Friday, April 24, 2009

Fantasy News: Empire 3rd Wave

This summer Empire generals are getting a splash of new releases including the first ever plastic Steam Tank, plastic Greatswords, plastic Archers (huntsmen), and a cool looking book dealing with uniforms and fluff of the Empire. As if that's not enough, there are a few new metal captains which look great, and a magnificent new sculpt of Marius Leitdorf!

Games Workshop has just put all of these up on the advanced orders page!

Check them out individually here:

Empire Steam Tank

Empire Greatswords

Empire Archers

Marius Leitdorf

Captain with hammer and pistol

Captain with sword and shield

Uniforms & Heraldry of the Empire

There is some good and some bad with all of these new releases. The good - it's nice to have the Empire at 100% plastic now. The Uniforms and Heraldry book will also be awesome, hopefully they do something like this for all of the armies! Now for the bad - The price on 10 plastic greatswords is $41.25! W T F?! This is another in a long line of bizarre GW prices. There was that huge blunder with the pricing of the modular gaming board, then the Valkyrie price going up from $50 to $58, and now just straight up crazy prices for this greatsword set. They're not much cheaper than a box of 10 metals at this point. Vampire Counts got plastic Grave Guard (another elite infantry unit, 10 per box) for $22.50. Plastic Greatswords are almost double that for the same amount of minis and they're roughly equivalent on the battlefield (I'd probably give the edge to Graveguard being undead etc). The box does come with a bunch of extra bits (including some extra variant heads etc) but that hardly justifies such a ridiculous price! The plastic Steam Tank is going for nearly $60 as well! I was planning on building up a unit of 20 plastic Greatswords, but not for $85. I might just get the heraldy book with the prices looking like they do. With another price increase coming in June, it looks like you can go ahead and tack on another $2-3 or so for a lot of box sets. Is GW pricing itself out of what the range of what people are willing to spend on the hobby (given the state of the economy etc)? I'm going to have to say pass on the new Empire plastics. What do you guys think?


Adam on April 26, 2009 at 1:18 AM said...

Hmm...I'm not sold on the Greatswords or the new archers. But those new characters are freaking awesome.

I'm also rapidly running out of reasons to take a steam tank save for the fact that I hate the idea of it :)

Weird prices

Slicksauce on April 26, 2009 at 2:04 AM said...

I like the characters and the archers - it's nice not having to use free company or bretonnian archers. The Greatswords are nice but not for that price (and it doesn't matter at all if they come with 12 individual heads).

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