Kill Team as the perfect miniature game

So now we know why there were never any expansions to Shadow War: Armageddon. Games Workshop saw the clear fan interest in that game and decided to use it as the basis for a new version of Kill Team. That makes sense of course because I suspect that most people wanted to play Kill Team instead of Shadow War: Armageddon. Kill Team has more opportunity for people to use either their existing figures or buy new 40K minis. The background for Shadow War: Armageddon really made no sense when you start to toss in Necrons and Dark Eldar. Having them in Kill Team makes more sense and is thematically easier to justify.

Where I think that Kill Team really shines is how GW is packaging it. There is a core game with miniatures and terrain and what appear to be themed expansions with new terrain and figures. So the first set of expansions for the game include a Sector Mechanicus terrain pack and then two sets of miniatures that include more terrain from the same sector. The Orks team set includes Galvanic Servohaulers and the Space Wolf team includes more Sector Mechanicus terrain. The company rewards you for purchasing all of the expansions by making your initial purchase of the Sector Mechanicus Killzone package more valuable by adding to it with each of the Kill Team packs. Sure they could have included all of the terrain in one pack but that would have increased the base cost and probably stopped people from getting it in the first place. By expanding the terrain across all the products in that series it decreases the initial outlay required and creates a reward for playing who buy in to all the products in that series.

It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this new game. I won’t be participating since I am investing most of my free time and money into AoS but this has the potential to be even more successful for GW than Shadespire

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Can you afford Adeptus Titanicus?

You have to hand it to GW. They really know how to build up expectation for a product. The annual Warhammer Fest event is running and Games Workshop is using it to promote new releases for almost all of its games and also previewing the upcoming Adeptus Titanicus game. Twitter is awash with photos from the event and gamers are understandably excited to be seeing the first official models for Adeptus Titanicus.

Unlike previous iterations of their Titan-on-titan combat game, these new models are enormous.

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The Knight model on the left is on a 40mm base and is slightly larger than a GW Human Blood Bowl figure seen in the back. Based on, admittedly rough visual comparisons, that places the Warlord Titan at about three-quarters of the size of the 40K Imperial Knight model.  Continue reading →

GW Shades

I have always approached GW’s paint range with a bit of a sceptical mindset. The company has had a poor track record of delivering on their marketing hype and their paints, in the past, have been pretty much standard paint but at a higher price. And in those horrible pots.

I recently stumbled over a tutorial on how to quickly and easily paint Horus Heresy Imperial Fists and part of the process they describe requires the GW shade Agrax Earthshade. I picked up some of the paints I need but I thought that I had already purchased a pot of Agrax Earthshade. Sadly I did not and I decided to use some Army Painter Soft Tone in its place. The Soft Tone worked but it was quite difficult to keep the wash in the recesses and it tended to cover more of the miniature than I wanted. Especially when the next step involved using a shade over top of the pre-shading. I did two models and then put them aside.

Luckily I was at work the next day and picked up the required Agrax Earthshade. What a difference it made. The shade flowed into the recesses of the model quite easily and appears to have a higher surface tension than Soft Tone and so it also stays there. With a good brush it was much easier to do the pre-shading and even I was able to make it look quite good. I can’t speak for the rest of the paints but the shades appear to be an excellent product and quite worth checking out.

The GW Death Spiral

Quite a lot of gleeful nattering has been going on in the far corners of the internet with the news that Games Workshop’s stock price dropped 24% is a single day after disappointing sales results.

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The folks at Masterminis also followed up a few days later with news of GW firing the staff and closing regional GW HQs, like GW Germany, and also starting to look at the performance of their retail outlets.

This is a pretty standard reaction for the Games Workshop management. They have been slowly paring the company down for more than a decade now and it was inevitable that they would inevitably get to the point where they had no games to cut and instead starting slicing away at the meat of the company.
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What can you get for a box of Space Marines?

Recently I expressed my surprise at the cost of some recent GW 40K Space Marine miniatures. I also, back in 2011, suggested using the GW as a universal form of cross-game currency comparison.

But after some consideration I thought that it would be fun to see just what exactly you could get for some other game systems for the same price as that single box of Space Marine Centurion figures. Please note: your results will vary. Games Workshop has some bizarre world-wide pricing that makes it difficult to compare prices from country to country. The same Centurion box that is $94 in Canada is £45 is the UK which converts directly to $77 Cnd. All this is then is what one Canadian gamer could get for the same cost as a Space Marine Centurion boxed set. Continue reading →

The perspective that distance brings

Its not as if I have been away from Games Workshop and its unique pricing structure for a long time but I recently stumbled across the latest 40K Dark Angel releases at Sentry Box and I was really quite taken aback by the prices. A box of the new plastic Terminators was $70 Cnd for five miniatures. To be fair that box does come with the ability to make one of three different types of Terminators but it, as well as the prices for the other new figures really surprised me.
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