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One of the things I really like about the latest Warhammer 40,000 releases for 'The Gathering Storm' is the idea of a Triumvirate. This was a word I had not heard before and as well as sounding very cool I also liked the meaning behind it:


'(in ancient Rome) a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task'

I have also recently been thinking about backstory writing for my Age of Sigmar mixed Order army, and as I recently finished my third centre-piece model for the army (A Freeguild General on Griffon), it seemed the perfect chance to add my own "Triumvirate" into my army.

The Roots of the Story:

When Age of Sigmar first came out, I put together a backstory for my army called 'Siegfried's Desperados'. I had a blog on Dakkadakka which was quite popular at the time, perhaps because it was one of the safe havens away from the heat the game was getting from some disgruntled veterans (especially on Dakkadakka). You can check out the thread here if you are interested:


To summerise, the initial background I created for my army was that they were a mercenary outfit (called the 'Desperados') operating out of Azyrheim.

I wanted to add a bit more grey and a bit more low fantasy into the backstory (as it was something Age of Sigmar didn't really have at the time), so I came up with some hooks and ideas of the dark side of aelven society in Azyrheim (lots of intrigue and assassinations among the nobles),  the ideas of slums in the city, and that a mercenary outfit might employ a necromancer in their ranks.

This was also an excuse to add in Aelves, Duardin and even Death into my army which was all a lot of fun to play with before the General's Handbook came out.

But since the General's Handbook came out the narrative and story behind my army has taken the backseat. I have been focusing a lot more on Matched play and my narrative outlet has been with Hinterlands.

As the recently finished Freeguild General on Griffon was meant to be Siegfried Stormhart once more, I thought it would be fun to update the story of the Desperados, and so the Triumvirate was born.


The Triumvirate of Mistmire; Master Geppetto, Siegfried Stormhart and the alchemist, Massym Al-Izzar

Creating a Triumvirate:

I want to throw out the question to all of you, what cool Triumvirates could you add into your collection? All you would need are the following:

1. 3 Cool Models

2. A Cool Story that connects them

For me, I had my 3 Centrepieces. The Griffon, the Steamtank and the Hurricanum. I wanted them to have some sort of purpose other than being in an army together, so I decided to bring back the old Necromancer I used to run in the Desperados pre-GHB. He goes by the name 'Cornacaprious'. 

I decided that he has since betrayed the Desperados, and has resurrected an ancient vampire (with the title of the "Blood Queen"). This gives me a reason to finally paint my Neferata model and also gives the triumvirate a goal to accomplish (they of course seek to kill both the Necromancer and the Blood Queen).

So with the scene set, I put together a 4 pages as if they were from a campaign book and detailed my Triumvirate of Mistmire. I would love to hear what you think, but more importantly I hope this inspires you all to go off and create a Triumvirate for one of your armies too. :D 

My Triumvirate:



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Great idea! Looks awesome.

Worthy of Caesar, Pompey and Crassus.

I imagine DoT would be good at this too - especially as 3 Triumvirates would be 9.

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That is an amazing presentation. Great job. I have a question for you and this may have been asked in a different thread, but I thought this was a good one to ask on. Where did you get the page backgrounds that make it look so officially "Age of Sigmar"?

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Thanks for the comments guys! Yes DoT have lots of scope for some cool Triumvirates, especially as they are already a trio of Deamon, Arcanite and Tzangor.

For making the pages, sometimes you can copy elements start out of a PDF just by right-clicking copy. I took the greenish background from one of the Sylvaneth warscrolls and then put a generic grunge texture I found on google over the top. On the painting showcase pages I wanted it to look a little lighter so I removed the aforementioned Sylvaneth background and so that's just the grunge texture on its own. You can find loads of them on Google if you put in a quick search.

As for the other little bits and pieces one of my hobbies is playing around in Photoshop so I am always taking things from here or there and seeing what I can create. Like the hammer logo on the painting showcase is taken from the app loading screen. I took a screenshot on my iPad, emailed it to myself, loaded it up in Photoshop and turned it into a transparent layer that I can use.

The art on the second page is by a fantastic artist named Miranda Wang and the Griffon concept art is a Warhammer Total War concept piece.

Hope that gives some idea :) making campaign book pages like this can be really fun.

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I've also noticed loads of odd wording and poor grammar in my actual lore - oh the pains of proof reading your own stuff and mistakes not jumping out until you posted it on the Internet for the world to see!

But the actual fluff itself isn't all that important. The important part is to try and inspire people to come up with their own cool Triumvirates! :D

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This is really neat.  I was definitely thinking of my DoT when I was going over your idea.

Not sure I could commit to actually writing it out, but I certainly appreciate your efforts!

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What a fantastic idea. The page themselves are a really interesting way of building up the project and showcasing ideas, I will certainly give it a crack, thank you! It would be nice to see more of these appear, each covering some of the fantastic warbands that other people on the forums are creating.

The Triumvirates are also a good thing to think about when forging the stories as no-one works alone. You've got me really thinking now :)

[update] I just noticed that you are planning on adding yours to the Hinterlands document. They will make a fantastic addition to an already essential download!

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