of every step.
With Tides of Death, an Idoneth Deepkin army will start defensively, before quickly advancing on the enemy. Manage to get your best units into combat on round 3, and you’ll be able to take maximum advantage of High Tide – a devastating turn where all your units fight first in combat! Following this, you’ll be able to retreat before either re-engaging or picking off enemy units with ranged attacks.
Tides of Death makes playing with and against Idoneth Deepkin both challenging and rewarding. While powerful, your opponent will know exactly when High Tide is coming, and in the first two turns, you’ll have to work hard to stop their efforts to counter it.
When you play Idoneth Deepkin, you’ll want to build your army to spend the first couple of turns getting into position, the third turn doing as much damage as possible and the fourth turn onwards mopping up enemy forces and claiming objectives. Alternatively, you could build a defensive army, constantly slipping out of your opponent’s clutches, using High Tide as a powerful deterrent.
The Idoneth Deepkin are set to shake up the Mortal Realms and Warhammer Age of Sigmar considerably – come back tomorrow when we’ll be taking a closer look at the cursed Namarti, the lowest and most tragic of this sinister new race. In the meantime, check out this video of a few fans getting to look at the new faction for the very first time:
Im zweiten Teil wird die erste Welle der Idoneth Deepkin näher vorgestellt.
Idoneth Deepkin: The First Wave
The wait is almost over – next weekend, the Idoneth Deepkin are finally available to pre-order with a deluge of new releases.
Namarti Thralls are the core of Idoneth Deepkin armies, combining the aesthetic of aelven models of the past with some sinister twists suggesting their dark origins. Elegant armour plating and weapons clash with brutal iron collars and their half-soul rune – a mark of their low status. Look closely, and you’ll notice that each is designed to appear to be fighting underwater, cloths and tassels drifting eerily in the currents of the ethersea. It says a lot about the Idoneth Deepkin as a whole that even their Battleline infantry are so intricately designed!
Lotann, Warden of the Soul Ledgers, on the other hand, is designed to appear regal and powerful, wearing ceremonial robes and armour rather than the functional garments used by the Namarti. Our favourite detail of this miniature is the Ochtar, a familiar that protects Lotann on the battlefield. We’re sure you haven’t missed the knife and the club wielded by this eight-legged guardian, but if you look closely, and you’ll notice he’s also carrying an inkwell and a scroll!
The Eidolon of Mathlann is one of Warhammer’s most ambitious models ever – a kit that could only exist thanks to cutting-edge miniatures design and the latest casting technology. From the crashing wave of water upon which the Eidolon rises to subtle detail across its armour, this model is the perfect addition to any Idoneth Deepkin collection. What’s more, the Eidolon of Mathlann is a treat for builders, too – you’ll be able to construct the melee-oriented Aspect of the Storm or the magic-wielding Aspect of the Sea, while the kit is packed with fish and other oceanic life to decorate your base or add to other models in the range.
When the Idoneth Deepkin fight, they appear to be underwater even if they’re several miles inland. On a small scale, this can be seen by the shoals of fish that accompany many models, while on a larger one, the battlefield itself begins to warp and change. The Etheric Vortex: Gloomtide Shipwreck allows you to represent this on your tabletop. You can use yours to bolster the abilities of nearby Idoneth Deepkin or simply as thematic scatter terrain – perhaps you could combine yours with the treasure chests found in the Azyrite Ruins set to build some appropriately nautical scenarios for your Idoneth Deepkin…
You’ll be able to download the warscrolls for these models for free very soon – but to unlock their full potential, you’ll want to pick up Battletome: Idoneth Deepkin – your guide to Warhammer Age of Sigmar’s newest faction. This battletome is absolutely packed with content, from powerful new magical spells to rules for customising your collection around one of several distinct enclaves. It’s not just about rules, either – this battletome contains the hidden history of the Idoneth Deepkin, from their tragic origins to their strange culture and their discovery by Nagash. We’ll be previewing the battletome in detail over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes on Warhammer Community! Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a great way to reference your warscrolls mid-game, a new set of Warscroll Cards is coming, containing easy-reference sheets for all your units, tokens to track effects and more.
There’s even more! To help make painting your new Idoneth Deepkin army as easy as possible, we’ve been hard at work developing new paints specially designed for the palest flesh. Boasting excellent coverage and subtle colours that are ideal for Namarti Thralls, Drukhari and other pale-skinned characters, Ionrach Skin and Deepkin Flesh should prove to be invaluable additions to your paint collection.
Last, but not least, we know you guys love fancy dice – and so, we’ve got a particularly snazzy set on the way for the Idoneth Deepkin. These are cast in translucent blue, and feature wave-lines in place of numerals as well as the Idoneth Deepkin symbol in place of the six (and, as ever, a skull on the one so you REALLY know when you’ve failed a roll).
You’ll be able to pre-order these new releases next weekend – with more to come very soon. In the meantime, keep your eyes on Warhammer Community as we crack open the new battletome for a series of previews over the next month (yep – this is going to be a big one!).
Im letzten Teil für heute stehen die Namarti im Fokus, die Kerntruppen der Idoneth Deepkin.
Who are the Namarti?
The Idoneth Deepkin are coming – but who are these mysterious reavers? Join us as we dive into the lore and of this sinister new race. Today, we’re checking out the Namarti – a cursed caste of warriors who rely on soul-theft as a matter of survival.
The Namarti are the largest and lowliest caste in the society of the Idoneth Deepkin, born with withering souls. Namarti must sustain themselves on the stolen souls of others – where the Daughters of Khaine might raid for sport or to give praise to their god, for the Namarti, it’s a matter of life and death.
Lacking eyes, Namarti are hardly encumbered by their blindness and harness their other senses to do their work as menials and builders for the Idoneth Deepkin.
How do the Namarti fight despite being blind? Thanks to a lifetime of specialised training, they can detect minute vibrations in the ethersea – the mystical phenomenon that accompanies the Idoneth Deepkin into battle – and detect their foes just as well as any aelf that could see.
Namarti units make up the core of any Idoneth Deepkin army, with Namarti Thralls being the only standard Battleline unit in the list (though you’ll be able to unlock more, depending on your chosen general). The second type of Namarti, the Namarti Reavers, will be out in the next few weeks with a kit of their own.
Namarti Thralls are brutally effective in close combat – just check out their characteristics:
As you’d expect with any aelven force, they’re fast, lightly armoured and hit hard – making the most effective use of these guys will come down to knowing how to combine them with your allegiance abilities. For one, these guys are ideal for screening – keep them in front of your most valuable units and they’ll absorb fire thanks to Forgotten Nightmares, a rule we previewed earlier that applies to all Idoneth Deepkin. For another, you can reduce casualties by making sure they’re in close combat in the third game turn – thanks to High Tide on the Tides of Death table, they’ll get to strike first!
There are also all manner of powerful synergies between the Namarti and Isharann characters. Lotann, Warden of the Soul Ledgers, for instance, offers them re-rolls of 1s to hit, while Isharann characters will offer powerful bonuses of their own.
You’ll be able to add the Namarti to your army this weekend when the Namarti Thralls go on pre-order. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Namarti Reavers in the coming weeks, too!
Want to learn more about the Idoneth Deepkin? We’ll be taking a closer look at the warlike Akhelians tomorrow, while you can read about the ethersea and the Tides of Death here.
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