I've been pretty down on the hobby lately, what with my disgust over GW's price increases, embargoes, and the load of BS that is "FineCast". Oh, it melts in the sun? How wonderful! We should have charged even more for that!
I'm still playing 40K, but the spark has left. I'm not buying anything new or planning expansions to my armies. But at least I don't HAVE to update anything to keep playing. Unlike Farmpunk, who's dealing with the new Grey Knights and the upcoming (rumored) Sisters of Battle update. Fortunately, he's been able to offset the costs with some tourney winnings. Though he keeps coming back to wanting to start Flames of War with whatever he has left over.
Something's really wrong when I start dreading the release of new books. Because it always means money out of pocket.
Which has really had me wondering how much longer I'm going to stick with 40K. I've been here before, three times. Once with Fantasy back in collage, and twice with 40K. In every case I quit the hobby because of a GW price increase combined with something else I didn't like. Such as unbalanced rules or true-WAAC players.
The fact that I can remember when I could buy 5 metal Dwarves (or Elves, or Empire Knights) in a (same size as today) blister pack for $7.50 doesn't help matters. Yeah, GW has always charged high prices for their wares. But this naked greed of late has me really ticked off.
Then Mantic made me smile again today.
I talked with these guys for a bit at Adepticon, where they were giving out samples and showing their latest plastic ranges. It was all Fantasy stuff, but I was floored. The quality was fantastic! No, you didn't get as many options for customization, but the designs were great! And, best of all, the minis were dirt cheap. How cheap?
The Dwarf Army set was $79.99 for 85 plastic miniatures. Wow!
These 10 METAL Elves...
...are only $29.99!
While these fine looking undead, all 20 of them...
...are only $24.99!!!
These are prices that I haven't seen from GW in almost twenty years! You can look at their website here, but suffice it to say that if I were to re-start Fantasy, I wouldn't be buying more than a hero or two, and maybe the odd creature or war machine from GW.
Of course that is all fine and dandy, but I don't play Fantasy anymore. I play 40K. So I couldn't take advantage of these fine deals. But now, Mantic has announced that it will be launching a Sci-Fi battle game (Written by an Ex-GW designer) to compete with 40K. Said game will include 8 different races to start and will presumably have Astral Marines, Imperial Army, Space Orcs, Xeno-Bugs, and whatnot. Which means...
BRING ON THE LOW COST MINIATURES!!! WOOHOO!!!
"But..." I hear the Fanboys saying. "...They're just copying GW!!!"
No, they're not. They're copying and re-imagining the same Sci-Fi and Fantasy tropes that GW has
Why? Because it goes both ways.
If Warpath minis are compatible with 40K, then all of our 40K minis will also be compatible with Warpath. Depending on the quality of the rules, that might just be the way to pull disgruntled GW customers over to their system (and it's unique models/rules). Because being 40K-compatible lowers the cost of entry to their new system at a time when money is tight for everyone.
Pull you in with the models, keep you with the rules. Sounds great to me!
Are you listening GW?