Morning Cats and Kittens, Ralph here for what may be a little Saturday morning rant, and a look at Games Workshop’s continuation of the Blood Angels roll out.
GW’s next wave of Blood Angel minis hit the stores and internet for pre-order last night, a box of five space-vampire flavoured Terminators and a clam-pack Termie Librarian to wield those exciting new BA psychic powers on the battlefield. Accompanying these minis the final part of the Shield of Baal campaign, Extermainatus is available to pre-order in three different formats (Book, eBook and Interactive fancy-dan iBook).
“That’s not very ranty,” I hear you all cry, “that’s just a thinly veiled advert for a bunch of new GW bits and bats! What are you on the pay-roll?”
Easy friends I’m getting to the ranty bits, this is just giving you a little context you must understand like the Jedi you must learn to be patient.
So where to start?
We covered in the podcast that GW’s pricing of independent characters is verging on ridiculous and the new Terminator Librarian is no exception a whopping £18 for a miniature with no options, oh wait, one option you can arm him with a combi-melta or if you prefer you can give him an open hand for a Supremes-esque casting pose. Don’t get me wrong somewhere knocking around I’ve got one the old (mid 90’s) Terminator Librarians and the new sculpt is worlds better, and the old one wasn’t replete with options.
(For the record I don’t know why my phone’s camera puts a pink aura around everything, I blame HTC)
BUT (and this is a big but, hence the capital letters.) That old, venerable, psychic gentleman is made from white metal and he cost me £4 or £5. Everything is of course relative and I know things cost more than they once did, that’s fine, seriously that’s okay it’s not necessarily the cost that’s the problem but the lack of options, Plastic is an incredibly versatile substance and GW are showing time and again on their rank and file troops that they manufacture some of the best plastic miniatures in the world with some great wargear options on the sprues. So why does that not spread to the character models? We don’t want the world GW, but it’d maybe be nice to field a Librarian carrying a Force-sword maybe, or a staff of some kind, maybe we want to field a librarian with a force-axe after-all, but what we really want is the choice to field what we want. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask, certainly not at this price-level.
Moving on, Blangel Assault Terminators. Oh dear. GW, why, why do you hate me?
Proudly extolling it contains 76 pieces (Wolf Guard: 100, Deathwing: 102, Grey Knights a quite frankly immense: 153). Why the dearth of pieces in the BA box? Why that’s because the legs torso and heads are now two pieces, legs and back torso, heads and front torso. Thankfully GW still trusts us to put our own arms on without making a hash of things, and the box does come with options for Thunder-hammer and Storm-shield or pair of Lightning Claws for each mini. Additionally the box also comes with the option of a Standard bearer with a pretty looking standard, a few prettification bits to make the minis stand out from the boggo Space Marine Assault Terminators, a teleport homing beacon and a couple of officer’s head options, but no officer’s weapon choices, not a power-sausage (I totally did an image search for power-sausage, the results were “surprising,”).
The lack of pose-ability and the paucity of bits would be easier to accept if it wasn’t for the whakiness of GW’s apparently arbitrary pricing strategy. This lack of options comes at a higher price point that almost every other Terminator box. The new Blood Angel box retails at £35. Looking at all the other Terminator boxes GW sells, Space Wolves, £28, Grey Knights £28, Vanilla Assault £28, Vanilla vanilla £28, Chaos £28. The Dark Angel box retails at £35 but includes options to be used as knights, a command squad or as ordinary Deathwing. Poor unfortunate Blood Angel players are expected to fork an additional £7 for the prestige of purchasing a box with less options than almost every other Terminator box across the range. How can GW justify charging more for less, or can we expect another price-hike across the range in the new year to bring all the other sets up to this price point?
Last thing for the day,
AND FINALLY (Pause for dramatic effect) looking at the write up for Exterminatus it looks like one of GW’s most loathed pieces of fluff is back! Imma jus’ gonna leave this here to the sounds of wailing and much gnashing of teeth…
I think that about wraps it up for the morning’s rant, I’m off to watch Christmas movies and paint some Punk Zombies, lets see if I can make as big a pig’s ear of them as I did with Nicodem.
Catch you later,